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 This is the reason for the car looking slightly outdated when it exited the factory's gates for the first time, in 1995.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.
Although is a general belief in Romania that it was engineered as a version of the Renault 11 or the Peugeot 309, truth is the Nova is a 100% Romanian design, started in 1983. 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 both models.
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.