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You’ve got to hand it to the person who sauntered into Renault’s head office one morning and said: “Hey guys, you know how we’ve been thinking about setting up a luxury marque to help boost sales? Well, how about we scrap that idea and go full-on budget crazy with our Dacia brand?”
As it turned out, there was considerable method in the madness and pressing the green light on the Dacia project proved to be one of Renault’s more inspired decisions.
In fact, we were so impressed by Dacia’s ability to sell new cars to people who previously only had access to used vehicles that the Sandero small car has, over the years, picked up a plethora of nominations in our annual What Car? Awards.
Not that Dacia has any intentions of resting on its laurels, with all of its models receiving significant upgrades for 2018, starting with the Duster family SUV.
Despite a new look – every body panel has been changed – the Duster maintains its familiar chunky SUV styling and is still constructed using the same basic mechanical components.
More importantly, the Duster remains faithful to Dacia’s proven business model: cheap, no-frills motoring; its starting price undercuts entry models of the Seat Ateca and Nissan Qashqai by almost 50%.
If you like the sound of that and fancy signing up to the Dacia gang, read on and we’ll walk you through all the relevant details to ensure you get the Duster that’s best for you. And once you’ve made your mind up, head over to our New Car Buying site to get the best deals.
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