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Dacia Duster Automatic in the Works

UPDATE: It's already happening with Renault version of the Duster sold outside of Europe. The Brazilian market introduced a model equipped with a 2-liter petrol engine mated to a 4-speed conventional automatic. Meanwhile, it's being rumored that the Indian-spec Duster will get the EDC twin-clutch from the Captur, complete with its 1.5-liter dCi turbodisel engine.
Having experienced a great deal of success with the first SUV in its lineup, Romanian manufacturer Dacia is getting ready to complete the offering by adding an automatic transmission to the model with which it plans to conquer, once again, the world.

According to the latest information coming from Mioveni, the place where the bulk of the Dacia models are being produced, the automatic Duster will be accompanied by a whole new range of engines, but only after the market has been carefully studied.

“We will launch the automatic Duster as soon as the market is ready for it,” Jerome Olive, Renault Group Romania general manager told Romanian publications ZF. “We are working on this. We are studying the market and the customer's demands.”

The engines to be added to the lineup sometime in the near future include powerplants other than the 1.5l diesel currently manufactured at Mioveni. As we told you in a previous report, the Mioveni plant will receive a new production line which will be used to manufacture new Euro V engine range (including the H4 and H5 units) for the French group.

Dacia currently manufactures three engines, all of which meet the Euro IV compliant: the gas-powered K7J, K7M and the F8Q diesel. The single Euro V engine produced in Romania is used for the 4x4 version of the Duster.

Last week, at the Moscow International Motor Show, the first Logan and Sandero models equipped with automatic transmission surfaced. For Russia, the Romanian cars will wear either the Lada or the Renault badge.


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