More Rumors: Dacia Fluence in the Works

Dacia is still making the headlines with its recently-revealed Duster SUV but it appears that the Romanian manufacturer has even more goodies prepared for the upcoming years. If we are to trust the recent rumors that emerged in global media, Dacia is currently developing a new sedan model based on Renault's Fluence but customized with more affordable parts that would turn the resulting car in a more affordable product.

Still, rumors regarding such a car are divided into two sides.

On one hand, there are the voices claiming that Dacia is indeed working on a Fluence deviation that would be released sometime around 2011. Dacia's version would be cheaper as compared to Renault's Fluence and would even borrow some new engines from Renault's lineup besides the one already available on the Logan or Sandero.

On the other hand, some people familiar with the matter are hinting that such a model could replace the successful Logan, although such a scenario is very unlikely. First of all, there's the price of the car. The Logan has always been a budget-minded model and a Fluence deviation won't join Dacia's lineup to replace it unless the Romanian manufacturer finds a way to cut costs. Secondly, new engines means more advanced technology which, once again, raises the final price of the car, yet incompatible with Logan's main idea.

Meanwhile, Dacia is working on its Duster SUV, a brand new model that it projected to hit the stores in spring 2010. This is Dacia's first SUV and will be produced alongside the Logan and Sandero in Pitesti, Romania. Still, Renault is also pondering a global launch of the car, which means the Duster could be produced in other factories for local markets.
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