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The lowdown on Logan

2007-03-26 09:56
Renault's Logan sedan, introduced in 2004, is the first model in the car maker's budget range meant to spearhead its charge into developing markets.

The range has recently been extended to include a Logan Van (aimed at small business users) and the Logan MCV (meaning "multi convivial vehicle  or station wagon).

Most production is focused at Dacia's Pitesta plant in Romania, and Logan models are sold under the Renault and Dacia nameplates in different parts of the world.

The four-door sedan, which shares its platform with the Nissan Micra and Renault's Modus and Clio, is preparing for its South African introduction.

The sedan is powered by a range of eight-valve petrol and turbodiesel engines. The 1.4 litre petrol pushes out 55 kW of power at 5 500 r/min, and peak torque of 112 Nm at 3 000 r/min. The 1.6-litre engine produces 64 kW at 5 500 r/min and has a peak torque figure of 128 Nm at 3 000 r/min.

The 1.5-litre turbodiesel is responsible for 50 kW and 160 Nm of torque at 4 000 and 1 700 r/min, respectively.

Logan was designed from the outset to be robust and as cost-effective as possible with low running and maintenance costs.

Intervals between services are extended, and oil, spark plugs and air filters need only be changed every 30 000 km.

In most countries, Logan is sold through Renault's existing network. Renault South Africa has already confessed its eagerness to produce the budget car here.

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