1966: The Romanian automotive industry takes off
Dacia, a state-owned Romanian company based in Pitesti, begins manufacturing Renault 8 under license in 1966 (renamed Dacia 1100) and Renault 12 in 1969 (renamed Dacia 1300).
1998: Gradual entry into the Renault group
- 1998: privatization of Dacia – Renault acquired a 51% equity stake
- Renault gradually increased its stake and held 99.3% in 2004
1999-2004: Extensive modernization
The Renault group invests 489 million euros over a five-year period to upgrade Dacia, modernizing production facilities, improving quality, training personnel, improving working conditions, renovating premises, upgrading IT equipment and installing assembly lines for Renault engines and gearboxes.
2000: The “renaissance” of Dacia with the launch of the SuperNova
SuperNova is the first car released after Dacia signed with Renault. It was replaced by the Solenza in 2003.
2004: Introduction of Logan
This vehicle, at the heart of the strategy to conquer emerging markets, is the result of close cooperation between Dacia and the engineering teams at the Technocentre. Today Logan is also a Van, a Pick-up and a MCV.
2007: Creation of Renault Technologies Romania (RTR)
This Renault engineering center is an offshoot of the Technocentre. Positioned close to the local customers, the RTR will become the engineering hub for all vehicles developed on the Logan platform.
2008: Sandero is launched
Dacia Sandero is presented during the Geneva Motor Show. This car offers an ample cabin space, a high load capacity and robust build. In addition, the brand, now present in 51 countries, reveals its new logo.
2009: Duster is revealed
Dacia Duster is the first SUV of the romanian automaker. It combines a robust design, a go-anywhere ability and low emissions, all this with an economical pricetag, as always!
2011: Duster in the headlines
Duster makes a splash in motor sports. Three feminine teams rely on the 4x4 for the Rallye Aïcha des Gazelles (Morocco) and Alain Prost finishes the ice racing Andros Trophy in 2nd position. Last but not least, a powerful version - 850hp - takes the 3rd place at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.
2012: Lodgy, family friendly
A few weeks after the presentation of Dacia Lodgy "Glace" (Andros Trophy), the brand unveils the final design of the production car. This brand new MPV should be the star of the 2012 Geneva Motor Show.