A Dacia sports car could become a reality if its UK boss gets his way, Auto Express has learned. Thierry Sybord, Dacia UK's managing director told us that "his dream" is to add a two seater sports car to the line up.
"In my opinion a sports car is exactly what we need," Sybord revealed. "Like the original Alpine, it would be simple, affordable and most of all fun to drive - it's not necessarily about going fast."
A joint venture between Renault and Caterham was announced last month to revive the Alpine name and work on a range of future sports cars, but there are no plans for Dacia to plunder technology or a platform from that partnership.
"The new Alpine platform will be way too expensive for Dacia," Sybord explained. "It would have to be based on a development of the Logan chassis, like all Dacias. It would use a similar philosophy to the original MX-5 but be cheaper."
"My ideal range would be the Duster, the two Sanderos and eventually the Lodgy, although the Lodgy would need a facelift, and then this sporty model aimed at younger customers."
Dacia is hoping to sell close to 20,000 units in the UK next year - it's first full year of trading - which equates to around one per cent of the total market.