Dacia Duster wins the CarBuyer Car of the Year award

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Renault Dacia Duster

The Dacia Duster has been among the most successful cars of recent times. The Compact SUV from the Romanian car maker is also sold under Renault moniker in a few countries and has been bringing in quite a few customers to the European auto brand.

The Renault Duster/Dacia Duster has won a lot of accolades from media and the recent addition to heap of awards is that of the Car of the Year 2013 award from CarBuyer.co.uk.

The website is mighty impressed with the value for money proposition that the Compact SUV offers. It said that the Dacia Duster has the style, space and comfort of cars that generally retail for almost twice as much. The Dacia Duster overcame stiff competition from the new Skoda Octavia and SEAT Leon.

The flagship variant of the SUV, the Duster Laureate, also bagged the Best 4×4 award. The Duster flagship impressed the jury with its high equipment levels, good off-road manners and a price tag of just £14,995. Yet another award that Dacia took home is the Buyer’s Award. Dacia scored highly because of its transparent pricing and no-haggling policy.

CarBuyer rated all new cars that were launched in UK in 2012 on the basis of value for money, reliability, practicality, comfort and how well they drive. Other winners include the new Skoda Octavia (Best Family Car), Mazda 6 (Best Large Family Car and Best Estate Car) and the Ford Fiesta (Best Small Car).

Full list of winners

Car of the Year – Dacia Duster

Best Executive Car – BMW 3 Series

Best 4×4 – Dacia Duster Laureate

Best City Car – Skoda Citigo

Best Family Car – Skoda Octavia

Best Estate Car – Mazda 6 Tourer

Best MPV – SEAT Alhambra

Best Hot Hatchback – Suzuki Swift Sport

Best Small Car – Ford Fiesta

Best Coupe – Toyota GT 86

Best Large Executive Car – BMW 5 Series

Best Large Family Car – Mazda 6

Best Convertible – Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet

Best Luxury Car – Range Rover

Best Hybrid/Electric Car – Vauxhall Ampera

Buyer’s Award – Dacia


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