Friday, December 10, 2010

Dacia Duster Takes Top Autobest 2011 Award

Dacia Duster Takes Top Autobest 2011 Award

The Autobest 2011 award for the best car available on the market in 2010 went to Dacia Duster. The Autobest jury comprises 15 automobile industry journalists working in emerging markets (Eastern Europe, Russia and Turkey). Dacia Duster, which has been on sale in Europe, Turkey and the Maghreb region since last Spring, is enjoying considerable success in all the markets where it is sold, with more than 60,000 units registered to date.

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  • The Autobest 2011 award for the best car available on the market in 2010 went to Dacia Duster.
  • The Autobest jury comprises 15 automobile industry journalists working in emerging markets (Eastern Europe, Russia and Turkey).
  • Dacia Duster, which has been on sale in Europe, Turkey and the Maghreb region since last Spring, is enjoying considerable success in all the markets where it is sold, with more than 60,000 units registered to date.
  • Thanks to its 4x4 styling cues, genuine off-road ability and unrivalled interior space for its price, Dacia Duster lost no time winning over customers looking for a strong, reliable and affordable off-roader.
  • On both the marketing and production fronts, Duster has a truly international calling and, from 2011, will be launched in a number of new markets with Renault badging:
  1. It will be marketed in the Gulf States, with vehicles supplied by the Pitesti factory.
  2. In Brazil, the Curitiba plant will supply the Brazilian and Argentine markets.
  3. Duster will go on to be manufactured at the Avtoframos plant in Moscow, Russia.
  4. In Colombia, the Medellin plant will supply the Colombian, Mexican and Chilean markets.

On December 10, Dacia Duster took the 'Autobest 2011' award for the best car available on the market in 2010.
The jury based its classification on 13 criteria which included fuel consumption, versatility, interior space and styling. Points were awarded for each one of these criteria and Dacia Duster's score totalled 863 points from a possible 3,600. Dacia Duster figured at the top of the lists of 10 members of the jury.
The members of the Autobest jury hailed from 15 countries: Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Cyprus, Macedonia, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Turkey, Ukraine and Malta.

In France, Dacia Duster came out on top in the family vehicle category at the Trophée de l’Argus awards.
The jury was made up of motoring writers, residual value experts and market study specialists who based their judgements on the vehicles' market price, per-kilometre running costs, residual value, fuel consumption and overall package.
Meanwhile, Dacia Duster was voted 'Car of the Year' in Romania by the country's press association. This prize is awarded to the vehicle that makes the biggest impact on the automobile market.

About Renault/Dacia Duster
The model will be soon available in Ukraine, the Middle East (Jordan, Syria, Lebanon and Egypt) and certain African countries. Renault Duster will also be manufactured in the Curitiba (Brazil) and SOFASA (Colombia) plants in order to appear on South American markets.

Today’s all-terrain vehicles are often synonymous with bulk, but Renault Duster is an antidote to that idea. With a length of 4.31 metres and a width of 1.82 metres, Renault Duster is very compact. Its Megane-size proportions ensure that it is as at home in built-up areas as it is off the beaten track.

Renault Duster was designed to cope with all types of road and track, all over the world. In order to meet these wide-ranging needs, Renault Duster will be available in both 4x4 and 4x2 form.

The strengthened underside of Renault Duster is suitable for loose-surfaces and all-terrain use thanks to: high ground clearance of 210mm, short overhangs (822mm at the front, 820mm at the rear) and big clearance angles.
Travelling comfort

Renault Duster's occupants will appreciate the high standard of travelling comfort it provides, whatever the type of road or terrain, thanks to its high ride-height (205mm in 4x2 version and 210mm in 4x4 version) and specific work on its suspension (damper travel, springs and calibration). Comfort is further enhanced by Duster's long wheelbase (2.67m) and big 16-inch wheels.

Renault Duster can be ordered with a 1.6 16V 105 petrol engine or a dCi 85 diesel engines, both of which have already showcased their qualities under the bonnet of numerous other Renault models.

Both boast particularly thrifty fuel consumption:
  • The combined cycle fuel consumption of the 4x2 and 4x4 versions of Renault Duster dCi 85 is just 5.1 and 5.3 litres/100km respectively.
  • The combines cycle fuel consumption of the 4x2 and 4x4 versions of Renault Duster 1.6 16V 105 is 7.5 and 7.9 litres/100km respectively.

No compromise on safety
Renault Duster benefits from Renault’s acclaimed expertise in the area of safety.

On the active safety front, Renault Duster features, depending on versions, Bosch 8.1 ABS, as well as EBV electronic brakeforce distribution and EBA emergency brake assist.

On the passive safety front, Renault Duster is fitted, as standard, with two front airbags (depending on market) and three-point seat belts with load limiters for the front seats, to which pyrotechnic pretensioners can be added. Depending on the version, two lateral head/thorax airbags are fitted in addition to the driver and passenger front airbags.

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