The Dacia Logan is classified as a small family car and is produced by French carmaker Renault as well as Dacia. Production of this vehicle started in 2004 and it is currently in its second generation, manufactured at Dacia’s Mioveni plant in Romania. The Logan is also produced at a number of other plants in Turkey, Brazil, Colombia, Russia, South Africa, India, and Iran. The first generation Logan was named the best car of the year by Autobest 2005 by a jury from 15 different countries and won a number of other awards, including Best Compact by Abioto.
The Logan has been marketed under a number of different names, including the Renault Logan, Mahindra Verito, Nissan Aprio, Nissan NP200 (pickup version), the Renault Symbol (second generation), and the Lada Largus. The Logan I was designed at Renault’s Technocentre in Paris and took four years of development before it was finally announced in 1999 and released. This vehicle was designed to be an affordable car with a number of simple features, and it has replaced a variety of older cars in the production phase, including the Renault 12-based cars and the Dacia 1310 series.
The very first Logan was launched in June of 2004 and marketing for it started in September of the same year. Renault did not have any plans to sell the Logan in Western Europe initially, but it started importing a higher-end version of the car in June of 2005. This car proved to be a huge success with those who were looking for an inexpensive no frills car that was easy to repair without taking to an actual mechanic. The Logan launched in India in April of 2007 with the help of Mahindra. This was the very first right-hand driver market for the Logan.
In July of 2008, the Logan received a facelift in the form of a new version that was called the Dacia New Logan. This new version of the Logan features a more updated modern design as well as a more comfortable and stylish interior. The overall design of the Logan was based on the B0 platform which was also used for the Renault Clio II and a number of other Renault and Nissan models. This vehicle has half the parts of the higher-end Renault vehicle as well as a limited number of electronic gadgets. The limited number of electronic devices and simplified features was a design choice that was made to make the Logan a more affordable vehicle.
With regards to safety, the Logan scored a three out of five star rating in June of 2005 at the EuroNCAP crash tests, confirming the statements from Renault earlier that year. Some of the features that come standard on the facelifted Logan include passenger and side airbags, EDB or electronic brakeforce distribution, and EBA or emergency brake assist. There is also the Logan MCV or Multi Convivial Vehicle, which was launched in 2006 at the Paris Motor Show as the station wagon version of this vehicle. The MCV has both give and seven seat versions as well as a longer wheelbase than the sedan.
The Logan pick-up truck or coupe utility version was based on the MCV as well and introduced to the public in October of 2007 at the Bucharest International Motor Show, replacing the Dacia Pick-Up. Sales of this vehicle started in 2008 in Romania. The latest version of the Logan, the Logan II, was introduced to the public in 2012 at the Paris Motor Show. This vehicle was launched in Russia in March of 2014 and later on in Egypt as the Renault Logan.