In an age where manufactures are using hybrid or diesel technology to achieve high fuel mileage, Renault has refined the Twingo’s four-cylinder gasoline engine to get about 47 miles to the gallon. The name for this version of the car is long, Twingo 1.2 LEV 16V 75 eco, but it also describes the whole engine – 1.2-liter low emission vehicle with 16 valves making 75 horsepower.
This exact car has already been on sale in France, but the new version has 20% longer gear ratios, which allows for greater fuel economy and reduced emissions.
The car will begin to be sold in France later this month starting at €9,950 (about $17,600). It will also be marketed in Spain, Germany, Holland and Belgium, beginning in September. Renault does not sell to the U.S., and the last time we had a gas-only car here that could beat this Twingo was the Honda CRX HF and the Geo Metro XFi, both of which have not been sold here in over 15 years.