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Dacia Lodgy: The Romanian people carrier

By FaezClutchless on 08 Jan 2012

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When Renault took over Dacia in the late 1990s, the Romanian automaker car models look rather drab. Most of their cars had boxy shaped shells, as though the cars were from the 1970s or 1980s. Some would contribute this to the Communists influence in Romania (could’ve been influenced by Lada cars of that era).

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Fast forward a bit to the mid 2000s, after Renault took over. Their cars begin to look more modern and more appealing. And the new Dacia Lodgy is another example of the Romanian automaker’s modern direction.

Renault has announced recently that they will reveal a new car within the first week of the New Year (2012). It could have been a new Megane or a new Clio. But what Renault really had in mind was a new minivan (or MPV) model from its Romanian subsidiary and it is known as the Dacia Lodgy.

It is the company’s fourth model in their line-up and it is also the company’s dedicated MPV model. According to Dacia, the model name Lodgy comes from the word lodge. It simply refers to the van’s main purpose which is to accommodate a family and its luggage.

If you were to look at the other Dacia models, you will notice that the Lodgy’s exterior appearance has a typical Dacia outlook, especially the front grille. The side windows look pretty much similar to its crossover SUV model, the Dacia Duster. It is fair to say that Dacia models share styling designs and cues.

No interior image was made available by the company but I’m guessing that the car will not feature any groundbreaking technology or styling features. We must take note that Dacia is considered as a low cost marque. Dacia did state that the Lodgy will sit seven people comfortably.

Another thing that was not revealed by Dacia is the engine that will be used in the Lodgy but some people have predicted that it will get one of Renault’s straight four engines. More details will be available when the company releases the model sometime in the second half of this year as a 2013 model.

Photo credit: Net Car Show

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Some say that his blood is actually RON98 petrol and some say that his right foot weighs over 20kg. But all that we know about Faez is that he loves to drive and is a JDM enthusiast.

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Macrosszero Jan 10 2012 12:59 AM
...... it rhymes with dodgy
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