• Mar 26, 2009
If Britain follows Germany's lead and adopts a scrap-your-old-car incentive, it looks like the first company to pounce will could be Romania's Dacia. Renault, which owns Dacia, had planned to launch its brand in the U.K. last summer, but then backtracked.

Thankfully, the bargain brand's fortunes improved when Germany's car scrapping incentive took effect yielding an industry-wide 21 percent jump in February sales. But Dacia didn't just manage to achieve that increase, their sales mushroomed by something like 900 percent, going from less than 100 Logans per week to more than 1000.

According to Autocar, the company thinks it may be able to realize similar results if Britain, making outsized returns on its plucky, cheap-as-chips Sandero – but only if Britain's politicians green-light the initiative.

[Source: Autocar]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      I think the Logan MCV could sell here. There's a whole market segment in Europe (Logan MCV, Renault Kangoo, Fiat Dobló, Citroën Berlingo) that basically doesn't exist over here - the Kia Rondo or the Ford Transit Connect come close, but they're not quite the same.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Great News!

      The Dacia Sandero will be back on Top Gear as a running gag once again!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Dacia says that this move couldn't be true: the Romanian officials say that a right handed car should be well prepared before a launch, And Sandero isn't.

      Here are the official reactions:

      http://www.automarket.ro/stiri/autocar-sandero-vine-in-anglia-dacia-raspunde-nu-se-pune-problema-19545.html
      • 5 Years Ago
      Damn you Mel R! haha
        • 5 Years Ago
        Slow day for Auto Blog
      • 5 Years Ago
      It's niiice, but it's no Tata.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Logan & Sandero are sold as Renault in South Africa.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I saw a Logan in the SF Bay Area last week (in Fremont). Did a double take and actually went round the block as I did not believe my eyes.

        Saw that it was badged as a Nissan Aprio but with California Plates.

        Little bit of research showed that it is sold as a Nissan Aprio in Mexico (http://www.nissanaprio.com.mx/). Some one must have brought it over. Dont know why though. Looks like it is made of cardboard and shipping pallets.

        It is much worse in person than in pictures.
      • 5 Years Ago
      James May will be excited! Great News!
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