News Round-up: Suzuki Swift Sport shown, VW conversion programme, Dacia updates

2018 Suzuki Swift Sport revealed ahead of Frankfurt debut

The new version of the Suzuki Swift Sport will make its official public debut at the 2017 Frankfurt motor show in September.

Suzuki has shown the first image of the sportiest version of the Swift supermini, which has been redesigned in line with the rest of the range, with several tweaks to differentiate it from the non-performance models. It gets sharper lines on the bonnet, a restyled grille and lower front splitter and bespoke alloys.

More details on the Swift Sport, including performance figures and pricing, are expected closer to the car’s public unveiling, which is set to take place on 12 September.

Volkswagen launches Converter Recognition programme

Volkswagen has officially launched its new approved converter programme, which gives access to a wide range of alternative commercial vehicle styles through affiliated companies.

The programme is called Converter Recognition, and sits alongside VW’s in-house Engineered to Go and Engineered for You programmes.

Available conversions include car transporters, cranes, minibuses, refrigerated vans, wheelchair access vehicles and more, alongside the standard Lutons, dropside and tippers that VW offers in house. Volkswagen is working with 17 different conversion companies, with the full list available on its website.

All converted vehicles will offer the same after-sales service as standard Volkswagen commercial vehicles.

Dacia tweaks Sandero and Logan MCV spec

Dacia has added a new engine and trim combination to the Sandero and Logan MCV, with the range-topping Laureate specification now available with the entry-level engine.

The 1.0-litre three-cylinder SCe75 petrol engine was previously only offered with Access or Ambiance trims. Laureate trim offers equipment such as satellite navigation and rear parking sensors. Pricing starts at £8595 for the Sandero and £9895 for the Logan MCV.

Dacia has also made the Height Adjustment Pack, which adds a height adjustable driver’s seat, steering wheel and seatbelt, standard on the mid-range Ambiance trim.