By FOCUS RPORTER
THE Sandero is one of the most popular cars in South Africa. And it is successful for good reason.
It is reliable, well-equipped and most importantly, it is very affordable. This year Renault has given their budget car a mild revision and they have also launched a special edition model, inspired by homegrown surfer and model, Roxy Louw.
The changes are subtle, but they do give the Sandero a fresher appearance. The front bumper has a new spoiler lip and the rear bumper has also been redesigned. The flagship Stepway version gets a new MP3 Bluetooth radio, as does the 1.6 Dynamique version.
On the safety front, standard features across the range include dual front airbags, anti-lock braking system and electronic brake force distribution.
Adding to its list of merits, was the Sandero’s recent victory in the annual Kinsey Report on parts pricing. In 2012, it was deemed the most affordable car in its class to maintain and Renault also throws in a standard five-year/150 000 kilometre warranty.
Only 100 units of the exclusive Roxy Louw Renault Sandero models will be available. They feature a unique colour scheme and a TomTom Live navigation unit.
Sports Focus attended the launch of this model. Roxy Louw explained that like the Sandero, she is a homegrown proudly South African product. She is to be the Sandero’s ambassador for 2013. Renault said that over 50 percent of Sandero sales are made up by the Stepway version, which boasts a beefier exterior look and rugged plastic cladding.
We also learned that because of this, Renault will be increasing production of this model and that they are expecting to sell almost 300 units per month.
Pricing on the new Sandero remains the same. Things start of at an appealing R112 900 for the 1.4 Ambiance model and the 1.6 Dynamique costs R129 900. The range-topping Stepway costs R149 900.