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The new Duster

by Bill Cawthon on

There is a new Duster coming to the streets. It won’t be a Plymouth, it won’t be a car and those streets won’t be anywhere near here, but it will have the name of the sporty two-door based on the Valiant.

The new Duster is a crossover developed by Automobile Dacia, Renault’s Romanian subsidiary. It’s built in Mioveni, Romania, on a special version of the same Nissan B platform used for the Cube and Juke models sold in the U.S.

Wearing either a Renault or Dacia badge, the Duster will be sold in some European markets, Ukraine, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon and Egypt and some African countries. Renault Duster will also be manufactured in Brazil and Colombia for the South American market.

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Bill Cawthon grew up in the auto industry in the 1950s. His Dad worked for Chrysler and Bill spent a number of Saturdays down on the plant floor at Dodge Main in Hamtramck. Bill is also the U.S. market correspondent for just-auto.com, a British auto industry publication, and a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association, which has named the Jeep Grand Cherokee the “SUV of Texas” several times and named the Ram 1500 as the “Truck of Texas” two years running.

Bill has owned five Plymouths (including the only 1962 “Texan”), one Dodge and one Chrysler and is still trying to figure out how to justify a Wrangler. He also has owned at least one of every 1:87 scale model of a Chrysler product. You can reach him directly at (206) 888-7324 or by using the form.

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