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Dacia is best known for selling some of the cheapest cars on the market equipped with rare levels of equipment, but its latest creation goes even further, with no doors, windows or even a windshield.
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It’s called the Manifesto and is a concept vehicle the automaker will never produce, but it highlights the features you’ll soon see in its engines and signals its intention to expand its off-road lineup in the future.
The 4WD buggy is electrically powered and designed for outdoor adventures. It would be ideal for campers, with a small, removable battery that can be removed from the back of the car and used to power a kettle or portable stove, a removable headlight that doubles as a flashlight, and seat covers that can be used as sleeping bags.
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Camper Car: This is the Dacia Manifesto Concept, a stripped-down electric buggy designed for the adventurous. The manufacturer says that this is an “idea lab” and will not be produced, but some features will be used in future models.
The car is a one-of-a-kind fully operational concept and will most likely stay that way.
Dacia calls the Manifesto Concept an “idea lab” for features it will likely bring to market in the next few years.
Its French parent company Renault charted the brand’s direction this week, with an ongoing focus on low-cost mobility with cars that only have the “essentials” to make them reliable and capable of off-road adventure.
The buggy seems to fit many of the criteria, although it raises a few questions about what should be considered “essential”.
While we argue that doors are a necessity, as are windows and a windshield, Dacia says that by not having these features, the Manifesto has “no barriers between passengers and the environment” so they can “completely immerse themselves in nature” . ‘.
It shouldn’t scare away wild animals as it approaches thanks to a unique concept powered by an electric drivetrain, though the Romanian company hasn’t provided any details on battery size, electric motors, range or charging time.
Dacia’s parent company Renault put forward a proposal for the brand in the next decade, saying it would expand into the SUV market but still be affordable, offering only “essential” equipment.
The manifesto raises several questions about what is considered “essential”. While we argue that doors are essential, as are windows and a windshield, a buggy has neither.
It was created specifically for holidaymakers, offering a vehicle without “barriers between passengers and the environment” so that they can “completely immerse themselves in nature”.
Instead, Dacia is putting more emphasis on the features it offers, some of which have never been used before.
This includes seat covers that can be detached from the seat and used by the driver and his passengers as sleeping bags. Even the headrests detach to be used as pillows.
The single headlight can also be taken out of the car and used as a camping lamp, which can illuminate a fairly large area.
It also has a small battery pack that slides out of the back of the buggy. It’s stored under the wear-resistant worktop that the Manifesto has in place of the usual trunk.
This is a convenient charging solution for those who may need to charge their phones or kitchen equipment while on a camping trip, camping or expedition.
Some of the headlines are smart but unlikely to ever see the light of day. That includes these seat covers that can be removed and turned into sleeping bags. Even the headrests can be removed to use as small pillows.
The single headlight can also be removed from the vehicle and used as a camping light. It should produce a beam strong enough to illuminate a fairly large area.
It also has a small battery pack that slides out of the back of the buggy (can be seen here on the bottom left).
The small battery can be detached from the vehicle and used as a convenient charging solution for those who may need power…