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LPG resurfaces in UK new car market

Dacia is now offering its Duster, Sandero and Logan MCV models with a new 1.0-litre turbo dual-fuel powertrain that combines petrol and LPG capabilities to offer lower costs and emissions.

The 1.0-litre turbo Bi-Fuel 100 engine delivers reduced fuel costs, lower emissions and improved performance without compromising on boot space

According to the carmaker, the factory-fit solution – the only LPG powertrain in the UK’s new car market – could save drivers an average of £594 a year. The 1.0-litre turbo Bi-Fuel 100 engine brings a combined range of up to 620 miles and drivers have access to more than 1,400 LPG stations across the UK, with LPG priced at around 0.63p per litre – half that of petrol or diesel – although it is less fuel efficient.

As well as reduced fuel costs, the powertrain brings an emissions reduction in LPG-mode of up to 11% on the Duster and 9% for the Sandero hatchback while offering increased torque in LPG mode; up from 160 to 170 Nm.

The technology is already used on Dacia models in Europe – one in three Dacia vehicles are fitted with the system in Italy – and goes on sale in the UK this month, with Dacia saying there’ll be no delay in delivery times from the conversion. Prices start from £9,095 OTR for the Sandero Essential TCe 100 Bi-Fuel.

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for nearly 20 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. Natalie edits all the Fleet World websites and newsletters, and loves to hear about any latest industry news.