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New Dacia Logan: Better than Ever! - (UK) - Fundamentals

July 2nd, 2008
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BUILDING ON LOGAN'S FUNDAMENTAL STRENGTHS

An exceptionally roomy interior

New Dacia Logan's generous dimensions ensure outstanding cabin space which continues to be unmatched in the three-volume saloon category of the B-Entry segment. Indeed, its size is more akin to C-segment norms, since the newcomer's overall length has been increased to 4,290mm (up 40mm compared with the previous version Logan), while its width is 1,740mm. Cabin space is one of New Dacia Logan's most salient features and three tall passengers (more than 1.90m in height) can be accommodated comfortably in the rear thanks to rear headroom of 873mm. Rear shoulder room is a remarkable 1,428mm too, a figure more readily associated with larger saloons. Last but by no means least, the boot volume of 510 litres is unequalled by any of New Dacia Logan's rivals in its category and the boot layout itself permits loads of very different shapes and sizes to be carried with ease.

The accent on safety

New Dacia Logan features the same safety features and equipment that enabled the model to achieve a threestar Euro NCAP crash test rating. New Dacia Logan can be equipped with the latest generation Bosch 8.1 ABS complete with electronic brakeforce distribution (EBD) and emergency brake assist (EBA), a new feature which debuted on Dacia Sandero. The latter detects when the driver brakes in an emergency situation and acts on the hydraulic circuit to increase the effectiveness of the ABS by applying maximum pressure the instant the driver hits the brakes. Front and rear tracks of New Dacia Logan have been widened 7mm either side, which reinforces the roadholding capabilities of the vehicle. On the passive safety front, New Dacia Logan features a new honeycomb structure for the dashboard which reduces the severity of impact to the knees. In addition to the materials it employs, the dashboard's very design takes safety into account thanks to the curves of its lower section which match the form of the tibia, enabling impact loads to be spread out evenly in case of contact. The driver and front passenger also benefit from further lower limb protection thanks to underfoot padding. All New Dacia Logan's seats are equipped with three-point seatbelts and headrests, while the new car is delivered as standard with two controlled-deflation airbags (depending on countries), driver and front passenger, the pressure of which diminishes following deployment in order to limit the load applied to occupants.

A comprehensive range of proven powerplants

New Dacia Logan comes with the same proven petrol engines and diesel engine that have contributed to the Dacia range's success.

The 1.4 MPI 75hp, 1.6 MPI 90hp and 1.6 16V 105hp all comply with the criteria of cost, robustness and ease of maintenance that are a feature of the Dacia brand. They combine generous torque from low revs with thrifty fuel consumption: 7.0, 7.2 and 7.1 litres/100km respectively.

The 1.5 dCi stands out as a benchmark in the diesel engine field thanks to the use of such advanced technologies as second-generation common-rail direct injection which delivers both high performance and extremely low fuel consumption. The 1.5 dCi is available in 70hp form and a punchier 85hp version, while CO2 emissions of 120g/km point to the 1.5 dCi 70hp and 1.5 dCi 85hp engines' ecological credentials.

THE LOGAN PHENOMENON

Since its release in 2004, Logan has enjoyed genuine success in all the markets where it is sold. With New Logan, Dacia seeks to maintain its lead over its competitors to ensure that the Logan phenomenon continues. Thanks to its line-up of five models – New Logan, Logan MCV, Logan Van, Logan Pick-up and Sandero – Dacia boasts a comprehensive range of robust, dependable vehicles that have been developed for a wide variety of often extreme uses, and most models benefit from a three-year or 100,000km warranty in the majority of the brand's European markets. New Logan, which is the latest version of Dacia's three-volume saloon, continues to stand out as the range's cornerstone and, thanks to its status-enhancing design and more contemporary looks, sets out to appeal to a pragmatic customer base looking for generous cabin space and peace of mind.

At the time of its unveiling in June 2004, Dacia Logan's modern characteristics, cabin space and price tag took the automotive world by surprise. Although the model initially targeted growth markets, Renault responded to strong demand to extend its availability to Western Europe. It was first released on its home market, Romania, in September 2004, before being introduced in Eastern, Central and then Western Europe (June 2005). A total of 530,692 Dacia Logans were sold between September 2004 and the end of May 2008 (essentially in Europe and the Maghreb countries). Logan soon became recognized as a phenomenon, serving as a yardstick in the industry by giving the majority of its buyers the chance to fulfil their dream of owning a new car. In all the countries where it is sold, it has won over a clientele attracted by the prospect of family mobility at a low price.

New Dacia Logan will be produced in Pitesti, Romania. Total investment amounted to €27 million and the development teams remained true to the Logan spirit by investing solely in what was strictly necessary to continue delivering the best possible equipment and performance at an attractive price. Indeed, the entry level price for New Dacia Logan remains unchanged in the majority of the countries where it is sold.

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