Da­cia voted fourth best man­u­fac­turer in Driver Power Awards

Im­proves on fifth place in last year’s lead­ing own­er­ship sur­vey

Staines Informer - - MOTORS -

DA­CIA has been voted the fourth best brand in the Auto Ex­press Driver Power 2016 Awards, im­prov­ing on its im­pres­sive fifth place fin­ish in last year’s sur­vey and eclips­ing many lux­ury and pre­mium brands.

The ‘shock­ingly af­ford­able’ brand recorded a score of 90.43% over­all af­ter the feedback of sat­is­fied own­ers saw Da­cia tri­umph against many of the other 31 ranked brands.

Since Da­cia’s de­but in the lead­ing own­er­ship sur­vey in 2014, the brand has fea­tured in the top five best man­u­fac­tur­ers. The fourth over­all fin­ish fol­lows the man­u­fac­turer win­ning its first ever cat­e­gory in the an­nual Auto Ex­press Driver Power Awards, with the ca­pa­cious and ver­sa­tile Lo­gan MCV es­tate top­ping the over­all cat­e­gory for Best Fam­ily Car in this year’s sur­vey.

Brian Wal­ters, direc­tor, re­search and in­sights at Driver Power, said: “Da­cia own­ers praised their ve­hi­cles for re­li­a­bil­ity, the sin­gle most im­por­tant fac­tor in ve­hi­cle sat­is­fac­tion ac­cord­ing to Driver Power re­spon­dents.

“Ve­hi­cle re­li­a­bil­ity is crit­i­cal for any brand but it is es­pe­cially so for a rel­a­tively new brand es­tab­lish­ing a foothold in the UK mar­ket, such as Da­cia. Da­cia’s per­for­mance in the 2016 Driver Power should be an in­vi­ta­tion to newve­hi­cle buy­ers in the UK to add Da­cia to their shop­ping list.”

Com­ment­ing on Da­cia’s plac­ing in the top five best man­u­fac­tur­ers for the third con­sec­u­tive year, Louise O’Sul­li­van, head of Da­cia, said: “Not only sus­tain­ing, but im­prov­ing on our po­si­tion shows that Da­cia con­tin­ues to go from strength to strength and is able to com­ple­ment the un­ri­valled af­ford­abil­ity of its ve­hi­cles with lev­els of qual­ity and owner sat­is­fac­tion that are among the very best that driv­ers can ex­pe­ri­ence.”

In the 10 years since re­launch­ing in Europe, Da­cia has sold more than 3,500,000 ve­hi­cles in Europe and the Mediter­ranean basin.

In the UK in 2015, Da­cia sold 26,228 ve­hi­cles, an in­crease of 10% com­pared to 2014. More than 74,000 Da­cia mod­els have been sold in the UK since its launch in Jan­uary 2013.

The UK’s most af­ford­able car was also a re­cent win­ner of What Car? mag­a­zine’s ‘Best Small Car for less than £12,000’ award for the fourth con­sec­u­tive year – the San­dero Am­biance 1.2 16v 75hatch­back comes with a £500 dealer de­posit con­tri­bu­tion.

Through the four-year Di­men­sions PCP plan, San­dero cus­tomers can en­joy all the ben­e­fits of a brand new car for just £103 per month once they have put down a de­posit of £103.

The award-win­ning Da­cia range can be seen and test driven at SMC Mo­tor Group at 168-170 Oat­lands Drive, Wey­bridge (call 01932 282848) and Ash Road, Alder­shot, (01252 888498) in­clud­ing the All-New Am­bi­ence Prime range!

For more in­for­ma­tion visit www.sm­c­mo­tor­group/da­cia or like the SMC Mo­tor Group Facebook or Twit­ter.

Fi­nance pro­vided by RCI Fi­nan­cial Ser­vices Lim­ited, PO Box 149, Wat­ford WD17 1FJ. Sub­ject to sta­tus. Guar­an­tees and in­dem­ni­ties may be re­quired.

You must be at least 18 and a UK res­i­dent (ex­clud­ing the Isle of Man and Chan­nel Is­lands) to ap­ply for fi­nance. Of­fer based on 6,000 miles per an­num, ex­cess mileage 8p per mile inc VAT. Terms and con­di­tions ap­ply. Of­fers can­not be used with other schemes or fi­nance of­fers. Prices and of­fers shown are avail­able on spec­i­fied new ve­hi­cles when or­dered be­tween now and reg­is­tered by June 30 2016.

2 Ex­tended war­ranty ap­plies to the mod­els shown for up to five years or 60,000 miles, which­ever comes first, when pur­chased on Da­cia Fi­nance de­posit con­tri­bu­tion schemes (ex­clud­ing Ac­cess ver­sions). The ex­tended war­ranty pro­longs the war­ranty cov­er­age from the date of first reg­is­tra­tion and ex­pires on the first of the two lim­its reached.

War­ranty of­fer pro­vides on­go­ing pro­tec­tion from me­chan­i­cal and elec­tri­cal fail­ure af­ter the stan­dard man­u­fac­turer’s war­ranty has ex­pired and is val­ued at £395. The war­ranty plan is not trans­fer­able to an­other ve­hi­cle, but should the ve­hi­cle be sold while the war­ranty plan is still ac­tive, the re­main­ing cover trans­fers to the new owner.

Visit shop.da­cia.co.uk/prod­uct/5year-ex­tended-war­ranty for full terms and con­di­tions.

There are some great deals on the Da­cia San­dero.

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