India-made Turnaround expert Renault Duster heads to Indonesia next to perform a miracle
Nithyanandh K, As a toddler, those wheeled machinery fascinated me even before I knew what they’re called as! So here I'm, petrolhead by birth, Mechanical engineer by qualification and automotive reporter by profession!
It won’t be an overstatement to say that Renault Duster has single handedly spearheaded Renault’s operations in India. The combined volume that the Pulse and Scala, candidates in the vast and bread-earning B and C segments in India, failed to come back with, the Duster managed without breaking into a sweat.
Apart from setting the domestic sales chart on fire, the made-in-India Duster (branded as Dacia) is commanding a waiting period of over 5 months in UK. Renault’s Indian plant being the only one in the world to manufacture the Duster in RHD configuration, is set to cater many more countries that drive on the left side of the road.
We discovered these spyshots of the RHD Renault Duster which was spotted in Indonesia. The Renault Duster is expected to mark Renault’s comeback in Indonesia. The French automaker took a sabbatical from selling cars in the archipelago a couple of years ago.
The Renault Dusters spotted in Indonesia belong to RxL and RxZ variants. The top end RxZ variant gets alloy wheels, double din music system with Aux-in and i-Pod connectivity. Otomotif.net reports that both the cars are shod with MRF rubbers.
Renault Indonesia’s comeback car is expected to employ the same 1.5 litre DCi diesel engine. The state of tune is unclear as of now, but we reckon that the 110 bhp version would be allotted for the Indonesian market.
The Renault Duster, apart from keeping the cash counter ringing in the domestic market, is also set mop up significant export numbers. Good news for Renault India then.