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Another one bites – the Duster

The concept car presented in Geneva in 2009 looked out of this world, especially for a Dacia, 20 years ago the world’s worst car:

Of course, not much of the concept car has reached us consumers, however, the world is expecting with interest how the just launched Dacia Duster SUV will do:

“The rise and rise of Dacia is a remarkable phenomenon. From nowhere in 1999 when Renault bought Dacia, it’s been transformed in to a producer of budget cars for emerging markets. 1.25 million Dacias have been sold in the last five years and, with consumers in traditional car markets becoming ever more budget aware, Renault feels the Dacia will find a ready market. They’ve already had success on mainland Europe and now they’re biting the bullet to make RHD cars.

But Dacias are not exactly the Lada of the 21st century. In a similar way to Hyundai, they have moved quality upmarket but kept prices sensible. The new Dacia Duster is a budget-busting compact SUV – Skoda Yeti Sized – offering 1.5 litre diesel with 104bhp or a 1.6 petrol with 84bhp. And you can opt for 2WD or 4WD. An prices start at a very reasonable €11,900. Including tax.”

Excerpt from an article on carsuk.net.

Dacia Sandero, the anti-fashion car

Dacia SanderoJames May, the Top Gear top gear, jumps out of his Lamborghini to talk about the Romanian car Dacia Sandero. And, guess what, in good terms:

“The Sandero – sadly only available on the Continent – is the essence of a car, devoid of any of the sociological fug that turns it into a fashion statement, a status symbol, an indulgence, a brand experience or a lifestyle accessory.


There are two ways of looking at it. One is that it is a cheap car for poor people, a calculated exercise by an opportunist manufacturer and not really good enough for the rest of us.

But it doesn’t feel like that. It feels refreshing, elemental and pleasingly anti-fashion, which in turn makes it seem rather cool.

It is, when all’s said and done, just a car. And it’s here to remind us what that really means.”

Read the whole article here.

Top Gear Ro-maniacs

December 1st is the Romanian National Day. At midnight, all vampires get together, celebrate, hold speeches and do crazy voodoo dances. We mean politicians, of course. Ok, maybe not at midnight, but at midday, and ok, voodoo dances are admittedly rare nowadays, they do however get together, celebrate and hold speeches. Boring demagogic speeches you find with most politicians around the world. Especially around election time, when things get heated and partially insane.

So that is NOT how WE are going to celebrate it here. We choose a rather different companionship, 3 funny Brits in 3 awesome cars, in Romania. What a cocktail. A Lamborghini, a Ferrari and of course an Aston Martin. These Gears guys were given the task to do a Top Gear show in Romania. As we expected, they declared that what they found was not what they expected. Mostly in a good way.

Enjoy their candid impressions in the first part of the show below: