|Model years||1995–1996 (523) 1996–2000 (524)|
|Body style||5-door hatchback|
|Engine||1.4 L I4 1.6 L I4|
|Wheelbase||2,475 mm (97.4 in)|
|Length||4,030 mm (159 in)|
|Width||1,640 mm (65 in)|
|Height||1,430 mm (56 in)|
|Curb weight||940 kg (2,072 lb)|
Dacia Nova was the first car designed by the Romanian engineers, taking a very long time to complete. This is the reason for the car looking slightly outdated when it exited the factory's gates for the first time, in 1995. The next year the more popular facelifted version was introduced.
Urban myth in Romania suggests that it was a version of the Renault 11 or the Peugeot 309 which is incorrect. The Nova is a 100% Romanian design, started in 1983 and the only part of the car of Renault origin are its Cléon OHV engines. Whilst the styling is not dissimilar to the Peugeot 309, there is no commonality between it and the Nova.
The car was a small hatchback, with front wheel drive, 5-doors and 5 seats. The newest engine appeared in 1998 and was called the GTi. It was the GT engine that was upgraded with a Bosch MonoMotronic injection, thus reducing the GT's high consumption which was originally equipped with a two barrel carburator.
|Name||Capacity||Type||Power||Torque||Top speed||Acceleration 0–100 km/h||City consumption||Highway consumption|
|1.4 GLi||1,397 cc||8 valves OHV||48 kW (65 PS) at 5500 rpm||102 N·m (75 lb·ft) at 3500 rpm||150 km/h (93 mph)||17 s||10 L/100 km (28 mpg-imp; 24 mpg-US)||5.8 L/100 km (49 mpg-imp; 41 mpg-US)|
|1.6 GT||1,557 cc||8 valves OHV||52 kW (71 PS) at 5500 rpm||125 N·m (92 lb·ft) at 2500 rpm||160 km/h (99 mph)||15.9 s||11 L/100 km (26 mpg-imp; 21 mpg-US)||6 L/100 km (47 mpg-imp; 39 mpg-US)|
|1.6 GTi||1,557 cc||8 valves OHV||52 kW (71 PS) at 5500 rpm||121 N·m (89 lb·ft) at 2500 rpm||160 km/h (99 mph)||15.9 s||10 L/100 km (28 mpg-imp; 24 mpg-US)||6 L/100 km (47 mpg-imp; 39 mpg-US)|