The new Duster model has been shown for the first time in Romania on Sunday, on the occasion of the "Renault Day", an event organized on Dacia's industrial platform in Mioveni town, attended by 15 000 people.
The new model was presented by Yves Caracatzanis, general manager of Dacia and Renault Group Romania.
"We are all here gathered (...) to know each other better, to enjoy this day, and also the results. The most recent and most important such result is the new Duster model, which is shown now for the first time in Romania. All of our teams contributed to this success: design teams, engineering teams, manufacturing teams, acquisitions, sales and all the other teams," said Cracatzanis.
The programme of the "Renault Day" event, now in its 4th edition, also included car exhibitions, including a Formula 1 single seater and the prototype of a 100% electric car, sports events, workshops and programmes for children. Moreover, participants had the chance to visit some sections of the plant in Mioveni.
The new Duster model from Dacia was shown for the very first time to the world on September 12th, at the Frankfurt Motor Show. A worldwide best-selling model, the Duster has a new design, both inside and outside, as well as an extensive range of equipment.
According to the manufacturer, the new Duster is equipped with SCe 115 gasoline engines (in the 4X2 verison) or TCe 125 engines (in the 4X2 and 4X4 versions) complete with a manual gearbox.
With regard to the diesel offer, the model offers the dCi 90HP block in the 4X2 and dCi 110 HP versions in the 4X2 and 4X4 wheeling versions, combined with a manual gearbox. The dCi 110 HP engine (in the case of the 4X2 version) can be equipped with an EDC efficient dual-clutch automatic transmission.
First launched under the Dacia brand, Duster has been traded since 2011 under the Renault brand in Latin America (Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, Chile and Colombia), as well as in Russia and India.
So far, over two million Dusters have been sold in more than a hundred countries under the two brands.
According to official data, Dacia has reported H1 2017 sales of over 332,800 units worldwide, up nearly 12 percent. Its market share in Europe has reached 2.6 percent, while in the Eurasian region it has gone up to 3.2 percent and up to 23.5 percent in the Maghreb. Of the 44 countries where Dacia is marketed, 22 set first-quarter market share or sales records.
In Europe, the best-selling Dacia car to private customers is Sandero, while Duster ranks third among the bestselling SUVs to individuals.
In Romania, Dacia sold 19,696 units in the first half, up 25.8 percent over the same period last year.