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Old 12th September 2011, 11:47   #451
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India to be exclusive manufacturing and export hub for Renault's SUV Duster - The Economic Times

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"India will be the exclusive manufacturing hub for all the right hand drive markets for Duster"
"Price 8-10lakhs"
Not sure whether itís a good news for domestic market in India :(

IMO Renault seems more focussed on the export than the domestic market in India. The two recent launches were not encouraging. The dealership network is also very thin.
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One of the main things which I feel the duster lacks is the size. Just size and stance wise Scorpio is much more intimidating than the duster but that is just IMHO. Dont get me wrong here the duster is a very good product and Im myself contempllationg about it, though not now, sometime down the line. The looks are subjective but I like them, if it has the typical traits of european vehicles then It should be a really good product.

If priced below or near by 9L(ex-showroom delhi) it should sell in good numbers predominantly because,

1) The SUV segment below the 10 L bracket has perpetually been controlled by TATA and Mahindra, this will be a refreshing change,

2) The fit and finish, I PRESUME to be better than the Scorpios/Sumos and Safaris,

3) In this price bracket I feel is people are more eager about the price to features ratio and comfort factors so I doubt if the 1.5 dci will be a deterrent to buyers,

4) Unlike one of the posts I read which mentioned the weight as 1800 kgs, from what I read the weight would be around 1200 kgs which seems to be pretty decent.

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More good news:Fair use qoutes:
"India will be the exclusive manufacturing hub for all the right hand drive markets for Duster"
"Price 8-10lakhs"
I guess this is really a good news. So they are going to manufacture the SUV in India itself. Now they have everything set for pricing the Duster really competitively. Hope they don't do a blunder like the Fluence or Koleos. And if they are looking at volumes from this car, please... sub 10L pricing. Also please set up a decent number of A$$ by then !
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India to be exclusive manufacturing and export hub for Renault's SUV Duster - The Economic Times

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"India will be the exclusive manufacturing hub for all the right hand drive markets for Duster"
"Price 8-10lakhs"
That is some concrete information. Thank you for posting.

The Duster will be a suitable replacement for the Fusion. I hope Renault prices the Duster well or else, the car would be busy catching dust in the showrooms.
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One of the main things which I feel the duster lacks is the size. Just size and stance wise Scorpio is much more intimidating than the duster but that is just IMHO.
Agree on the size here. On the positive note the smaller size should assist significantly in day to day city driving and tight parkings.
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this will definitely change the game if the spec is good vis a vis the Scorp.
It will become the Yeti for the value conscious buyer

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Agree on the size here. On the positive note the smaller size should assist significantly in day to day city driving and tight parkings.
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One of the main things which I feel the duster lacks is the size. Just size and stance wise Scorpio is much more intimidating than the duster but that is just IMHO.
But I guess that is the main advantage, which we are all looking for.
A go anywhere product, which drives well in the city as well and which does not get
stuck on a narrow road.


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3) In this price bracket I feel is people are more eager about the price to features ratio and comfort factors so I doubt if the 1.5 dci will be a deterrent to buyers,
For its size, this engine should suffice, if they can get good torque out of it.
Another item which I would like to see, is good noise insulation. For a
good urban driving, this would be a very good clincher as well.


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Agree on the size here. On the positive note the smaller size should assist significantly in day to day city driving and tight parkings.
+1. This is what I also meant.
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But I guess that is the main advantage, which we are all looking for.
A go anywhere product, which drives well in the city as well and which does not get
stuck on a narrow road.
I Agree. Smaller Size is the advantage i am seeing in Duster and this will be one of the key differentiation (along with right price) among the other SUVs.
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But I guess that is the main advantage, which we are all looking for.
A go anywhere product, which drives well in the city as well and which does not get
stuck on a narrow road.




For its size, this engine should suffice, if they can get good torque out of it.
Another item which I would like to see, is good noise insulation. For a
good urban driving, this would be a very good clincher as well.




+1. This is what I also meant.
Couldnt agree more with you there, for the size the 105 bhp engine is good enough, the torque is estimated to be @24kgm which seems to be good for both city and highway runs.

It has the potential to set the cat amongst the pigeons, unlike Fluence which already had competion from more or less every manufacturer this one can be a game changer and a segment first in many aspects. I feel Renault should go all out with respect to the features and price and service network.

Duster in all probablity could be the first Renault for masses, something which Renault has not yet been able to do as of yet.

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Couldnt agree more with you there, for the size the 105 bhp engine is good enough, the torque is estimated to be @24kgm which seems to be good for both city and highway runs.

It has the potential to set the cat amongst the pigeons, unlike Fluence which already had competion from more or less every manufacturer this one can be a game changer and a segment first in many aspects. I feel Renault should go all out with respect to the features and price and service network.

Duster in all probablity could be the first Renault for masses, something which it has not yet been able to do.
+1.
Currently under 12L we only have Safari, Scorpio and Innova and all three are a tad too big for city driving IMO. With due respect to Tata and M&M, they still have a long way to go compared with the international brands in terms of QA.

There is a strong case for an urban SUV/MUV with a decent engine and international spec safety and other features.

Come 2012, we will have two options - Ertiga and Duster .
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Every thing is alright until and unless they try to sell this car with ~100% premium compare to other market. As the duster is being produced in India I believe the company will not have the excuse for Indian High TAX structure. 10L should be the top variant OTR.
Addition to that they also should setup min 50 Service Network before they launch the car. Thats means you can get the car serviced in all Tier II city.
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Every thing is alright until and unless they try to sell this car with ~100% premium compare to other market. As the duster is being produced in India I believe the company will not have the excuse for Indian High TAX structure. 10L should be the top variant OTR.
Exactly my thoughts, it all boils down to price and I hope wise-ness prevails over them, good actually that they have already launched 2 cars of which one has failed miserably, the second is in the waiting and yet they do not see it written all over the wall, so now the small car on its way, I would love to see them do another mistake hoping that they learn at least from the 3rd mistake. Only then we have hope that Duster will come at 10L OTR (4x4 top variant). All said and done my heart is all on to wishful thinking, but my head tells me, the guys at Renault are bigger idiots than the ones at Ford.
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The Bolero is priced just right for the numbers game. Even at 10L OTR, it will be difficult to get numbers beyond 12K/year. If it is 4x4 diesel, then may be a few Scorpio and Bolero buyers may be tempted, but price it higher and we may have another Yeti wanabe, competing with Fiat numbers rather than M&M, Tata or Toyota 4x4.
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Renault largely IS for the masses outside of India. It is only here that they are trying to fiddle about in the "premium" game.

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Today Hindu is carrying the ad for the Koleos.
Lets wait for a team-bhp review.
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