Renault-owned Dacia is rolling out its sixth model to market – the Dacia Duster 4×4.
Dacia – home of the low-cost Logan – is stressing the Dacia’s low purchase price and running costs.
It says the Dacia Duster, built on the B0/Logan platform, comes with genuine off-road capability, frugal engines and a supermini price tag – but with exterior and interior dimensions of cars in the next segment up.
Dacia Duster is available with a choice of three powerplants for both the 4×2 and 4×4 versions: one petrol engine (1.6 16V 105) and two diesel engines (dCi 85 and dCi 110).
Dacia Duster is being rolled out progressively in different global regions in the same way as Logan and Sandero.
This month Duster has been launched with Dacia badging in Europe, Turkey and the Maghreb region (Algeria, Morocco.) It completes the Dacia range, which is enjoying growth in the majority of these markets. Apart from the three vehicles aimed at the car buyer – Logan, Logan MCV and Sandero – Dacia also has products for the light-commercial sector with Logan van and Logan pick-up.
From June 2010, Duster – badged as a Renault – will also be available in Ukraine, the Middle East (Jordan, Syria, Lebanon and Egypt) and other African countries.
The Pitesti factory (Romania) supplies all these markets, whether Dacia- or Renault-badged. The Romanian plant has an annual production capacity of 350,000 vehicles and will continue to produce the brand’s other models.
In 2011, Renault Duster will be launched in Brazil, Russia and the Gulf states. It will be built alongside Logan, Sandero and Sandero Stepway in Curitiba, Brazil, for distribution in Brazil, Argentina, Mexico and Chile.
Later, Duster will be manufactured at the Avtoframos plant in Moscow, Russia and at the Sofasa plant in Envigado (Colombia). It will be distributed in the Gulf States, supplied from the Pitesti factory.
At the end of 2012, Duster will be launched into the UK market,
The maximum production capacity at Pitesti is 25 Duster vehicles per hour. In time, Duster could account for over one third of total production at Pitesti, Dacia says.