Tuesday 22 March 2016

Dacia Diva: low-cost motoring for the masses

Low-cost budget Dacia city car

The Dacia Diva would be an A-segment car based on the Renault Twingo but placed at a much lower price-point, taking the Dacia Sandero's place as the cheapest car sold by the Renault-Nissan Alliance in Europe.

The Dacia grill replaces the Renault Twingo's grill and fog-lights at the front end of the car, and at the rear a more typical window and body-coloured panel replaces the large black glass hatchback of the Twingo. In the name of cost-savings, the bumpers, wing mirrors, and door handles are left unpainted. The wheels are steelies covered by plastic hubcaps.

The Dacia Diva would be sold across Europe and throughout the Arab world.

Wednesday 9 March 2016

Some old creations: Scion xR and Ferrari 626 Piero

Just a couple of older ones I like but haven't had the chance to share yet.

Scion hot hatchback

This is my idea for the Scion xR, a hatchback brother to the Scion tC. Inspired by 80s hot hatches and most likely driven by a demographic too young to have experienced the decade first hand. I've probably had this one hanging around for about 5 years now, at a guess.

Ferrari GT

When I first saw the Ferrari FF, I didn't rate it at all. I thought it was ugly beyond words in both proportions and details, a complete departure from what a Ferrari grand tourer should look like. So the Ferrari 626 Piero you see here was kind of my reaction to the FF. It features more traditional GT proportions and the front fascia is a look back to Ferraris of the 50s and 60s.

I've since warmed up to the FF slightly, and looking back at my 626 Piero, it's probably too traditional for a company that doesn't really do 'retro' - or at least only in subtle ways on their production cars. Somewhere in the middle would be nice.