• Apr 6th 2011 at 8:00AM
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Dacia Duster ESF – Click above for high-res image

Skiing the French Alps is something you'd likely associate with a luxury lifestyle. Dacia, on the other hand, is a budget brand. In other words, diametric opposites, you might think – until you recall that it's the Dacia Duster that's been challenging for France's Andros Trophy ice racing series at the hands of none other than Alain Prost. Now Renault's low-cost Romanian subsidiary has announced a new special edition model.

Drawing on its years of partnership with the École de Ski Français (that's French ski school, for the linguistically unfamiliar), the new limited edition Duster gets a white paint job, special badging, a reinforced aluminum sump guard, a roof rack to accommodate four pairs of skis, and a set of spare wheels pre-fitted with snow tires. Otherwise, the equipment is the same as the Lauréate 4x4 trim level, and it's powered by a 110-horsepower turbodiesel four.

So who would be interested in buying a limited-edition Dacia? Ski instructors, apparently. The ESF edition Duster is available exclusively to ESF instructors, with a €18,990 sticker price. If that description just happens to fit you, well... do yourself a favor and read the complete press release after the break.

[Source: Dacia]
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Limited edition Dacia Duster Ecole de Ski Français

A year after Dacia Duster's launch, the first limited edition version of the model is now available, namely Duster École de Ski Français.The newcomer, which marks the extension of the Group's 10-year partnership with the École de Ski Français (ESF), is based on the Lauréate 4x4 version and is powered by the dCi 110 Euro5 engine. Its price is €18,990 and it can only be purchased by ESF skiing instructors.

The limited edition École de Ski Français version of Dacia Duster – which is fittingly only available in Glacier White – is easy to recognise thanks to its:
  • ESF badging
  • strengthened aluminium sump guard
  • transverse roof bars with ski rack (for four pairs of skis)
It is based on Dacia Duster's Lauréate equipment level and comes with the following standard features (in bold: additional equipment compared with Lauréate specification):

Equipment Foglamps
Electrically-adjustable heated exterior mirrors
Manual climate control
Radio-CD with steering wheel-mounted fingertip remote control and MP3 playback
Accessories Four watertight tray-type rubber mats
Wheels Four stylish 16-inch steel wheels
Set of four additional wheels fitted with heavy duty winter tyres (Continental)
Spare whee


Duster ESF dCi 110 4x4 €18,990
CO2 emissions 145g/km


ESP + ASR traction control €300
Platine Grey body colour €450

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    • 1 Second Ago
      • 4 Years Ago
      As a (non-French) ski instructor, my ride of choice is an Audi allroad equipped with snow tires and a ski rack. Has more than enough grunt under the hood to move myself and 4 others up the hill without breaking a sweat, snow tires keep the car driving on rails even in snow and ice, the adjustable ride height means the going has to get tough before high-centering, heated seats all around make the ride comfortable for everyone even after a cold day on the mountain, and there is plenty of room in the back for everyone's gear. Oh, and decent used ones are readily available for under $10,000.
      • 4 Years Ago
      No idea how it drives, but it looks better than half the mommy-mobiles we get there.

      • 4 Years Ago
      Looks like an SUV for the Indian market.
      Snow Skool
      • 4 Years Ago
      Cool but can British Ski Instructors buy one too?
      • 4 Years Ago
      At least we know James May will be sleeping well tonight.
      • 4 Years Ago

      Nice manipulation of #'s, using the Euro cycle for the Golf & the US cycle for the Prius.
      If you'd like to compare apples to apples, here's some real data for you, using the same
      Euro #s:

      Starting with the new Prius, Toyota has confirmed that the third generation hybrid car will officially return 72.4mpg combined, while emitting an astonishingly low 89g/km CO2 (qualifying it for free road tax).


      Volkswagen has today unveiled the remarkable Golf BlueMotion concept vehicle, a car capable of achieving a combined 74.3 mpg while emitting just 99 g/km of CO2.

      So, not only does the Prius get the same MPG, it's also cleaner, about 1.5 sec faster
      0-60, runs on 10% cheaper fuel, in a larger more comfortable car.