·        Dacia sponsors peak time programming on ‘the home of witty banter’,     Dave

·        Eight different idents will be aired on weekdays between 9pm and 11:40pm

·        In keeping with Dacia’s straight-talking image, the idents mock traditional advertising clichés

·        Prime Time weekday sponsorship with slogan ‘Keeping it simple with Prime Time on Dave’ runs for one year 

Dacia UK has partnered with UKTV channel Dave as its Prime Time programming sponsor. The one year sponsorship will feature across the channel’s best loved shows including: QI, Mock the Week, Dave Gorman: Modern Life is Goodish and Red Dwarf. 

Dave is known as the ‘home of witty banter’ and this brand new sponsorship allows Dacia to tap into the channel’s core audience of young males. 

The partnership showcases over eight different bespoke idents each featuring the Dacia Duster and the slogan: ‘Keeping it simple with Prime Time on Dave’. From a fake family to a fibreglass rhino, the 10 second adverts mock the traditional automotive advertising clichés, keeping true to the straight-talking tone of voice that differentiates Dacia within the car industry. 

James Boyer, Marketing Director, Groupe Renault UK said: “Dacia provides an alternative proposition for British car buyers – it’s straight-talking, anti-frivolous and easy to understand which has been key to delivering its unique position in the market. In that sense, Dave and Dacia draw many parallels so the sponsorship was an immediate choice for Dacia to be able speak to its core audience. Dave gives us a great opportunity to establish our tone of voice and what the brand stands for.” 

Rupinder Downie, Partnership Controller, Channel 4 comments: “UKTV offers an incredible portfolio of opportunities to sponsors. We’re delighted to be working with Dacia to provide them with year round presence across Prime Time on Dave, a highly sought after programming strand.” 

Dacia has proven very popular with owners and critics alike since launching just over three years ago.  What Car? magazine have rated the Sandero ‘Best Small Car under £12,000’ for four consecutive years.  One of the UK’s largest automotive owner satisfaction studies, Auto Express Driver Power, has placed Dacia in its top five best manufacturers for three consecutive years, out of 32 brands featured in the 2016 survey, with customers praising the brand’s reliability in particular. In the separate 2016 Auto Express Driver Power Dealer Aftersales Satisfaction survey customers rated Dacia as second overall in the industry for dealer service – ahead of all premium and luxury brands. Dacia was ranked fourth out of 34 brands for customer satisfaction, with a 90 per cent satisfaction score, in the 2016 Which? Car survey.

The Dacia range comprises the Sandero five-door hatchback, available in three trim levels with a choice of two petrol engines and one diesel engine. Pricing starts from £5,995, making it the most affordable new car on sale in the UK today. The Sandero Stepway is the UK’s most affordable crossover – priced from £8,495.  It combines hatchback practicality with SUV looks and is available in two trim levels with a choice of a petrol or diesel engine. 

The versatile Dacia Logan MCV offers a huge amount of space yet is the UK’s most affordable estate car, priced from £6,995 OTR.  The multiple award-winning Duster is the most affordable SUV on the UK market today – priced from £9,495. Duster is available in a choice of three trim levels, with 1.6-litre petrol or 1.5-litre dCi diesel engines and in 4x2 or 4x4 set-ups.

Over 90,000 Dacia models have been sold in the UK since its launch in January 2013. More than four million Dacias have been sold since Groupe Renault reintroduced the brand in Europe in 2004.


Notes to Editors: 

About Dacia 

Dacia has a long history associated with Renault, the French brand first working with Dacia plants in Romania in the 1960s, before acquiring them fully in 1999. The brand concept is simple: to shake up preconceived ideas. Dacia produces spacious, robust, high-quality vehicles of original design that are affordable for everybody.  

Dacia vehicles offer exceptional value for money. Reliable and resistant, they carry a three-year warranty and embody the best of Renault expertise. Since 2004, the range has been expanding constantly and buyers have a wide array of vehicles to choose from, ranging from Dacia Duster, a sporty all-terrain vehicle, to light commercial vehicles or family vehicles such as Dacia Logan MCV. 

Dacia has proven very popular with owners and critics alike in the UK: 

  •  What Car? ‘Best Small Car under £12,000’ – Sandero (2016, 2015, 2014 and 2013)
  •  Auto Express Driver Power 2016 – Dacia in top 5 of 32 brands (2016, 2015, 2014)
  •  Auto Express Driver Power Dealer Satisfaction 2016 – Dacia 2nd overall in the industry for service experience – ahead of all premium and luxury brands.  
  • Which? Car Guide 2016 – Dacia ranked 4th out of 34 brands for customer satisfaction 

The concept continues to enjoy great success with over 4 million Dacias sold in Europe since the brand’s revival in 2004. Since launching in the UK in January 2013, over 78,000 Dacia models have been sold. 

About UKTV

UKTV is the biggest multichannel broadcaster in the UK. 

The award-winning independent has eleven imaginative brands - UKTV Play, Dave, W, Gold, Alibi, Yesterday, Drama, Really, Home, Eden and Good Food. These include the two most popular non-PSB channels in the UK and account for 9.31% of the British commercial TV market. The company's most recent financial results showed record-breaking year-end revenue of £319m and EBITDA of £82m. It invested £148m in programming and related launches last year, and is becoming an increasingly significant investor in UK creativity. 

UKTV has a truly innovative model, curating brand-defining commissions, high-profile acquisitions and the very best of BBC, alongside programmes originally shown on ITV and Channel 4. The network embraces technology to deliver inspired channels to audiences through Freeview, Sky, Virgin Media, BT, TalkTalk, YouView, Freesat, Amazon Fire and UKTV Play, and distributes its highly valued original programmes to 200 territories.

Now celebrating its 23rd year at the forefront of digital television, UKTV - an independent commercial joint venture between BBC Worldwide and Scripps Networks Interactive, Inc. (SNI) - is proud to be the only British television broadcaster in The Sunday Times top 100 companies list. 

For further information please visit www.press.renault.co.uk or @RenaultUKPR or contact: 

Jeremy Townsend 
Communications Director 
jeremy.townsend@renault.co.uk – 01923 697592 – 07977 289327 
Matthew Bendall 
Press Relations Manager 
matthew.bendall@renault.co.uk – 01923 697653 – 07814 990247 
Chloe Yemm 
Press Officer 
chloe.yemm@renault.co.uk – 01923 697342 – 07773 048531 
Lisa Haworth-Langford 
Press Fleet & Events Manager 
lisa.haworth-langford@renault.co.uk – 01923 697537 – 07968 128886               
Sam Pinder 
Press Relations Coordinator 
sam.pinder@renault.co.uk - 01923 697778 
Sebastien Reynaud 
Communications Assistant 

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