The Pitesti factory, which is the principal production facility for Entry-range models, will supply all these markets with both Dacia- and Renault- badged versions. The Romanian plant has an annual production capacity of 350,000 vehicles and will continue to produce the brand's other models.

“Duster will expand into other parts of the world in 2011. It will be distributed in the Gulf States, supplied from Pitesti, and will also be built alongside Logan, Sandero and Sandero Stepway in Brazil, and at a later date in Moscow, Russia”, Dacia said in a release.

Both the 4x2 and 4x4 versions of Dacia Duster will be available with either a 1.6 16V 110hp petrol engine or with 85 dCi or 105 dCi diesel power.

The new Duster comes with low fuel consumption and impressive ecological credentials, with the dCi diesel versions emitting less than 140g of CO2/km in 4x2 form and less than 150g of CO2/km in the case of the 4x4 versions.

Dacia Duster comes as standard with two front airbags (depending on market) and three-point seat belts with load limiters for the front seats. Depending on version, two lateral head/thorax airbags are fitted in addition to the driver and passenger front airbags to provide additional protection in the case of an impact from the side.

The car measures 4.31 metres in length and 1.82 metres, in width, puts the new Duster into the compact category but the price is characteristic to the small class.

In addition, Dacia Duster comes with a three-year or 100,000km warranty in the majority of its European markets.

Duster is the sixth vehicle in the Dacia range, after Logan, Sandero and Logan MCV, plus Logan van and Logan pick-up.