21 June 2011

Dacia Duster

Right-hand drive Dacia Duster confirmed for 2012

21 June 2011 - Ahead of Dacia's UK launch at the end of next year, right-hand drive production of the high-selling Duster SUV has been confirmed thanks to its imminent arrival in India. With the first Indian customers taking delivery of their new Fluence, Renault has announced the production and sale of Duster under its French marque in India. The SUV is part of a range designed to cover a broad portion of the local market segments.

Produced at the Chennai plant, Duster has been adapted to conditions in the Indian market. To satisfy Indian consumers and their strong expectations in terms of value for money and technological content, specific adaptations have been made to the product, which will be launched in India.


The five launches planned in a period of just 15 months, constitute a first not just for Renault, but for the Indian market itself. Fluence, the first launch in the product offensive and Renault's flagship in India, was released in late May, and the reaction has been very positive. Fluence will be followed by Koleos, positioned in the premium SUV segment. The third vehicle will be a compact car built on an Alliance platform that will represent the core range model. Together with a fifth vehicle to be presented at a later date, these cars will form the most youthful range in the Indian market.

Renault India is developing a network, which currently includes 14 dealerships. The company's aim is to increase that number to 40 by the end of the year and to 100 at end-2012 (covering 55 cities or 90% of the market). In addition, the service offer includes a comprehensive package called "Renault Complete Care", comprising technicians trained in France, at every dealership, a four-year/80,000 km warranty and a one-year warranty for maintenance and repair, free service coupons at 2,000 km, 10,000 km and 20,000 km, and 24/7 assistance.

With Brazil and Russia, India is one of the three pillars of the Group's international strategy. The development of Renault's activities in India reflects the company's aim to become a major player in this fast-growing market.