Walking on the Helsinki street, I noticed this humble-but-useful Dacia Logan pickup. Since trucklets such as this are favorably looked upon around these parts of the Internet, out came the cameraphone.
The Dacia is a couple years old, with the 1.5-litre Renault-sourced turbodiesel. Of course, everything you see here is Renault-sourced. Even the Volvo S40 behind the Dacia must have a couple of Renault parts onboard.
The Logan is from the time Renault really wanted to focus on Dacia products after a period of mostly selling them in Romania and not much elsewhere. But with the 2006 Logan, Renault went out to produce a world car of sorts, using bits and bobs from old partsbins and covering them with an inoffensive and generic, yet vaguely likeable box of sheetmetal. The Logan first came out as a four-door saloon, but the long-wheelbase wagon (called the MCV, also available as a panel van) and the pickup soon followed.
I predict these will get used up quite quickly: they’re cheap to buy and probably reasonable to run, so no-one has too many reasons to pamper them too much. They’re made to get beaten, not polished.
[Images: Copyriht 2013 Hooniverse/Antti Kautonen]