Renault India had recently organized the sequel to 2013 ‘Gang of Dusters’ to mark the success of its heartthrob Duster as well as making this a memorable moment for its potential customers in India. Renault Duster, the breakthrough product in the segment has been selling like hot cakes since its inception in the Indian market about two years back. This can be seen by the fact that over 75000 units have been sold in India till date and still counting. So Duster has formed quite a large community of its customers nationwide and to bring together all these potential customers on one platform, Renault recently organized ‘Gang of Dusters’(GOD) drive. The initiative is one of the unique kinds of approaches to provide customers plenty of treats in the form of servicing, maintenance and a chance to embark on adventurous journey in the most picturesque locations of the country.
The first drive of GODs was successfully accomplished at the Western Ghats last year and now it was the time to explore the deserts of Rajasthan. Cardekho team member, who was a part of this 4 day adventure, reports the experience:
The second installment of this unique initiative was scheduled for a total of 4 days on a long journey of 1400kms. The adventure started from Jaipur, then exploring the desert regions of Bikaner and Jaisalmer and then back to Jaipur. The journey was rightly guided by motorsport professional group ‘Cougar Motorsport’ before the official flag-off. Soon after the pre-event briefing and necessary guidelines, the ‘Gang of Dusters’ that comprised of 20 Renault Dusters with customers and media personnels , flagged off on March 15th from capital city Jaipur.
The very first day I was driving the powerful 110 PS RxZ diesel variant while the media squad had both 85PS and 110PS variants in their fleet. To reach the desert region of Bikaner, we were using NH11 (Bikaner-Agra). The Jaipur-Bikaner route which is currently under makeover, have still got some patches but with Duster which has a powerful 1.5L dCi K9K diesel engine producing 108bhp, one can move the vehicle to its punishing level. We crossed the first 150 kms journey in just 2 hours of time which included Laxmangarh, Ratangarh and moved till Sikar. Our first stopover was