Dacia launched the Logan New Collection and a high-range Prestige version boasting specific exterior features. The model hides under the hood the Renault 1.6-liter 16V engine that is capable of delivering 105 horsepower, making the car especially pleasurable to drive and taking it to new levels of performance. Its price tag ranges from EUR7.600 to EUR10.590. The Prestige equipment level enriches the top end of the Logan range. Its exterior is just as distinctive with body color front and rear bumpers, door handles, protective side strips and specific exterior mirrors. The engine is capable of delivering 105 horsepower and 148 Nm of torque and this enables the car to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 10.2 seconds and to reach a top speed of 183 km/h.
With Logan New Collection, Dacia strengthens its attractive line-up. In addition to the introduction of new upholsteries and body colours, special attention has also been paid to Logan New Collection`s details, including new rear crystal lights and a redesigned boot lid with thumb-push release button. The launch of Logan New Collection coincides with the arrival of a high-range Prestige version boasting specific exterior features. It is also the only Logan to be powered by the Renault 1.6 16V engine which delivers 105hp (77kW) at 5,750rpm, making this car especially pleasurable to drive and taking it to new levels of performance.
Order books for Logan New Collection are already open across the Dacia network and its price tag, which ranges from 7,600 to 10,590 euros, is an eloquent illustration of the new car`s value for money.
Enhanced appeal inside...
A unique product, Logan met with immediate success the moment it was launched. Today sees this extremely practical model build on its appeal thanks to a range of carefully targeted upgrades.
Inside, Logan New Collection boasts new original upholsteries and a carefully finished interior complete with new mats. Its new ergonomically designed gear knob has become a feature of all versions to reinforce the cabin?s modern feel. With regards to equipment, Logan New Collection now comes with a new range of Blaupunkt RDS radios equipped with removable fascia and combined with either a cassette player, a CD player, or a CD player with MP3 playback. New stowage space in the lower part of the console of the Laur?ate version highlights Logan?s practical calling.
The exterior design of Logan New Collection has also undergone detail changes. Examples include the rear lights with crystal indicators (from the Ambiance equipment level up), while the boot lid of the Laur?ate version features a brand new lip spoiler that gives a lighter, more dynamic feel to Logan?s rear-end looks. On the practical front, a thumb-push release button enabling the boot to be opened without the key has been added. At the front, the entire grille is now entirely body coloured.
Optional equipment in addition to these enhancements includes a new range of 15-inch alloy wheels. To round off the list of new features, Logan now comes with an expanded choice of tints : Mineral Blue, Platinum Grey, Comet Grey, and Tundra Beige. These highly contemporary colours are in phase with market trends and reaffirm Logan`s modern looks.
Logan Prestige: more refined and a new engine
The Prestige equipment level enriches the top end of the Logan range. The Logan Prestige stands out through a wealth of refined details such as its exclusive "Trial" upholstery, special door sill mouldings, satin-finish aluminium interior door handles and aluminiumeffect air-vent surrounds and centre console. Driver comfort hasn?t been forgotten either, as the leather steering wheel, leather gear knob and new instruments with silver background and red display zones all testify. The Prestige version?s exterior is just as distinctive with body colour front and rear bumpers, door handles, protective side strips and specific exterior mirrors, while the strip that tops the grille sports a special chequered pattern.
Optional "Bolshoi" alloy wheels are exclusive to Logan Prestige which comes in a choice of four metallic tints (Platinum Grey, Comet Grey, Mineral Blue and Toreador Red) and one non-metallic tint (Marine Blue).
Another exclusive hallmark of the Prestige version is its 1.6 16V engine, unique to Prestige in the Logan line-up.
1.6 16V: unprecedented performance for the Logan price-range
A product of Renault`s powertrain range, the 1.6 16V engine drives Logan to unprecedented levels of performance. With a power output of 105hp (77kW) at 5,750rpm and peak torque of 148Nm at 3,750rpm, it takes Logan Prestige from a standing start to 100kph in just 10.2 seconds and gives it a top speed of 183kph. Such power and performance make the 1.6 16V Logan Prestige stand out from similarly priced cars, yet it was primarily for its smoothness and driving pleasure that the 1.6 16V engine was chosen for this version.
With 90 per cent of maximum torque available from 2,000rpm, this engine offers enhanced driving pleasure and smooth acceleration response with no flat spots at either low or mid revs. The optimization of the inlet manifold and the choice of straight ducts to the valves means that power is permanently available for instant re-acceleration response This standard of performance has been achieved well maintaining excellent fuel efficiency.
A timing system featuring roller cam followers gives this 16-valve version of the 1.6-litre engine combined cycle fuel consumption of just 7.1 litres/100km which is slightly less fuel than that of the 1.6 MPI. There are gains for the environment too since CO2 emissions have been cut to 170g/km. The use of lightweight materials such as thin gauge steel for the sump casing and the tubular camshaft design has also contributed to the powerplant?s performance characteristics by minimizing its weight.
The 1.6 16V engine is coupled to a Type JH five-speed gearbox with enhanced synchronization and cable shift for shorter travel, enhanced gear shift precision and consequently even greater driving pleasure. Meanwhile a revised design for the engine/transmission mating has resulted in improved acoustic comfort.
Logan Prestige 1.6 16V, which only requires an oil change every 30,000km, is inexpensive to maintain and comes with the same three-year or 100,000km warranty that applies to the rest of the Logan range (in European Union countries).
The Logan saga continues
Since its launch in September 2004, Logan has enjoyed a highly successful career in all the markets where it is sold. It meets the needs of the customers in new growth markets as well as those of western Europe, particularly male motorists aged between 35 and 55.
More than 291,000 Logans were sold between September 2004 and June 2006. Romania, where it has pinned down close to 45 per cent of its home market since its launch, is the model?s biggest market. In March 2006, Dacia also became the top-selling brand in Morocco.
For the first half of 2006, the breakdown of Logan?s sales across the world was 40 per cent in eastern Europe (including Romania), 22 per cent in central and western Europe (including France which accounts for 9 per cent of worldwide sales), 19 per cent in Russia/CIS, 10 per cent in the Maghreb countries, 3 per cent in Turkey, and 6 per cent for the rest of the world (the Americas, Asia and Africa).
Since 2004, Logan has been produced in Pitesti, Romania, but it is also manufactured in Russia (since April 2005), Morocco and Colombia (since the second half of 2005). The Pitesti factory currently builds 780 Logans. In order to meet demand however, this figure will gradually increase to 840 cars per day by the end of 2006 for a total annual production capacity of 235,000 cars. By January 2008, annual production will have reached 350,000 cars.
Meanwhile, in light of Logan?s success in Russia, Renault also took the decision in June 2006 to step up production there by 30 per cent to reach 80,000 cars by 2007. The car will also shortly be produced in Iran, then in India and in Brazil in 2007.
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