Renault Duster Becomes Indian Car Of The Year

Faisal Ali Khan
by Faisal Ali Khan
renault duster becomes indian car of the year

We had posted earlier about how the Duster was setting sales charts on fire for Renault. Now, the Duster’s commercial success has been matched with critical acclaim, as it has taken home the coveted Indian Car of the Year award.

The right hand drive version of the Duster is manufactured in India and imported to the UK, badged as a Dacia. The Duster currently has no direct competition, but will soon be joined by the Ford EcoSport, which will be its direct rival in the compact SUV segment.

The Hyundai Elantra has been the Duster’s main rival in the points tally for the COTY awards. The Duster and Elantra are in very different segments and the Duster sells 6 times as many units as the Elantra. The Duster’s success can be attributed to Indian buyer’s love for SUVs. People want big cars in India and don’t really care much about performance, as long as the vehicle is frugal. The Duster might be overpriced for what it’ is, but the demand is so high, that Renault has already hiked prices of the vehicle three times since launch.

Faisal Ali Khan is the editor of, a website covering the automobile industry of India.

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  • BigMeats BigMeats on Jan 04, 2013

    "People want big cars in India and don’t really care much about performance, as long as the vehicle is frugal." Sounds like the India-na I grew up in.

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    • BigMeats BigMeats on Jan 05, 2013

      @Faisal Ali Khan I think it's just generic human nature to value comfort & safety. Big cars are easy to enter & exit, visibility is superior and road irregularities are smoothed away. Plus Indians are large people, globally speaking.

  • Corey Lewis Corey Lewis on Jan 04, 2013

    Those wheel arches are out of control.

  • Dolorean Dolorean on Jan 04, 2013

    Is it supposed to look like Suzuki's XL-7's second cousin? Squint and you can see the big 'S' on the front grille.

  • Marcelo de Vasconcellos Marcelo de Vasconcellos on Jan 04, 2013

    The Renault Duster is the car my wife would love to have. She prefers it over the EcoSport. I like the space and compact size. Someday!