Dacia vans and pick-ups on stand-by for UK market
Story: Ralph Morton | Posted 28 December 2012 | In Van News
DACIA, makers of “shockingly affordable” cars, won’t be providing the same rock bottom transport for self-employed trades and van fleets – at least not yet.
Romanian maker Dacia, owned by Renault, currently makes three commercial vehicles: the van and pick-up, both based on the Logan, and the recently launched Dokker Van.
However, Renault sales director Darren Payne said there were no immediate plans for Dacia to enhance its UK presence with LCVs.
“There would have to be a sensible reason to introduce the Dacian van and pick-up,” Darren told Business Vans. “In cars we’ve moved the Renault range upmarket to accommodate the “shockingly affordable” Dacia brand. We don’t have that position with Renault vans.”
Yet – Darren might have added. The decision to put Dacia commercials on hold is reasonable: the brand is currently establishing itself in the UK with the car range.
However, the Dacia commercial vehicle range would provide a low-cost commercial van and pick-up to meet the growing challenge from Chinese makers such as DFSK with its £9999 + VAT Loadhopper Double Cab or Great Wall, with its £13,998 + VAT Steed pick-up.