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Pickup lines: “it’s also for pleasure” September 11, 2007

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Dacia has to wait a while before it can put its badge on the new Sandero, but it wil be the first to market the new Logan Pickup, the fourth model in its lineup, after Logan, Logan MCV and Logan Van.

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There are not too many details about the new Logan Pickup. We know that it will be sold in 2008, at first only in Romania, and that it has a payload of 800 kg, a load length of 1.80 meters and a stowage space of 300 liters behind the seats.

The interesting part, for me at least, is that Dacia/Renault wants to market this vehicle not only as a light comercial vehicle, but also as a car for recreational activities, taking advantage of its load space to pick up a quad, a surf board or any other “tool” for a cool weekend outside the city. In fact, the press release for the new Dacia Logan Pickup states that this is a “practical, robust vehicle for business and pleasure”.

Now, I don’t know if potential clients will buy this line, but it is interesting to imagine how this Pickup would look with a stylish bullbar, sidebars and chunkier tyres. It would be the closest thing to an American pickup truck on this side of the Atlantic.

Dacia needed this Pickup in its offer, after shutting down the production of the old Pickup, based on the Renault 12 platform, at the end of 2005.  

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The advantage of the old model was that it had several versions: Dropside, Double Cabin, and also FWD versions. So far, there is no official intention to develop any of these versions for the new Pickup.

(The source for all photos is Renault/Dacia)

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Here it is: Renault Sandero. Dacia has to wait for 2008 September 10, 2007

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 As expected, Renault officialy presented today the second model of its low-cost offensive: Renault Sandero. The MC for this event was “El Lider Maximo”, Carlos Ghosn, president and CEO of Renault, speaking in front of an audience of 450 people. Ten new cars were presented on this occasion, among wich the new Logan Pick-up!

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Sandero will be sold in Brazil and Argentina starting from December, and it will arrive in Europe under the Dacia brand in 2008.

Pack your bags for Rio! Or is it Frankfurt??? September 9, 2007

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In a few hours the Frankfurt Motor Show will open its doors for the press and all the secrets will be unveiled. Among them, a very big, big surprise!

Rumors (in portuguese) say that the new Logan hatchback version will make its world debut in Germany, although initial plans indicated a launch in Brazil, where the car will be produced at first. 

The really big news is that the style of the new model is not based on the box-shaped  Logan: the line will resemble Renault Clio III and most probably there will be a new name for it, because of that.

Now, the really, really big news is that I have spotted this new name (or at least I hope I did): SANDERO! Yes, among all the names secured by Renault recently this is the one that makes sense. Renault Sandero / Dacia Sandero. I had to choose between Sandero, Tangara and Taranis, but I believe that the first one is more appropriate for a car “born” in South America.

So, keep your eyes on Hall 3.1 (sector A02) at the IAA in Frankfurt! There will be a new twist in the Logan saga!