Renault halts the Duster’s production in IndiaPosted On: February 15, 2022 By : AutoLife Team
The production of the Duster, India’s first monocoque midsize SUV, has been halted after almost a decade of the model’s presence in the market. The SUV debuted in 2012.
The Duster–powered by a 1.6L petrol or a 1.5L diesel engine–was received very well in India, selling upwards of 40,000 units in its first year itself. In 2014, the SUV went on to reach a milestone of 1 lakh units sold per year. By then, the model was already competing with the likes of the Hyundai Creta.
After receiving a major facelift in 2016, and skipping the roll out of the SUV’s second-generation model in India, around 2019, the vehicle’s sales numbers marginally declined to triple and double digits in a month. Recently, in January 2022, no sales were recorded, owing to which the company decided to halt production in India.
In Nepal, the Duster currently comes powered by a 1.5L petrol engine–mated to a five-speed manual transmission–at a starting price of Rs 46.99 lakh.
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