Renault

Renault is a French automaker founded at the very end of the 19th century (in 1898) by three brothers: Louis, Marcel and Fernand. The company steadily grew and gained a reputation as an innovative automaker, building everything from small city cars to trucks, tractors and even farming equipment at one point. Nowadays it only makes passenger cars (since it sold its Renault Trucks division to Volvo in 2001 and its agricultural vehicles division to CLAAS in 2008), yet it owns Korea's Renault Samsung Motors, has a majority stake in Romanian automaker Dacia, a controlling stake of Nissan (43.4 percent) and a 1.55 percent stake in Daimler AG. It has over a dozen manufacturing facilities in France and twice as many scattered around the world. Over the past two decades, Renault, whose logo is a diamond (or rhombus), has made a name for itself by making cars that are not only safe, but also striking to look at and well-engineered, if a bit cheap feeling in places. Now, the manufacturer is changing its image yet again, as it has presented increasingly sober and Germanic designs that are far more subdued than what it was doing previously - perceived quality in its very latest offerings is very good, and it is definitely higher ranked in this respect compared to the style-over-substance days of the Vel Satis and Avantime (the mid-2000s).

1974 Renault Alpine A110 1800 Group 4 Works

1974 Renault Alpine A110 1800 Group 4 Works

The most famous Alpine ever made

The Renault-Alpine A110 is one of the most famous rally cars of the two-wheel-drive era. It reigned supreme in the days before the WRC became a thing and this, the 1800, built to Group 4 specifications, is the swansong of the A110 and ran in 1974 and 1975.

The original Alpine A110 was launched in 1961 as the successor of the A108 which shared parts with Renault’s Dauphine. This time by, Paul Redele and his men relied on parts from the compact Renault 8 sedan. The car had a similar design to the A108, again with a rounded nose and straight-cut rear as well as bulbous headlights.

The A110, in its later versions, claimed numerous rally wins which made Alpine the 1971 champions in the International Championship for Manufacturers. This A110 was built for the 1974 season as one of only nine works-supported cars that year. It managed a best finish of second in the Tour De Corse but proved to be overwhelmed by the newly-homologated Lancia Stratos with its mid-engine configuration.

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The 2019 Renault Kadjar is a Car We Can't Love or Hate

The 2019 Renault Kadjar is a Car We Can’t Love or Hate

It’s just not living up to the hype even after a facelift

The Renault Kadjar facelift comes three years after it was launched and, while it definitely looks refreshed, it just doesn’t live up to the hype it created back when it was launched in 2015. For 2019, the Kadjar even receives Renault’s latest engine, along with some changes to the inside and outside.

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Top Gear's 2018 Performance Car Of The Year Winner Is Alpine A110

Top Gear’s 2018 Performance Car Of The Year Winner Is Alpine A110

An underdog in true sense

It’s that time of the year; the time where magazines and websites name their respective car of the year. And, here we have the U.K.’s Top Gear giving the title of the 2018 Performance Car of the Year. The winner took us by surprise, especially because it beat some of the biggest names in the auto industry – it’s the Alpine A110!

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2018 Renault K-ZE

2018 Renault K-ZE

Is this the electrified future?

Renault is previewing its future mini electric crossover with the K-ZE concept revealed at the 2018 Paris Motor Show. Taking a closer look at the K-ZE, it becomes immediately apparent that it is, in fact, just a dressed up Kwid (which Renault already sells in emerging markets) which has had its internal combustion powertrain swapped out for a full-electric one.

The future electric crossover will look much closer to this concept, than it will to the current Kwid, although it will maintain its basic body shape. What will set it apart visually more significantly are the new, redesigned front and rear fascias, as well as various details around the exterior. It also promises to offer “class leading” range for a vehicle in its size-bracket.

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Renault Shows Off Futuristic AEX Infotainment in Paris

Renault Shows Off Futuristic AEX Infotainment in Paris

The new era of personal assistants, Renault’s way

Renault showed off at the Paris Motor Show with its new personal assistant, the Augmented Editorial Experience, or AEX, which was developed as an A.I. that would help the driver and the other occupants of the car enjoy each trip to the fullest.

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The Future of Renault Lies in this KWID-Based Electric Crossover Concept from the Paris Motor Show

The Future of Renault Lies in this KWID-Based Electric Crossover Concept from the Paris Motor Show

Renault enters the fray with a small crossover for the masses

Renault premiered the grand stage with an all-electric crossover concept called K-ZE. It will eventually head to the production line and reach the masses next year. The concept looks funky, and the production version may not be very different from the concept. Given the segment Renault has slotted it in, the car will most likely fetch big sales numbers.

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The Renault EZ-Ultimo Takes Another Futuristic Approach to Driverless Mobility

The Renault EZ-Ultimo Takes Another Futuristic Approach to Driverless Mobility

The luxury limo of tomorrow is surprisingly tasteful

Renault completes the EZ line of prototypes that envision an autonomous future with the EZ Ultimo, a luxurious full-size sedan with outlandish styling for the VIPs of tomorrow.

It’s long, sleek, with a gold-and-black sci-fi bodywork and stands as Renault’s view on luxury travel in the future. The chauffeur of the EZ Ultimo, however, isn’t a person, but rather Level 4 autonomous system. It’s a change of pace for Renault whose previous two EZ concepts were rather more mundane: the compact EZ Go, a futuristic taxi, and the EZ Pro light delivery truck.

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Renault Shows Off a Baby Electric SUV that Goes by the Name K-ZE and Displays Some Future Technology

Renault Shows Off a Baby Electric SUV that Goes by the Name K-ZE and Displays Some Future Technology

Previews future production crossover EV

Renault has unveiled the K-ZE Concept at the Paris motor show, a small all-electric crossover study that previews a future production model. It is part of Renault’s plan to electrify its core range by 2020, which includes plug-in versions of the Megane and Captur and a hybrid version of the Clio.

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2019 Renault Clio SUV

2019 Renault Clio SUV

Renault is preparing to launch a small crossover based on the next Clio city car, aiming to woo buyers away from the Ford Fiesta Active, Hyundai i20 Active and other similar small high-riders. What’s a bit strange is that the French automaker already has just such a vehicle in its range, called the Captur, but apparently, this one is going to be placed under it in the model lineup.

We also don’t yet know what Renault wants to call this new model, whether it will use the Clio SUV or a completely new name. One thing’s certain - it won’t be merely a Clio with extra ground clearance and body cladding; its body is taller and looks different compared to the fifth-gen Clio we’ve seen in another batch of spy photos.

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11 New Retro-Styled Cars Available Today

11 New Retro-Styled Cars Available Today

Old school-inspired looks, new school everything else

Retro styling done right in the automotive world can result in a car that buyers instantly feel drawn to because they remember the original from their childhood. Granted, if done wrong, it can look really hideous and out of place, but you won’t find any of those here.

When mainstream manufacturers do it, they spend a lot of time and money to get it just right, and it really shows. Many of these retro-styled cars are bought first and foremost for the way they look, but they are actually just good cars overall. I’ve assembled the ones you can buy new right now, in the list after the jump.

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2019 Renault Arkana

2019 Renault Arkana

Finally An Affordable Coupe Crossover

In a surprising turn of events, French manufacturer Renault revealed an all-new coupe SUV called the Arkana. Shown at the Moscow Auto Show, the Renault Arkana is the first coupe-inspired SUV to sit at a lower price point compared to any of its premium competition. For now, the Renault Arkana is only a show car, but one really close to production. Renault will introduce it for the Russian market in 2019, with the launch on CIS markets some time later. The car could be introduced on the western markets as well (maybe not in the same guise and with the same name) and while we cannot expect it in the U.S. (Renault isn’t available here at all), I would not be surprised if the Arkana architecture ends up supporting some kind of similar Nissan coupe SUV. The Renault press release is clear - the Arkana “heralds a new vehicle with global ambitions.” Last time I checked, global means all around the world.

Renault’s Design Chief Laurens van den Acker did hint that Renault is considering bringing the Arkana to Europe. China, Latin America, and South Korea are already confirmed destinations for the new car.

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2018 Renault Mégane R.S. Trophy

2018 Renault Mégane R.S. Trophy

Renault Sport’s most aggressive hatchback yet!

The Renault Megane was most recently redesigned in 2016. Sportier than ever on the outside, it gained a modern interior with the latest tech and a range of revised engines. Two years have passed since then and Renault finally gave the fourth-generation Megane the long-awaited Trophy treatment.

Crafted by the Renault Sport division, also known as R.S., the new Trophy replaces the R.S. 275 Trophy model that the French firm offered between 2014 and 2017. Naturally, the new Megane Trophy is not only more aggressive on the outside, but it’s also more powerful. As usual, it’s built on the race-bred Cup chassis, which makes it a road-legal race car. The 275 Trophy-R holds track records for FWD cars on many circuits, including the Nurburgring, Suzuka, and Fuji. Will the new Trophy set new benchmarks? Probably. But until that happens, let’s have a closer look at its design and drivetrain in the review below.

Continue reading to learn more about the Renault Mégane R.S. Trophy.

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What is the Cheapest Renault?

Renault makes plenty of affordable cars, but the most affordable one it sells under its own brand is the Renault Kwid, a pint-sized, entry-level crossover designed in India and sold in Asia and Latin America. It’s a very small car, even by small car standards, weighing as little as 630 kilograms (1,389 pounds) and in its cheapest and most basic versions, it’s about as spartan as modern cars get - not even passenger safety was a concern, as it turned out when the car was crash-tested by Global NCAP and was awarded a zero-star rating. This poor rating was mainly due to the fact that the Indian version of the car didn’t need to have airbags fitted as standard. In India, the starting price for the Kwid is $4,000 and it tops out at $6,900 for a fully-loaded example with the more powerful engine and an automatic transmission.

What is the Sportiest Renault?

The sportiest Renault currently available isn’t actually badged a Renault - it’s the new Alpine A110, a rear-wheel drive, mid-engined sports car built on a bespoke platform. It shares its 1.8-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine with the Megane R.S. hot hatch, and in the more powerful A110S, it makes 288 horsepower sent to the road via a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. What’s most impressive about the new Alpine is the way it goes around corners - it has unrivalled agility brought about by its low weight of 1,114 kg (2,456 pounds).

What is the Most Popular Renault?

Renault sold around 2.5-million vehicles under its own brand in 2018 (or nearly 3.9-million vehicles for the entire Renault Group that includes Renault Samsung, Dacia, Lada, Alpine, as well as its two Chinese subsidiaries, Jinbei and Huasong). In Europe, its most popular model is the Clio hatchback which averages around 300,000 units sold per year, followed by the mechanically-related (but taller) Captur crossover with 200,000 annual sales. The third most popular model in Europe doesn’t bear the diamond badge, though, because it’s the Dacia Sandero, manufactured by Renault’s Romanian subsidiary, closely followed by another Dacia, the Duster mini-SUV.

What is the Most Expensive Renault?

Believe it or not, Renault’s current flagship and most expensive model is the Espace people carrier. It’s a seven seater that blends traditional minivan looks with a slightly raised ride height and plenty of French flamboyance (both inside and out). The starting price for one in its native France is €39,600 ($43,800); the second most expensive current Renault is the Koleos SUV, available from €35,250 ($39,000), and the third is the Talisman sedan which can be had from €32,500 ($35,950).

What is the Fastest Renault?

Renault is known for hot hatchbacks, so it’s no surprise that its sportiest offering is a vehicle of that type, the latest Megane R.S. Trophy-R. It is a hardcore, limited series special edition model (only 500 units will be made globally) that just takes the standard Megane R.S. to the extreme. Its 1.8-liter engine makes 296 horsepower (300 PS), its sprint time from 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) is 5.4 seconds (very impressive for a front-wheel drive car) and its top speed is 262 km/h (163 mph). It’s probably the drastic diet RenaultSport engineers put the car on that has the most dramatic effect on how it performs - it is 130 kilograms (286 pounds) lighter than the regular Megane R.S.

Are Renault Cars Reliable?

Renaults are generally perceived as unreliable cars, but this is more of a myth because they’re actually about middle of the pack in this regard. They are very common in all European countries and part of their popularity stems from the fact that they are affordable to buy and relatively affordable to repair when they go wrong. The most frequent problems reported by owners are of an electrical nature and the most reliable car in its current lineup is the Twingo city car (basically the same car as the latest Smart ForFour).