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Fiat Punto Slapped With Zero Stars In Euro-NCAP’s Latest Safety Ratings 13
Dec
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Alfa Romeo Giulietta, BMW 6-Series GT, Dacia Duster, DS3, EuroNCAP, Fiat, Fiat Grande Punto, Fiat Videos, Ford C-Max, Hyundai Kona, Kia Stinger, Kia Stonic, Opel Karl, Toyota Aygo, Toyota Yaris, video on 12 13th, 2017


The Fiat Punto became the first model to receive a disappointing zero-star safety rating by Euro-NCAP.

The ageing Italian supermini has been on sale since 2005 and the new results reveal that it’s outclassed by every car tested in recent history, making it Euro NCAP’s first car ever to be awarded with zero stars.

The Fiat Punto managed to score two stars in adult and child occupant safety and pedestrian protection but the lack of driver assistance and crash avoidance systems brought its total score to zero.

“This is perhaps the strongest example of a manufacturer continuing to sell a product that is well past its best-before date, at the expense of the unsuspecting car buyer. We would urge consumers to check our website for the latest ratings and to choose cars with the most up-to-date five-star ratings, many examples of which we have seen in 2017”, Euro NCAP Secretary General, Michiel van Ratingen said.

The European New Car Assessment Programme updated the ratings of several recently facelifted models to allow consumers making a fair comparison to new cars. These included the Toyota Yaris, the Toyota Aygo, the Alfa Romeo Giulietta, the Ford C-Max and Grand C-Max, the Opel Karl, the DS3 and the Fiat Punto.

With the exception of the Toyota Yaris which kept its five-star rating, most of the other models dropped to three stars in this year’s safety tests. The Toyota Aygo scored four stars with the optional safety equipment.

The safety organization also tested new models, awarding five stars to the Hyundai Kona, the Kia Stinger, the new BMW 6-Series and the Jaguar F-Pace. Three stars were awarded to the MG ZS SUV, the second-gen Dacia Duster and the Kia Stonic, which scores five stars when fitted with the optional safety equipment.

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Who You Gonna Call? 2018 Dacia Duster Ain’t Afraid Of No Ghosts 9
Dec
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in commercials, DACIA, Dacia Duster, Dacia Videos, new cars, video on 12 9th, 2017


Dacia is promoting the second generation Duster in its homeland by using the famous soundtrack of the Ghostbusters movies.

The Romanian SUV isn’t chasing any ghosts in its official TV spot, but it does highlight some of its novelties that are meant to make it more appealing to potential customers.

Portrayed as a go-anywhere vehicle, the all-new Duster features new equipment like a multi-view camera system, blond spot warning, hill descent control, hill start assist, automatic headlights, keyless entry and new curtain airbags, among others.

Dacia will launch the second-gen Duster in various markets across Europe in the coming months, with pricing to be announced soon. In the United Kingdom, it is set to arrive next summer, and buyers will be able to choose between two petrol engines, with 115PS (113hp) and 125PS (123hp), with the former coming in an LPG version as well, and two diesels that are rated at 90PS (89hp) and 110PS (108hp) respectively.

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New Dacia Duster Detailed In Massive Image Gallery And Videos 24
Nov
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in DACIA, Dacia Duster, Dacia Videos, EDC, Galleries, new cars, video on 11 24th, 2017


Dacia took the 2018 Duster to Greece for its first test drives, hence the 216 photos and 3 videos released by the automaker.

Described as an entirely new generation by the Renault-owned brand, the 2018 Dacia Duster looks more like a significant facelift, with visual tweaks made here and there, and some technical upgrades applied to different parts.

These include the improved insulation, new electric power steering, and a variety of new gizmos that should appeal to future owners, such as hill descent control, blind spot warning, automatic headlights, multi-view camera system, and keyless entry.

Additionally, Romania’s budget SUV benefits from a new front bumper and hood, for increased pedestrian impact protection, alongside new curtain airbags.

Elsewhere, the 2018 Dacia Duster looks pretty much unchanged, even using the old MediaNav infotainment system on better equipped models.

Customers will get to choose between two petrol engines, with 115PS (113hp) and 125PS (123hp), available with four-wheel drive on demand, an LPG variant of the former, and two diesels, rated at 90PS (89hp) and 110PS (108hp). The latter can be had with 4WD and an ‘efficient dual-clutch’ (EDC) automatic gearbox, as extras.

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Renault Plasters Its Name, Badges And Vents On New Duster SUV 17
Nov
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Dacia Duster, new cars, renault, Renault Duster, South America on 11 17th, 2017


Renault has taken the Duster into its second generation a couple of months after the budget SUV debuted as a Dacia in Frankfurt.

Trying to discern any differences on the outside is futile because, apart from a modified grille and an updated plastic trim on the tailgate, the two vehicles are practically identical.

That, of course, makes perfect sense as the Renault will be sold in different markets than the Dacia, thus there was no need for the French group to indulge in (costly) design changes.

The same stands for the interior, too, so you’ll need to check out both versions of the Duster, side by side, to tell the difference. Once you do, you’ll notice that the Dacia’s round air vents have been replaced by horizontal ones, and their number has dropped from five to four. The Renault has a new steering wheel too, which appears to be more upscale, but the rest of the cabin remains identical to its Dacia sibling, including the infotainment system, which has been carried over from the previous iteration.

Renault’s new Duster will continue to be offered with two- and four-wheel drive, powered by the same engines as before, including the 1.6-liter and 2.0-liter petrol units, with 115PS (113hp) and 145PS (143hp), respectively. Diesel variants include the 1.5-liter dCi with 85PS (84hp) and 90PS (89hp), alongside the dCi 110PS (108hp), which can be ordered with an optional AWD. Moreover, customers will be able to specify the FWD dCi 110 with a dual-clutch automatic transmission in the near future.

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Finally, A Stripped Down, Base Model Render That Makes Sense 6
Oct
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in DACIA, Dacia Duster, Renderings on 10 6th, 2017


If you know your Dacias, you probably know that in some markets, an entry-level version of the Duster, Logan, Sandero and so on, will absolutely have more cheap, black plastics than the top spec models.
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Dacia Won’t Make A Sporty Duster GT, But The Internet Has 30
Sep
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in DACIA, Dacia Duster, new cars, Renderings on 09 30th, 2017


Only a few weeks after the new generation Dacia Duster celebrated its world debut at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, rendering artist have started pondering what the Romanian brand could do next with its latest crossover.
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All-New Dacia Duster Fully Unveiled In Frankfurt 12
Sep
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in DACIA, Dacia Duster, Frankfurt-Motor-Show, new cars, Renault Duster on 09 12th, 2017


By making its world premiere at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, the all-new Duster from Dacia is ready to pick up where the previous generation left off.
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Renault Surprised With The Lack Of Competition Dacia Enjoys 2
Sep
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in DACIA, Dacia Duster, renault, Reports on 09 2nd, 2017


Renault’s design boss Laurens van den Acker said that he’s surprised that rival companies haven’t still tried to compete with their budget brand Dacia.
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All-New Dacia Duster Officially Unveiled Ahead Of Frankfurt 30
Aug
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in DACIA, Dacia Duster, Frankfurt-Motor-Show, new cars on 08 30th, 2017


After 7 years in production, the current Dacia Duster has been replaced by an entirely new generation.
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All-New Dacia Duster Teased Ahead Of Frankfurt Premiere 29
Aug
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in DACIA, Dacia Duster, Dacia Videos, Frankfurt-Motor-Show, new cars, video on 08 29th, 2017


Dacia is bringing the new generation Duster to this year's Frankfurt Motor Show.
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No 7-Seat Option For New Duster, Says Dacia Executive 21
Jul
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in DACIA, Dacia Duster, Frankfurt-Motor-Show, Reports on 07 21st, 2017


There have been some reports claiming that the new generation Dacia Duster would gain a seven-seat version.
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One Of The World’s Cheapest SUVs, Dacia’s Duster, Is Getting Renewed 5
Jul
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in DACIA, Dacia Duster, Dacia Scoops, Dacia Videos, Frankfurt-Motor-Show, Scoops, video on 07 5th, 2017


Dacia has shifted into high gear when it comes to the development of their next-generation Duster, with prototypes being spotted on the road more often.
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2018 Dacia Duster Rendering Looks Plausible Enough 24
Jun
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in DACIA, Dacia Duster, Frankfurt-Motor-Show, Renderings on 06 24th, 2017


Being in production since 2009, the Dacia Duster is getting ready to be replaced by an entirely new generation.
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All-New Dacia Duster Reportedly Debuting On June 22 13
Jun
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in DACIA, Dacia Duster, Frankfurt-Motor-Show, Reports on 06 13th, 2017


The first prototypes of the new generation Dacia Duster may have just started hitting the streets, but development could be far more advanced than initially thought.
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All-New 2018 Dacia Duster Won’t Break Your Bank Account 30
May
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in DACIA, Dacia Duster, Dacia Scoops, renault, Renault Duster, Renault Scoops, Scoops on 05 30th, 2017


Dacia is working on the new generation of the Duster compact SUV model and our spies were there to catch them in the act.
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