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Geneva Motor Show: 10 past concepts we wish made production

Each year the Geneva motor show provides a testing ground of new ideas and concepts for everyone from established manufacturers to design consultancies and dream-weaving hypercar builders...

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2019 Renault Captur Coupe spied
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2019 Renault Captur Coupe spied

The rumoured Renault Captur Coupe has been spied during development testing, ahead of a reveal at the Moscow motor show in August. While not officially confirmed by the French brand, the new SUV it teased this week ahead of the Russian event is widely believed to be a preview for a coupe-styled Captur small SUV – the two will be related in similar fashion to the BMW X4 and X6...


Renault prepping SUV coupe for Russia - report
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Renault prepping SUV coupe for Russia - report

Renault is believed to be working on a new SUV coupe aimed primarily at the Russian market, set to be revealed at the Moscow motor show in August this year. In a new report by Russia's Vedomosti and translated on Carscoops, a handful unnamed sources claim the new model will be based on the same platform as the Dacia/Renault Duster, which is the brand's best-seller in the region...


Euro NCAP stars fall for facelifted models
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Euro NCAP stars fall for facelifted models

Euro NCAP has released its latest safety scores this week for a number of models, including updated ratings for ageing vehicles still sold as new cars. Several all-new cars got full five-star ratings, including the Hyundai Kona, Kia Stinger, BMW 6 Series GT and Jaguar F-Pace, while re-testing of some recently-facelifted versions of older models revealed some sub-par results - including a zero-star score...


Cars that should be sold in Australia
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Cars that should be sold in Australia

Australia is one of the most diverse, fragmented automotive markets in the world. We have more brands to choose from than the US, where 15-times more vehicles are sold. Yet local product planners across the 60-plus car makers that sell their wares here regularly opt not to import and distribute certain models, usually citing a lack of projected demand or a difficult “business case” — code for “too bloody expensive”...


2018 Dacia Duster revealed, moving upmarket
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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. Now a new (or perhaps just reworked) version has been revealed, ahead of its world premiere in the metal at the Frankfurt motor show on September 12...


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...


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 Duster Oroch crew cab ute concept to debut in Sao Paulo
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Renault Duster Oroch crew cab ute concept to debut in Sao Paulo

The Renault Duster Oroch, a crew cab ute based on the Dacia Duster SUV, will debut at this year's Sao Paulo auto show. Unlike the Duster ute that's being produced in limited numbers for Petrom, a Romanian oil and gas company, the Oroch features four doors and seating for five. Renault doesn't specify what drivetrain the Oroch uses, but top-spec Dusters in Brazil feature all-wheel drive and a 2...


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...


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: next-gen compact SUV not for Oz
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Nissan Terrano: next-gen compact SUV not for Oz

The all-new Nissan Terrano has been revealed following its official launch in India. Based on the Renault-owned Dacia Duster compact SUV, the new Nissan Terrano distinguishes itself from its Alliance sibling thanks to a new front end featuring a new bonnet, angular headlights and a chrome-highlighted grille in-line with the larger Nissan Pathfinder and Patrol...


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...


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...


Dacia Duster Pikes Peak race car revealed
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Dacia Duster Pikes Peak race car revealed

Dacia wants to be taken seriously as a credible manufacturer, with the brand slowly expanding throughout European showrooms. But when it comes to making a statement, this is one sure fire way to do it. Meet the monstrous Dacia Duster Pikes Peak rally car...


2011 Dacia Duster École de Ski Français ski school edition
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2011 Dacia Duster École de Ski Français ski school edition

Renault-owned Romanian automotive brand Dacia has just released a very limited edition SUV. It's called the Dacia Duster École de Ski Français, which translates into something like École Ski School (ESF) instructor's car, and it's available to instructors only. That's one way to keep a car very exclusive, restrict which consumers are actually able to purchase the model...


Video: Dacia Duster subjected to vigorous testing
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Video: Dacia Duster subjected to vigorous testing

Automobile Dacia, a Romanian car company now owned by Renault, is renowned for providing its local market with cheap car packages for those who just want to go from A to B. Here's a video of the Nissan Tiida-based Dacia Duster being put through its paces. Watch as Dutch motoring club, ANWB (similar to our NRMA) puts this Dacia Duster through some very stringent testing to prove the car's worth...