Dacia remains faithful to the internal combustion engine

Electrification will make a modest breakthrough in Dacia's range next year, with the arrival in March 2023 of a hybrid version of the Jogger. Above: the 7-seater of the Jogger, during a presentation in 2021, in Aubervilliers. ERIC GAILLARD/REUTERS

While all its rivals swear by electrics, Renault's low-cost brand wants to remain accessible.

All the major European car brands have only one horizon left: the course of 100% electric sales. All? No. An irreducible brand resists again and again: Dacia. Sandero, Duster, Jogger and soon Bigster, the successful models of the Romanian manufacturer bought by Renault in 1999 all have combustion engines. And for a long time yet.

Dacia has not set a deadline for the big shift in battery-powered vehicles. He certainly released Spring, a small electric model made in China that is selling very well. But Renault has given the “the”: the Losange will be the champion of electric vehicles that will be manufactured in France. At the Paris Motor Show in mid-October, Dacia models will be in the front row alongside the future R5, 4L, Alpine...

Making combustion engines last is the condition for keeping its promise to build affordable cars. The price of a Sandero, the best-selling vehicle in Europe, starts at 11,000 euros. The Jogger, its…

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