Renault cars

It’s a glorious time to be a fan of the Megane RenaultSport 250 Cup these days. Recently, the Renault hot hatch sports car was launched at the Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia, paving the way for the entry of the hotly-anticipated sports hatch in a market segment that has grown with competitors in the recent years.

Though it’s not as trendy a name as the Scirocco, Cooper, and Focus models of the world, the Mega Mega ne RenaultSport 250 Cup’s strength doesn’t lie in its brand recall name but in the unbridled look and top-class performance standards that it always comes in. Okay, there’s also that matter about the car’s performance package, which according to TC Euro Cars, is chalk full of fully-functioning features that TC Euro Cars added to the already spicy performance package on the car.

The three-door coupe already has a slew of reservations attached to it and if things fall according to plan and expectations, we might see more of this car in the coming future, maybe even sooner rather than later.

Details after the jump.

Source: Paul Tan

Let’s face it, Renault is a brand consisting of family cars, and besides the new Gordini models, there is nothing in the line-up that inspires sportiness. But the new DeZir concept that was unveiled at the Paris Auto Show seemed to be the exception to that rule. The concept is the first work of Renault’s new chief designer, Laurent van den Acker, and represents a mid-engined, gullwing electric coupe.

The new DeZir concept features a new front-end design that previews the new front-end identity of the next Renault models. The headlights take the form of backlit prisms and the perforated ’eyelids’ add to this high-tech feel and contribute to DeZir’s specific lighting signature. Rear lighting is provided by an illuminated, seemingly floating strip and the Renault logo is highlighted by backlighting through the fins of the grille and consequently appears to hover in the middle of this space.

DeZir is powered by an electric motor mounted in a mid-rear position to optimize weight distribution over the front and rear wheels. The vertically-mounted 24kW/h lithium-ion battery is located behind the benchseat and provides the car with a range of 160km. The new concept can sprint from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in five seconds, and from 0 to 50 km/h (31 mph) in just two seconds.

UPDATE 10/29/2010: Renault is considering offering a production version of their Dezir electric concept car unveiled at the Paris Motor Show. During a recent test drive of the concept, Renault announced that building the car will not be such a complicated job: there already is an appropriate platform (that of the Mégane Trophy), production of the electric drive technology is almost ready and there is the Renault sport division’s experience in building cars in a limited edition. In addition to this production vehicle, Renault also announced that a spider version or a race version may also be a possibility.

Press release after the jump.

At the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show Renault brought the Zoe ZE concept. At this year’s Paris Auto Show the company brings the Zoe Preview, a second version of the electric Zoe, that get a little bit closer to the production car.

The Zoe Preview is powered by an electric motor that delivers 80 HP and 222 NM of torque. The Z.E. would be charged at home or at a publically-accessible charging point. A full charge will take between 3.5 and 8 hours. In emergency, when the customer needs to charge the battery quickly, they can connect via a public fast charge point. This will give 37 miles range in less than 10 minutes or 80% battery capacity in 30 minutes.

The Zoe Preview will be offered with a few equipment package geared to ensuring the wellbeing of its occupants: skin hydration that adjusts the humidity level inside the car to optimize the comfort of its occupants, Detox effect and stimulating or relaxing scent diffuser.

Press release after the jump.

After Fiat unveiled the 500 Pink with its clear feminine distinction, Renault decided that a special edition Twingo developed especially for its feminine customers would be an excellent idea. Called the Twingo Miss Sixty, this special edition was developed in cooperation to the Miss Sixty, the international fashion label of the Sixty group bringing forth yet another successful collaboration between an auto brand and a fashion designer. The car will be hitting the runway at the Paris Auto Show.

This special edition will be available in Bohemian Pink or Pearlescent black and is distinguished by a glamorous exterior with a rock’n’roll interior. The Miss Sixty Twingo will feature a pink-rimmed tachometer and speedometer, a pink-stitched leather steering wheel, and pearlescent black door mirror housings. It may look like pink and black markers have thrown up all over the exterior and the interior of the car, but this funky color combination is what gives this hatchback the glam rock look needed to attract the attention of the feistiest females around.

The new Twingo Miss Sixty will go on sale across Europe this November. Prices will be announced closer to the launch date.

Press release after the jump.

Buying a suitable sports car could end up setting someone back a good amount of cold, hard cash, and automakers are starting to realize that not every speed-loving fanatic can afford the hefty price tags that come along with their quick rides. One of those enlightened automakers is the French brand, Renault . Soon after getting comfortable in his new position, newly appointed VP of corporate design, Laurens van den Acker is already trying to make changes in the brand’s lineup by attempting to bring out a new affordable rear-drive sports car based off of the old Alpine A110 ‘Berlinette’ in the next three years.

Several attempts at an affordable sports car have been made before with the most recent being the sports car inspired by the Nepta concept in 2007. Those attempts didn’t lead to much, but van den Acker insists that it can be done, especially with the alliances the French company has acquired.

Laurens van den Acker said in an interview: "Any car maker with a product range as broad as ours should have room for an affordable sports car. The challenge to design a great driver’s car is very exciting. It won’t be easy to make a strong business case, but through Renault’s global alliances, I believe it will be possible."

The future car will be a compact, affordable coupe, featuring a front-mounted engine and built on the traditional Renault and Nissan platform. This platform could be adjusted, however, if Renault takes advantage of their recent Daimler-Renault partnership and builds the sportscar on the next Smart Fortwo’s rear-engined platform.

Guess we’ll just have to wait and see what treasures Renault will uncover.

Source: Autocar

So much for that economic crisis, huh?

The Renault Group certainly isn’t feeling the crunch anymore, not after they recently opened a state-of-the-art test center in Titu, Romania. Yes, in case you’re asking, there is such a place on the planet called Titu.

In any case, the new facility, which was built smack in the middle between the Renault Technologie Roumanie engineering center in Bucharest and a Dacia Dacia production facility in Pitesti, will be focusing on a number of tasks including the development and testing of new powertrain components for a number of Dacia vehicles, including the Logan.

The newly built test facility will house high-tech test instruments including simulated benches that can replicate extreme outdoor conditions, all of which could provide crucial data and information on the sturdiness of the vehicles being tested. It may sound like a bunch of mumbo jumbo for those who don’t know any better, but for people who understand the concept of safety and ride comfort, these tests are critical in producing high-quality vehicles.

Apart from the simulated benches, the new Renault/Dacia test center will also have ten different types of tracks, wading troughs, and underbody impact zones, all of which were put for the same auto-testing reasons.

We can only imagine how much this high-tech facility costs, but we won’t dwell on that. What’s important is that Renault is moving away from the vice-like grip the economic crisis had on the industry by not only moving forward with testing and development of their cars, but in the same breath, creating new jobs for people as well.

Kimi Raikkonen looking to return to Formula One with Renault?

He may not be the most pleasurable person to be around, and he certainly won’t win any Mr. Congeniality contests anytime soon, but one thing we know about Kimi Raikkonen is that he’s a pretty good driver. Check that: the man is one of the best in the world.

The former Formula One driver’s champion left Formula One last year to try his luck at the World Rally Championship where he has shown a lot of potential. However, let’s face it, the Finn belongs in single-seaters. But if rumors around the paddock are to be believed, Raikkonen may be looking to return to the circus that is Formula One under the Renault team.

Despite the fact that Renault isn’t one of the front-runners in the 2010 F1 season, the team has consistently piled up points to stay competitive in the middle of the pack. Turns out, that may have been enough to entice the former world champ to approach the team and inquire about a seat at Renault next to Robert Kubica.

We certainly hope that there’s more truth to this rumor than what is being passed around. Like we said, Raikkonen isn’t the chatty type, but his racing skills certainly do a lot of the talking for him. And in a Formula One grid that could potentially have five world champions for 2011, adding another one will most certainly add some intrigue to a Formula One series that never seems to run out.

Source: Autosport

Renault brought out the Laguna 3 in 2007, and after only three years of production, they are co,ming out with a facelift version for the coupe. The Renault Laguna lift-back and Sports Tourer will both be getting a little work done before they are displayed at the Paris Motor Show at the end of September. The new versions will go on sale across Europe in November.

The facelifted Laguna will be getting a more aggressive front end design, including new headlamps and a restyled bumper featuring a more prominent grille. It will be available in the dCi 180 engine and will contain the 4Control four-wheel steering system.

And following the new Euro5 emissions standards set, the new Renault Laguna will feature Euro 5 engines and lower CO2 on all engines (including the dCi 110 which emits 10 grams of CO2 less than the previous model).

The Laguna will also have technology spread throughout the interior with a Carminat TomTom Live® navigation system and Bose® sound system.

Press release after the jump.

The 2010 Formula One season has been ripe in unpredictably and, while we kind of figured that it would be a three-headed race for supremacy with Ferrari , Red Bull, and McLaren , we didn’t expect one other team to have had the success they’ve had this year.

That team is Renault and the team’s success has generated some interest from the French carmaker Renault SA to consider buying back a majority stake in the team that bears its name.

If you recall, earlier this year Renault actually sold a majority stake of the team to Genii Capital, an investment firm in Luxembourg. The sale was widely viewed as Renault’s intention to cut their losses with the team after a major scandal rocked Formula One that centered on then Renault boss Flavio Briatore. Add that to the economic crisis that gripped a number of brands, and it seemed like a perfect time for the French manufacturer to drop the team and focus more on their production cars.

But now that the economy has stabilized and the Renault F1 team is doing surprisingly well this year, the French auto brand is rumored to be looking to buy back a piece of the F1 team’s pie. Whether or not this happens is still up in the air. But if you ask us, it does look suspiciously like a boyfriend looking to get back together with a girl he previously dumped because she lost weight and got hot all of a sudden.

And we know how those things turn out.

Our friends over at Autosblog.fr received this image of what looks to be the new 2012 Renault Clio 4. This image comes despite the fact that there’s been no official confirmation from Renault on whether it’s true.

Supposing that this image is in fact that of the new Clio 4, the car is a fresh take from what we’ve seen of the supposedly new vehicle in the past. For one, this image of the Clio 4 comes with a number of new designs and features, including redesigned headlights, the presence of door handles – yeah, cars need those, by the way - a new set of wheels, and an overall more aggressive approach.

Like we said, Renault hasn’t come out with any official announcement on whether this is really the new Clio. But if this is the real deal, we wouldn’t be surprised to see it in the flesh really soon. And if we’re betting people, we’d put some chips down on this hatchback making some sort of appearance at the brand’s hometown auto event, the Paris Motor Show , which, in case you didn’t know, will open its doors at the end of September.

Until then, we’re definitely going to keep all of you updated when something more definite comes up.

Source: Autosblog Fr

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