Known to be both affordable and reliable, Dacia cars are also widely renowned for being built with robust parts. It is not unusual to see Logan and Duster cars with a few hundred thousand miles on the metre! This reputation is not due sheer luck. The longevity of Dacia cars (still) remains a well-kept secret known only to those in the two labs located at the Titu Technical Centre. Situated 45 minutes northwest of Bucharest, Romania, Dacia engineers put the interior and exterior parts of all models through rigorous testing to check their quality and strength. Why? To guarantee customers that their car can stand the tests of time. How? Accelerated aging. Let’s take a dive into the unique world inside the laboratories.
How can you guarantee drivers that a new car will be stay in top shape for years to come, and even after a few hundred thousand miles? For Dacia, the answer to that question lies in Titu, where thousands of tests are carried out every year to check the strength of plastic and metal parts used on its Sandero, Duster, and Jogger models. Two laboratories equipped with numerous aging and corrosion tools to simulate the different ways the vehicles are used, and the various real-life weather conditions drivers may encounter. Unique experiments that Nicoleta and Simina have been conducting for years as laboratory project leads.