The new Dacia Duster model was launched yesterday in Romania at a starting price of EUR 11,250.
Registrations of Dacia vehicles in the European Union (EU) have experienced a 20 percent increase in the first nine months of the year, and a 41 percent increase in September, both percentages constituting the strongest trends among current brands on the European market, Mediafax informs, citing data published yesterday by ACEA (the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association). The EU car market has dropped by 3.9 percent in the first nine months, to 9 million units, but it recovered in September, when it reported a 5.4 percent increase to 1.16 million units. The number of Dacia vehicle registrations has increased by 20.6 percent between January and September to 211,419 units, reaching 21,489 units in September with a 40.7 percent increase. The Dacia brand, part of French Group Renault, had a market share of 2.3 percent in the first nine months, and 1.9 percent in September.
The new Duster was officially launched in Romania yesterday. The largest market for Dacia is France, with 90,000 cars being sold every year. It is also the first market where the French group announced the official prices for the new Duster facelift. The starting price for the stylized Duster version in France remains unchanged: EUR 11,900 VAT included, given that the new model is equipped with ESP, among others, a system which previously costed an extra EUR 300, and side airbags, which were only optional until this year. In Romania, the starting price for Duster is EUR 11,250, and it will also, most likely, remain unchanged. As opposed to the model launched almost four years ago, the new Duster’s improvements are mainly related to the interior. Exterior improvements include the new headlights with daytime running lights, a new radiator grille and a new logo.
The number of registrations of Renault group vehicles has increased by 0.04 percent in January-September to 793,210 units. The French group’s performance in September was four times better than the European market’s, as it reported a 22.2 percent increase of new vehicle registrations, to 93,355 units. In September, the largest EU markets reported increases. Thus, the French market went up by 3.4 percent to 142,166 units, the market in Great Britain went up by 12.1 percent to 403,136 units, and the Spanish market reported a 28.5 percent increase to 45,175 units. In Italy, registrations dropped by 2.9 percent in September to 106,363 units, while in Germany they decreased by 1.2 percent to 247,199 units. Romania reported a 5.2 percent decrease in new vehicle registrations in September to 4,491 units, and a 16.4 percent decrease in the first nine months, to 41,073 units. In the first nine months, the car market in Great Britain was the only one that reported an increase, as registrations went up by 10.8 percent between January and September. The number of registrations went down by 1.6 percent in Spain, 6 percent in Germany, 8.3 percent in Italy, and 8.5 percent in France. The largest European car manufacturer, German Group Volkswagen, reported a 5.4 percent increase to 273,673 units in September and a 3.4 percent decrease in the first nine months, to 2,23 million units.