The Renault/Dacia Duster never fails to make headlines here on Indian Autos Blog. Whether it's being the official police car in Brazil or receiving a new variant in France, there is always something going on with this superstar that's put Renault India on the map.
You can add one more accolade to that list today - Dacia's Mioveni plant in Romania just produced the 400,000th Duster yesterday!
Following the premiere of the Duster Concept, series production of the mini SUV, designed to be an affordable option in the SUV market comprising mostly of expensive imports, started in early 2010 at the Mioveni plant. In a span of three years, Dacia made 400,000 units of the mini SUV in this factory alone.
The 400,000th Duster in question happens to be a silver, diesel model sporting the same 1.5 dCi K9K engine we have here in India. It produces 110bhp of power and offers 4WD capability. The car will be delivered to its French owner very soon.
The Romanian plant in Mioveni also exports to parts in Western Europe, France being one of them. In fact, 95% of the Dusters made in this plant are aimed at exports. Also, 45% of the Dacia's made in this plant are Duster's.
Apart from the Romanian plant, Dacia/Renault also make the Duster in São José dos Pinhais in Brazil, Envigado in Colombia, Moscow in Russia and of course, our very own plant in Chennai, India.
In 2012, Dacia remained the leading carmaker in Romania, even though their sales plummeted by 28 percent due to the bad economic climate in Europe.
[Source - InAutoNews.com]