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    Dacia Duster for less than £10,000



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    Dacia’s Duster SUV will cost less than £10,000 when it goes on sale in the UK at the end of 2012 - but buyers won’t get a further penny in discount.

    The launch of the Romanian budget brand is a key part of the revised UK plans of parent firm Renault, which has also announced that it is axing well-known models like the Espace and Laguna.

    Dacia will launch with two cars: the Qashqai-sized Duster, which will be built in India, and a new version of the Sandero, a Fiesta-rivalling five-door hatchback.

    Sandero prices are expected to start from around £7000. Both cars will probably be offered with 1.6-litre petrol and 1.5-litre diesel engines.

    The two new Dacias will be sold in specific areas of every Renault showroom on a basis of ‘value but no haggling’. This principle - which has been used in every region where Dacia has been introduced across Europe - means extremely low list prices but no discounts, even for fleet buyers who are purchasing in bulk.

    Renault sees no potential conflict from selling bigger cars for less money across the same showroom floor as its regular line-up.

    ‘We see Dacia as a good brand for attracting new customers,’ said Renault UK boss Thierry Sybord, ‘and historically most new buyers for Dacia have come from the used car market’.
    I read James May's review of it, where he'd driven it in Morocco, and I instantly fell in love with it. Sort of.

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    Hmm suspiciously cheap. No mention of which drivetrain layout it is, leads me to believe it's the 2WD version starting price.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AiR View Post
    Hmm suspiciously cheap. No mention of which drivetrain layout it is.
    The base model is FWD in all markets where the Duster is available. Nothing suspicious about that.
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    I was confused because Dacia lists a starting price of 137 000 SEK. However if you dig deeper, you find the 2WD version they don't want anyone buying, which is indeed cheaper. And completely defeats the point of the entire vehicle.
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    There shouldn't be anything suspicious about it. The Sandero is less than the cost of an Up!, and exactly the kind of price point a cheap car should be aiming for. Too many companies charge too much for terrible products. I hope they sell tens of thousands of these, and if the Kangoo requires replacement at the end of 2012 (which will be its next MOT), this will definitely be on my test-drive list.
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    Over here the top of the range AWD Diesel powered Duster, with all of the options ticked (the grand total of three that is) costs €19.800, which is still pretty good value for money if you consider the size and the equipment it comes with. And to bo honest, I think they're quite good looking too.

    I've seen plenty of them on the road already.
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    Johnny Smith on Fifth Gear was equally impressed. I reckon it will be a pretty good buy.
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    You can get a good car on the used car market for that price... and it's not a Dacia...
    Maybe it's just brand stigma but I think it's kind of pointless.

    The only good thing about it is that it's new.

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    Quote Originally Posted by -Cpt. J.- View Post
    You can get a good car on the used car market for that price... and it's not a Dacia...
    Maybe it's just brand stigma but I think it's kind of pointless.

    The only good thing about it is that it's new.
    It's not that bad actually. And this is coming from someone that hated Dacias.
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    Quote Originally Posted by maxtortheone View Post
    It's not that bad actually. And this is coming from someone that hated Dacias.
    I am realy not so sure. Also i am not fully aware what 10 000 buys in the UK in the used car market.
    You should be able to get a roomy well equipped car I think. And you have more options than when you decide to buy new.
    Dacia is basicly a Renault and Renaults don't exactly have a good reputation when you compare them to VW or a Japanese brand.
    So a cheap Renault... I just don't know. I have my reservations.

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    Quote Originally Posted by -Cpt. J.- View Post
    You can get a good car on the used car market for that price... and it's not a Dacia...
    Maybe it's just brand stigma but I think it's kind of pointless.

    The only good thing about it is that it's new.
    I hear you but there will always be people who would prefer a new car than a used one for a specific budget. And the good news for others is that budget brands depreciate more quickly so a 3 year old one of these will make a great used buy for those who can look beyond the badge.

    Plus I don't imagine their marketing people will overlook May's enthusiasm for the brand. I doubt he will be able to get directly involved in the launch marketing but I wouldn't be surprised if the words "Great News!" appear in some of the associated copy.
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    Cheapest Dacia Duster is 15 000€ in Finland.

    Did a quick search and I found this as an alternative.
    http://www.nettiauto.com/audi/a4/4452034

    Which would you choose... the Audi has 200 000km on it but still.
    I would definetly choose the Audi. I get MWF's point. 10 grand may be too much money for a car that's not good enough for even a Renault badge...
    I don't hate Dacias... they leave me completely cold. Not my kind of cars. I may be biased because of this...
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    Quote Originally Posted by -Cpt. J.- View Post
    Cheapest Dacia Duster is 15000€ in Finland.

    Did a quick search and I found this as an alternative.
    http://www.nettiauto.com/audi/a4/4452034

    Which would you choose... the Audi has 200 000km on it but still.
    I would definetly choose the Audi.
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    Interesting that they're going the saturn route to selling these. Many Saturn buyers say that the dealership buying experience was the best they've ever had due to the no pressure atmosphere.
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    Quote Originally Posted by -Cpt. J.- View Post
    Cheapest Dacia Duster is 15 000€ in Finland.

    Did a quick search and I found this as an alternative.
    http://www.nettiauto.com/audi/a4/4452034

    Which would you choose... the Audi has 200 000km on it but still.
    I would definetly choose the Audi. I get MWF's point. 10 grand may be too much money for a car that's not good enough for even a Renault badge...
    I don't hate Dacias... they leave me completely cold. Not my kind of cars. I may be biased because of this...
    I agree with you when it comes to second hand cars, but you have to take running costs into account as well. The Audi would cost a lot more if you'd be keeping the car for about 5 years.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MWF View Post
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    I do understand that there are always people who like to buy new.
    But if you can buy a used car. Why not? Dacia has always baffled me.
    It's a manufacture I just do not understand.

    Don't buy a Dacia, buy used!
    Quote Originally Posted by Jens View Post
    I agree with you when it comes to second hand cars, but you have to take running costs into account as well. The Audi would cost a lot more if you'd be keeping the car for about 5 years.
    Yea you can apply my logic to any new car.
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    Great car.

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    Quote Originally Posted by -Cpt. J.- View Post
    I am realy not so sure. Also i am not fully aware what 10 000 buys in the UK in the used car market.
    You should be able to get a roomy well equipped car I think. And you have more options than when you decide to buy new.
    Dacia is basicly a Renault and Renaults don't exactly have a good reputation when you compare them to VW or a Japanese brand.
    So a cheap Renault... I just don't know. I have my reservations.
    In the UK £10k will get you a 2-4 year old just about anything (within reason, but decent A4s, 3ers, all fairly high spec) with no more than 40k miles. Definitely here the used market is saturated with cars at the end of the initial depreciation drop. And don't forget the good ol' Bentley T2.
    As appearing as a cheap Renault, yeah it might not seem so great, especially since the Qashqai has a strong advertising presence and sells very well here. Maybe our market really wants a cheaper QushQosh/QumQuat thingy.
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