UK sees cheap deals and high performance

The motor industry is still seeing developments in new and old models which seek to exploit different ends of the UK market.

Eastern European manufacturer Dacia is to make its new model, the Sandero, the cheapest in the UK, via car finance starting at just £69 per month. Several finance schemes will be offered through dealers for the no-frills supermini, one of which requires a £1,845 deposit followed by monthly payments of just £69 over four years.

Attached to a typical dealer-finance interest rate of 9.4% via the Dacia Dimensions personal contract purchase deal, the entry-level £5,995 Sandero model will be marketed quite squarely at families that are looking to cut their motoring costs with attractive car credit deals. An alternative deal listed by Dacia, sees a deposit of £699 being required, followed by monthly payments of £99 at 9% APR.

Early 2013 will see the first deliveries of the Sandero and its compact SUV sibling the Duster. A network of 135 dealers will be handling the two cars, plus it can be ordered online, with a refundable £100 deposit. The cars come with a standard three-year and 60,000-mile warranty, which can be upgraded to either a five-year, 60,000-mile option or a seven-year 100,000-mile deal.

Meanwhile, in another sector of the UK motor industry, the legendary Jeep Wrangler has cemented its reputation as a serious off-roader and continued its unrivalled success by scooping another award.

Long-established specialist publication 4x4 Magazine has awarded the rugged US-built jeep the honour of 4x4 of the Year, Hardcore class. The award, which went specifically to the four-door Wrangler Unlimited, was given by an expert panel of judges against a lost of extremely capable competitors.

In particular, the Wrangler's off-roading capability, style, equipment and value-for-money were praised, and in commenting on the result 4x4 Magazine editor, Nigel Fryatt, whilst admitting the award section was competitive, claimed the Wrangler was a "unanimous" choice in the Hardcore class.

Fryatt claimed that the Land Rover Defender went head-to-head with the Jeep Wrangler and there was little to choose, but when considering the daily prospect of driving in all-weathers, all traffic conditions, on and off-road, there was only one winner, which had to be the Jeep. 

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