Renault Duster collects 18 awards in 7 months in India
Renault Duster SUV was launched 7 months ago in India. Ever since, Renault India has sold over 27,000 Duster and collected 18 prestigious awards. Apart from this, Renault plant in Romania, announced on Thursday that they have now manufactured over 400,000 Duster’s.
Renault Duster is available for an ex-showroom price range of INR 7.7 lakhs to INR 11.5 lakhs. The launch of Renault Duster in India proved to be a blessing for Renault sales in the country. In the first month itself, Renault India received over 12k bookings for Duster from all over the country. Before the launch of Duster, Renault India sold 500-700 vehicles every month, they now sell 4k-5k vehicles monthly. It even outsold Mahindra Scorpio and got an approval from Red Bull F1 driver, Mark Webber.
In these seven months, since it arrived in India, Duster has managed to gather 18 awards, which includes ‘Indian Car of the Year 2013‘. The award count for Renault India now stands at 23. Speaking on the occasion, Marc Nassif, MD, Renault India, “In the past few weeks, Renault India has received an unprecedented number of honours from the local media. For instance, Renault India was voted Car Manufacturer of the Year, Duster has been named Car of the Year by most Indian media, while Pulse and Scala were also distinguished in their respective segments. This is great recognition for a young brand in India like Renault.”
Renault’s plant in Mioveni, Romania, operated by their subsidiary Dacia, too recorded a milestone earlier this week when they announced achieving milestone production of 400,000 units for Duster. The Duster SUV’s produced at Dacia plant are majorly exported to France. Dacia has exported 95% of Duster’s manufactured at Mioveni plant, since Duster was launched 3 years ago. Renault India’s Chennai plant too exports Duster SUV. India made Duster is exported to the UK with Dacia badging. Renault France also announced the launch of Duster LPG recently, which is expected to arrive in India later this year.
Image caption, From left to right : Sumit Sawhney – Executive Director, Marketing & Sales, Renault India Pvt. Ltd Marc Nassif – Managing Director, Renault India Pvt. Ltd Raghupati Singhania, vice-chairman and managing director of JK Tyre & Industries