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Latest News: At the 2019 Geneva International Motor Show, the Scorpion brand celebrates its 70th anniversary. Featured on this year’s stand will be the new Abarth 595 esseesse and the Abarth 124 Rally Tribute limited edition, both authentic expressions of the brand's racing soul and its glorious past in motorsport. The 595 esseesse is a homage to the legendary Sixties tuning kit, successfully reprised back in 2009 on the Abarth 500 while the 124 Rally Tribute, is an acknowledgement to the Abarth 124 rally, after an enormously successful season culminating in victory in the FIA R-GT Cup and the European Rally Championship in 2018. New Abarth 595 esseesseThe stunning Abarth 595 esseesse is back, breathing new life into a name deeply rooted in the brand's history, when tuning kits designed to boost the performance of mass production cars made Karl Abarth's fortune as the inventor. 1964 saw the debut of the first Abarth 595 esseesse, tuned with the aid of a Solex 34 PBIC carburettor and a special intake manifold, cast in a single piece of light alloy with the valve cover, boosting its power to 32hp. On the outside, the car was recognisable by the rubber ties securing the bonnet instead of the usual lock and the enamelled Abarth logo. Inside, the "mean little Scorpion" displayed distinctive badges, with the "SS" monogram in capital letters on the bonnet and boot, and "esseesse" in full on the dashboard. It was an immediate success with Italian sports car enthusiasts. This success was repeated in 2009 by the “esseesse” tuning kit for the Abarth 500, which appeared in 2008. The tuning increased the engine's power to 160hp and modified the suspension setup, with Eibach lowering springs, alongside a higher-powered braking system and other racing-inspired content. Today, 10 years later, the iconic “esseesse” returns to the top of the Abarth range, and is equipped with the brand's most powerful 180hp engine.  In the best Abarth tradition, this 595 is made truly special by standard equipment that provides an exciting driving experience, always accompanied by the unmistakable deep roar of the Abarth by Akrapovic exhaust system, which combines outstanding performance with an exciting sound. The new Abarth 595 esseesse also features a high-performance Brembo front braking system, with perforated, ventilated front brake discs and oversize red brake calipers. The braking system is able to realign the brake pads with the disc's braking surface, for rapid heat dispersal and improved response when braking. The new Abarth 595 esseesse is identified by 17-inch Supersport alloy wheels with a new Racing White finish, Abarth side stripes, mirror caps and matching front and rear DAM. Also standard is an air filter “by BMC”, providing better intake air flow capacity with obvious benefits for engine combustion quality, power output and performance. The new Abarth 595 esseesse's equipment is completed by Koni FSD (Frequency Selective Damping) rear suspension. The 595 includes navigation with the 7-inch Uconnect HD touchscreen system, including Abarth Telemetry, Apple CarPlay support and Android AutoTM compatibility* as standard. *Android Auto, Google Play and Google Maps are trademarks of Google LLC. Apple CarPlay is a registered trademark of Apple Inc. The Abarth 595 esseesse's racing personality is clearly expressed by “Sabelt 70” sports seats with carbon rear shell, and the carbon pedals. What's more, a whole new range of Sabelt seats is now available on the 595, marking Abarth's 70th birthday with the number 70 embroidered on the cover. These seats are even further improved in their shapes, inserts and padding, for an even more intense driving experience. This new Abarth features the “esseesse” badge which, together with the "70th anniversary" logo, makes this sports car truly unique and exclusive. Full UK specification will be released in the coming weeks. Abarth 124 Rally TributeThe Geneva show hosts the global debut of the new Abarth 124 Rally Tribute, celebrating the "124 rally" racing car's triumph in the 2018 FIA R-GT Cup, as well as 40 class victories in the 12 national championships in which it competed. Produced in a limited edition of just 124 cars and not destined for the UK, the new Abarth 124 Rally includes as standard, a commemorative badge on the mudguards and inside the cockpit, as well as a numbered metal plaque. The exclusive stylistic characterisation and generous standard equipment transform this car into an emblem of the brand's core values: performance, craftsman-like care and technical excellence. The new Abarth 124 Rally Tribute is available in two bodywork colours, Costa Brava Red and Turini White, both combined with matte black bonnet, a reference to the historic Abarth 124 Rally. In addition, the mirror caps and DAM are in gunmetal grey with Costa Brava Red livery, or Racing Red with Turini White paintwork. Lifestyle  Abarth will present its new licensing collaboration projects, which evoke the brand’s values and pay homage to the Scorpion’s 70th anniversary.  The two new products on show at the Geneva Motor Show were created especially to mark the 70th anniversary of the Abarth brand: A titan chronograph watch by Breil, with unmistakable Abarth band and the iconic celebratory Scorpion emblem. The new Ixoost HIFI audio system with integrated Bluetooth™ amplifier connected to the replica of the famous Record Monza exhaust, will also be on display.

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16th May 2016

Dacia sponsors Super League's Magic Weekend and conjure up a unique prize for fans

Dacia sponsors Super League's Magic Weekend and conjure up a unique prize for fans

  • Dacia is the principle partner of the Super League’s Magic Weekend (21st-22nd May)
  • Sponsorship of unique weekend strengthens Dacia’s partnership with the Rugby League
  • Rugby fans can win family tickets and the chance to present the event’s Man of the Match awards
  • Rugby League special edition Dacia Duster and Club packs to be launched at the event
  • Full Dacia range will be on display in the Dacia Magic Weekend Fan Zone

Dacia is giving rugby fans the chance to win a prize that money can’t buy as part of its sponsorship of the Magic Weekend – the Super League’s annual event that sees an entire round of First Utility Super League matches played over a weekend and which this year takes place at Newcastle’s St James’ Park on 21st-22nd May.

The ‘shockingly affordable’ car brand is hosting a unique competition where people can win family tickets to the Magic Weekend and the opportunity to present the ‘Man of the Match’ awards.

Adding to the excitement, Dacia will also use the action-packed Magic Weekend for the launch of its brand new Rugby League special edition Dacia Duster and Club packs, which celebrate the no-nonsense brand’s new three-year partnership with the Rugby Football League.

To be in with a chance of scooping the prize packages, fans are invited to guess the number of rugby balls in the boot of a Dacia Duster at Lookers Dacia, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, on Monday 16th May (4-6pm) or at Evans Halshaw Dacia, Sunderland, on Thursday 19th May (4-7pm). The person at each dealership who guesses correctly, or is closest to the right figure, will enjoy a great view of all the action at St James’ Park together with the opportunity to hand over the highly coveted Man of the Match awards and have their picture taken on the pitch.

Visitors to the dealerships will also have the opportunity to see the First Utility Super League trophy and for those who are entering the competition at Lookers Dacia, there will even be the chance to meet rugby stars Sean O’Loughlin, Wigan & England Captain, and Chris Hill, Warrington Captain.

As Principle Partner of the Magic Weekend, Dacia will provide visitors with the opportunity to peruse its full range of award-winning vehicles in the event’s Fan Zone. Also on display will be the specially-liveried Dacia Dusters that have been finished in the ‘strip’ of each of the 12 teams that play in the First Utility Super League, which will be on the road touring iconic Newcastle landscapes on Tuesday 17th May.

Dacia is also unveiling some new offerings for their emblematic model, Duster, at the Magic Weekend. The Rugby League Special Edition Duster has extra features for the Rugby League fan: chrome front and side bars, wheel arch protectors and side protection mouldings to make the vehicle look even more rugged; a boot liner, so that you don’t have to worry about putting muddy kit in the boot; and a 24-litre refrigerated cool box to keep your food and drink fresh for after the match or those journeys to away games. The Rugby League Special Edition equipment can be added to any new Duster order, for only £895.

Dacia is also giving Rugby League fans a chance to show their allegiance to their club on their car! The Rugby League Club pack features floor mats, headrest covers, sun blinds and pennant, all featuring the shield of their favourite Super League team. The pack also includes a rugby ball should customers wish to emulate their heroes! The pack can be ordered for a new Duster or can be added to a customer’s existing Duster, and is available for only £180.

Ed Preston, Communications Manager, Dacia UK said: “Magic Weekend is a highlight of the Super League season and we are looking forward to joining in with the excitement and giving some lucky people a totally unique prize. With fans of all the teams in attendance, Magic Weekend is the perfect venue to launch our new Dacia Duster Rugby League accessory pack, which allows followers of the sport to show their support for their club by personalising their car.”

Chris Rawlings, RFL Commercial Director, said: "Having Dacia on board as the Principle Partner of the Magic Weekend, is great for the sport especially as it's part of their wider, long-term commitment to the game. The Magic Weekend is always a much anticipated weekend of fun and action for the fans and players alike. We're pleased to be working closely with Dacia to build on this success and bring more fans to the weekend's matches.”

In addition to being the Principle Partner of the Magic Weekend, Dacia’s partnership with the Rugby Football League has made it the Official Car Partner of the First Utility Super League and the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup, together with the Title Partner of the World Club Series.

Anyone who wishes to enter Dacia’s Magic Weekend competition can visit Lookers Dacia at 6 Benfield Road, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE6 5XA on Monday 16th May between 4-6pm, or Evans Halshaw Dacia at Wessington Way, Sunderland, SR5 3NX on Thursday 19th May between 4-7pm.

The Dacia range offers a vehicle to meet the needs of the vast majority of car buyers who are looking for an unrivalled combination of optimum value and quality. The range comprises of the Sandero five-door supermini, already the UK’s most affordable new car; Sandero Stepway compact crossover, robust Duster SUV, and the UK’s lowest priced estate – the Logan MCV.

Since the brand’s launch in the UK in 2013, Dacia has won numerous awards including What Car?’s ‘Best Small Car under £12,000’ for four consecutive years for the Sandero. The brand was recently named fourth best manufacturer, out of the entire car industry of more than 30 brands, in the 2016 Auto Express Driver Power owner survey. For further details on Dacia, please visit www.dacia.co.uk

In the ten years since relaunching in Europe, Dacia has sold more than 3,500,000 vehicles in Europe and the Mediterranean basin. In the UK in 2015, Dacia sold 26,228 vehicles, an increase of 10 per cent compared to 2014. Over 74,000 Dacia models have been sold in the UK since its launch in January 2013.

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