Renault's only testing center outside of France is in Titu, Romania, halfway between Bucharest and Dacia's Pitesti factory. The 350-hectare site was completed in 2006, and at any given time a multinational force of 600 to 1,000 engineers and other technical workers are in residence.
The center is responsible for developing, testing and industrializing vehicles on the M0 platform, which make up the bulk of Renault's Global Access range. They include the Dacia Logan, Duster and Sandero. It also develops manual transmissions for gasoline engines throughout the Renault range.
"Romania has become the nerve center for the Global Access range," said Sylvain Coursimault, global marketing director for the range.