Romanian customers can order Lodgy MPV at prices that start off from EUR 9,500 (VAT included) and B-Max will hit the local showrooms in July.
Dacia presented its Lodgy MPV to the press at the Geneva Auto Show yesterday, for the first time in the world. The model can be ordered by customers in Romania starting today, March 7, its price starting off from EUR 9,500, VAT included. The Auto Show in Geneva will open to the public tomorrow. According to Mediafax, Lodgy, the first Dacia model to be built outside Romania, was presented by Renault chief operating officer Carlos Tavares, accompanied by a band of musicians. According to a company communiqué issued on this occasion, Dacia also presented new variants of its Sandero and Duster models – the Stepway 2 and Delsey (a limited series for the SUV model).Starting on Wednesday, Romanian customers can order the Lodgy MPV at prices that start off from EUR 9,500 (VAT included) for the Access variant (5 seats, 1.6-liter 85-HP gasoline engine), and go up to EUR 14,700 for the Laureate variant (7 seats, 1.5-liter 110-HP diesel oil engine). Lodgy is 4.5-meters long, 1.75-meters wide and is said to be the most spacious model of its class. Its trunk has a volume of 827 liters in the 5-seat configuration and 207 liters in the 7-seat configuration, and can reach 2,617 liters in the 2-seat configuration. Moreover, the model offers other storage spaces that total up to 30 liters. Customers can choose between two gasoline engines – a 1.6-liter, 85-HP engine and a 1.2-liter TCe 115 engine, the newest Renault turbocharged gasoline engine with direct injection. The diesel offer consists of the 90-HP and 110-HP versions of a 1.5-liter dCi engine.Another novelty that Lodgy brings to the Dacia series is the navigation and multimedia system that can be included for EUR 300 (VAT included). The system consists of a radio, an USB driver, jack plug, Bluetooth and an integrated navigational system with a 7-inch touchscreen. Another thing that Lodgy brings to the Dacia offer is the speed limiter, available as an option on the Laureate version. Another auto model presented in Geneva yesterday was Ford’s B-Max, a model produced exclusively in the American manufacturer’s plant in Craiova. According to Henrik Nenzen, Managing Director Ford Romania, the model will hit Romanian showrooms in July, however the orders will be honored starting in September. Nenzen added that two B-Max cars will be presented in Romania on March 22, the date starting on which orders for the new model can be made. He also stated that Romanian dealers will adapt their showrooms by arranging generous spaces for this vehicle. In an exclusive interview for ‘Nine O’Clock’ on Monday, Henrik Nenzen pointed out that over 95 per cent of the B-Max production will go to foreign markets. At the end of January Nenzen stated that B-Max will have a special price in Romania, lower compared to prices in the countries it will be exported to.The production of the Transit Connect utility vehicle was transferred from Craiova to the Ford plant in Valencia last autumn, in order to make room for the new B-Max and a second B-class model that will most likely enter production in 2013.