Made-in-India Duster’s waiting list gets lengthier in the UK

Posted on: Feb 16, 2013 - 11:17am IST

There is only one possible explanation for the made-in-India Dacia Duster’s stupendous start in the UK – the Brits simply love it!

Dacia Duster headlight

The exports of the Dacia Duster to the UK commenced last November. We earlier reported that the Dacia Duster has a 5 month waiting period in the UK and the queue for the compact crossover SUV is only getting lengthier day by day. The combined bookings of the Duster and the Sandero in the UK today stands at over 4,000 units.

That brings us to the car’s birth place, the Renault-Nissan alliance’s Indian manufacturing facility near Chennai. The plant is the only source of the RHD Dusters.

Dacia Duster exports begin at Ennore Port, Chennai
The first consignment of made-in-India Dacia Dusters for the UK

In order to cope with huge domestic demand Renault India started producing the Dusters in three shifts for six days a week. A considerable proportion of the produce is being exported to the UK with the Dacia badge.

In spite of the round the clock production, there is a waiting list for the car in India as well as in the UK which gives Renault India the pleasurable problem of a positive demand-supply gap.

Renault is exploring more RHD markets for the made-in-India Duster. Indonesia and South Africa could be added to the list of export markets in the future and not to mention that the Chennai plant also has to cater to the Nissan’s version of the Duster which is expected to be launched here in late 2013.

Though Renault India does not talk about the number of Dusters produced, we reckon that the current production capacity needs a ramp up to satisfy the overall demand and bring down the waiting period, both here and abroad. The only solution is to add at least one more assembly line.

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7 thoughts on “Made-in-India Duster’s waiting list gets lengthier in the UK

  1. Jimbo says:

    Ordered mine a week ago and was fortunate to have the color of my choice actually in the country in the spec I wanted as well!

    Has already been delivered to the dealer and I pick it up on Friday.. my 1st SUV 🙂

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  2. Darrell says:

    I ordered on the 6th April in the UK, was told it would be delivered in June.

    Contacted Dealer this week and they are now quoting September at the earliest.

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  3. paul says:

    Well was told April when I ordered but been in contact with the dealer they couldn’t apologize enough but couldn’t give me a date they’ve been chasing Dacia up but not getting any joy

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  4. paul says:

    i ordered one in Feb & was given April asap as a delivery date,looking forward to collecting it

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  5. Simon says:

    I ordered a Duster in the UK last weekend (1 March 2013) from my local Renault dealer. and was quoted 12 weeks for delivery. Looking forward to driving it.

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    1. Kurt says:

      Good luck, I ordered my duster 29 nov. and I was told hopefully first week in April

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    2. June says:

      I ordered november 9th and was given delivery date of march, delivery date on line is may 9th, also date of July 2013, so not sure when really.

      Reply

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