Two NI companies brains behind new award-winning vehicle design

Two Northern Ireland companies have inspired a new vehicle concept for Europe’s fastest growing car manufacturer, Dacia.

Two years ago Translink ordered a range of Dacia Duster cars from Shelbourne Motors but required them to be converted into commercial vans, including removalof the rear seats to allow for 1,150 litre space.

Dacia was so impressed with the conversion that the vehicle has now gone into mass production. The SUV has been launched UK-wide as the new Duster Commercial and is already scooping industry awards.

Paul Ward, Director of Shelbourne Motors says it’s very exciting that the idea of the Duster van was designed here in Northern Ireland:“Translink required a vanbut they were very taken with the Duster car, not only because it’s a remarkably spacious vehicle but also because of its elevated driving position. Our team of engineers worked with Translink to come up with a solution and theDuster Commercial was born.

Pictured - Paul Ward Director at Shelbourne Motors with John McMinn from Translink with one of the converted Dacia Dusters.

“Dacia took notice when the orders started to come in from Translink and over the past few months the manufacturer has now brought the vehicle into production. We’re very proud that other businesses around the UK will now be able to avail of the design thanks to the vision of our team at Shelbourne.”

Testament to the design, the Dacia Duster Commercial 4x4 recently won ‘Best 4x4 Van’ at the What Van? Awards 2016 in London.

John McMinn from Translink said, “Over the past number of years we’ve been very impressed with the Dacia conversion because it’s a reliable and robust vehicle and provided a cost benefit over similar rivals. Since it has moved into commercial production we will now be able to buy the vehicle directly off the production line, which will result in further savings for Translink. It’s exciting to think that two Northern Ireland companies were the brains behind this design.”

Shelbourne Motors offers business contract hire solutions to both public and private companies across Northern Ireland in partnership with a number of manufacturers as well as their fleet company Fleet4U.

The rugged Dacia Duster Commercial is now available to order from just £9,595.

For more information on the commercial and fleet vehicle offers at Shelbourne Motors contact 028 3839 6869