Dacia cleans up with CarBuyer Awards treble

Dacia cleaned up in the CarBuyer.co.uk awards with a hat-trick of trophies, including Car of the Year for its market-changing SUV Duster.

The “shockingly affordable” Romanian brand won the acclaimed CarBuyer Buyer’s Award for introducing the UK to a fresh, no nonsense way of buying a new motor. And Duster scooped the 4x4 of the Year before adding polish to a sparkling treble with the main prize for overall Car of the Year 2013.

The online buyer's guide was blown away by Duster’s “sensational value”, with prices starting at just £8,995, and claimed Dacia was just what the country needed in today’s competitive auto market.

CarBuyer’s editor-in-chief Steve Fowler said: “The Dacia Duster is an impressive car at any price, but at the price Dacia dares to sell it, it’s sensational value. It drives nicely, has bags of space and has the looks that SUV buyers crave. It makes every other car look expensive."

“A Car of the Year is a model that genuinely shifts the goalposts in its category – the Dacia Duster reinvents the game.”


Dacia only arrived in the UK at the end of last year and has made an enemy of the unnecessary, making a simple range of cleverly designed, quality vehicles. Prices are clear and straightforward, whether you buy online or at nationwide retailers, with the cars unashamedly favouring function over frivolity.

Steve added: “Car buyers may be struggling to pronounce the name Dacia, but they’re not struggling to come to terms with the no nonsense, no haggle approach to buying. Today’s car buyers want good value more than ever – that’s exactly what Dacia is delivering.”

Duster’s muscular design is both rugged and protective, suited to both off-road and urban driving. Those seeking to add a personal touch can choose from an extensive range of accessories, including chrome styling bars and wheelarch extenders, at clearly set no-haggle prices.

Dubbed the most affordable new car to buy in the UK, stablemate Sandero Supermini has also just been introduced to receptive British motorists with a price tag of just £5,995, while the Sandero Stepway follows in May at £7,995. They are all a whole lot of car for not a lot of money and explain why Dacia has been the fastest growing car brand in Europe since 2004.

CarBuyer is a new breed of motoring website, concentrating on plain English reviews and high-quality videos, while providing constructive tools and advice to help people make informed decisions when buying a car. Its awards celebrate the overall package available for buyers with the team of expert judges and road testers focusing on criteria that really matter: running costs, safety, mpg, performance, owner satisfaction, reliability and comfort.


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