Dacia boss wants sports car

4 Dec, 2012 3:55pm Jack Rix

Dacia boss says he wants to expand the line-up with a two-seater sports car

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."

Sybord also shed some light on how he wants to expand the Dacia line-up in the UK, which will include the Duster, Sandero and Sandero Stepway when sales officially begin in January.

"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.