DACIA TEAMS UP WITH FUTURE TERRAIN SUPPORTING REHABILITATION FOR EX-MILITARY SERVICE PERSONNEL

  • Dacia UK has announced a new partnership with charity Future Terrain
  • The charity supports veterans and ex-military service personnel back into employment through motoring, motorsport activities and driving related engineering
  • Future Terrain will operate four Duster 4x4s, used for off-road racing, expeditions and driver training
  • The Duster was chosen for its impressive off-road capabilities
  • Future Terrain will also be competing in the British National Cross-Country Championship 2019 with All-New Duster and an extreme rally expedition in Morocco, the Carta Rallye

Dacia has announced it will be supporting Future Terrain, the career transition and rehabilitation charity, focusing on those with physical and mental injuries, that helps veterans secure civilian qualifications through participation in competitive and arduous motoring activities. The relationship will see Future Terrain operate four Dacia Dusters, supported by two Renault Master vans, provided by its sibling brand at Groupe Renault UK.

Through the partnership, the no-nonsense Dusters will be used for off-road racing, challenging expeditions and driver training which will help to deliver vocational qualifications for veterans. These qualifications will prove invaluable for ex-military service personnel as they transition to civilian employment.

As well as ongoing training for the veterans it supports, the partnership will see Future Terrain compete in the British National Cross Country Championship 2019 as well as in the Carta Rallye, an extreme 2,300 km rally event in Morocco taking place between the 31st of March and 6th of April.

This month Future Terrain undertook a LANTRA 4x4 operators qualification course, learning the mechanics of the cars and how to correctly drive them off-road at MOD Bovington in Dorset, driving the Dusters through areas normally used by tanks and armoured vehicles

One of those to benefit from retraining support and rehabilitation for ex-service personnel is Director of Operations at Future Terrain, Grant White. White was serving in the Royal Marines when he lost his right leg in a motorcycle accident and is determined to use his experience of retraining and rehabilitation to the benefit of others.

Speaking on the upcoming work with Dacia, Grant said: “We’re thrilled to be entering into a long-term relationship with Dacia. “We have been putting the Dusters through their paces at Bovington and even in standard form on road tyres they have been really capable. The Dacia Duster is the ideal vehicle for our needs, proving robust, capable and extremely versatile. Future Terrain is dedicated to rehabilitation and career transition and our relationship with Dacia will make an invaluable difference to the lives of ex-military service personnel.”

Commenting on the new charity partnership, Ben Fletcher, Head of Dacia UK, said: “The partnership with Future Terrain is a natural fit for Dacia through its support of community and showcasing of ability, in both the people it supports and vehicles it uses. The charity’s enthusiasm, commitment and determination to succeed is self-evident and we look forward to supporting their program of training and rehabilitation. We’ve no doubt they’ll be testing the Duster to its limits and we can’t wait to follow their adventure.”

The All-New Duster is the UK’s most affordable 4X4. It carries over the same off-roading credentials that helped make the previous model such a success with a high ground clearance of 210mm, approach and departure angles of 30 and 33 degrees respectively as well as Hill Descent Control and Hill Start Assist. Also as standard on 4x4 versions is a 4x4 monitor that incorporates a compass and notifies the driver of the vehicle’s angle in real time.

For more on Future Terrain please visit www.futureterrain.co.uk or for information on the All-New Dacia Duster 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 family vehicles such as the Dacia Sandero and Dacia Logan MCV. The concept continues to enjoy great success with over 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 named as the most recommended car brand in 2018 in a list compiled by YouGov in its BrandIndex, beating 34 other manufacturers. Dacia was also named Best Value Brand at the Auto Trader New Car Awards 2018, voted for by 43,000 real UK car owners. Dacia was one of only four out of 36 manufacturers to receive five-star reliability ratings in the 2017 Which? Car Survey, outperforming many well established and premium brands. The Dacia Sandero has been awarded the title of “Best Small Car under £12,000” by What Car? for seven consecutive years (2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013). More than 140,000 Dacia vehicles have been sold in the UK to date.

About Future Terrain
The Future Terrain charity can trace its roots to Race2Recovery, which in 2013 became the first team of amputees ever to complete the legendary Dakar Rally. Although Race2Recovery subsequently demobilised, several members of the team wanted to use the experience gained to provide practical benefits for physically and mentally injured service personnel. Future Terrain is a career transition and rehabilitation charity focused on helping veterans secure civilian qualifications through participation in competitive and arduous motoring activities.

 

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

Matthew Bendall
Head of Press & Public Relations
Matthew.bendall@renault.co.uk – 01923 697653 – 07814 990247

Alistair Sommerville
Press Relations Manager
Alistair.sommerville@renault.co.uk – 01923 697592 - 07464 537744

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

Laura Brighton
Senior Events Manager
laura.brighton@renault.co.uk – 01923 697537 – 07825 754442

Charlie Roper
Press Fleet & VIP Relations Manager
Charlie.roper@renault.co.uk – 01923 697778 – 07816 641843

Ciaran Sands
Communications Assistant
Ciaran.sands@renault.co.uk - 01923 697363

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