An all-new Duster will carry the Dacia model to Australia in 2025.
Nevertheless it received’t be known as a Dacia right here.
As a substitute, the compact SUV from Romania can be badged as a Renault and is meant to carry a brand new worth stage to the Group Renault lineup down underneath.
“We’ve got our hand up for the next-generation Duster, underneath the Renault model,” the overall supervisor of Renault Australia, Glen Sealey, confirmed to CarExpert.
“Our planning is for the center of 2025. However nothing is locked in till it’s on the boat.
“We wouldn’t get the present automotive. So we’ve to attend for the following era. That’s why it’s 2025.
“And there could possibly be delays in that.”
The introduction of Dacia has been within the works since Ateco, Australia’s largest and most profitable impartial importer, took on the Renault enterprise when the corporate closed its manufacturing facility store right here.
The timing has all the time been sophisticated, as a result of the plan was solely to start out the Dacia deal as soon as there have been new-generation merchandise to spearhead the assault.
Different issues embrace the pricing of Dacia fashions and the probability that vehicles is not going to qualify for a five-star ANCAP ranking in Australia.
“Dacia just isn’t a five-star car in Europe, however it’s promoting significantly nicely into the personal market,” mentioned Mr Sealey.
“It’s a extremely attention-grabbing factor, how ANCAP is evolving. Crucial factor is that it has to have integrity in a crash.”
Mr Sealey highlights the excessive value of including the newest necessities for a five-star rating, together with digital driver aids and high-tech cameras and radar techniques.
“In fact they add value and complexity. It will likely be attention-grabbing to see how the market responds,” he mentioned.
He is not going to focus on the potential ANCAP rating for the Duster, or some other fashions on the Dacia radar.
Mr Sealey can also be reluctant to get into specifics of pricing, though he has a transparent path for the Duster and the fashions to observe.
“There may be an excessive amount of water to stream underneath the bridge. There may be nothing prefer it within the UK,” he mentioned.
“Everybody sees Dacia as an excellent worth automotive within the UK. And it’s positioned as a worth providing.
“However the actuality is, for us, if I examine to some Chinese language manufacturers . . . there’s a 15 per cent obligation differential earlier than you begin.
“So the notion that Dacia goes to be this very low-priced European sourced car, it simply doesn’t exist.”
He mentioned evaluating the UK worth towards a possible showroom sticker in Australia may also be deceptive.
“If a automotive is 20,000 Kilos within the UK, meaning the automotive – excluding taxes and freight – could be $33,833 at as we speak’s charges. So that’s the yardstick,” he mentioned.
Competing with Chinese language imports in the identical class for compact SUVs could be robust.
Even so, Mr Sealey believes there’s a place for Dacia fashions in Australia.
“Duster, as a product, we see potential for it. It has good design, drives nicely, is comparatively sensible, and has good off-road means,” he mentioned.
“We see it as working very well with the Australian life-style.”
Following the Duster, it’s additionally possible the bigger Bigster SUV – set to launch within the UK in 2025 – will be part of the Australian lineup.
“We’ve bought our hand up for sure merchandise within the Dacia vary. Duster is a type of, and so too is Bigster,” mentioned Mr Sealey.
However what in regards to the resolution to promote Dacia fashions as Renaults?
“Our function as importer is to select the merchandise which can be proper for Australia. And, in that case, underneath the Renault model,” he mentioned.
“In the event you take a look at right-hand drive international locations, Duster is bought as a Renault in South Africa. And in India.
“So it’s not one thing that’s new.”