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In 1980 started the production of light vans, flatbed trucks and Renault Master vans. The second generation appeared only in 1997 (the car was awarded with the honorary title “International Van of the Year 1998”). A year earlier Renault and GM signed an agreement for the sale of Master models in European market under the name Opel Movano. In early 2002, Nissan Company acted in the same way, by offering the car Interstar to the Old World. German and Japanese “colleagues” were distinguished from “French” only by the decoration of body front and emblems.
Master, Movano and Interstar cars got more stylish exterior and new interior, large capacity and increased useful internal volume. In Renault Master Review we are going to talk about improved comfort and safety, powerful engines, and productivity.
Later, in their updates the exterior of the cars became more expressive. Just to say, the most of the body panels remained the same - the main changes were in a front part: the front wings, bonnet, bumper, and lighting technology.
The Master received a “face” in the spirit of the recently updated younger “brothers” - Trafic and Kangoo vans. This includes original form of the headlights and radiator grille in the form of two “nostrils”. A grille with a peculiar wedge comes over the massive front bumper, which, together with the characteristic large logo on the bonnet emphasizes the company style. Exterior mirrors have received more rounded shape. On the back part the attention is drawn with the new vertical lamps and colorless round “windows” of turn signal. As before, for better visibility the lower edge of the windows of the front door and right halves of the back are made concave.
The new dashboard, resembling a van Renault Trafic (Opel Vivaro / Nissan Primastar), is covered with a large visor (to the full width of the panel). Under it there is the instrument panel and oval massive center console.
On the left side of the center console there is a special joystick of a gear box. As a result, it is easier to change gears; moreover, there is much more footroom for the middle passenger - the floor is now completely flat. Above there are two compartments for radio or CD player and tachograph, as well as a deep niche for A4 size paper (optional it can be substituted with a navigation system Carminat).
The car got more comfortable 4-spoke steering wheel of larger diameter. It is noteworthy that the lower needle is double, so the grip is like a 3-spoke. The height and tilt angle of the steering wheel is regulated. With its advanced hydraulic booster the effort on the steering wheel is reduced by 25%.
Driver's seat is standard equipped with three mechanical adjustments: longitudinal direction, height and backrest angle. Passenger seat is double. Additionally Ranault Master can be performed with an office bench, with a plurality of compartments for documents and stationery under the cushion.
Compared to the previous generations the vehicle has improved insulation. At a speed of 50 km / h the internal noise level in the cabin is 66.5 DCB (-0,8 DCB), and at 90 km / h - 71.9 DCB (-2.1 DCB). The ventilation / heating system became more effective: appeared large round nozzle-deflectors, and the fan has not three but four speeds. In addition, the air is distributed in six areas: two new modes are designed for rapid heating of windshield and front side windows, which is very important during the cold season.
The cars are offered with three different wheelbases: L1, L2 and L3 - respectively 3078, 3578 and 4078 mm. The vans can be of different heights: standard (H1), medium (H2) or high (H3) roof - respectively in 2253, 2493 and 2720 mm. For extra money the cargo space of vans is equipped with rings for fastening straps.
Renault Master, Opel Movano and Nissan Interstar are offered with five engines at option. All of them are 4-cylinder turbodiesels with direct injection Common Rail. The novelties are two of them: a 3.0-liter capacity of 136 hp (borrowed from the Nissan cars) and derated 100-strong version of the already known 2.5-liter unit with 115 hp.
The three-liter engine is perfect for emergency services vehicles (ambulance, police, firefighting services, and so on), when it is extremely important to minimize the travel time. With this engine, the car can accelerate from zero to 100 km / h in just 13.6 seconds. The “appetite” of the unit in the combined cycle is a little more than 10 liters per 100 kilometers.
In addition, the models can be equipped with the most economical 1.9-liter 90-strong turbodiesel, and 6/9-seater “Combi” and 8/9 seater minibus can have 2.2-liter engine capacity of 90 hp. The engines, working volume of 2,5 and 3,0 l, are aggregated with manual 6-speed gearbox: fuel efficiency and acoustic comfort in the cabin has improved with new gear ratios. The rest of the engines are equipped with 5-speed gearbox.
Wheel suspension hardly undergone changes: front - independent, double wishbone (with swinging upper arm), rear - dependent, spring. It holds the road excellent and thus ensures good smoothness.
Security and Drive
The vehicles have become even safer. For example, the standard equipment includes ABS and brake force distribution EBD. The cars are equipped with Emergency Brake Assist, which in a mild, but sharp pressing on the brake pedal automatically “holds out” it. The brakes on all wheels (by the way, the standard 16-inch) are disc. On request, you can set the system parktronic with four sensors in the rear bumper.
Passive safety is fine - all cars are equipped with 45-liter air bag for the driver, and if ordered - 100 liter for front passengers. In all the positions there are headrests, the height of driver’s and front passenger seat belt is adjustable.
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