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Can a Dacia Duster be compared with a Ford Mustang? It would be difficult to do so as these vehicles compete in different categories and segments, have different price points and different target markets. Moreover, in terms of power and performance, the Duster couldn’t be compared to a Mustang.
Nonetheless, there is one person who believes that Dacia’s budget SUV is similar to the Ford’s legendary pony car. This person is the chief of design for Group Renault -- Laurens van den Acker. Dacia, the Romanian subsidiary of Group Renault, has been building the Duster since 2009, while Ford has been producing the Mustang since 1965. Despite the Duster being just a decade old, van den Acker told Autocar that the SUV is similar to the Mustang in a sense that it is already an iconic model with an identity stronger than the brand.
Group Renault’s design chief believes that the identity of the Duster as a model is already larger than Dacia as a brand. This is similar to the iconic pony car – the Mustang as a model has a stronger identity than Ford as a brand. The Duster is iconic to Dacia just as the Mustang is iconic for Ford.Read the entire article Group Renault design chief compares the Dacia Duster with Ford Mustang
Duster is currently the best-selling model of Dacia, the Romanian carmaker that is part of the Renault Group. It was built as an SUV, and its smart, no-frill yet practical character made it an appealing vehicle for many. Now, its second-generation model has gained a pickup form.
This pickup version of the Dacia won't be build by the Romanian carmaker. It will be instead be built by a Romania coachbuilder called as SC Romturingia SRL, which is based in Campulung Muscel. Romturingia SRL produces bodywork for vehicles and armored vehicles, special designs for fuel transport, and vehicles with special destinations. It also builds trailers and installs hard-tops for vehicles build by Dacia, Renault, Nissan, Mitsubishi, Toyota, Ford and Mazda.
Actually, Romturingia and Dacia already had a collaboration to build a pickup version of the Duster. That was way back in 2014, and only 500 examples of the Duster SUV-turned-pickup were built and delivered. However, that collaboration involved the first generation of the Duster, all of these conversions sold to a major fleet customer in Romania. The Duster was first launched in 2009 as the first generation model, with the second generation revealed at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show. Romturingia newest pickup conversion involved the second generation of the Dacia Duster.Read the entire article Romanian coachbuilder Romturingia converts 2nd-gen Dacia Duster SUV into a pickup
Not so long ago in the United Kingdom, we witnessed how the Ford Fiesta has been converted into a van, and now, the Dacia Duster seems to be getting the same treatment. The Duster Fiskal has been available in Austria for quite some time now, together with the Sandero Fiskal and Logan MCV Fiskal. And the former, actually has been making the transition towards the SUV’s second generation. The said model caters to small businesses, and the utilitarian vehicle will finally let go of the rear bench to allow for more cargo capacity.
The new flat load compartment features a rubber mat that measures 1.64 meters (64.5 inches) long and contains four lashing points to make sure your cargo is secure. Inside, there is also a good quality steel divider wall that separates the passenger area from the cargo compartment, while the rear side windows have been covered instead to avoid those prying eyes looking inside the van. It may seem like Dacia just added a plastic white panel over the Duster Fiskal’s body but that’s not all they have done. Instead, it had been replaced with metal covered by a nice piece of fabric on the inside.
Even though it had not been mentioned in the press release, its load volume is pretty much identical to that of the regular Duster with the rear seats folded. When the seats are down, the front wheel drive model can accommodate 1,636 liters of space, and the 4x4 version can fit up to 1,604 liters.Read the entire article 2018 Dascia Duster Fiskal has been modified into a van
Not many may be familiar with the Dacia Duster, but for those who do, you probably know that it is insanely affordable. After being in the market for seven years, and after over a million units sold, it is finally going to get a second-generation model. To keep up with the current version, while keeping the costs minimal, Renault’s Romanian division will give the new generation the same underpinnings that will be housed in new exterior body as well as a more modern interior.
With this kind of reports circulating the net, it is unavoidable for artists with Photoshop skills to play with its current look and imagine the 2018 model year. For instance, we already found some photos from X-Tomi Design where artists are imagining all sorts of designs for the upcoming Duster. From these photos, we think that two of them may happen, while the other two are merely design experiments - the sporty GT and the three-door.
This basic version of the model with the unpainted bumpers could be an entry-level trim of the 2018 Dacia Duster. As you can see, it rides on a set of steel wheels, with unpainted side mirrors and door handles. We also heard that the company might lose the fog lights to really keep the starting price low. Some people may wonder why, but if the SUV’s unique selling point is its very affordable price, then you will probably agree.Read the entire article Check out these renderings of the 2018 Dacia Duster: Pickup truck, gt or coupe
Seven years after commencing sales of the first generation of the Dacia Duster sports utility vehicle, Renault’s accessible brand will be taking the wraps off the second-generation model at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show.
Although the second generation of the Duster is all new – from its exterior and interior styling and to its new equipment and features – it really builds on the attributes that made the first generation model a resounding success. These attributes aren’t really broken, so it would be illogical for Dacia to totally scrap them. Instead, Dacia has decided to build on these strengths, resulting in a new generation of the Duster with an evolutionary – instead of revolutionary – design. After, after seven years of sales, Dacia has already sold more than a million units of the Duster and counting.
Dacia has been kind enough to provide a number of details about the second generation of the budget-friendly SUV, including a number of images that fully reveal the looks of the new Duster. These images clearly reveal a Dacia with more modern look, as it remains robust, muscular and assertive. Wrapped in a new body color -- Atacama Orange – the second-gen Dacia as seen on the images evolves and enhances the styling of the original model. Dacia is hoping that the new Duster would continue the success of the first generation, and we believe it could.Read the entire article Dacia unveils new generation of the Duster SUV at 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show
The new 2017 Dacia Duster is furthering its already appealing proposition with an array of upgrades. Starting October this year, the Duster – the Lauréate and flagship Prestige 4x2 models in particular -- could be availed with an automatic six-speed EDC (Efficient Dual Clutch) gearbox. This EDC transmission fuses the comfort and smoothness of an automatic gearbox with the low fuel consumption and carbon dioxide emissions of a manual gearbox – while still allowing the Duster to be as affordable as it has been.
With this gearbox, drivers could expect a simpler and smoother drive. This system features Hill Start Assist which could hold the brakes for a limited period during a start on a sloping terrain, thereby giving drivers enough time to step on the brakes.
This means drivers won’t roll back unintentionally as the SUV moves away. When paired to the EDC transmission, the models’ 1.5 dCi 110 turbodiesel engine could return 62.8mpg (NEDC combined) and emit 116 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometer. Dacia will commence sales of the Duster EDC in the United Kingdom at a starting price of £14,895 on-the-road.Read the entire article Dacia Duster greets 2017 with numerous upgrades including automatic EDC transmission
The 2015 Dacia Duster will feature styling and trim upgrades – all for a zero increase in its “shockingly affordable” pricing. It is still available two- and four-wheel-drive models derived from three trim levels. The base Access trim is powered by a 105 hp 1.6-litre 16-valve petrol engine, while the mid-range Ambiance and top-grade Lauréate trims are powered by a 107 hp 1.5-litre dCi 110 turbodiesel power unit.
The power rating on the dCi goes up to 109 hp on 4x4 versions. The two-wheel drive Access version is available at a starting price of less than £9,500 while the two-wheel-drive variant can be availed at just below £11,500. The 2015 Dacia Duster now features a more stylish chrome front grille -- two layers of four small intakes surrounding the Dacia logo.
All trim levels feature ‘Duster’ branded roof bars, with the Lauréate version coming in chrome. The Lauréate version also features Tyrol 16-inch alloy wheels, body-colored door handles and dark metal door mirror casings. The 2015 Duster can be still availed in Glacier White on the Ambiance and Lauréate versions, with new optional colors now being offered -- Mercury, Khaki, Pearl Black, Slate Grey and Cinnamon.Read the entire article 2015 Dacia Duster gets styling and trim upgrades at no extra cost
In each Romanian's mind, Dacia is one of the inland brands of highest pride today. It's course has been spectacular since Renault took over the lead. We can say that is one of the best export products that brings honor abroad.
Developers have taken the plunge and launched some interesting models. One of them is Dacia Duster, which registered a brilliant success. Dacia Duster was first launched in 2010 and, so far, over 450,000 customers have been convinced by the car.
New Dacia Duster Facelift made its debut in September, at the Frankfurt Motor Show, and has a starting price lower than the previous model, ie €10,900 . Duster Facelift retains all the qualities of its predecessor, introducing though a new design that can be observed in details, such as a new grille, a new lower-set air intake and redesigned headlamps that integrate daytime running lights. The SUV character of the car is enhanced by new roof bars, which bear the inscription Duster.Read the entire article Dacia Duster Facelift Review: Evolution, Personality and 100% Off-Road
Dacia has unveiled its face-lifted 2014 Dacia Duster at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show. Although the face-lifted Duster sports some 4x4 design cues, it still builds on the styling features that buoyed it to success. The Duster’s front end now dons redesigned grille that features two chrome-plated strips. The front end now features a new, lower-set air intake and new double-optic headlights with daytime running lights.
David Durand, Head of Styling for the Entry range, said that designers built on the appeal of the original model and its proportions while modernizing identity components like the grille. He added that designers also strengthened the 4x4 cues of the vehicle, while keeping intact its “useful features.”
He quipped that the 2014 Dacia Duster now boasts of an even “stronger character while retaining its initial DNA.” Highlighting the Duster’s sports utility vehicle character is its Duster-badged roof bars with slatted supports. The Duster rides on new 16-inch ‘Anthracite’ Metal” alloy wheels fitted with “Mud and Snow.”Read the entire article Dacia unveils 2014 Duster Facelift at Frankfurt Motor Show [Live Photos]
Dacia Duster could now be availed as the Goodwood Festival of Speed special Black Edition. The very affordable Dacia Duster has proven to be popular in the United Kingdom since its launch at the start of 2013. In fact, Dacia has already received more 4,000 orders to date. Now Dacia will prove that affordable vehicles could also look mean by launching the Black Edition.
Duster Ambiance dCi 110 4x2 Black Edition comes with a number of extra features like the brushed black vinyl wrap finish and an ash leather interior. It also features Kenwood media system and stylish 18” alloy wheels.
The Dacia Duster boasts of a media system that features a 6” high resolution screen, Garmin satellite navigation with TMC traffic information and DAB. Bluetooth with hands-free calling, iPod connectivity, DVD playback and rear USB connection also come with the Black edition. All these features are available on the Black Edition, which starting price on-the-road price is set at £17,575 – offering indeed a great value for money compared to rival models.Read the entire article 2013 Dacia Duster Goodwood Black Edition now available in the UK
The Dacia Duster Aventure1 limited edition offers fun and practicality on top of being attractive and stable. It features a unique combination of amazing outdoors features, which include roof bar-mounted spot lamps3, front and rear skidplates, black masks for rear lamp units, red arrows marking tow ring and jack locations, and side protection with Duster markings.
The Dacia Duster Aventure1 has special decals to reveal its adventurous theme, reminiscent of the motor sport events where the Duster has demonstrated its brilliance. The Duster Aventure1 limited edition is based on the Ambiance version.
Buyers can choose from either Glacier White or Pearl Black. Its additional finishing accents include a special radiator grille with gloss black surround, wing mirror covers, a set of 16” wheels, and tinted windows to protect the driver and passengers against UV, breakage, glare and heat.Read the entire article Dacia introduces the Duster Adventure1 Limited Edition
Dacia has confirmed that customers can pre-order their Duster SUV online for as low as a £100 deposit, in only 75 days time. The confirmation follows after news from 25 days ago that the company will start its pre-launch campaign in the United Kingdom on June 28, with the release of specifications and pricing details for the Duster.
Basing only the interests depicted online, early indications for the brand's potential success in the UK are more than a little promising, making it the envy of many car brands. In only less than a month since the company confirmed a sub-£10,000 beginning price for the SUV, thousands of potential customers have registered to receive news updates from dacia.co.uk regularly.
With the number of interested individuals increasing, early indications suggest the new 'smart choice' brand is prepared to take the United Kingdom by storm, just like what it accomplished in the European region.Read the entire article Potential Dacia Duster SUV buyers can pre-order for as low as £100 deposit in the UK
The Dacia Duster SUV that will have its official launch in the UK at the start of 2013 is priced lower than £10,000, according to Dacia (Renault’s budget brand). Meanwhile, the Duster’s all-wheel drive versions have a starting price of £12,500. A price tag of less than £7,000 has been attached to the Dacia Sandero supermini, which will be launched at the same time.
The Dacia Sandero supermini is meant to rival the Ford Fiesta. It is also the first time that the Dacia Duster will be built as a right-hand drive model at the new Renault-Nissan Alliance factory in India.
European customers can choose for their Duster to get either two- or four-wheel drive. It is also available with either a 108bhp 1.6-litre 16V petrol engine or 84bhp and 104bhp 1.5-litre diesels.Read the entire article 2013 Dacia Duster will cost less than £10,000 in the UK
With a price tag of less than £10,000, Dacia’s Duster SUV is set to go on sale in the UK at the end of 2012. However, buyers should know that there won’t be further discounts. The Romanian budget brand is being launched as a key part of parent firm Renault’s revised UK plans. It has already been announced that popular models such as the Espace and Laguna will be ending.
Two cars are scheduled to be launched by Dacia. The first is the India-built Qashqai-sized Duster. The second is a new Sandero variant, a hatchback with five doors that would rival the Fiesta. The starting price for the Sandero is around £7000. A lineup composed of 1.6-litre petrol and 1.5-litre diesel engines will be available for these two cars. Each Renault showroom will have a particular area where the two new Dacia models will be displayed.
As these are already affordably priced, the cars would bear a sign of “value but no haggling.” At all places in Europe where Dacia presented its vehicles, this principle was used wherein the prices are very low and no discounts are given. This is true even for bulk purchases by fleet customers.Read the entire article Dacia Duster will cost less than £10,000 in the UK
Confirmation of the right-hand drive production of the popular Duster SUV came with the announcement of its arrival in India. The Dacia is set to be launched in the UK at the end of 2012. As the new Fluence starts delivery in India, Renault announced the production and sale of Duster under its French marque in India.
The SUV is included in a lineup that’s meant to cover a big portion of the local market segments. The Duster, which was built at the Chennai plant, had received adjustments to suit the conditions in the Indian market. Renault sought to make Indian consumers satisfied, with emphasis on giving them value for money as well as fitting in the technological features.
This is the first time for Renault or its Indian market to plan five launches in a 15-month period. So far, the response to its Indian flagship Fluence, which was first to get launched in late May, had been highly positive.Read the entire article Dacia Duster to make its debut in the UK by the end of 2012
The 850hp Nissan GT-R Duster that will be competing in the Pikes Peak hill climb event this June has finally been named. Renault wants it to be referred to as the Dacia Duster ‘No Limit’. It is an outstanding, highly powerful car that that was developed specifically for racing here.
Tork Engineering designed, produced, developed and built the Dacia Duster 'No Limit' while Sodemo worked on its engine. Renault Sport Technologies supplied certain parts and also made suggestions based on its motorsports expertise.
The name is fitting as the vehicle meets the specific regulations of the race’s 'Unlimited' class that doesn’t set an upper limit on either the size or power output of its engine. The rules don’t indicate a minimum weight as well.Read the entire article Dacia Duster ‘No Limit’ is ready for the Pike Peak hill climb event
Renault confirmed that the Dacia Duster will be turned into a Pikes Peak race car. The company revealed that it is working on an 850hp version of the Duster, which will take part in the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. According to the press release, Dacia will “tackle the world’s most exacting hill climb in the state of Colorado (USA).”
To date, two consecutive silver medals in the Trophee Andros ice-racing series have been won by Duster’s motorsport program. In both races, four-time F1 Champion Alain Prost was behind the wheel.
The project is being handled by Renault Sport, together with Jean-Philippe Dayraut’s VIP Challenge racing team and Tork Engineering. It’s interesting to note that Jean-Philippe Dayraut competed against Alain Prost in the Throphee Andross.Read the entire article Official: Renault is preparing 850hp Dacia Duster for Pikes Peak race
An executive for Renault S.A. recently said the carmaker will eventually be able to produce 350,000 low-cost vehicles annually at the plant it is building in Tangiers, Morocco.
For 2012, Renault plans to add two more vehicles to the low-cost, or entry level, Dacia range, currently made up of the small Sandero, the Logan sedan and estate cars, and the highly-successful new Duster SUV.
Renault is relying on Dacia to help it conquer fast-growing emerging markets Russia and Brazil, as Renault seeks to cut dependence on stagnating European demand and boost international growth.Read the entire article Renault to build 350,000 Dacia Duster SUVs this year in Morocco
Dacia and Renault are working on a version of the Ice, an incarnation of the Dacia Duster intended specifically for one of the most famous events in the world, the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. This was reported by Le Blog Auto, which also claimed that this version will deliver no less than 850hp.
Late last year, a new version of the Dacia Duster, one of the least expensive SUVs on the market, came out. The 3.0l V6 powered Ice, which was meant for Alain Prost and his take at the Trophee Andros, appeared to be years ahead of the regular production versions of the model.
A source said that Tork Engineering, the company that created the Ice, is leading this project. A V8 engine will be sourced from a Nissan GT-R and will be fitted on a Duster body that would not be heavier than 900 kg. In addition, the car and the run for the Pikes Peak would be trusted to Jean-Philippe Dayraut, a rival of Prost in the Trophee Andros.Read the entire article Dacia Duster coming to Pikes Peak International Hill Climb
Dacia chose to participate in the “Silhouette” category for the ice-racing season of the 2009/1010 Trophée Andros. Participating in the race gave Dacia a chance to show the robustness that forms an important part of the brand. In particular the reliability of the Dacia will be put to the test given the circuits of the Trophée Andros. The race sets regulations on the chassis, tires and gearbox, while it puts a cap on having excessively costly and complex technical solutions.
Participating teams then must use simple yet ingenious solutions which are a perfect fit with the Dacia spirit. The brand will use the race to introduce the Dacia Duster which experienced its first ice racing with driver Alain Prost. This 4x4 model was released in stores in 2010. The 4x4 credential of the Dacia Duster is evident in the prominent wheel arches and high body line and the coachwork of the model customized for the race is able to meet the demands of Trophée Andros.
Furthermore, the positioning of the windscreen pillars and the surface area with an extensive front glaze guarantee both lateral visibility and outstanding foreword. The Trophée Andros remains to be one of motor sports’ very exacting disciplines. As with ice racing, the conditions of the track can change quickly depending on the condition of the weather which means that a driver would need to have a good race craft, as well as rigor and precision.Read the entire article Dacia Duster SUV to compete in the Trophee Andros ice-racing series
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