The right-hand drive version of the Dacia Sandero will be built at the carmaker’s core plant in Romania, Renault has decided.
Dacia’s Mioveni plant, which has already begun production of the left-hand drive Dacia Sandero, has won the battle with the Tangiers plant in Morocco, which currently makes the Dacia Lodgy, Dokker and Dokker Van. The deal will allow the Romanian plant to increase its output by 30,000 units a year and to export an additional €300 million’s worth of cars to the United Kingdom. Production of the RHD Sandero will begin before the end of this year.
The new Dacia Sandero will be available in the UK early next year and will be priced from 5,995 pounds (€7,400), making it the most affordable new car in Britain. The right-hand drive Dacia Duster SUV, already available to order in the UK from 8,995 pounds (€11,150), is built in India, along with models destined for the local market.
Dacia expects to sell at least 30,000 Sanderos in the UK next year, which would allow overall production at the Mioveni plant to get closer to its maximum output of 350,000 vehicles. The new Logan, Sandero and Sandero Stepway will be built in Romania for European markets and in Morocco’s SOMACA plant for North African markets such as Tunisia and Morocco. From the second-quarter of 2013, the new Sandero will also be built at the Tangiers plant.