Dacia Nova was the first Dacia model 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 This is the reason for the car looking slightly outdated when it exited the factory's gates for the first time, in 1995.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 an in-house design, started in 1983, the first generation Nova closely resembled the Renault 11 and the Peugeot 309, especially from a side and the rear. The only part of the car of Renault origin was its Cléon OHV engines. Whilst the styling is similar to the Peugeot 309, there is no common part between the two models.
The car was a small Subcompactliftback, 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.