The French automaker Renault has just unveiled the the Kangoo Z.E. Concept at the Frankfurt Motor Show, the third of Renault’s four electric vehicles that accoding to the company will go into production by 2011, and the the Kangoo Z.E. Concept is the one intended for everyday use.
The concept is powered by a 70 kilowatt motor delivering a maximum of 226 Nm of torque. Power is derived from a lithium-ion battery, that with a full recharge have an autonomy of four to eight hours, while a 20-minute quick charge you can take a short trip around the house.
With a weight of only 1520 kilos, the Kangoo ZE can hit a top speed of 130 km/h.
Renault will unveil at the Paris Auto Show the Kangoo "be bop". This is the production car based on the Compact Concept from last year’s Frankfurt Auto Show. The new model is being offered in two-tone color scheme and exclusive interior appointments.
The Kangoo be bop is powered by a choice of two diesels: a 85hp dCi and a 100hp dCi which comes with a particulate filter and drives through a six-speed gearbox. There is also a 105 hp 1.6 16V gasoline unit.
This seems to be Renault’s take on the "urban vehicle". It is the kind of car that is supposed to maximize space without looking like box on wheels. It wants to be sporty and it want to be a van; the question is does it do either well? So is this one of those car that make you happy Renault doesn’t sell to the U.S. anymore, or is this the ultimate surf wagon?
20th Century Fox L&M, Renault and Publicis signed an agreement on September 19, 2007 on using the characters from “The Simpsons” to promote New Renault Kangoo . This is the first time Renault has worked with Fox L&M, one of the leading licensing and merchandising companies globally.
The tone of the campaign is thoroughly humorous, with the Simpsons subjecting New Renault Kangoo to a real “torture test” to highlight the car’s feature qualities. Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa, Maggie and grandfather Abraham Simpson leave Springfield and appear in the “real” world. They put New Kangoo through its paces, testing the vehicle’s main qualities to the hilt. The folding rear bench, comfortable seats and ingenious storage bins are all put to serious use by the family.
Even more practical and comfortable, New Renault Kangoo embodies the best in family cars. Pairing it with the irreverent Simpsons brand shows Renault’s desire to adopt a unique, offbeat tone while remaining faithful to its core values: human, reliable and enthusiastic. The international Simpsons/New Renault Kangoo advertising campaign will be aired in 29 countries, starting in France on February 9.
Renault takes the wraps off Kangoo Compact Concept at the 2007 Frankfurt Motor Show. Kangoo Compact Concept sets the tone for the new, wider Kangoo line-up. It targets young, active town- and city-dwellers who are into sport and are looking for a compact car that matches their life-style. Its expressive, robust lines are emphasized by its special two-tone colour scheme that blends Fireball Orange and Brushed Aluminium. The cabin, which floods with light, is made to be shared with friends. Roomy and fun, Kangoo Compact Concept focuses firmly on the pursuit of leisure and this sporting life. Built around a roller-skating theme, the car was developed in partnership with Rollerblade, and inspired by the shared values of mobility, togetherness, and lust for life.
The chic and stylish Clio has always been a favourite of UK buyers and the van version is no different. The arrival of New Clio last year led to the Clio II car range being known as Clio Campus, so the van version now follows suit, complete with more modern styling and a lower price to tackle the competitive small van sector with renewed vigour in 2007.
Kangoo Generation 2006, The Kangoo story continues:
A benchmark in the leisure activity vehicle segment, the latest Kangoo is a clear evolution of its predecessor without losing any of the car’s fun character. The model’s new range features all-new body colours and finishes, as well as four new equipment packs (Famille, Enfants, Electrique and Easy.