Take a look at this.. according to the Dacia it’s a cool, robust, affordable and environmentally efficient car, well it certainly looks cool and robust and that’s for sure . Dacia say that the MANIFESTO concept is a lab for ideas and a vehicle that is connected to nature, environmentally friendly and brimming with breakthroughs some of which will be available on future vehicles in Dacia’s range.As highlighted by Dacia the concept is not a future model: it is a statement about the brand’s aim to stand by customers as they become ever keener on outdoor pursuits, while expanding the values and qualities that have built Dacia vehicles’ success.
There are no filters between the passengers and the environment – no doors, no windows, no windshield. You are immersed in nature. And, when you are enjoying your open-air activities, there’s nothing quite as convenient as a work surface that serves a variety of purposes instead of the tailgate.Passengers can also be close to nature and at the same time remain connected with the services available on their smartphone: Dacia’s Bring-Your-Own-Device approach makes it possible to fully integrate a smartphone into the dashboard and on-board computer.
This system is already available on several of the brand’s models and will evolve further in the future. According to the company the MANIFESTO concept is also ushering in another breakthrough that will be built into future models: YouClip, a very simple system to secure a variety of handy and modular accessories.Lastly, as cool often overlaps with useful at Dacia, the single headlamp – why use two if one provides all the light you need? – can be detached to be used as a powerful torchlight!
The MANIFESTO concept comes with all the off-road hallmarks, including 4-wheel drive, very generous ride height, large wheels and a body built to withstand the toughest terrain. The vehicle is also waterproof where you can clean the inside with a water jet.Its also interesting to note that the removable seat coverings become sleeping bags in seconds.
With MANIFESTO concept, the brand is tendering its vision for a vehicle with a minimal environmental footprint. As it is compact and lightweight, it consumes less energy. This quest for efficiency goes back a long way in the Dacia range – Jogger, for instance, is 300 kg lighter than its 7-seat rivals.
MANIFESTO concept’s main plastic body parts contains a significant portion of recycled material. Called Starkle®, it is made from already processed polypropylene, with a flecked effect.The interior is also fitted with natural materials such as the cork covering the dashboard. And, as in the latest Dacia models, the decorative chrome plating is gone.
The concept airless tyres are another innovative feature as they aim for environmental friendliness as well as savings. The underlying principle is durability: these tyres are puncture-proof and last as long as the vehicle.
“At Dacia, we like to keep it real. As we were developing and exploring new ideas, we felt we needed to push them past 3D simulations and see what they look like in real life! As well as being a designer object, the MANIFESTO concept encapsulates our vision and combines a wide range of innovation – some involve extreme implementation, but they are still affordable for customers. We will be using a few of them on future Dacia models.” says David Durand, Dacia Design Director.
“We want to build a range of products that strengthens our brand promise, focusing on the essentials and adapting our vehicles for outdoor activities. Beyond our models, we are also working on innovative features that match our customers’ need and lifestyles even more closely. MANIFESTO concept is a “lab” to try out and mock up new ideas. The version you can see today will keep on evolving as we keep on exploring! So don’t miss the next models: they will be ever smarter, ever more tailored to outdoor activities and ever more Dacia!”
Lionel Jaillet, Dacia Product Performance Director