( AFP ) - The French car maker Renault will market an environmentally friendly version of the low-cost Logan produced by its Romanian subsidiary Dacia, the head of Renault's German unit said Thursday.
"We are going to offer the car in the coming years," Jacques Rivoal was quoted as saying by the business daily Handelsblatt in comments to appear Friday but released in advance.
"Tests are going well," Rivoal added.
The "green" Logan, a prototype of which was presented in October, should go on sale starting in 2010, the newspaper said.
Bearing the "Renault eco2" badge reserved for the group's least polluting models, the new model is expected to produce 97 grams of CO2 per kilometer in mixed driving, compared with 120 g/km for the present model.
The European Commission wants to set an average level of 120 g/km for auto manufacturers to meet by 2012.
Dacia's new Logan would also use 3.8 litres of petrol per 100 kilometers (one gallon per 60 miles), the report said.