By and large, when it comes to the business of fitting innovative technologies into their cars, automobile manufacturers tend to reserve such features for their flagship models or limited-run offerings. The price tags and discerning clientele who can afford it justify the cost of such fancy features.
Spending a day ambling through the French countryside is one of life’s great pleasures, and what more suitable tool for the job than a Renault 5? We’re on the verge of seeing a brand new electric R5 at the end of the year, and with 2022 marking the 50th anniversary of the legendary original, the company has invited Octane to its factory in Flins to drive a few examples from the back catalogue.
Even though Dacia prices have shifted up a gear in recent months, the Duster is still the most affordable four-wheel drive diesel vehicle on the market. Buyers looking for a rival would need to turn to the used car market for something else priced at a similar level, and then it would be several years old, rather than a brand new car with a three year, 60,000 mile warranty.
Every manufacturer will tell you that the latest car it's launching is its most important ever. While that’s probably not entirely true in this case, there is a sense that the Megane E-Tech represents a new start for Renault and one that it absolutely has to get right.
Amazingly, it’s three years since the second-generation Duster went on sale in the UK, and in that time, Dacia has not only updated its branding, but also the Sandero has set new standards in the value end of the supermini class