Dacia Duster

The Duster is in the top 10 off road SUV in the UK

If you would put the Dacia Duster in a top of the best SUV with off-road abilities along with Skoda Yeti, BMW X3, Range Rover, Mazda CX-5, Fiat Panda 4×4, Land Rover Discovery 4, Range Rover Sport, Hyundai Santa Fe and Land Rover Discovery Sport, what place do you think the Romanian SUV will get?

The Auto Express journalists made such a top and the Duster got the third position, due to the quality – features- price comparison. Do you agree with the British journalists?

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Dacia presented the first 4×4 Euro 6 Duster

Along with the anniversary editions to the most important models of the range, Dacia presented in Geneva a new 4×4 Duster that will be powered by a 1.2 TCe engine. The new Duster will be the first Dacia model that will be powered by a Euro 6 engine and the first model to have a start-stop system.

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Dacia Duster received in Geneva a new 1.2 TCe 4×4 variant. The new engine replaces the 1.6 with 16v petrol engine with 105 HP and is the first Euro 6 engine offered by Dacia. With time, Dacia will launch the Euro 6 versions for all engines that power the Romanian brand models, but the 1.2 TCe engine will be remembered as the first Euro 6 engine in the history of Dacia.

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The 4×4 Duster with the 1.2 TCe engine is also the first model equipped with the Start-Stop system. The Dacia officials say that the 1.2 TCe unit is configured to provide comparable performances to the  2.0-liter aspirated unit, while the fuel consumption will be lower.

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The new aluminum engine has a displacement of 1,198 cc and delivers a maximum power of 125 HP at 5,250 rpm. The maximum torque is 205 Nm and is delivered between 2,000 and 3,000 rpm. The Dacia officials point out that 90% of the maximum torque is reached at 1,500 rpm, which should provide an elastic behavior for the SUV. The first gear of Duster 4×4 version powered by the 1.2 Tce engine remains short, providing a speed of 5.79 km / h at 1,000 rpm, which eliminates the need for a dedicated reducer for steep uphill and downhill descents and other off-road complicated situations.

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The 1.2 TCe version of Dacia Duster 4×4 announces a combined consumption of 6.4 liters per cent according to NEDC standardized test and CO2 emissions of 145 grams per kilometer. The new Duster has also a Eco mode and a gear shift indicator that shows the optimum time to change gear in order to ensure low fuel consumption and very low CO2 emissions. The Eco mode changes the parameters of the engine and of the air conditioning system, in proportions that are acceptable to the driver and the passengers, to limit the fuel consumption.

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Dacia Duster prices in the world

Have you ever wondered what are the Duster prices in other countries? Now you can find out reading this article. We will compare the cheapest version and the top of the range version of the Duster in the best selling countries for the Romanian SUV in 2014. The prices are from January 2015 and are approximate for countries with other currency than Euro. All the prices are for specified versions without any additional equipment.

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1.France

1.1 The cheapest Duster model commercialized in France is a 4×2 model with an 1.6 LPG engine with 16 valves and 105 HP. The price for this model is 11,990 Euro with all taxes included.

1.2 The most expensive Duster without additional equipment in France is a 4×4 Prestige version powered by a 1.5 dCi diesel engine with 110 HP. The price of the top of the range Duster in France is 18,000 Euro.

2. Germany

2.1 The cheapest Duster model in Germany is a 4×2 Essentiel version with an 1.6 petrol/LPG engine with 16 valves and 105 HP. The price of this model is only 10,690 Euro.

2.2 The top of the range Duster in Germany is a 4×4 Prestige version with an 1.5 dCi diesel engine with 110 HP. The price of the most expensive Duster in Germany is 18,690 Euro.

3. Spain

3.1 The cheapest Duster model in Spain is a 4×2 Base version powered by an 1.6 petrol engine with 105 HP. The price of this model is 10,900 Euro.

3.2 The top of the range Duster in Spain is a 4×4 Laureate version powered by an 1.5 dCi diesel engine with 110 HP. The price of the most expensive Duster in Spain is 18,280 Euro.

4. Italy

4.1 The cheapest Duster model in Italy is a 4×2 version powered by a 1.6 petrol engine with 110 HP. The price for this model is 11,900 Euro.

4.2 The top of the range Duster in Italy is a 4×4 Laureate version with an 1.5 dCi diesel engine with 110 HP. The most expensive Duster in Italy has a price of 18,000 Euro.

5. Algeria

5.1 The cheapest Duster version in the best selling country outside Europe, Algeria, is a 4×2 version powered by an 1.6 petrol engine with 16 valves and 110 HP. The price of this model is approximate 11,000 Euro.

5.2 The most expensive Duster model in Algeria is a 4×4 Laureate version powered by an 1.5 dCi diesel engine with 110 HP. The price for the top of the range Duster model in Algeria is approximate 18,500 Euro.

6. Turkey

6.1 The cheapest Duster model in Turkey is a 4×2 Ambiance version powered by an 1.6 petrol engine with 16 valves and 105 HP. The cheaper Duster model in Turkey has an approximate price of 15,700 Euro.

6.2 The top of the range Duster in Turkey is a 4×4 Laureate version powered by a 1.5 dCi diesel engine with 110 HP. The price for the most expensive Duster in Turkey is approximate 21,150 Euro.

7. Morocco

7.1 The cheapest Duster version in Morocco is a 4×2 version with an 1.6 petrol engine and 100 HP. The price for this model is approximate 11,950 Euro.

7.2 The most expensive Duster model in Morocco is a 4×4 Prestige version powered by an 1.5 dCi diesel engine with 110 HP. The price for the top of the range Duster in Morocco is approximate 19,300 Euro.

8.Romania

8.1 The cheapest Duster model in Romania, the home country of Dacia, is a 4×2 Access version powered by an 1.5 petrol engine with 16 valves and 105 HP/ The cheapest Duster in Romania has a price of 11,000 Euro.

8.2 The top of the range Duster version in Romania is a 4×4 Laureate version with an 1.5dCi diesel engine with 110 HP. The price for the most expensive Duster model in Romania is 17,100 Euro.

9. United Kingdom

9.1 The cheapest Duster model in the UK is a 4×2 Access version with an 1.6 petrol engine with 16 valves and 105 HP. The cheapest Duster version and probably the cheapest SUV in the UK has an approximate price of 12,720 Euro (9,495 pounds).

9.2 The top of the range Duster model in the UK is a 4×4 Laureate version powered by an 1.5 dCi diesel engine with 110 HP. The most expensive Duster in the UK has an approximate price of 20,760 Euro (15,495 pounds).

10. Belgium

10.1 The cheapest Duster model in Belgium is a 4×2 version with an 1.6 petrol engine with 16 valves and 105 HP. The price for this model is 11.990 Euro.

10.2 The most expensive Duster model in Belgium is a 4×4 Prestige version powered by an 1.5 dCi diesel engine with 110 HP. The top of the range Duster version in Belgium has a price of 19,900 Euro.

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Can you guess the price for a Dacia Duster in the UK?

Dacia Britain asked Auto Express to go with a Duster in a mall to find what ordinary people think about price of the Romanian SUV – the Duster. The answers might surprise you.

Dacia Duster is one of the cheapest models with 4×4 drive for the UK market. But what do ordinary people think about the value of the SUV built in Romania?

 

 

The Auto Express went with the top version of Duster – the Laureate, in a mall to ask the British what do they think its price is. At the end they averaged, and the value was much higher than the actual price of the SUV: the Duster presented cost 16,290 pounds and the average price of the public was 24,444.90 pounds.

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Renault Duster Oroch –the pick-up concept for the South American market

Renault revealed the new Duster Oroch, a concept based on the Romanian SUV manufactured in Pitesti. The prototype anticipates a future pick-up of the French manufacturer for the South America market.

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Last month Dacia presented at the Paris Motor Show the new Lodgy and Dokker Stepway and this month the Romanian and French car manufacturers are ready to offer a new surprise, this time for the South American market.

At the Auto Show in Sao Paolo, the largest event of its kind in Latin America, with nearly 750,000 visitors last year, the new concept will be in the spotlight. It is called Duster Oroch and is presented under the Renault logo, given that all the Dacia models sold in South American countries use the Renault brand.

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As the name suggests, the Oroch concept is based on the Duster SUV, successfully reinterpreted by the Renault design department in Latin America, under the direction of Laurens van den Acker. The Duster Oroch Concept has a design that attempts to prove that Renault plans to introduce a pick-up SUV model in the coming years, in the Latin American market, where such models are in high demand. In other words, we could see a Duster pick-up model in the southern part of the American continent, after Dacia has manufactured a limited series model with a local Romanian partner.

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The Duster Oroch concept will be a double cabin pick-up, capable of carrying five passengers, and will have a satin white body color combined with orange inserts that suggests a connection with the kite surf sport from that is inspired.

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Unlike the classic Duster, the Oroch concept comes with redesigned front and rear spoilers, with a panorama roof and roof railing, and 18-inch wheels. At the rear, the concept uses two cameras able to capture frames while driving, projected in real time on the screen in the center of the dashboard. Also inside, Renault claims that the seats were built by a special technique, which makes them more durable and more comfortable. In addition, they are upholstered with a durable material that mimics the neoprene.

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Dacia Duster Pick-up second edition launched

Dacia has confirmed the production of 500 units of Duster Pick-Up for OMV-Petrom the largest corporation in Romania and the largest gas and oil producer in Eastern Europe. The Duster Pick-up versions are converted by Romturingia tuning house in collaboration with the Renault Technologie Roumanie engineers. For now, the new Pick-Up version of the Duster will not be offered to the public.

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Dacia Duster Pick-Up second version, was officially presented by the representatives of the Romanian car manufacturer and of OMW Petrom, the unique client of the model. The OMV Petrom signed a partnership with Dacia and Romturingia to buy 500 Duster Pick-Up units. All 500 units are derived from the 4×4 series version, and are equipped with an 1.5 dCi engine with 110 HP. The Duster Pick-UP provides a simple interior cabin with two seats, protected rear window and a reinforced bodywork on the exterior. The new Duster Pick-UP can carry a load of up to 450 kg and has a length of 1.7 meters. The Renault Technology Roumanie designed the Pick-Up version of the Duster, while the execution was made by Romturingia.

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The 500 units of the Duster Pick-Up will use the facelift version and will have to be delivered until the end of 2015.

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The cost of a Duster Pick-Up was not specified, but the conversion costs about 3,000 euros, according to the Dacia representatives. So if the Dacia Duster Pick-Up version will be offered to the public, it will have a 3,000 euros higher price.

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Dacia Duster Air ready to debut in Paris

Dacia will present two new limited edition at this year Paris Motor Show: Duster Air and Sandero Black Touch.

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In addition to the new Lodgy Stepway and Dokker Stepway Dacia will have two premieres in the Motor Show in Paris. It is the new Duster Air and Sandero Black Touch, two special editions that will be available only in France, Belgium and Luxembourg.

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The Duster limited edition will be named Air in France and Blackstorm in Belgium and Luxembourg. Basically, the Romanian car manufacturer takes advantage of the French appetite for its models and tries to do two of the most popular models more attractive.

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Dacia Duster Air is inspired by aviation and comes with four different body colors, with Imperial Yellow colored side mirrors, an altimeter design theme, tinted glass and 16-inch alloy wheels with metallic black finish.

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The interior continues the theme from the outside with a special upholstery dedicated to aviation and contrasting stitching with black inserts.

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Dacia Duster Air special edition will be available with the 1.2-liter TCe turbo engine with 125 HP, and the 1.5-liter diesel engine with 110 HP. If the petrol version will be available only with front-wheel drive, the diesel engine will be available with a all-wheel drive.

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The starting price of Dacia Duster Air will be 16,200 euros for the petrol version and  18,900 euro for diesel 4x4version.

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Dacia Duster facelift launched in the UK

Dacia launched the facelift version of Duster on the UK market. Unlike the previous version sold so far in UK, the Duster facelift is manufactured in Romania, not in India.

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Dacia Duster facelift is available on the United Kingdom market. Until recently, the English received only the first model of Duster, launched in Europe in 2010, but the change of production from Chennai (India) to Pitesti (Romania) has brought the facelift model on the British market. Due to this change, Dacia Pitesti factory will still enjoy a maximum capacity occupation and the British consumers will be able to benefit from the new features introduced to the facelift Duster range launched 2013 in the rest of Europe.

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Dacia Duster remains the most affordable SUV offered in the UK market, the facelift version having the same price as the previous version. The basic model, Duster Access, costs the equivalent of 12,000 euros (approx. 9450 pounds) in the UK, and four-wheel drive version starts at 14,600 Euros (approx. 11,500 pounds). The Duster is currently offered in the UK with two engines: 1.6 petrol engine with 16 valves and 105 HP and 1.5 dCi engine with 110 HP. Meanwhile, in markets where the Duster facelift is available since 2013 the engine range includes a 1.2 TCE engine with 120 HP. Most likely, the last engine will be offered later on the British market for the turbo petrol engine fans.

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Dacia registrations in the UK rose by 85.5% in the first six months of 2014, to 12,976 cars, the advance was well above the growth of the market, according to the British Association of car manufacturers and dealers.

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The best Dacia dealer in the UK sold the 1000th car

After last month Dacia celebrated 25,000 cars sold in the UK, the best UK dealer of the Romanian car manufacturer sold the 1000th car, a Sandero Stepay to a family that is  fascinated by the Romanian brand

At 18 months after the launch of the Dacia brand in the UK market, the best dealer of the brand, Ness Motors (Inverness, Scotland) has sold the 1000th unit.

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The buyers are a Scottish family that with the new purchase will have three Dacia cars: a Duster and a two Sandero Stepway. Linda and John Brotherston drive the Duster and the Sandero, while their daughter will get the new acquisition, a Sandero Stepway.
To celebrate achieving the 1000th Dacia car sold in the UK, Ness Motors – dealer which has three shops in Scotland – will sell a special edition of Duster. Officially named Dacia Duster MIE, the model is based on pre-facelift version of Duster, the one that still sells in the UK. The Duster MIE version comes with all available elements on the facelift version of the Duster: the MediaNAV navigation with 7 inch touchscreen and integrated Bluetooth, special 16-inch wheels in two colors, gray leather covered seats, rear tinted windows, parking sensors, logos painted in body color and a new special paint color called Caspian Blue. There will be only 20 copies of Dacia Duster Mie sold in the UK and all will be available at the Ness Motors dealerships.

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If Dacia sold 25,000 cars in UK in 18 months, the best external markets for Dacia remain France (93,800 cars sold in 2013), Germany (47,100 units sold in 2013) and Algeria (37,300 units sold in 2013).

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Dacia Dustruck the first Romanian 6×6

The Dacia and Renault engineers presented the first Romanian 6×6 called Dustruck. The new model will be powered by a V8 engine and has been developed at the Titu Technical Center in Mioveni.

Here are the first photos of the new Dacia project called Dustruck:

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