La firma rumana Dacia, integrante de la alianza Renault-Nissan, presentó en Rumania la Duster Pick-Up. Se trata de un vehículo de carga desarrollado sobre la base de la conocida SUV del segmento chico.

Las primeras fotos espías de la Duster Pick-Up se conocieron en agosto (ver nota) y Dacia acaba de publicar las imágenes y datos oficiales. Tiene un motor 1.5 turbodiesel de 110 caballos y tracción integral. La caja de carga mide 1,7 metros de largo y puede llevar 450 kilos.

En el próximo Salón de San Pablo, a fin de octubre, se presentará un concept de Renault con su interpretación para el Mercosur de la Duster Pick-Up. Se espera que el modelo regional tenga una mayor capacidad de carga y variantes con doble cabina. La producción en Brasil está prevista para fines del 2015. Competirá de manera directa contra las Fiat Strada y Volkswagen Saveiro.

Pero ahí no quedarán los planes del Rombo para el segmento de los vehículos comerciales. En abril de este año, la marca confirmó oficialmente que también fabricará una pick-up para el segmento mediano, con la intención de competir contra la Toyota Hilux y demás rivales del segmento.

Tal como adelantó Autoblog en julio, la pick-up de Renault para el segmento mediano estará basada en la nueva generación de la Nissan Frontier, apuesta a ser la camioneta más tecnológica del mercado y la planta cordobesa de Santa Isabel se está postulando para producirla (ver nota completa).

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La Duster Pick-Up se presentó en Rumania
Tiene motor turbodiesel y tracción integral.

La Duster Pick-Up se presentó en Rumania
La caja de carga mide 1,7 metros de largo y soporta 450 kilos.

La Duster Pick-Up se presentó en Rumania
La variante para el Mercosur se presentará a fin de mes en forma de concept, en el Salón de San Pablo.

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Comunicado de prensa de Dacia The first Dacia Duster Pick-Up

Dacia, the main car manufacturer in România, OMV Petrom Group, the biggest oil and gas producer in Romania, together with Romturingia, an independent car body maker, announce the delivery of the first Dacia Duster Pick-Up vehicles.

This vehicle, the result of a conversion project, was especially created to respond to the needs of OMV Petrom.

The ceremony of handing over the keys of the first 10 vehicles was held on Tuesday, 7 October 2014, at the Dacia plant in Mioveni, in the presence of Nicolas Maure, General Manager of Renault Group Romania, of Gabriel Selischi, member of the OMV Petrom management in charge for Exploration and Production, and of Stelian Ion, General Manager of SC Romturingia SRL.

The partnership between the three companies covers the delivery of more than 500 vehicles by the end of 2015.

The Duster Pick-Up vehicles produced for OMV Petrom are derived from the 4x4 series model and are equipped with the 1.5 dCi, 110 HP motor, being adapted to respond to the specific needs of the oil and gas industry. They offer a simple two-seat cabin and a medium size rear window, protected by a grate. The cabin is reinforced on the outside. The bed body is 1.7 m long and may transport up to 450 kg load.

The project of Duster conversion into the Pick-Up version started at the end of 2012 and included building several prototypes, followed by obtaining homologation from Renault Group, obtaining homologation from RAR (Romanian Auto Register) by Romturingia with support from Renault Group and finally the preparation for production.

„Duster Pick-Up demonstrates Dacia's capacity to respond to clients' requirements with products adapted to their needs. In this case we speak about OMV Petrom, a group with whom we have had a fruitful long term collaboration. At the same time Duster Pick-Up is a new benchmark in our partnership with Romturingia, one of the most important companies specialised in vehicle conversions and car body arrangement in Romania. I am sure that Duster Pick-Up will prove the right solution to all requirements of our client", said Nicolas Maure, General Manager of Renault Group Romania.

"Off-road utility vehicles are essential for our activity. OMV Petrom has more than 9,000 active wells, which require monitoring and maintenance. Many of them are far from national roads, hence the necessity for off-road vehicles which can also transport equipment. I am content that we will be able to use Romanian vehicles for these tasks as well, while at the same time reducing costs, said Gabriel Selischi, member of OMV Petrom management responsible for Exploration and Production.

„The project of transforming the Duster model into the Pick-Up version was a real challenge for us, which we managed by mobilising all our teams. We are proud of the result achieved and of the fact that we managed, in a short time frame according to car industry standards, to provide the right solution to the requirements of the very demanding specifications", said, in his turn, Stelian Ion, General Manager of SC Romturingia SRL.

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