The Logan democratized the new auto from 2004, the Duster has shaken up the SUV segment, while the Sandero is the best-selling vehicle on the European retail market and has just been revamped to redefine the essential contemporary auto.
So, how much is it then?
Despite the car's small size, four adults should be able to sit inside the Spring Electric in relative comfort, and the boot promises to be the biggest in class.
The Spring Electric has many standard safety features: a speed limiter, ABS, ESP, electronic brakeforce distribution, six airbags, emergency call (SOS button), automatic headlight activation and automatic emergency braking. This also applies to the Media Nav multimedia system, which consists of a seven-inch touchscreen and offers DAB radio, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support as well as voice recognition. In the show auto, 215 horsepower (217 PS) and 221 pound-feet (300 Nm) of torque drive the front wheels to 100 kph (62 mph) in less than eight seconds. The car's range is 140 miles in mixed driving and 183 miles in the city, according to the WLTP test, while the top speed is 78mph. For reference, the Renault City K-ZE (basically the same car) costs from the equivalent of $8,700 in China (after local rebates and tax credits have been applied). If you prioritise range over power, there's an Eco mode that provides 10% more range by lowering the motor's output to 31 hp (23 kW) and top speed to 100 km/h. The battery is a 26.8 kWh pack that can be charged at up to 30 kW, although you will have to pay extra to have this enabled; otherwise, its on-board charger peaks at 6.6 kW.
The charging time from a standard wall socket would be 14 hours, from a wall box just 5 hours, while those opting for the 30kW charging will have it back up to 80 per cent in under an hour.
Dacia offers an eight-year/120,000-km battery warranty with the EV, along with a three-year/100,000-km factory warranty.
Dacia Spring Electric is gearing to hit European markets at a price point which could well make it one of the most affordable electric vehicle in the continent.
Because the Spring Electric is likely to be used predominantly in built-up areas, Dacia will sell versions specifically aimed at business buyers and car-share schemes.
Lighting plays an integral role here, too, with entirely joined-up light bars featuring front and rear.