Dewan Farooq Motors bringing Renault Duster to Pakistan?

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Dewan Farooq Motors have jump started their production back again producing Shehzore in some quantities, data of which is available with PAAPAM’s website but today, an anonymous source close to the higher management of DFML has revealed to us that DFML has finalized negotiations with the French automaker ‘Renault’ to introduce a 2.0 liter 4×4, something similar to Toyota RAV4 and Honda CR-V.

Back in 2006, when things were just an year away from busting Pakistan’s short-lived bubble, Renault and other automakers had big plans with Pakistan, which were discussed and considerable progress was made on Renault’s entry into Pakistan to produce the Dacia Logan but an year later, Pakistan just nosedived into the economic and security chaos.

Dewan Farooq Motors used to be producers of Shehzore, the most popular mid-size trucks and some models of Hyundais until debt piled up on them and they shut the doors on — according to some industry insiders — the most advanced automotive plant in Pakistan.

Now though, after the revelation by our source, we dig a bit further to see which 2,000cc 4×4 Renault had in their range, we found out that a few other people including renowned journalists had also tweeted the same news in late February this year.

Dacia is Renault low-market brand for countries developing countries like India, where Dacia enjoys a fair bit of success so naturally when we began to find out which 2000cc SUV was our original anonymous source was talking about, the Renault Koleos wasn’t the right guess as it expensive than our second guess.

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Renault Koleos

Dacia Duster, which is also known as Renault Duster (Because Renault owns Dacia and basically can call Dacia vehicles whatever it want to) is the best guess because it is cheaply built, it is cheap to buy with prices beginning from 7.78  to 11.79 lac Indian rupees whereas Koleos starts from 22.33 and goes upto 26.19 lacs Indian rupees.

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Now our source also said that whatever Renault SUV they are going to launch here would be priced under the two million rupees mark and so it is safe to say that it would most definitely be the Dacia / Renault Duster. Probably a medium equipped Duster to fit below the targeted two million rupees mark.

And if that happens, Toyota Fortuner will get some well deserved spanking.

The Renault Duster comes with a variety of engines including a diesel, and a 1.6 and a 2.0 liter engine and comes in both 2×4 and 4×4 formats.

Here’s the 2014 Renault Duster.

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Baber K. Khan

An auto enthusiast trying to bring car media mainstream.

  • ALI

    We want Renault 100% electric cars in Pakistan just like twizy and Zoe.

  • Muhammad Fad

    Pakistan automaker doesn’t bring good thing Pakistan, they always bring poor quality cars.

  • Muhammad Faid

    Where is this car???? No any further news….I think its just rumours

  • Hassan Sheikh

    When they will launch this car ???

  • Asad Naqvi

    I own a renault duster in Saudi Arabia. Fuel Eco. is around 14 km/ltr on highway @ 120 ~ 130 kmph and around 8 km/ltr inside city with avg. speed of 40 ~ 60 kmph.
    The body is so light and may cause extensive damage on a minor accident. But the best thing is higher ride height for rough terrain, good pick-up and the car is cheap. It costs around 10,75,000/= PKR to own a brand new Renault Duster PE 2014 and around 13,75,000/= PKR for Renault Duster PE 2015.

  • Asad Naqvi

    But the car is best for a 4 person small family. Even for longer trip, if you fold 1 rear seat there is enough room for 1 guy with legs slightly bent. And there will still be room for 4 backpacks.

  • So far it proved over the years just being rumors lets hope by end of 2016 we may hear something concrete by DFML as their financial loan restructuring may get approved.

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