Sam Philip 15 November 2011

This is the Dacia Lodgy Glace

Is this Romanian ice racer the most strangely named car of 2011?

Toyota Estima Lucida G Luxury Joyful Canopy. Isuzu Mysterious Utility Wizard. Ford Probe.
 
And now the grand pantheon of Cars With Very Silly Names has a new member. Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome the Dacia Lodgy Glace.
 
Dacia Lodgy Glace.
 
That’s ‘Lodgy’ to rhyme with ‘stodgy’. Or ‘dodgy’. That’s ‘Glace’ to rhyme to with er, ‘passé’. Or maybe ‘lace’. Either way it’s ridiculous.  
 
The Lodgy Glace is the new ice racer from Renault’s Romanian budget brand - and favourite of James - set to compete in this winter’s Andros Trophy ice race series in the lodgy hands of Alain Prost.
 
It uses the same 3.0-litre V6 as last year’s Dacia Duster ice racer, mid-mounted and tuned by Sodemo to make a lodgy 355bhp. Built around a tubular steel chassis, it weighs just 950kg. It has four-wheel drive. It has four-wheel steer. It’ll be fast. It’ll be sideways. It’ll be lodgy.
 
Unless you’re a filthy-rich ice racer, you won’t be able to get a Lodgy Glace on your driveway, but you might get a standard Lodgy.
 
The road-going Dacia Lodgy – a budget MPV that, we’re told, ‘evokes notions of generous interior space and the importance of family’ – will be revealed at next year’s Geneva motor show.
 
Dacia hasn’t yet confirmed whether the non-ice-racing Lodgy join the Duster and Sandero on sale in the UK, but you can be sure that, if it does, the Glace-free Lodgy will be rather less powerful.
 
So what do you think, TG? Lodgy? Or not-lodgy?

 

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