Renault unveiled at the Paris Auto Show the Z.E. Concept (’Z.E.’: Zero Emission), the Renault’s vision of the electric vehicle as an efficient, userfriendly zero-emission car.
Z.E. Concept is equipped with a 70kW electric motor which delivers torque of 226Nm, making it particularly flexible, responsive and comfortable to use. Batteries are lithium-ion type. Z.E. Concept provides a foretaste of the Renault electric vehicle which will be easy to use, practical and efficient.
Z.E. Concept is based on Kangoo be bop and its compact dimensions (length: 3.95m, height: 1.85m) favor manoeuvrability in and about town. This electric vehicle was designed to minimize energy consumption, without forgetting modern comfort-related refinements.
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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?
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Renault announced that next to the new Megane five-door hatchback, the Laguna Coupe and the Ondelios crossover concept, the company will also display a new mystery concept at the Paris Auto Show.
The mystery model may be the production design for a sedan version of the new Megane or the production version of the Megane Coupe Concept unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show. But this is just speculation; the answers will come next month in Paris.
Renault will unveil at the Paris Auto Show the Ondelios Concept, Renault’s vision of a high-end crossover. Tthe Ondelios is designed to combine a comfortable ride with respect for the environment.
The 4.8-metre-long, 1.6-metre high Ondelios has drawn inspiration from the world of aviation design to deliver high drag efficiency and a Cd of just 0.29. This long-distance voyager boasts sleek, smooth, amazingly fluid lines that make it appear as though it glides over the ground. It embodies Renault’s vision of high-end car.
A number of the car’s structural parts are made from natural flax fibre for greater recyclability and, in keeping with the commitment to make the car as light as possible, its body is made from carbon and polycarbonate.
The Ondelios is equipped with a lithium-ion battery and powered by a hybrid powerplant which combines a powerful 205hp (150kW) version of the 2.0 dCi engine, with two 20kW electric motors at the front end rear.
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The 2009 Megane will make its world debut next month at the Paris Auto Show, but, as usual, it couldn’t remain a secret until its official debut; the Spanish web-page KM77 revealed the first official images today. The 2009 Megane’s design is inspired by both the Megane Coupe Concept and the new Laguna.
No word yet on what will power Renault’s bread and butter small hatch, but more info should become available as we get closer to the Paris Auto Show.
Although Renault does not currently sell cars in the U.S., it does share a partnership with Nissan. So it’s always good to keep tabs on Renault, because you never know what may show up on these shores wearing a Nissan badge.
Next generation Renault Megane will make its world debut in autumn at the Paris Motor Show, but until then, the company unveiled the first official image with the occasion of 10 years of "Renault Technocentre".
The future Megane will have a sporty look inspired by the new Laguna, but also by the Renault Megane Concept. It will be offered in both three and five doors and will compete with models like Ford Focus and Volkswagen Golf.
Stay tuned, more details will follow.
Renault launched a mini web site for the future Laguna Coupe that announced that the car will be launched in 26 hours (Saturday 24th may, at 7:00 PM, GMT+1 ). The Laguna Coupe will make its official public debut in autumn at the Paris Motor Show.
The Laguna Coupe was first launched as a concept car last year at the Frankfurt Motor Show.
The concept version was powered by a 2,993cc V6 dCi engine that delivers 230-265hp and a maximum torque of 450-550Nm, depending on the version.
Sales will begin in Europe during the fourth quarter of the year.
The production version of the Laguna Coupe and the Megane 5-doors versions were caught in Australia. Both models will make their world debut in October at the Paris Motor Show.
The Laguna Coupe will most probably be offered with 2.0-liter turbocharged petrol and diesel engines generating between 140 and 201 Hp along with a top-notch 3.5-liter V6 unit.
The new Megane lets go of the current version’s weirdly styled arse for a more subtle design. However -no thanks to the heavy camouflage, that’s about all we can comment on Renault’s VW Golf adversary.
When Renault unveiled the Megane Coupe Concept at the Geneva Motor Show they announced it was a preview version of a production model that will be unveiled at a later date. Back then it was all the company said. But now, Patrick Le Quement confirmed the production version will be unveiled in autumn at the Paris Auto Show.
The difference between the old Megane and the new version is that the new one won’t be offered in the traditional hatchback version. It will have the same coupe-style design as the Volkswagen Scirocco and will offer the performances of a sporty coupe.
According to his statement the new design language previewed by the Concept shows the new orientation of Renault’s future models. The future Megane wants to be a model that will be liked by a very different and wide kind of customers.
The new design will be adopted to all the versions hatchback, sedan si coupe-cabrio, but also to an entirely new version, that is being kept secret at the moment.
Renault has chosen the 2006 Paris Motor Show to unveil Twingo Concept. Firmly grounded in a youth culture of sport, music and fashion, Twingo Concept is powered by the new turbocharged 1.2 16V TCE 100 engine. Twingo Concept boasts a host of multimedia features and a high level of equipment.
Renault has chosen to unveil Koleos Concept at the 2006 Paris Motor Show. This show car foreshadows a 4WD vehicle that Renault is due to market in the first half of 2008. The Koleos Concept car asserts its claim to the rugged and sporty world of 4WDs while featuring the roominess and comfort of a crossover. It boasts a wide range of practical functions for both everyday use and leisure.
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