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Posted on by Simona  

Well, that was quick, wasn’t it? The joint development deal that was supposed to net two sports cars bearing the same underpinnings under the Renault and Caterham names is apparently over. We reported earlier that there was a riff between the two companies, and according to multiple sources, the two have decided to nix the joint-development deal altogether.

According to these reports, both the Caterham and Renault cars are still on schedule for a 2016 release, but there is no information on whether they will continue to share the same architecture. Earlier reports claimed that Caterham approved a design from Renault, but the French company later tried to stuff the toothpaste back in the tube after customers didn’t respond well to the initial design. The Caterham bosses didn’t take too kindly to this, but they were assured that the project would remain Renault’s No. 1 priority.

Well, with the 50-50 venture now completely off track Caterham is free to continue with its designing process completely free from Renault’s nervous trigger finger.

I have a sneaking suspicion that Renault will eventually pull the plug on its project altogether citing demand issues, and Caterham will modify the car to better match its current design language. This would be a sad ending to a promising campaign, but it seems like Renault lost interest at some point and Caterham really has no need for a sports car like this in its lineup.

Stay tuned to TopSpeed.com for more on this topic.

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Source: AutoCar
Renault Alpine A110-50 Concept

After months of speculation, the design of Renault’s Alpine sports car is finally ready and we’re getting a clearer picture that the car is on schedule for a 2016 release.

Not a lot of details have been announced regarding this new lightweight sports car , but Renault’s senior vice president of corporate design Laurens van den Acker did leak a little info when he told Motoring at the Geneva Motor Show that the design of the Alpine sports car is "as good as finished".

That’s the strongest indication we’ve had that the sports car is nearing production, and since it came from a man who actually had a hand in the design of the car, then you can bet that we’re taking that to the bank.

van den Acker did stop short of spilling all the beans about the Alpine sports car, which is pretty understandable considering the lengths by which Renault has tried to keep the car under wraps for this long. Besides, 2016 is still two years away and a lot of things can happen, but make no mistake, there’s a sense of excitement coming out of the Renault camp on the current status of the Alpine sports car.

If it ends up being all that and then some, then you can be sure that the Alpine sports car will immediately make waves in the market. In fact, it’s still two years before it’s expected launch and the market is already abuzz, so imagine all the hype once we get closer to 2016.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2012 Renault Alpine A110-50 Concept.

Source: Motoring

A car that drives itself. That’s the dream, right?

For the longest time, though, it has remained as such: a dream. But a lot of automakers are beginning to tinker with the idea of an autonomous driving vehicle, and one that has been at the forefront of that is Renault .

The French automaker’s Next Two Autonomous Prototype is the culmination of years of testing and development. We probably shouldn’t even say culmination because the project is still a long ways away from being completed, but we all know where this is going.

Renault is developing a vehicle that could drive itself, similar to what we saw from the Jetsons back in the day. It still doesn’t fly — one technology at a time! — but having a car that drives itself while everyone on board gets to check their social media accounts?

That’s a pretty good start, right?

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Source: Renault Blog

We’re quite aware that the Geneva Motor Show is going to be a busy time in the industry. With so many debuts that are scheduled during the show, it’s easy to see a lot of models get lost in the shuffle.

That’s the nature of an event like Geneva, but one car we know is going to get its well-deserved shine is the Renault Clio RS Monaco GP.

The special edition model is going to make its debut in Geneva and while we do admire the look of the Clio RS’ standard guise, we’re a little disappointed that the Clio RS Monaco GP didn’t carry a little more modifications to it.

From what this single photo of the Clio RS Monaco GP is showing us, the car is sporting an exclusive White Frost Pearl exterior paint finish with some nice glossy touches on the front grille, mirror casings, window surrounds and the lower section of the front bumper. Those are some pretty slick details and further highlighted by a new set of 18-inch five-spoke alloys.

No interior photos have been released, but word has it that the Clip RS Monaco GP will be sporting a white dashboard and door panels to go with Renault’s RS Monitor that lets drivers record lap times and carry other performance data.

Power comes by way of a 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that produces 200 horsepower and 177 pound-feet of torque. Taken into consideration the Clip RS Monaco GP can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 6.7 seconds to go with a top speed of 143 mph.

Click past the jump to read about the 2013 Renault Clio RS

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The French automakers have a knack for creating some of the visually unique and interesting cars on the market. If you don’t believe that, take on look at the new KWID Concept from Renault . An exterior that looks like an angry, off-road hatchback is painted a hue of steel and covered in bright sunshine yellow accents. It has an interior that appears to be built by stretching massive rubber bands across the inside. It also comes with a remote controlled quad-copter.

Who the hell thinks of this stuff?

The quirky concept is design to shoot cupid’s arrow straight through the heart of the young and tech-savvy buyer. It is loaded with high tech wizardry, and even features a tablet computer built into the dash.

The KWID is aimed squarely at developing markets like India where new car buyers tend to be far younger than in other more developed car-buying nations.

Continue reading to find out more about this chunk of French madness.

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Renault Alpine A110-50 Concept

We are all very excited to see the Renault Alpine, but it looks like we may have to wait longer than expected. According to Autocar, there was a secret customer clinic where the automaker showed off its upcoming sports car. Well, apparently customers didn’t respond the way the Renault team had expected, so it sent the car back to the drawing board for a redesign. This latest delay will push the sports car ’s release back by about a year — somewhere in late 2016.

Reportedly, there are also some frustrations from the Caterham side, as its bosses had signed off on the design some time ago and has been on hold since. Caterham needs to get to polishing off the under-skin components, so we can understand that frustration.

Caterham’s was diplomatic and did not comment specifically on the frustrations. He did however, admit that there are some issues that are causing frustrations for both teams, but Renault assured him that this project is a top priority.

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Source: Autocar
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Ant lover of racing games has wondered at on time or another just how close the game is to real racing. Imagine, taking the same car you are using in the game and putting it head-to-head with the real car on the real-life version of the track you are racing on; what a fantastic idea, right?

To date, we have never seen this test, but the folks over at Viagame did just that in order to find out which crosses the finish line first, the virtual racer or the real-life on..

To perform this crazy test, they recruited one of Sweden’s best gamers and put him in a Renault Mégane Red Bull Edition with gaming system installed in it. They then took a real-life race car driver and put him in the driver’s seat of the Renault and headed for the Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona to see who wins.

Check out the above video to see who wins, it’s pretty neat to see real versus virtual in a head-to-head battle.

Renault’s recent unveiling of the Megane lineup at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show was a welcome surprise, not only for its customers, but for the Mega Mega ne itself. If that car could talk, it probably let out a huge shriek the moment Renault decided to give it that much-needed facelift.

Now, it’s the Megane Coupe-Cabriolet’s turn and like the top-range RS 265 we saw at Frankfurt, the Megane CC comes with an all new face that made use of the company’s new design philosophy and in doing so, threw away the bland, happy-to-be-there look of its predecessor.

It’s a lot more dynamic and nicer to look at, even though it still doesn’t blow you away. Then again, Renault will take its spoils, one small increment at a time. And it’s not like the coupe-cabriolet market is rife with competition these days. The Volkswagen Eos , a key competitor, is on its way out and the Mazda MX-5 Miata , despite its popularity, has been around longer than a lot of the Bieb’s Beliebers have been alive.

So it’s a good time for Renault to give the Megane CC a facelift. Hopefully for the French brand, it translates to more sales, too.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Renault Megane Coupe-Cabriole


With the launch of the new Renault Clio , it was only right for Renault to also give an update to its existing rally car , the Clio Renaultsport R3. After all, it’s been seven years since the R3 first hit the rally scene so it’s high time that a new one shows its face, right?

Well, Renault Sport Technologies is acquiescing and has released new information about the R3’s successor, the Clio Renaultsport R3T rally car. Set to launch in 2014, the R3T was built to comply with current FIA R3 regulations, which will now come with at least a turbocharged version of the car’s existing 1.6-liter engine that Renault Sport engineers have continuously adapted to racing specifications.

In addition to the revised engine, the R3T will also come with a host of modifications, specifically built and developed for rally purposes. Among these include a new six-speed sequential transmission with optional steering-wheel paddle shifters in the asphalt version, as well as specialized equipment, including Sadev gearboxes, Sachs shock absorbers, PFC brakes, and Cosworth electronics.

All these updates should give the Clio Renaultsport R3T an impressive package that will create interest from rally teams all over the world. The model isn’t expected to gain approval until the latter part of 2014, but Renault wants to make sure that the returns end up becoming worth the wait.

Click past the jump to read about the 2014 Renault Clio

Source: Rev

Out of the shadows of all the major auto shows happening all over the world at this time of the year, the Johannesburg Motor Show is scheduled to open its doors on October 16th, and at least one automaker will be in attendance to introduce a new concept vehicle.

That automaker is Renault and recently, the French company released teaser photos of the concept in question, aptly called the Duster Detour Concept. The vehicle is based on the Renault Duster , the company’s resident budget off-roader that was penned and developed by Renault Design Central Europe in partnership with a Johannesburg-based design studio.

Four teaser images were spliced together to give us hints of what to expect of the Duster Detour Concept. The two-tone Pearl Yellow and Matte Grey paint is inline with past Renault concepts, and the edges and curves appear to suggest some inspiration on the Dakar rally, as well as what Renault calls a mix of a little "Mad Max with a touch of the Terminator."

Nothing like cinematic references to get our interests going.

Fog lights were also included just under what looks like a newly designed front grille. A set of five-spoke alloy wheels with orange accents is also part of the concept, as is what the company says is a spacious and revised interior cabin.

The Renault Duster Detail Concept will make its debut on October 16th, at which time we’ll get to see how much Mad Max and how much Terminator was inspired in the design of the concept off-roader.

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