DACIA DUSTER DOES THE DOUBLE AT CARBUYER AWARDS 2018

  • Dacia Duster voted ‘Best Cheap Car’ and ‘Best Winter Car’ at the Carbuyer Awards 2018
  • Second consecutive year the rugged SUV has won the ‘Best Winter Car’ award
  • Praised for its tremendous value and durability
  • Most affordable SUV on the UK market – priced from only £9,495

The no-nonsense Dacia Duster has added two more awards to its ever-growing trophy cabinet, winning the ‘Best Cheap Car’ and ‘Best Winter Car’ categories at today’s Carbuyer Awards 2018, held at a ceremony in London.

It’s the second consecutive year the Duster’s rugged and robust design has scooped the ‘Best Winter Car’ accolade at the annual awards. The Carbuyer judges praised the purposeful SUV for its trademark ‘shockingly affordable’ value, versatility and ability to keep drivers safe, and moving in the harshest of weather. 

Stuart Milne, Editor of Carbuyer, said: “Thought SUVs were all expensive? Think again. With the Dacia Duster, you can enjoy all the benefits of an SUV for less than £10,000. That's a bargain, but we'd recommend spending a bit more to reap the benefits of the 1.5 dCi diesel engine and the additional creature comforts the Lauréate trim adds. But even with that additional spend, the Dacia Duster is still tremendous value for money.”

On the Dacia Duster winning the ‘Best Winter Car’ award, Milne added: “If you're looking for a car that'll keep you motoring through the worst of the British winter, the Dacia Duster is the standout choice. It's tremendously practical and offers plenty of ground clearance and a lofty driving position for the best possible visibility. Best of all is its price. You can buy a four-wheel drive Duster for less than £11,500.”

Established in 2011, the Carbuyer Best Cars Awards differ from other awards in that the jargon-free categories are based around the questions car buyers are most likely to ask. The awards are driven by Carbuyer.co.uk’s popular ‘Best Cars’ section and are underpinned by analysis of every new car on sale.

To determine the winners, the Carbuyer road test team judged vehicles on a wide range of criteria ranging from running costs to practicality and driving dynamics to value for money. In the quest to find the winners — and provide motorists with the best, straightforward information — the team tests over 500 cars a year.

The Duster’s duo of category wins adds to its past success in the Carbuyer awards where it previously fought off much more expensive rivals to win the fiercely-contested ‘Best Small SUV’.

Louise O’Sullivan, Head of Dacia UK, said: “We’re delighted the Duster has come out on top in two very important categories in the Carbuyer awards, especially as it’s the second year running that it’s been voted ‘Best Winter Car’. With the harsh weather ahead and with the Duster recognised for offering unrivalled value, it’s the ideal SUV for those who want the peace-of-mind that their vehicle will get them safely and comfortably through poor driving conditions while being incredibly affordable to run and own.”

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.

For more details on the Dacia range, please visit www.dacia.co.uk

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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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Press Relations Coordinator
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Emma Stacey
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