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If a pay dispute in Romania worsens, Renault's Dacia unit could transfer production to less expensive sites in Morocco. To pressure the company to approve a 40% increase in pay, the workers at Dacia's assembly line in Pitesti (117 km west of Bucharest) stopped working for two days last month. The company responded to its workers’ demand with an offer of only a 9% raise.
Automobile Dacia Vice-President Constantin Stroe said that if its workers insist on making “unrealistic demands” and if no mutually beneficial resolution is reached, it’s likely that a significant aspect of production will be moved to Morocco. The automaker posted losses of 20 million euro ($26.1 million) from the strike last month.
Renault’s Dacia unit is the biggest exporter in Romania, making up about 3% of the gross domestic product. About 90% of what Dacia produces in this country is exported. Last year, it sold around 360,000 cars around the world, standing for a 4.8% increase from 2011. At Dacia, the average monthly pretax wage was 3,965 lei ($1,200) in 2012 compared with a national average of 2,100 lei.Read the entire article Dacia could transfer production in Morocco, due to pay dispute in Romania
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
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
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.Read the entire article Dacia to boost brand awareness and product recognition to halt declining sales
Ford Motor Company refused to comment on speculations that it will add production of the EcoSport SUV and the Ka minicar to its underused Craiova plant in Romania. Accordingly, the car maker is planning to build the EcoSport for Europe in the said factory.
Presently, Ford imports the EcoSport from India for European distributors. The Ka is also reportedly being considered for production at Craiova. Currently, Ford is in an industrial tie-up with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) to create the Ka at the latter's factory in Tychy, Poland together with the Fiat 500, Ka's platform sibling.
The production of Ka in FCA's Tychy plant will end by April. Ford is offering a new Ka, which is inspired by Ford's global B platform underpinning the Fiesta subcompact, in India and Brazil. It is produced in Chennai, India together with the EcoSport. Ford Europe President Jim Farley declined to comment on the matter, saying that "nothing new" is to be revealed.Read the entire article Ford refuses to react to rumors of EcoSport, Ka production at Craiova, Romania plant
Ford Motor Co. plans a layoff of around 680 workers at its Craiova site in Romania in 2015 to adapt to the still weak demand in Europe. The Craiova site has been building the B-Max minivan since two years ago, after Ford acquired local carmaker Automobile Craiova in 2008.
Weak demand for the minivan in Europe – down 21 percent to 43,749 units in the first nine months of 2014 -- has resulted to regular production stoppages each month for more than a year.
Ford Romania said in a statement that to help better “secure the competitiveness” of the Craiova plant and to control operational costs, the carmaker has to take necessary measures to adjust production volumes to the current market demand, including a reduction in the site’s workforce.Read the entire article Ford plans layoff of 680 workers at its Craiova, Romania plant next year
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
TRW Automotive Holdings is opening this year a new airbag sewing site in Roman, Romania, as it tries to meet its anticipated growth in demand for airbag cushions in the next five years. "By 2018, we expect that an additional 12 million sewn bags will be needed,” Frank Mueller, TRW vice president and general manager for global occupant safety systems, said in a statement.
“The new facility will support our airbag plants across Europe," Mueller added. The Roman site is expected to have 400 employees by the end of 2014 and up to 1,000 workers by 2017. The Roman site underscores growing interest in Romania from both suppliers and carmakers.
TRW opened a steering-wheel leather wrapping plant at Timisoara in 2004 and a similar plant in Baia Mare in January 2012. TRW also operates sites in Oravita, Lupeni and Marghita, where its operations cover die casting, foaming and airbag production. Lear Corp. is also opening a new seating plant in Iasi this month, which will be home to around 1,500 workers.Read the entire article TRW to open new airbag sewing site in Roman, Romania
Bentley Motors has opened a Bentley Bucharest dealership, its first official sales point in Romania. Bentley Bucharest, covering an area of over 610 square meters, features dedicated new car sales facility that complements its established aftersales services.
Mihaela Tudorica, Brand Manager Bentley Bucharest, remarked that they are delighted to welcome and host all Bentley customers in an “elegant, state-of-the-art showroom” where it will present the latest exquisite models.
Gracing the opening of the Bentley Bucharest dealership was the new Continental GT V8 S that was first unveiled at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show in September. This new member of Continental range caters to V8 customers wanting to get more as it is more agile and responsive and offers more power and caries a more sporting look.Read the entire article Bentley Motors opens Bentley Bucharest showroom in Romania
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