Dacia will keep its internal combustion engines as long as possible

Dacia, the Romanian car manufacturer owned by Renault, intends to continue to offer internal combustion engine vehicles even after the year 2030 and to continue selling them until it becomes illegal to sell ICEs in Europe. The European Union has, however, banned the sale of thermal engine vehicles on the continent after 2035, and Dacia must make an effort to switch to electrification by then in order to remain in the market.

Automotive News Europe quotes Denis Le Vot, CEO of Dacia

Renault will push to be the champion of electric motors; it carries a risk. This is also why Dacia exists. Depending on the speed of the market’s conversion to electric motorization and customer appetite, Dacia is there. The two can coexist.

Dacia currently markets only one electric model, the Spring, which it does not even manufacture itself, having subcontracted the task to Dongfeng, China. The Spring has been relatively successful in Europe, with 20,000 units sold in the first half of 2022, around 12% of Dacia’s total first-half sales.

Pure electric models from Dacia are coming, however, with the next being a subcompact electric vehicle expected to arrive sometime in 2024. Spring will also be dropped in 2024, but Dacia has not confirmed that the new model is in fact a direct replacement – it will most likely be a larger vehicle, more like an electric Sandero.

He recently introduced the joggera large seven-seater family, which will be equipped next year with a new hybrid version which borrows E-Tech Hybrid technology from the Renault parent company.

We also got a glimpse of the brand’s future design direction (albeit a very bold one) with the sun-loving Dacia Manifesto revealed a few days ago in Paris. This is an electric off-road buggy study that doesn’t preview any production models, but as always these concepts reveal some of the character of an upcoming model – for example we can see how Dacia can choose to design the full-width bar front light, integrate it with its new logo and how it could be integrated with the headlight clusters.

Kevin A. Perras