Wednesday, June 1, 2011

2011 Dacia Duster Review

Dacia has launched the sixth model: Dacia Duster, a solid, spacious, easy to use and affordable off-road.

Today, all terrain vehicles are most often the same, but the Dacia Duster is an antidote to the idea. With a length of 4.31 meters and a width of 1.82 meters, the Dacia Duster is very compact.

Megane size proportions to be at home in the built environment as it is unusual. Although clearly belongs to the world of all-terrain vehicles, Dacia Duster of the lines are not ostentatious.


Dacia Duster is unquestionably a 4x4. From the front, he exudes an impression of strength: the wide wheel arches, chrome grille impressive lines and sump guard a clear focus on DNA 4x4 Dacia Duster. Side view of the high ground clearance, clearly defined wheel arches and protective lists encourage the driver to handle even the most challenging roads and tracks.

Pack look with the owners of the Dacia Duster increase the car looks good. This package includes 16inch alloy wheels aluminum roof rails, rear tinted windows extra and satin chrome door mirrors, front and rear skid plates, and thresholds. A full range of accessories (including extensions of the wing protectors for wide side doors, side bars ...) will complete this unique look.


Inside, the driving position gives a better view of the possible risks and enhances the driver's ability to anticipate problems. The interior reflects the fundamental values ​​of Dacia: the instrument panel is modern, clean and functional. The design varies depending on the version, and several areas can be customized with different colors and finishes. Dacia Duster Brown introduced a new board, while a leather package (seats, steering wheel, shift knob) is also available. Special attention was paid to ergonomics to ensure that controls are conveniently located and the driving data is easy to read, well located, intuitive button 4x4 is a perfect example.

Dacia Duster is designed to handle all types of roads and tracks around the world. To meet these general requirements, the Dacia Duster be available in both 4x4 and 4x2 form. The 4x2 version is designed for customers who want a ground clearance and a higher driving position appeasing, and the ability to lose the surface, but have no real need four-wheel drive.

The reinforced bottom Dacia Duster is suitable for mobile and land surfaces through difficult:

- Ground clearance 210mm raised,

- False short (822mm front, 820 mm rear)

- Large space angles (30 degrees angle of attack of 23 degrees a ramp break-over angle

Angle of 36 degrees).

Dacia Duster is a vehicle that is easy to use. It is easy for its size: 1160 kg for 4x2 and 4x4 1.250 kg version1. Combined with compact dimensions, ensuring the Dacia Duster is particularly agile.

Dacia Duster B0/Logan built a platform that is widely praised for its durability, reliability and durability. Front suspension with pseudo-MacPherson and a support arm has the same layout used by Logan and Sandero, stronger even if the off-road use. The back of a 4x4 version of the rear wall of the available multi-hand which was specially designed for Dacia Duster, a flexible programmed deflection H-beam preference for 4x2 versions is strong and allows a great advantage, which is a key factor Dacia customers. Both solutions offer a comfortable ride and provide a ground clearance Dacia Duster ensure the strength and reliability, the Dacia Duster is the equivalent of four million miles of a variety of climates and especially in severe conditions.


Dacia Duster 4x4 is equipped with a new gearbox six-speed with a short report first (5.79kph by 1000 rpm), which allows the vehicle to run at low speed on rough terrain, and improves performance when removing the stop with heavy loads on steep slopes. This simple, efficient and cost was preferred to meet the needs of customers Dacia Duster. The gearbox offers TL8: optimized through a production simple and modular architecture that limits the number of vehicles involved and through the use of a lubricant with low viscosity-compactness and gearbox module gearshift is placed next to each other for free booth space and maintain a spacious cabin. Controlled Mass: TL8 of gearbox, the train short of a first transfer case, to maximize the amount of gear used (and therefore mass) for maximum performance;

1 The average weight unladen in running order for all versions (without options and without driver).

Solution to keep costs under control: the transmission rate is derived TL8 TL4 is a large body of volume production within the Renault-Nissan. TL8 exchange is produced at the Pitesti plant in Romania.

4x4 control located on the bottom of the center console gives driver Dacia Duster 4x4 easily adjust the setting of the car for their needs.


This control allows three modes: AUTO mode, front / rear torque distribution automatically calculated depending on traction conditions. This mode is designed to offer the best compromise between handling and traction, whatever the level of adherence may be. Under normal conditions, torque is transmitted to the front wheels only. If traction is lost, or if the handle is at a premium, part of the torque is transferred to the rear wheels. This distribution is done by the electromagnetic torque converter supplied by Nissan. -LOCK mode, the driver locks the electronic transmission in 4x4 mode. In this mode, the acceleration and braking are also suitable for use 4x4. This mode is recommended if the handle is low (snow, mud, dust, sand) and low speed. "In 2WD mode, the transmission is locked in two-wheel drive. This mode is particularly suitable for driving on roads in good condition and reduces fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.

Duster, the sixth vehicle in the Dacia range, staying true to the philosophy and brand values. Dacia Duster features a unique interior for its price and low operating costs with economical fuel consumption, low maintenance costs, high levels of safety and reliability in all conditions. Duster perfectly embodies the brand values ​​of generosity and accessibility that have made the reputation of Dacia.

Superb space for its price

Although Dacia Duster is the price of a car city, its internal and external dimensions are those of compact cars in the top segment. Dacia Duster can comfortably accommodate up to five adults and offer both forward and backward people of the same amount of space that the Dacia Logan sedan. Trunk capacity Dacia Duster - VDA to 475 cubic meters (depending on version) - are also very competitive given the compact dimensions of the car. With the rear seats folded Dacia Duster offers impressive payload of up to 1,636 cubic meters VDA (depending on version).

Reliable, economical, low emission engines

Dacia Duster is available with a choice of three engines at once for 4x2 and 4x4 petrol engines (1.6 16V 105) and two diesels (dCi 85 and dCi 110). The strengths of these engines are known under the hood of many cars for the Renault group. These motors are ideal for the criteria of cost, reliability and ease of maintenance that are the hallmark of the Dacia brand.

Dacia Duster comes with a choice of two diesel power plants - the dCi 85 (63 kW) and 110 dCi (80 kW) - both are popular for their entertaining performance and frugal fuel consumption.

Dacia Duster dCi-85 (4x2 version) are only the emissions of 135 g CO 2 / km, and (the equivalent fuel consumption kombi 5.1 litres/100 km), which justifies its Dacia eco ² signature. Dacia Duster dCi-110, 4x2 version of the emissions, and only 139g / km CO2 (equivalent fuel consumption kombi 5.3 litres/100 km), but also for other Dacia eco ² signature. Under the hood 4x4 versions of the Dacia Duster, 110 dCi engine stands out in particular that respects the environment and the economic package of off-road vehicle with CO2 emissions of 145g/km and fuel consumption of 5.6 liters / 100 km (combined cycle). DCi 110 engine is Euro V compatible and comes with a particulate filter.

The dCi 110 diesel engine delivers a maximum power of 80 kW (109ch) at 4,000 rpm and the second generation common rail direct fuel injection, which puts the pressure that the exact amount of fuel actually needed, earnings the owner is increased efficiency and therefore fuel consumption lower. The Dacia Duster is also available with gasoline engine 1.6 16v 105: Dacia Duster 1.6 16V-105 delivers a maximum power of 77kW (105 hp) at 5,750 rpm while peak torque is 148Nm (at 3750 rpm min). The combined fuel consumption cycle 4x2 version of the Dacia Duster 1.6 16V 105 is 7.5 l/100 km. The corresponding figure for the 4x4 version of the Dacia Duster with 1.6 16V 105 PS (Euro V compatible) is 8 l/100 km.


Economic to purchase and

Care and maintenance costs are very competitive thanks to Dacia Duster extended service intervals for oil changes, brake pads and replacement tires. The life of air filters has increased to 90,000 miles for four years for the petrol versions, while for diesel rose to 60,000 km. The dCi 110 intervals are every 30,000 km diesel SCO / two years in most countries the market. OCS (Oil Control System), recently introduced in the Dacia range, it alerts the driver via a warning light for oil change, if the next service should be filed, depending on how the vehicle is used. Change engine oil petrol 1.6 16V 105 every 30,000 km or two years in most of the country of marketing.

Safety a priority

Renault Dacia Duster acclaimed benefits of experience in security matters. -In terms of active safety features Dacia Duster Bosch 8.1 ABS, EBV, and electronic brake force distribution and emergency brake assist EBA. Dacia Duster is the very first vehicle, which the Committee option on some models, and CSV understeer control and ASR traction control. This option also allows couples to be removed from the spinning wheel is a 4x4 mode to improve the grip when the diagonal of the wheel spin occurs. In terms of passive safety, Dacia Duster comes standard with two front airbags (depending on market) and three-point safety belt load limiters and pyrotechnic pretensioners in the front seats, which can be added. Depending on the version of each side and head airbags for thorax airbags are installed in addition to the driver and passenger.

Dacia fundamentals: reliability and resistance

As with all vehicles based on surface B0/Logan, Duster is designed to give the distinctive mark of strength and reliability of Dacia.

- Base of opening holes injected wax sections

- Sealing Mastics external joints,

- Waxing Additional chassis components,

- A protective stone for the chip, window sills and frame guards.

4x4 vehicles operated using proven components of the Alliance (Nissan rear axle, coupling TL8 new gearbox TL4 six-speed gearbox of which was tested in the ranges of Renault and Nissan).

To emphasize its high quality build, Dacia Duster in support of three years or 100,000 km warranty, most of the market.

Duster is the vehicle in the world, whether in its market and production. Dacia Duster has gradually expanded in different continents in the same way as the Logan and Sandero.

From April 2010, began with badging Dacia Duster in Europe, Turkey and the Maghreb region (Algeria, Morocco). It complements the Dacia range, which is growing in most markets. Besides the three vehicles used for the private sector - namely, Logan, Logan MCV and Sandero - Dacia has also staked his claim in the light commercial sector with Logan Van and Logan Pick-up.

In June 2010, duster - badged as Renault - also available in Ukraine, the Middle East (Jordan, Syria, Lebanon and Egypt) and other African countries.

The plant in Pitesti (Romania) offers these markets, whether or Dacia-Renault-badged. The Romanian plant has annual production capacity of 350,000 cars and continue to produce models of other brands.

In 2011, Duster Renault launched in Brazil, Russia and the Gulf States. It will be built along the Logan and Sandero Sandero Stepway in Curitiba, Brazil, for distribution in Brazil, Argentina, Mexico and Chile. Duster will then be produced in the factory Avtoframos in Moscow, Russia and Sofasa plant in Envigado (Colombia). It will be distributed in the Gulf States, shipped from the factory in Pitesti.

A project to meet unmet global demand

duster project began with a simple idea: there is a real need in the world for a 4x4 comfortable, durable and affordable. However, this demand is not met. Recognizing this, Dacia has developed a road designed primarily to emerging markets. The needs of European customers have also been taken into account from the beginning.

"In emerging markets (Russia, Brazil, etc), the middle classes aspire to a modern car that reflects their social status. At the same time, want a good car that is reliable and versatile, capable of withstanding extreme climatic requirements and conditions can be difficult and varied (distances, terrain, challenging roads, driving in the city, often in large cities, etc) .. The current supply is dominated by imported SUVs, which are often beyond the reach of the middle classes. "In Europe, Dacia's success has shown that there is a market for modern cars, reliable and affordable. Despite the current range of 4x4 and SUV is very large, it neglects the all-terrain vehicle market functional, affordable and prefer flashy SUVs that are expensive and often unsuitable for use off road.

Collaborative design between France and Romania

Duster project is another milestone in technical cooperation between Renault Technologie Romania (RTR) and lozenges (new name for the site Renault Technocentre near Versailles) in France. The design process began with the lozenges, but Renault Technologie Romania Duster technical resources dedicated to the project from the beginning. The diamond and Renault Technologie Romania worked closely with production-ready vehicle. The second phase of the fleet of prototypes (about a year before the launch of Duster), the nerve center of the project proceeded in Romania is closer to the factory. The vehicle design was done in collaboration Losange The Renault Design Central Europe (RDCE, design of the satellite structures in Bucharest).


Prepare a primary factory in Romania

Duster arrived at the Pitesti plant in April 2009. This process was facilitated by a new production line for prototypes directly managed by Renault Technologies Romania. This production line is installed in the factory, which makes it easier to educate the staff of the Assembly. Duster need a series of changes to production lines in Pitesti: a new body shop was built specifically for this model, assembly line has been changed to the new engine and transmission 4x4, while checks were made for delivery logistics and storage of raw materials in the metal stamping process, in accordance with the overall management system of the plant. In total, six different body styles now produced on the same assembly line.

A total of € 290 000 000 invested in the development of Duster and its products in Pitesti. This includes expenditures on new TL8 gearbox (manual, six-speed) and new engines. Of this total was just under € 70 million invested in production facilities. A high degree of carryover reduction of total investment: overall, just over 50 percent of components from other cars in the ranks of Dacia and Renault (motor and gearbox, for example). The maximum capacity at Pitesti, 25 vehicles per hour Duster. Over time Duster accounts for more than a third of the total output of Pitesti.