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2018 Dacia Duster revealed, moving upmarket

The Renault/Dacia Duster has been a smash hit with Europeans after a budget SUV, and buyers in developing nations, since 2010. More than two million units have been sold in 100-plus countries...

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2018 Dacia Duster spied
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2018 Dacia Duster spied

The next-generation 2018 Dacia Duster has been spied for the first time during hot weather testing in Europe this week, giving us a first look at the little off-roader. Dacia, the Romanian budget-focused sub-brand of French manufacturer Renault, has offered the Duster since 2010 in overseas markets, including Europe, though it has never made its way to Australia...


2017 Geneva motor show: Epic from-the-show-floor experience
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2017 Geneva motor show: Epic from-the-show-floor experience

If you don't already know, Geneva is in Switzerland. And while some Aussies might miss having motor shows here in Oz, few will see that as enough of an excuse to splash out to attend a major international one. Luckily, this year's 2017 Geneva motor show (on until March 19) was my first, and it was so good, I didn't want anyone to miss out...


Renault Captur facelift and 'EV surprise' coming to Geneva
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Renault Captur facelift and 'EV surprise' coming to Geneva

An updated Renault Captur will be one vehicle among a multitude of reveals by the French automaker at the upcoming Geneva motor show. Renault says that the updated Captur will have "more distinctive styling and new technologies". This means that the small crossover will likely gain a new front-end design with C-shaped headlights and a larger grille, similar to one setup seen on the latest Koleos and Megane models...


Renault Australia repeatedly researched launching rugged Dacia Duster
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Renault Australia repeatedly researched launching rugged Dacia Duster

Renault says it seriously considered importing the rugged Dacia Duster SUV to Australia a number of times before deciding it couldn’t make the business case work. But don’t rule out seeing the next-generation version coming to local shores, with the company’s Australia arm saying it would be “silly not to” revisit the case down the track...


2016 Dacia Duster spy photos
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2016 Dacia Duster spy photos

The second-generation Dacia Duster has been photographed by our spies in Europe. Although it's covered all over in camouflage, the new Duster looks as though it will stick closely to the style established with the first-generation model, which made its debut back in 2010. As is the current trend, the new SUV will feature an oversized badge up front — Dacia in some markets, Renault in others...


Renault Duster Oroch ute unveiled - UPDATE
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Renault Duster Oroch ute unveiled - UPDATE

The production version of the Renault Duster Oroch ute has been unveiled overnight at the 2015 Buenos Aires motor show. Unlike the concept car, which debuted at the Sao Paolo motor show in October last year, the production ute features smaller wing mirrors, framed door windows and no plastic cladding for the fenders...


Renault Kwid sub-compact hatch launched in India
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Renault Kwid sub-compact hatch launched in India

The high-riding, SUV-like Renault Kwid sub-compact hatchback was officially launched in India overnight. Measuring just 3.68 metres long and 1.58 metres wide, the Kwid has seating for five people. By way of comparison, the Kwid is around 90mm longer than the rear-engine, rear-wheel drive Euro-focussed Renault Twingo...


Renault Sport teases hot Renault Sandero RS
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Renault Sport teases hot Renault Sandero RS

Renault Sport has teased a new model on the Dacia Sandero budget hatchback. The video carries the secondary title "surprise for South America". There, and in various other markets outside of Europe, the Sandero and other Dacia products are sold under the Renault badge...


Renault Australia pondering Dacia launch, led by 2017 Duster
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Renault Australia pondering Dacia launch, led by 2017 Duster

Renault Australia is giving renewed thought to launching the Dacia budget sub-brand in Australia in a few years time, potentially led by a next-generation version of the rugged Duster SUV due in 2016/17.  Should such an idea materialise, it could see a new brand name join the fray in Australia’s hugely competitive new car market...


Dacia Duster ute confirmed for limited production run
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Dacia Duster ute confirmed for limited production run

A limited number of Dacia Duster utes will be produced by the Romanian car manufacturer for a petrol company in its homeland. Romanian website Wall Street is reporting that Dacia and local coachbuilder Romturingia will manufacture a limited number of Duster utes for OVM Petrom, claimed to be the country's largest company and a major producer of oil and gas across Eastern Europe...


Dacia Duster pick-up spotted in prototype guise
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Dacia Duster pick-up spotted in prototype guise

The rugged Dacia Duster SUV appears set to be turned into a useful new pick-up truck by the Romanian budget brand. Images of a prototype version of the Dacia Duster pick-up have been uploaded to the Dacia Oltcit Aro Facebook page, and the number plates on the vehicle suggest the car is an official test model rather than a regular Duster that has been converted...


Renault Twingo to spur budget Dacia twin
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Renault Twingo to spur budget Dacia twin

The all-new rear-engined Renault Twingo city car will reportedly be spun off as an ultra-affordable Dacia runabout. German magazine AutoBild reports the as-yet-unseen Dacia version of the Renault Twingo, which was revealed at this month's Geneva motor show, could cost as little as 5000 euro ($7680), yet still be offered with crucial safety items such as anti-lock brakes, electronic stability control and at least two airbags...


Dacia Duster: Romanian SUV facelifted for 2014
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Dacia Duster: Romanian SUV facelifted for 2014

Renault has revealed the updated Dacia Duster ahead of its premiere at the Frankfurt motor showon September 10. Coming just days after Alliance partner Nissan unveiled its Terrano sister car in India, the facelifted Dacia Duster brings a more modern look to the compact SUV first launched in 2010...


Nissan Terrano: Dacia-based compact SUV not on local radar
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Nissan Terrano: Dacia-based compact SUV not on local radar

An official sketch of the all-new Nissan Terrano has been released ahead of its launch into the Indian market in the coming months. The Terrano is based on the rugged Dacia Duster compact SUV (below), with Nissan taking advantage of its alliance with Renault, the owner of the budget Romanian marque...


Dacia on hold for Australia
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Dacia on hold for Australia

Renault Australia's managing director has ruled out budget-brand Dacia for the Australian market until he is satisfied that Renault has been well established locally. Speaking to CarAdvice at the Geneva Motor Show, Justin Hocevar said that despite Dacia’s resounding international success, the time for an Australian launch was still not right...


Volkswagen considering new budget brand
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Volkswagen considering new budget brand

If you thought that owning and operating Audi, Bentley, Bugatti, Lamborghini, Porsche, Seat, Skoda, Ducati, Man, Scania and Volkswagen passenger and commercial vehicles was enough, you'd be wrong. The Volkswagen Group is rumoured to be looking at launching yet another brand, this one specifically geared as a no-frills manufacturer for developing nations and parts of Europe...


Renault weighing up Dacia budget brand for Australia
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Renault weighing up Dacia budget brand for Australia

French car maker Renault says its Dacia budget brand is being considered for a future in the Australian market. The Romanian brand, purchased by Renault in 1999, is perhaps best known for being the butt of a running joke on the news section of BBC's Top Gear show. In recent years, models such as the Dacia Duster (above) and Dacia Logan (below) have proved surprisingly popular in Western Europe...