Dacia and Rachel RileyDacia has launched its first factory-built Duster van at the CV Show 2015 in Birmingham – with the help of Countdown’s Rachel Riley.

Prices for the Duster Commercial range start from £9,595 plus VAT, and Dacia boasts it offers up to 1,150 litres of load space with a 550kg payload.

There’s even a 4×4 version alongside the standard front-wheel drive model; both will use Renault’s trusty 110hp 1.5-litre dCi turbodiesel engine which combines up to 56.5mpg fuel economy in front-wheel drive guise, with 0-62mph in 12.2 seconds.

Even the 4×4 version averages over 54mpg though, and Dacia reckons this one’s set to draw landscape gardeners, farmers, ground maintenance staff plus forestry, power and communications companies.

Riley’s presence on Dacia’s NEC van show stand will undoubtedly help rouse interest in the new Dacia van too – she’s on hand to interactively demonstrate the new Duster Commercial’s competitive value in crowd-drawing fashion. Clever Dacia.

Dacia Duster Commercial

Andy Heiron, Dacia brand manager, said: “With the Dacia brand now established as part of the UK motoring landscape following two very successful years of growth, we now feel the time is right to launch a Duster product in the commercial vehicle sector.

“Having previously considered local adaptations, the shift of production location to Europe gave us the opportunity to have an N1-homologated product direct from the factory.”

It won’t even be sold in paired-back base trim: model choices are either Ambiance or Laureate, with all offering electric windows, Bluetooth, USB socket, stability control and fancy chrome interior highlights. The cargo deck is fully lined with tough plastic, and is nearly 1.4 metres long and more than a metre wide.

Dacia Duster Commercial

Tradesmen will ideally want to get the Laureate though: this adds air con, cruise control with speed limiter, electric door mirrors and fancy piano black interior detailing that a builder will turn matt in no time at all.

The Duster Commercial will arrive in dealers later this year, to provide an interesting new competitor in the car-derived vans market that already account for 30 per cent of Britain’s booming light commercial vehicle sector.

Dacia Duster Commercial van – prices

ModelPrice*
Commercial Ambiance dCi 110 4×2£9,595 + VAT
Commercial Ambiance dCi 110 4×4£11,295 + VAT
Commercial Lauréate dCi 110 4×2£10,845 + VAT
Commercial Lauréate dCi 110 4×4£12,545 + VAT

*excludes VED (£0 for 4×2, £130 for 4×4), First Registration Fee (£55) and delivery (£595)