Automobile Dacia, which resumed, yesterday, their assembling and car body-activity at the Mioveni factory, applied, last year, for state aid amounting to RON 42.4 M (EUR 10.5 M) to develop the X 52 project, the code name for the new generation Logan, scheduled for launch in 2012, Mediafax reports. Anca Oreviceanu, the company’s communication director, stated that, at a rate of 1,377 cars per day, Automobile Dacia had lost an output of over 5,500 units while their activity was stalled. According to the company’s representative, glitches in the delivery of car parts by some providers were not related to the situation in Japan.
On the other hand, Dacia’s future MPV will, most likely, be called Popster, and is one of the most keenly-awaited MPVs on the European market, according to the AutoBild website, which places it alongside the next generation models of VW Touran, Volkswagen’s compact MPV, Skoda Roomster or the new Toyota Prius Van hybrid.
Moving on to another topic, the number of new Dacia vehicles registered in France rose by 6.6 pc in April, compared to the same month of the preceding year, to about 8,000 units, after a sharp decrease in March, in the context of an 11.2 pc-slump in the number of cars registered on the French market. Dacia reported better results than brands like Opel, Fiat, Toyota or Nissan, according to figures supplied by the French Car-Manufacturers’ Committee.