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You might find it strange, but in Europe when automakers release a new model, they don’t always retire the old one.
That’s the case with Fiat‘s Panda 2, which will now run under the new “Panda Classic” title. Fiat debuted the new model at last September’s Geneva Motor Show, where it seemed likely the old model would be discontinued.
Rather than doing that, Fiat decided to repurpose the old Panda as an entry-level competitor to other low-cost cars according to a story reported in an Italian automotive news publication.
The Panda Classic will serve as competition for the Dacia Logan, which is gaining ground in the Italian market quickly. The Fiat comes at a higher cost than the Renault sedan, but it also saves on engineering a new car. Despite the higher cost, the Panda Classic still enjoys a solid reputation in Italy as an established and popular vehicle.
[Source: Left Lane News]
The Dacia Logan, intended to be sold in world markets as basic transportation, was never supposed to come to America, but somehow, 41 Dacia Logan station wagons found their way to Iowa, sans drivetrain.
The fleet of Romanian-built compacts, engineered in collaboration with Renault, came without VINs as well, since the cars were intended to be converted to electric vehicles. The project seems to have gone belly-up, and the cars are now being auctioned off on Ebay at a starting price of $4,500. Buyers have the option of purchasing a single car or buying in bulk, although registering the cars for road use will undoubtedly be more trouble than its worth.
[Source: Bring A Trailer]