Unpopular DT opinion: John Coleman does have a point about Dacia
Good car and meme farmers but not really that special as a product
Don't get me wrong-Dacia's are good cars. Cheap, easy to use and very practical but John Coleman forever tells us that they are pants. In the wider world he is wrong but in one very big way he does have a point.
Where is the inspiration?
As I have already said they are good cars for a job. That job is to move Romanian gypsies between 14th century-style hamlets with a lump of wood to hit over a head. There is no joke involved in that. No style. No luxury. No BBC 2 at 9pm-mainly because these gypsies don't even have electricity. You buy a Dacia because you can't afford a Renault. Isn't that basically saying your life is one rung below what you aimed for and that you basically failed in life as a result?
Can this be rectified?
Not really. If the cars were given lightweight makeovers like carpet removal and a bit more power from better engines then yes Dacia could have a cool car but that is against the whole idea of the brand so it wouldn't work. At that point it would be badged a Renault.
Oh come on! It is good news after all
I'm sorry to upset Ben Welham but the joke is overused. It has lost the laughter or real meaning by now. It has become so common that it really isn't that special when it is used. It would be a bit like having the same meal every time. Sure it might taste great but after some time doesn't it get a bit boring?
There is also the fact that the phrase 'good news' doesn't really hold much relevance to the car as a whole.
So what should be done here?
Lets take the Reliant Scimitar as a prime example. When was the last time you heard someone come out with that joke? Most likely when I published my anti-SUV rant but any other time in recent memory? No. This means that when someone does say it the saying actually has relevance and it does make you laugh.
Then there is the car itself. It has a V6 which actually makes it sound good, the interior was actually up to scratch for its time and it is a shooting brake which instantly makes it cool. There is no problem with the joke here because it is properly used, has real relevance to the car and the car is actually something to behold. It also has royal recognition and admiration.
I shall now end this post with statement that I am now legally obliged to make:
Princess Anne had one. You know.