( dpa )- The French car maker Renault is planning to boost flagging sales figures with a wider choice of its cheap model range including a fuel-saving eco-version of the Logan, according to reports.
The head of Renault's Germany division Jacques Rivoal confirmed the plans to the business daily Handelsblatt recently, saying that tests of the prototype Logan Renault eco2 "are running well" with a diesel fuel consumption of under three litres per 100 kilometres and a carbon dioxide emission figure of 80 g/km.
Renault plans to launch a range of new Logan models with up to six different vehicles including an SUV.
The basic Logan sedan, built by Renault's Romanian subsidiary Dacia , sells in Europe for a price of 8,400 euros (12,280 dollars).
A five-door compact version, the Logan Sandero , that is already being sold in Argentina and Brazil is headed for European showrooms this June for around 9,000 euros (13,160 dollars), according to the car maker.
The cheap car market segment is highly competitive with several Chinese, South Korean and Indian car makers vying for market shares both in industrialised and developing countries.