By on March 1, 2016

2016 Dacia Duster Essential front 3/4, Image: Renault

Romanian automaker Dacia is crafting limited-edition versions of its most popular models and wants its online fans to name them.

To mark the initiative, Dacia brought its first such model — the Swiss market-bound Duster Essential — to show off at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show.

Creature comforts like power windows and doors, alloy wheels, Bluetooth connectivity and a new specialty body color (which even covers the bumpers!) are what sets these versions apart from their entry-level brethren. It also puts greater distance between the brand and its crude Eastern Bloc origins.

(Read More…)

By on July 31, 2012

We decided to take a family vacation this summer in Italy, starting in Florence and driving into rural Tuscany to spend a mellow week in a rental villa near some friends. I reserved a “Ford Focus or equivalent” with Hertz and, after a thoroughly unpleasant hour in the queue (“not exactly” indeed), they handed me the keys to an Alfa Romeo Giulietta with a manual transmission, two liter turbo diesel. Forza Italia! I now had one week with the sort of car that American TTAC readers often like to grouse about their inability to buy at home.

(Read More…)

Recent Comments

  • bienville: “relatively competitive in a local autocross, should it come to that” It won’t. So many...
  • Arthur Dailey: What about as song writers? And George Harrisons’ guitar work? Charlie was of course a superb...
  • scott25: Also Isuzu in the 80s when they tried to sell cars in North America.
  • gtemnykh: bumpy it does indeed seem to be the case that the GMT800 trucks rust worse/quicker than the GMT400s. The...
  • Featherston: @ krhodes – Furthermore, it’s actually faster than 8 seconds. Motor Trend clocked it at 7.5....

New Car Research

Get a Free Dealer Quote

Staff