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).

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Renault Teams Up With French Designer To Create The Weirdest Renault 5 You'll Ever See

Renault Teams Up With French Designer To Create The Weirdest Renault 5 You’ll Ever See

With a marble steering wheel, gold accents, and incredible paint, this is a wild supermini

The French have a weird history when it comes to cars. The lunacy that is baked into their cars has changed the industry on multiple occasions. The first significant use of front-wheel-drive in the Citroën Traction Avant or the first minivan, the Renault Espace are prime examples. However, they also had crazy moments that simply makes no sense. The Peugeot 1007 springs to mind as it was a small hatchback with minivan-style sliding doors.

However, the newest example from Renault, the 5 Diamant, is in celebration of the Renault 5’s 50th anniversary and was in part designed by French designer Pierre Gonalons who is recognized as one of the top 100 creators of all time by Architectural Digest.

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Barely Three Years In, Renault Is Already Developing The Next-Gen Renault Arkana

Barely Three Years In, Renault Is Already Developing The Next-Gen Renault Arkana

The next-gen Renault Arkana was recently spied testing in Germany despite it staring at an uncertain future

Renault unveiled the current generation Arkana back in 2019 for the Russian market and then in 2020 for the European market. Despite still being very young, it looks like Renault is already preparing a successor for it.

Our spy photographers caught the first prototype testing in Germany, and according to the driver, we are looking at the successor for the Russian version of the Arkana.

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The 2025 Alpine GT X-Over EV Chassis-Testing-Mule Caught Playing In The Snow

The 2025 Alpine GT X-Over EV Chassis-Testing-Mule Caught Playing In The Snow

The first from the three electric models Alpine has planned for the future is

Back in 2021, Alpine announced that after only four years on the market the A110 sports car will be discontinued, and that, for the future, the brand will mostly focus on electric cars. The first teaser image, revealed at the same time with the announcement revealed that Alpine is working on three different electric cars: a small hatchback, a compact crossover, and a sports car.

The electric crossover will be called Alpine GT X-Over, and it seems that it has already begun testing. Our spy photographers caught an experimental vehicle based on a heavily modified Dacia Duster body out for some testing session around the Arctic Circle.

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2022 Renault Austral

2022 Renault Austral

It is a high-tech C-segment hybrid SUV with a lot of potential outside the U.S.

Renault unveils its new hybrid SUV, the Austral, which is based on the new third-generation CMF-CD platform. It portrays Renault’s “Nouvelle Vague” which means “New Wave” in the global C-segment SUV markets. If you are familiar with the Megane E-TECH Electric and the Arkana, you will find the Austral to follow similar paths, which includes Renault’s new design language and feature-proof cabin. We think that this compact hybrid/electric SUV is targeting the new Kia Sportage in a lot of ways, bringing in updated tech and multiple powertrain options to soothe your needs. Let’s dive in for a closer look into Renault’s newest addition to its Global (excluding the U.S.) lineup.

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This Super-Rare Renault Clio V6 Phase 2 Just Sold For Stupid Money

This Super-Rare Renault Clio V6 Phase 2 Just Sold For Stupid Money

When it’s one of just 18 in the world, a six-figure price seems justified, even for a Renault

The Clio V-6 is, in general, a unique and famous vehicle. There haven’t been many cars that have followed its lead, but it did change the perception of what a hatchback can be, which includes having a mid-engine layout. Renault Sport went above and beyond in developing the Clio V-6, and that’s a big part of what makes it famous. The 3.0-liter naturally aspirated V-6 in the Phase 2 model, like the one you see here, was good for 255 horsepower and 221 pound-feet of torque. With a curb weight of just 1,400 kg, it had an impressive power-to-weight ratio of 182 horsepower per ton and could hit 62 mph in as fast as 5.8 seconds. This, along with the mid-engine layout, is what made the Renault Clio V-6 special, but it’s not the reason this specific model sold for a record-shattering £90,000 or about $120,000 at current exchange rates.

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Renault Will Use Geely's CMA Platform For (Some Of) Its Future Cars

Renault Will Use Geely’s CMA Platform For (Some Of) Its Future Cars

But why not Nissan?

At this point, it’s no secret that French automaker Renault is part of an alliance that also includes Japanese carmakers Nissan and Mitsubishi. Weirdly enough, however, Renault has decided to form a partnership with Chinese automaker Geely for the development of its future cars.

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Carnage A Trois, Airing December 17, Has The Proper Ingredients Of A Grand Tour Special

Carnage A Trois, Airing December 17, Has The Proper Ingredients Of A Grand Tour Special

The trailer for this years Christmas Special shows the guys taking a closer look at French cars and what makes them tick

The boys are back! After their LOCHdown special, which aired back in July, this year’s next Grand Tour Special, which is also their Christmas Special dubbed Carnage A Trois, dwells a little deeper into French cars. Owing to the lockdowns which would have been in place when this film was made, the Grand Tour team really couldn’t venture far to some exotic locales like Brazil or Namibia. So instead, they had to stick within the confines of the U.K. Nevertheless, the trailer does look pretty darn exciting.

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James May Loves the Alpine A110S With One Big Exception

James May Loves the Alpine A110S With One Big Exception

The Former Top Gear Presenter is all praises about the Alpine A110 S, except for one thing

James May is at it again, this time taking us on a tour of yet another one, of his quirky cars, that the man owns. This one is a classic MAY Review that we have come to enjoy over the years. He goes over his Alpine A110 S, giving his unique perspective, highlighting details about the car that you might otherwise miss.

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2021 Renault Captur

2021 Renault Captur

A small SUV with a big market presence but is it worth the hype?

Being the ideal model for Renault’s “Drive the Future” plan, the Captur is one of the best-selling small-SUV across Europe after its first launch in 2013. The new Captur arrives with revised mechanics, updated looks, and it is more practical and tech-heavy. But should you consider it over the Kia Niro and Mazda CX-3? Let’s find out.

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2022 Renault Megane E-Tech

2022 Renault Megane E-Tech

The French Automaker is riding high with its legendary Mégane name for its first all-electric crossover

Renault unveiled the 2021 Mégane E-Tech at the IAA in Munich. It is the French brand’s very first all-electric crossover with a range of up to 292 miles. Is it a big first step forward or does it leave more to be desired?

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Retro is Back!! Behold, the R5 Turbo 3 by Legend Automobiles

Retro is Back!! Behold, the R5 Turbo 3 by Legend Automobiles

A modern take on a Rally Icon, the R5 Turbo 3 is a car conceived by enthusiasts, for enthusiasts

The trend of Retro modding has really taken off over the past few years. It was only last week that we got you a story on the Gemballa Marsien, designed by Alan Derosier. Well, Alan has now worked his magic on yet another icon. This car is one of the most celebrated Class B rally cars of not just the ’80s, but of all time. The Renault R5 Turbo. Renault themselves are yet to give us a successor to the Turbo 2 from the 80s. However, until that happens, Alan has co-founded his company, Legende Automobiles to give us the unofficial successor to that 80s rally icon. Feast your eyes on the R5 Turbo 3.

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Renault Has Teased What Could Be Three New Alpine High-Performance Models

Renault Has Teased What Could Be Three New Alpine High-Performance Models

The New Lineup of Alpine Performance Cars Is Slowly Being Revealed

Renault is in the midst of rebranding its performance vehicles. It has already announced that Renault Sport is becoming Alpine and all of its future performance cars will bear the Alpine name. Alpine currently offers one model – the A110, which is powered by a 1.8-liter turbocharged inline-four with up to 288 horsepower. We already know that an EV version of the A110 is in the making and it’s going to be joined by at least two other models. Back in January, we were, once again, teased by Renault with three future Alpine EV models.

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The Renault MeganeE Could Strengthen Renaults Electric Foothold in Europe

The Renault MeganeE Could Strengthen Renaults Electric Foothold in Europe

The Renault MeganeE will be the company’s largest electric car to date, and a sign of bigger things to come

Renault recently revealed the 5 Prototype – the car that will eventually revive the Renault 5 name. Before that, however, Renault revealed the Megane eVision concept, which not only served as a visual representation of the company’s future plans but as a basis for the new prototype that you see here: The Renault Megane E-Tech or Renault MeagneE for short. It’s not a production model just yet, but one of 30 prototypes that Renault is putting into the testing phase as it prepares for (hopefully) a 2022 launch.

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Renault Sport Just Assumed The Identity of Alpine!

Renault Sport Just Assumed The Identity of Alpine!

Renault Sport becomes Alpine Cars as a major step in Renault Group’s reorganization

It is official. The performance division of Renault will no longer be called Renault Sport but Alpine. The Renault Sport name will no longer be present on the Formula One grid, as the team is becoming a part of the “Alpine Business Unit”. Since the entity incorporates all performance and motorsport aspects of the Renault brand, this means that the performance versions of Renault, like the Megane RS, will be under the Alpine name going forward.

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Does This Rendering Hint At Where the Next-Gen Renault Megane RS Is Going?

Does This Rendering Hint At Where the Next-Gen Renault Megane RS Is Going?

Did this Italian designer foreshadow the next Renault Megane RS?

Hot hatchbacks are arguably the most popular performance cars, because of their balance between sport and practicality. One of Europe’s most notable representatives of the segment is the Renault Megane RS. The version has enjoyed a substantial fan base, for three generations now, and being co-developed with Renault Williams means it can take some punishment on racetracks. There’s a reason why the Megane RS is one of the main car choices for race driver schools, across Europe.

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If The Renault Espace Looked Like This, You'd Definitely Want One

If The Renault Espace Looked Like This, You’d Definitely Want One

It’s not happening, but we can dream, right?

A digital artist has created a modernized rendering of the Renault Espace F1, and it’s got us itching for one. The rendering is based on the concept model that Renault unveiled at the 1994 Paris Motor Show to celebrate the nameplate’s 10th anniversary and the French automaker’s involvement in Formula One. Nothing came out of the Espace F1, but 27 years later, it’s still fondly remembered as one of the gnarliest minivan concept vehicles ever showcased at an auto show.

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2021 Renault 5 Prototype - A Glimpse Into The Future

2021 Renault 5 Prototype - A Glimpse Into The Future

The iconic Renault 5 is set to return as an all-electric hatchback

The 2021 Renault 5 Prototype is a concept car that the French automaker unveiled during the presentation of its "Renaulution" strategic plan in January 2021. A modern tribute to the iconic Renault 5 produced from 1972 to 1996, the Renault 5 Prototype previews a production model that will arrive by 2025. The modern Renault 5 will be one of seven all-electric vehicles that the French brand wants to launch over the next four years, but apparently it won’t replace the Zoe or the Clio. What makes the Renault 5 Prototype special and how much of it will go into production? Let’s find out in the review below.

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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).