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2011 Dacia Duster - click above to watch the video after the jump

By and large, the Geneva Motor Show isn't like U.S. auto shows in that grandiose press conferences just don't exist like they do here. Or, at least, like they used to here. Most vehicles just show up on the show floor and we snap photos at a fevered pace in an effort to get those pics to you as quickly as possible. The upside for us is that we can rip through posts at a fevered pitch for your enjoyment. The downside is that every once in a while we miss something, and this year we forgot to cover the Dacia Duster, though we did tell you about it in advance. Still, our bad.

Renault's Romanian-bred SUV is built to be affordable, attractive and capable, with a 30 degree approach and a 36 degree departure for relatively some serious off-roading. The Duster even comes diesel-ready, with a 105 horsepower, 266 pound-feet of torque powerplant that we'd love to try for ourselves. And if an earlier report from The Wall Street Journal is correct, Renault is even pondering bringing the Duster to U.S. shores.

Until that happens, we have to make do with a couple of videos showing off just how capable the Duster is. The first spot shows us how the Dacia handles off-road chores and the second seeks to illustrate that it isn't a dud on dry pavement, either. Hit the jump to watch the two videos for yourself.

[Source: Dacia via YouTube]

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      • 4 Years Ago
      Excellent price / utility ratio. If you are curios, you may find more details on the romanian forum http://www.forumduster.ro

      • 5 Years Ago
      Should have mentioned the price range so people get an idea what this is. 10- 15k euro.
        • 5 Years Ago
        on dacia.ro it says that it's 10.500 €

        and this will sell ... in france, but not that much anywhere else (except romania :p)

        this is just renault trying to unload old stuff
        look at the interior

        i recognize the stick and the window buttons from the megane
        even the radio looks familiar

        but i suppose it's cool
        where else can you get a 4x4 for 10k .. and it probably performs better then an x6 for instance, and more than enough for most people
      • 5 Years Ago
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        • 5 Years Ago
        Xterra bred with a first-gen Tucson with a thyroid problem.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Nice marketing fluff piece but I think they are a little bullish to think that was a 23 degree grade and even more bullish about its capabilities especially being front wheel drive based.
      • 5 Years Ago
      • 5 Years Ago
      The first half of the second commercial looked just as boring as my everyday commute to work. The second half was little better with some off roading. Anyway the SUV looks like from 10 years before.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Captain Slow is probably ecstatic!
      • 5 Years Ago
      WTF is that measurement in the lead-in picture? Bottom of the rear wheel to top of the front? Does that have ANY practical purpose? :D
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yea really, the real angle seems to be less than 23*. Maybe like 10-15.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Wow, no one's said it yet, so I will...

      Great News!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Well it's no Sandero but...
      • 5 Years Ago
      This car perfectly fits for markets with bad roads. Ever crossed the Carpatians? You do not need a hardcore offroader for those bad roads, but improved ground clearance and a locking differential are nice to have. Ever visited Cañon Atuel in Argentina? Same thing there. South America and Eastern Europe will be the main markets for the Duster. And in Switzerland, Austri and the French Alps it will probably join the 4x4 Panda and similar vehicles as cheap and reliable postal delivery vehicles.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yes, the number of Pandas 4x4 and Lada Nivas I've seen in the French Alps is rather unbelievable!
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