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2013 Dacia Duster Goodwood Black Edition now available in the UK

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.

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Group Renault design chief compares the Dacia Duster with Ford Mustang

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

Romanian coachbuilder Romturingia converts 2nd-gen Dacia Duster SUV into a pickup

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

2018 Dascia Duster Fiskal has been modified into a van

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.

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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

Dacia said that it will be releasing special edition versions of its Summit range on March 7, during the 2017 Geneva International Motor Show. This includes not only the Duster and Sandero Stepway but even the Logan MCV Stepway.

Using the highest equipment level, Dacia is confident that this special edition will stand out from the crowd especially with the offer of two exclusive colors for the exterior. These are Nordic Grey or Magma Orange, though the latter is only for the Sandero Stepway.

Specifically for the Stepway lineup, complementing the new colors will be the Grey Flex 16-inch wheels. Meanwhile the Duster will be fitted with the alloy 16-inch black diamond-cut Cyclades wheels.

Read the entire article Dacia to unveil Summit Special Edition at 2017 Geneva Motor Show

Dacia’s three signature models -- the Sandero, Sandero Stepway and Logan MCV – have received some major revisions for the 2017 model year. The Dacia Logan has also been refreshed for the new model year in select markets in Europe.

These refurbishments include a wide range of engine selections and transmission as well as new equipment options. Dacia has also refreshed the exterior and interior design of the Sandero, Sandero Stepway and Logan MCV – providing them with a new, more modern and more assertive lighting signature.

Moreover, Dacia has now made it possible to equip the Duster with an EDC (Efficient Dual Clutch) automatic transmission.

Read the entire article Dacia refreshes Sandero, Sandero Stepway and Logan MCV for 2017MY

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

Back in 2014, Mercedes-Benz’s high performance division, the Mercedes-AMG GmbH (AMG in short), debuted a two-door two-seat grand tourer coupe that was built to challenge the Porsche 911. Unveiled to the public during the 2014 Paris Motor Show, the Mercedes-AMG GT was built to last in a faceoff with its arch nemesis, the Porsche 911.

The Mercedes-AMG GT has two performance options: the standard GT and the high performance GT S. Both cars run on the same 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine except that the GT is slightly less powerful with 469 horsepower and 433 lb.-ft. torque on tap while the GT S has 503 horsepower and 479 lb.-ft. torque. Of course, since there is a difference in power, there is also a slight difference in the acceleration time.

The GT can sprint through 60 mph in 3.9 seconds while the GT S can go in only 3.7 seconds – only a 0.2 second difference. Moreover, the GT can hit a top speed of only 202 mph, 8 mph slower than that of the 210 mph on the GT S.

Read the entire article 2017 Mercedes-AMG GT R raises the bar, now ready for Goodwood debut

With slowing sales possibly affecting its growth, Dacia is focusing its efforts to boost brand recognition this year. Francois Mariotte, Dacia’s commercial director, told Automotive News Europe that the growth rate this year should be more or less similar to that in 2015.

Mariotte added that the units sales strategy will emphasize its marketing efforts to develop the familiarity of the brand, adding that there is a need to invest in the awareness of Dacia. Mariotte quipped that there is a need to build more awareness of Dacia’s products. Dacia saw its European market share drop in 2015, no thanks to an aging lineup and lack of new SUV offerings.

In fact, all Dacia had in 2015 was the Duster compact SUV. Ian Fletcher, an analyst for IHS Automotive, remarked that Dacia’s upturn in Europe was mainly thanks to consumers not wanting to make big purchases as the economy slows down.

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The lightweight VUHL 05 is set to go beyond the boundaries this 2016 with the first production cars having been delivered, numerous dealers in the UK, Middle East, and Mexico, a stream of positive reviews, and a new high-tech factory along the way.

The VUHL 05 will grace the new London Motor Show at Battersea Park on May 5 to 8 for its first of many appearances this 2016. Bespoke Performance, the brand's official dealer, will represent the vehicle.

This marks VUHL's first appearance in England's capital. The popularity of the two-seater vehicle in the region is expected to be intense. An updated VUHL 05 version is slated to participate in the new Race Cars for the Road class at the Goodwood Festival of Speed on June 23 to 26.

Read the entire article VUHL 05 will appear at London Motor Show on May 5-8 and at Goodwood on June 23-26

Fans get a treat from McLaren at the 2015 Goodwood Festival of Speed as they get to witness the global debut of the McLaren 570S Coupé. Joining it are the rarely seen McLaren P1 GTR and 650S Le Mans, which are both in very limited production. This is the first time for McLaren to demonstrate models from three of its product tiers, namely: Sports Series, Super Series and Ultimate Series.

The McLaren House will go back to its location last year, beside the Goodwood House and overlooking the Hill course. It will honor this festival’s theme of the year “Flatout and Fearless” with its cars, McLaren memorabilia, and guest speakers. Earlier this year, the 570S Coupé was at the New York International Auto Show.

It then went on a very successful worldwide tour. But for this Festival weekend, it will take on the Goodwill Hill course. The lightweight 570S Coupé is powered by a 3.8-litre twin turbo V8 engine that delivers 570PS (562bhp), making it the most powerful model in the newly launched Sports Series. It also marks the entry of McLaren genes and supercar performance to the sports car segment.

Read the entire article McLaren 570S Coupe set to make dynamic debut at 2015 Goodwood Festival of Speed

An important milestone was reached by Dacia as the Romanian car manufacturer owned by Renault managed to sell 3 million vehicles in 10 years. On 14th October, at Dacia’s booth from 2014 Paris Motor Show, Andres Palomo Daz was the lucky customer that received the keys to the 3 millionth vehicle, a brand new Dacia Sandero Stepway, form Nicolas Wertans, Renault Group, Senior Vice-President Global Sales.

According to the press release, Dacia is also seeing some impressive sales in Europe this year as its sales increased by 36.2 percent in the first six months of 2014. Moreover, Dacia’s market share increased in all its Mediterranean markets despite the unfavorable market conditions encountered in these countries.

The company announced that its expansion continues and its cars will be available also in Israel by the end of the year.

Read the entire article 3,000,000th Dacia, a Sandero Stepway, reaches its customer

Dacia is introducing its new Sandero Midnight special edition that builds on the current top-of-the-range Lauréate specs. The new special edition features the same specs of the Laureate version, but adds exclusive extras to give it a classy yet discreet look.

The Sandero Midnight features a 15-inch 'Aquila' alloy wheels and an exclusive Slate Grey metallic paint finish complemented by a gloss black exterior trim on the door mirrors and B-pillar. This theme is continued inside the cabin, as the gloss black trim can be seen on the door handles, central console surround and steering wheel.

The special edition also features a 'Comfort Pack' that includes electric rear windows and a leather steering wheel – all on top of the extensive standard equipment already included from the Lauréate trim level. This means that the Sandero Midnight features air conditioning, electric front windows, cruise control, speed limiter and a trip computer.

Read the entire article Dacia launches new Sandero Midnight Limited Edition

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

Just in time for the 2014 Paris Motor Show, Dacia unveiled the Stepway version of its popular Lodgy and Dokker. Following the same strategy as the Sandero Stepway, the new Lodgy Stepway and Dokker Stepway arrive with body-coloued front bumpers (and rear bumper on the Lodgy), front and rear satin chrome skidplates, new fog lamps with satin chrome surrounds and black wheel arch protection.

In addition, the vehicles get dark metal-colour finish on the roof rails, rear mirrors covers as well as 16-inch alloy wheels. According to Dacia, both vehicles will be available with the well-known Azurite blue exterior colour, which is exclusive for Stepway models, as well as four other body colours.

Moreover, the ‘Stepway’ decal can be found on the front doors. Inside, we find special upholstery, ‘Stepway’ lettering embroidered on the seats, a Dark Carbon design scheme, optional Media Nav multimedia and navigation system, air conditioning, cruise control system and a reversing radar.

Read the entire article 2014 Paris Motor Show Preview: Dacia presents Stepway versions of Lodgy

And the car everyone was waiting for it is about to happen! According to Autocar, who spoke with Renaultsport boss Mr. Patrice Ratti, the French carmaker will indeed build a high-performance RS version of the Dacia Sandero. Although it will be available only in Russia and Brazil, the vehicle will go on sale next year.

Ratti confirmed the fact that the Dacia Sandero RS project is well underway but didn’t give any details regarding the engine found under the hood.

Taking in consideration that the most powerful version of the Sandero is powered by a 1.6-liter four-cylinder petrol engine, there are big chances to see the same powerplant on theupcoming vehicle.

Read the entire article Renault preparing an RS version of the Dacia Sandero

Renault posted a 3-percent surge in sales in 2013 to 2.63 million cars and light commercial vehicles thanks to increasing demand for its no-frills Dacia brand. The French carmaker said in a statement that Dacia sales surged 19 percent last year. Renault chief executive Carlos Ghosn is concentrating on boosting deliveries in emerging countries and has expected "tremendous growth" in the entry-level segment, in which Dacia competes. Around half of Renault sales occurred outside Europe.

Renault is building sites in expanding regions and developing more vehicles with Japanese alliance partner Nissan Motor Co. to cut costs with common components.

"In 2014, in a more favorable market context, we are confirming our profitable growth strategy by continuing our recovery in Europe and increasing our international sales," Chief Performance Officer Jerome Stoll said in the statement.

Read the entire article Renault posts 3% rise in sales in 2013 to 2.63 mil units thanks to Dacia brand

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