Renault's budget brand will launch with the Duster small SUV in the UK in two years time
3 March 2010

Renault’s budget brand Dacia will launch in the UK in 2012, the company has confirmed at the Geneva motor show.

The first Dacia model to be launched in the UK will be the Duster compact off-roader, which made its public debut at the show yesterday.

Geneva motor show: Dacia Duster launched

Renault has put off launching Dacia in the UK for the last couple of years due to the weakness of the pound next to the euro as its models wouldn’t be able to sell its cars at a profit.

The firm has now decided the Duster will be car to spearhead the brand in the UK and this could be followed by its Sandero hatchback and Logan small saloon.

Renault’s UK managing director Roland Bouchara said the firm had been watching the rising success of the Dacia brand and the company felt that its value for money would be appealing in British buyers.

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3 March 2010

In other words , brits are skint lets bring in some crap even worse than a Renault

3 March 2010

[quote madaxeman]In other words , brits are skint lets bring in some crap even worse than a Renault[/quote]

Or.......lets build a range of cars for people that are not laden down with stupid unnecessary luxuries that make them heavy and expensive and use proven Renault parts to keep development costs down.

Then charge sensible prices and sell them by the 1000, I fancy a Dacia come 2012.

3 March 2010

[quote jonfortwo]

Or.......lets build a range of cars for people that are not laden down with stupid unnecessary luxuries that make them heavy and expensive and use proven Renault parts to keep development costs down.

Then charge sensible prices and sell them by the 1000, I fancy a Dacia come 2012.

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Spot on.

3 March 2010

[quote jonfortwo]Or.......lets build a range of cars for people that are not laden down with stupid unnecessary luxuries that make them heavy and expensive and use proven Renault parts to keep development costs down.[/quote]

Yep, couldn't agree more. A refreshing change. And I suspect the Duster in particular will do well among people wanting a sensibly priced, roomy five-door. There's a market for image-free cars that just get on with doing a good job.

3 March 2010

I'm all for ultra cheap cars, i would demand that they are equal in crash safety to premium cars, there should be no difference. A huge amount of money can be save by having an extremely bare interior, just steering wheel/pedals etc. a seat for a driver (good quality), other passenger seats and belts optional extra from dealer, everything should be an optional extra apart from whats needed to operate it and to pass an MOT.

To save costs the cars should be painted in cheap surplus paint from various sources, if it means they are all battle ship grey inside and out so be it. If your ordering new you could request normal colour paint for extra.

The whole way of cars coming with things as standard has become a terrible runaway system. What happened to the time when you used to boast you had a wing mirror on both sides of the car! oooo fancy pants. luxury.


3 March 2010

[quote Paul123]

[quote jonfortwo]Or.......lets build a range of cars for people that are not laden down with stupid unnecessary luxuries that make them heavy and expensive and use proven Renault parts to keep development costs down.[/quote]

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[quote Paul123]Yep, couldn't agree more[/quote]

Add me to that list.

Am a bit of a Renault convert at the moment after being very pleasantly surprised by a 1.2 Turbo Renault Clio hire car. Comfortable, quick, quiet and fun. I wouldn't have enjoyed the trip anywhere near as much in the MK6 Golf I was expecting to be in that day.

3 March 2010

James May will be pleased!

3 March 2010

[quote Simonsays]James May will be pleased![/quote]

Lets';s just hope he doesn't park one near any lorries again!

I agree with most of the above comments too. I drive a high mileage and enjoy the luxuries I get in my car, bluetooth, ipod connection etc, but also enjoy the simplicity of driving the wifes boggo fiesta when on a short run to the shops. For a lot of people a car that goes from a-b is all they need, without the fancy stuff.

3 March 2010

Well done Renault!

lrh

3 March 2010

[quote jonfortwo]...proven Renault parts...[/quote]

Yeah, proven to be unreliable!

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