The SUV market boomed a few years ago in South Africa and the trend has hardly died down. It remains one of the ever-growing markets in our segment.
Earlier this week, Lance Branquinho wrote that our 'SUV of the decade' is a decision that might appear odd, but he has justification. Launched in early 2010 the Duster has been a huge success for Renault.
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"Especially in South Africa. Whereas previous French adventure vehicles had been credibly innovative (Scenic RX4), the Duster’s product planners managed to deliver an excellent adventure vehicle, which was affordable – without being odd.
"The Duster’s simple styling played on that traditional two-box design appeal. Beyond the pleasing looks and Renault keeping the trend with Smartphone technology, Duster also has real gravel travel ability. Renault’s engineers cleverly evaluated customer expectations with Duster.
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"The result was a design that only had 7% less ground clearance than a Fortuner when it launched. And then there are the engines. Renault has been a small capacity powertrain specialist for decades and with Duster, it gave the market a 1.5-litre turbodiesel which was both potent and frugal," says Branquinho.
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