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Old 15th October 2011, 16:20   #556
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Why not? It wouldn't be the first time an MNC has done that!
Do you mean, they can change the gauge of metal for an Indian version and one for export? Can quality of build also change?

If this is what MNCs can do, then sorry I was not aware of it. Do let me know.

I agree on things like equipment levels (bigger tires, better music system and other equipment levels etc.)
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In the race to reduce the price, hope they dont cut down on equipment list
and reduce the steel gauge! That is my only worry. For a competitive price they should not compromise on quality.

But another logic is counter intuitive. Since Duster will also be exported, quality should be good,
They cannot have one quality level for rest of the world and one for India.
They can't do that if they have plans of exporting the Duster to UK.
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In the race to reduce the price, hope they dont cut down on equipment list
and reduce the steel gauge!
Crash norms, stiffness requirements does not allow this on a monocoque chasis.

However Duster would have enthused me a lot if it had a 3rd row. I would have jumped for that. Renault should also expand their service centres / dealerships from the current meager numbers.
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They can't do that if they have plans of exporting the Duster to UK.
I did not understand, what you wanted to convey. Can you please explain?


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However Duster would have enthused me a lot if it had a 3rd row. I would have jumped for that. Renault should also expand their service centres / dealerships from the current meager numbers.
That is the USP of Duster right? A 5 seater SUV.
Are you saying you need a <10L 3rows SUV/MUV which can run at a <2L diesel engine, to crank up FE? If that is the case, then I am not sure of SUV, but the MUV sure would be there. Xylo and soon to launched Ertiga.

Also I really hope that the release XUV, helps tighten up the guys are Renault to come up with a well engineered product.
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I did not understand, what you wanted to convey. Can you please explain?

That is the USP of Duster right? A 5 seater SUV.
Are you saying you need a <10L 3rows SUV/MUV which can run at a <2L diesel engine, to crank up FE? If that is the case, then I am not sure of SUV, but the MUV sure would be there. Xylo and soon to launched Ertiga.

Also I really hope that the release XUV, helps tighten up the guys are Renault to come up with a well engineered product.
News is that the Duster will be exported to the UK from India due to it being a RHD market. So if that is Renault's original plan, then they can't compromise on sheet metal gauge because of 2 reasons - 1-It wouldn't meet European crash norms and 2-making a part using two different materials (lower grade specific to India) doesn't make sense.
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In the race to reduce the price, hope they dont cut down on equipment list
and reduce the steel gauge! That is my only worry. For a competitive price they should not compromise on quality.

But another logic is counter intuitive. Since Duster will also be exported, quality should be good,
They cannot have one quality level for rest of the world and one for India.
The Duster already weighs only 1160 &1250 kgs for the 4x2 and 4x4 trim. That is lighter than a Manza !

My only concern is the un-ergonomic position of switches as in the Logan

Dacia Duster review - Telegraph

2011 Dacia Duster Review - Official photos, features, specs | Auto Spectator: New car reviews, pics, info & specs

I don't have big hopes that Renault is going to change anything for India

Hopefully they will stay sensible with the pricing.
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^^ Thanks for sharing the above links!

For the benefit of everyone, posting a small part of review from the second link: -

Servicing and maintenance costs are particularly competitive on Dacia Duster thanks to extended service intervals for oil changes, and brake pad and tyre replacements. The useful life of the air filters has gone to 90,000km/four years for petrol versions, while that for diesel it has gone to 60,000km. The servicing intervals the dCi 110 diesel engine are every 30,000km/two years OCS in the majority of its commercialization countries. The OCS (Oil Control System), newly introduced in the Dacia range, warns the driver, by means of an oil-change warning light, should the next service need to be brought forward, depending on the way the vehicle is used. Oil change on the 1.6 16V 105 petrol engine is every 30,000km/two years in the majority of its commercialization countries.

Wish this is also the case in the Indian version of Duster, a definite USP for Renault!
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It has been 4 days and F1 is almost here and Renault might launch during F1... Googles search based on last 5 days on duster shows no improvements....
Any update guys... I am eagerly waiting for an update...
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Any update guys... I am eagerly waiting for an update...
The only update I came across was on the Renault Modus thread, here on TBHP itself.

Looks like Renault is planing to launch the Modus during the F1. Here is the link from the Modus thread: -

Renault Modus: The next small car for Indian roads - The Economic Times

Me too eagerly waiting for some news on the Duster. Maybe by the time Duster is launched, there will already be a lot of competition from Mahindra Xylo, Mahindra Bolero (If they come up with ABS, Airbags, etc) and "maybe" from the Safari, if TATA's cut the prices for pricing the Merlin right ...
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I know a person who has taken up Renault dealership in my region.
As per him, Duster will be launched only in first half of 2012, prices starting from around 8 lakhs (not sure though, it was his guess).
A small car based on the V platform will be launched in Nov-Dec.
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I know a person who has taken up Renault dealership in my region.
As per him, Duster will be launched only in first half of 2012, prices starting from around 8 lakhs (not sure though, it was his guess).
A small car based on the V platform will be launched in Nov-Dec.
The 8L price point will mostly be the petrol version. Need to watch how they play with
the diesel version. Because thats the one which will drive the sales.
Given the comfort/equipment levels of XUV, a high end diesel trim cannot afford to be a spartan in nature. Lets wait to see what they do ?

PS: The first half 2012 release, is the part which Renault has also been mentioning. I sincerely hope they release diesel trim also at the time point.
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In today's Financial Express

Renault eyes 1 lakh unit sales, to unveil small car in January
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This is one of the things that I love about TBHP. I stopped doing google to find out latest updates on my likes. Thanks ampere. Its a booster for me today.
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So that will push Duster's launch to the second half of 2012.
Unsure when they will start testing Duster on our roads. No scoop pics so far.
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Unsure when they will start testing Duster on our roads. No scoop pics so far.
That is the exact concern. It's already nearing Nov and no test mules have been spotted.
So this definitely looks like a 2H 2012 release.
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