At a glance:
- Dacia presents a new series of affordable, smart and comfortable limited-edition versions. On display in Geneva is the Duster Essential, for the Swiss market.
- Easy-R – Dacia’s first automated gearbox – is now available with the brand’s dCi 90 diesel engine. This competitively-priced transmission is already available with the TCe 90 petrol powerplant.
- Dacia’s online community continues to expand as the number of the brand’s Facebook fans surpasses the threshold of three million.
- Record sales in 2015: more than 550,000 vehicles registered worldwide, an increase of almost eight percent.
Dacia has enjoyed another buoyant start to the year. After achieving record sales in 2015, the brand has just seen its number of Facebook fans exceed the three-million mark as members of its fast-growing community continue to share their passion for the make both on and offline.
In addition to the announcement of the availability of Easy-R with its dCi 90 diesel engine (6 gears automated transmission), the 2016 Geneva Motor Show sees Dacia take the wraps off a new series of limited-edition versions.
The Duster Essential: introducing a new series of limited-edition Dacias
Dacia’s stand at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show features the Duster Essential which introduces a new series of limited-edition versions of the Duster, Sandero, Logan, Logan MCV, Dokker and Lodgy. The name of this series of limited editions varies. In certain countries, the naming process will actively involve the brand’s online community.
These competitively-priced limited-edition versions combine a smart look with enhanced travelling comfort. Exterior features include a new body colour (Tourmaline Brown) and new alloy wheels, along with specific badging and body colour bumpers. Inside, passengers benefit from Bluetooth and USB connectivity, electric front windows and central locking.
Like all Dacias, these limited-edition versions come with a three-year/100,000km warranty.
The markets where this series of limited-edition Dacias will be available include Austria, Belgium, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Luxemburg, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.
Easy-R automated transmission
Easy-R was launched at the end of 2015 mated to Dacia’s TCe 90 Stop&Start petrol engine. For the same price, Dacia’s first automated transmission can now be specified for dCi 90 diesel versions of the Logan, Sandero, Sandero Stepway and Logan MCV (depending on market). Mated to this diesel engine, Easy-R will feature six forward gears for optimised driving enjoyment and fuel consumption comparable with that of a manual gearbox.
To combine reliability with lower running costs, the all-new design of this automated transmission is founded on electro-mechanical rather than hydraulic technology. To ensure the highest standard of quality, the Easy-R gearbox underwent the equivalent of 750,000km of road testing and all units are carefully inspected after assembly.
Reliable and affordable, Easy-R automated transmission eliminate the need for a clutch pedal and is calibrated to optimise everyday driving enjoyment, especially in congested traffic and urban areas. Gear shifts are smooth and automatic, while its crawl function is ideal for manoeuvring or when inching forward in traffic jams by simply releasing the brake pedal. The system also holds the vehicle at a standstill to facilitate pulling away on slopes.
Easy-R is much more competitively priced than a conventional automatic transmission and benefits from particularly low running costs.
Dacia’s stand at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show, which starts on Tuesday, March 1, is in Hall 2.