THE Dacia Duster is hoping to clean up sales among those who want a bargain van from a well-known manufacturer.
Renault will use the CV show at the NEC to launch its Dacia Duster van.
Now it believes the time is right to bring its commercial vans to the UK
In 2012, Renault told Business Vans it had no immediate plans for a commercial version of the Duster SUV but would be watching the market.
Now it believes the time is right to bring its commercial vans to the UK after developing a strong sales presence with its cars and dealers.
The news will be welcomed by the dealers in particular as it’s an important widening of the range when the car market is already highly competitive.
Renault is keeping lid on the precise specification of the new vans but they will be based on the powertrain and trim of the cars, albeit with stronger suspension to cope with their role.
While Dacia CVs are new to the UK, they are an established section of the brand’s line up in Romania where they are built.
They will also not challenge Renault vans but fill gaps in the market where the French firm is not really selling strongly.
Duster Van gets its power from a tried and tested 107hp 1.5dCi diesel used in Kangoo and the Nissan NV200
Available with either front- or four-wheel drive, Duster Van gets its power from a tried and tested 107hp 1.5dCi diesel used in Kangoo and the Nissan NV200 and which develops 240Nm of peak torque.
Without back seats you can expect to find 1.75 load length and about a metre between wheel arches.
Dacia makes three commercial vehicles: the van and pick-up, both based on the Logan, and the recently launched Dokker Van.
At the end of 2012 and just before launching the Dacia car range, Renault sales director Darren Payne said there were no immediate plans for Dacia to enhance its UK presence with LCVs.
“There would have to be a sensible reason to introduce the Dacian van and pick-up,” Darren told Business Vans.
That time has come.