DACIA DUSTER WINS BEST SMALL SUV AT 2017 GREEN APPLE AWARDS

  • Dacia Duster collects Small SUV & 4x4 title at the 2017 Green Apple Awards
  • Third consecutive time Duster has won the award
  • Praised for its value and efficiency
  • Seventh annual awards from the not-for-profit organisation

The Dacia Duster won the Small SUV & 4X4 title at the seventh annual Green Apple Awards held this morning at the Houses of Parliament. The rugged and robust Duster was voted into first place for the third consecutive year thanks to its affordability, efficiency and running costs.

The automotive-based honours at The Green Apple Awards, organised by the Midlands-based The Green Organisation, are judged by members of the Midland Group of Motoring Writers. Marks were awarded by judges for the way a car drives and behaves in the real world, away from the testing laboratory.

One of the Midland Group judges wrote: "The Dacia Duster continues to be extraordinarily good value for money and with proven Renault technology and powertrains underneath it doesn’t cut corners when it comes to performance and efficiency either."

Louise O’Sullivan, Head of Dacia UK said: “We’re delighted the Duster, for the third year in a row, has been recognised by such a well-respected environmental group as the Green Organisation. Not only is the Duster the perfect SUV for savvy buyers thanks to its affordability, ruggedness and impressive reliability but the Green Apple judges have proved just how economical and efficient the Duster is too.”

The multiple award-winning Duster is the most affordable SUV on the UK market – priced from £9,495. The Duster is available in a choice of four trim levels, with 1.6-litre naturally aspirated (SCe 115) or 1.2-litre turbo charged petrol (TCe 125) or 1.5-litre turbodiesel (dCi 110) engines and in 4x2 or 4x4 set-ups. A six-speed EDC (Efficient Dual Clutch) automatic gearbox is also available and despite its sophistication compared to rival systems is the most affordable automatic crossover on sale.

The Green Organisation, based in Northamptonshire, was established in 1994 as an international, independent, non-profit, non-political, non-activist environment group, dedicated to recognising, rewarding and promoting environmental best practice around the world and invites entries from all parts of industry for its annual Green Apple Awards.

For more information on the Dacia Duster range please visit https://www.dacia.co.uk/vehicles/our-range/duster.html.

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About Dacia

Dacia has a long history associated with Renault, the French brand first working with Dacia plants in Romania in the 1960s, before acquiring them fully in 1999. The brand concept is simple: to shake up preconceived ideas. Dacia produces spacious, robust, high-quality vehicles of original design that are affordable for everybody.

Dacia vehicles offer exceptional value for money. Reliable and resistant, they embody the best of Renault expertise. Relaunched by parent company Groupe Renault in 2004, the Dacia range has been expanding constantly and buyers have a wide array of vehicles to choose from, ranging from Dacia Duster, a sporty all-terrain vehicle, to light commercial vehicles or family vehicles such as the Dacia Sandero and Dacia Logan MCV. The concept continues to enjoy great success with over 4.5 million Dacias sold in Europe since the brand’s revival in 2004. 

Dacia launched in the UK in January 2013 and enjoyed the most successful start ever for a new car brand in the UK. Dacia was rated as one of the best car manufacturers for reliability in the 2017 Which? Car Guide – out of 36 rivals including many luxury brands. The Dacia Sandero has been awarded the title of “Best Small Car under £12,000” by What Car? for five consecutive years (2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013). The Dacia Duster was named TopGear magazine’s “Bargain of the Year 2012” at launch. Over 100,000 Dacia vehicles have been sold in the UK to date.

For further information please visit www.press.renault.co.uk or @RenaultUKPR or contact:

Jeremy Townsend
Communications Director
jeremy.townsend@renault.co.uk – 01923 697592 – 07977 289327

Matthew Bendall
Press Relations Manager
matthew.bendall@renault.co.uk – 01923 697653 – 07814 990247

Callum Chamberlain
Product & Corporate Communications Manager – Dacia
callum.chamberlain@renault.co.uk – 01923 697512 – 07989 434003

Chloe Yemm
Product & Corporate Communications Manager – Renault
chloe.yemm@renault.co.uk – 01923 697342 – 07773 048531

Oliver Lowe
Product & Corporate Communications Manager – LCV & Fleet
Oliver.lowe@renault.co.uk - 01923 697878 - 07816 397540

Lisa Haworth-Langford
Press Fleet & Events Manager
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Charlie Roper
Press Relations Coordinator
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Emma Stacey
Communications Assistant
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