2008 Renault Sandero review and pictures

Posted on Tuesday, 2 December 2008 , 11:12:15 byVeronica

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Renault Sandero

The new Renault Sandero will be available worldwide soon. In 2008, a Dacia version will be produced at the Pitesti plant in Romania for Europe and the Maghreb. In 2009, the Renault version will be built and sold in South Africa. The new vehicle is robust with dynamic, attractive styling and will offer customers the interior and exterior dimensions of a vehicle from the top-end of the compact range for the price of a sub-compact model. The new Sandero was designed to meet the expectations of active, urban, family customers, such as those in South America. The regional engineering center of Renault, the Renault Technologies Americas was involved right from the start to ensure that the car fulfilled the needs of Mercosur customers. Some 50 RTA employees worked with the Sandero development team at the Technocenter in Guyancourt right from the start of the project, back in 2005. Producing parts in Mercosur near the assembly site presents lots of advantages. It cuts down on parts transport, and hence logistics costs, and reduces currency effects and customer duties. The project team used all the flex-fuel expertise of the RTA engineers to adapt engines to the special requirements of the Brazilian market. Sales in terms of flex-fuel engines have grown a lot in Brazil over the last three years. The Brazilian engineers developed a flex-fuel version of the 1.6-liter V8 engine. Renault Sandero will be available with three flex-fuel engines in Brazil. The first one is the 1.0-liter 16V, followed by the 1.6-liter 16V and the 1.6-liter 8V, which was launched not long ago in on Logan. Overall, Renault Brazil invested 372 million euro in the Logan and Sandero projects in Mercosur. Both vehicles were developed on the B6 platform, thus reducing engineering and manufacturing investments. The Renault Sandero models produced at the Curitiba plant are for the Mercosur market.