Renault At Geneva 2010: Fun Is Back On The Menu
GENEVA – March 2, 2010: As a champion and pioneer of the principle of sustainable mobility for all, Renault sees the automobile as a means for mankind to progress. In keeping with this ambition, the brand sees the Geneva Motor Show as a chance to revive the tradition of affordable cars that place the emphasis on motoring enjoyment thanks to a combination of exciting styling, performance and innovation.
At Geneva, Renault premieres two new convertible models: NewMégane Coupé-Cabriolet and Wind.
The former is the Renault’s fourth consecutive C-segment cabriolet. Its arresting looks combine the elegance of a coupé with the promise of the pleasure that goes hand-in-hand with open-top motoring. Meanwhile, Wind gives a completely new take in the world of compact roadsters. It is an inventive, fun-to-drive coupé-roadster that lends itself perfectly to everyday motoring.
The addition of GT and GT Line versions to the Mégane line-up provides the model's range with even racier, more distinctive appeal thanks to a mix of striking looks and a sporty interior, combined with a carefully-tuned chassis and a range of responsive powerplants.
Another exciting development is the extension of the Gordini 'French Touch' treatment to Clio. The smart blue livery and famous white racing stripes are now available for two Renault hot hatches, namely Twingo Gordini 133 and Clio Gordini 200.
Drive The Change: The Mobility Of Tomorrow Begins
Renault has stepped up its effort on the environmental front and chosen the Geneva Motor Show to provide hard evidence of the progress achieved by its Renault eco² programme. The brand's new baseline, Drive the Change, refers notably to its ongoing bid to reduce the ecological footprint of Renault vehicles throughout their lifecycle (production, on-road use and end-of-life).
Renault's approach is illustrated by the brand's determination to market vehicles that are both respectful of the environment and affordable to as many motorists as possible.
To achieve this, Renault is focusing its efforts on two fronts:
Renault is targeting the number one status in Europe with regard to the lowest CO2 emissions.
A Range Of Zero-Emission Vehicles From 2011
Electric vehicles represent a genuine clean-break solution when it comes to making affordable Zero-Emission mobility, when in road use, available to all and to achieving real environmental progress. The Renault-Nissan Alliance aims to become the number one producer of mass-marketed Zero-Emission vehicles.
The range of affordable, production Renault Z.E. electric vehicles will begin to be rolled out in 2011
Visitors to the Geneva Motor Show will have the opportunity to see three of the four electric concept cars which preview Renault's forthcoming range of Zero-Emission road cars and which were shown for the first time in Frankfurt in 2009.
A New Take On The Compact Convertible
The Geneva Motor Show sees Renault celebrate the world premiere of Wind, a 3.83m two-seater coupé-roadster which features a highly innovative roof opening mechanism. With its novel roof panel that pivots open swiftly, this coupé-roadster brings a completely fresh take on open-top driving.
Aimed at drivers who want a car that is not only distinctive and compact, but also convertible and practical enough for everyday use, Wind’s compact dimensions make it nimble in and around town. Crucially, it is the only car of its class to provide the same luggage space (270dm3 VDA) roof up or down.
After making its world debut at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show, Wind will go on sale in the UK during the summer.
New Mégane Coupé-Cabriolet
The Elegance Of A Coupé, And The Enjoyment Of Open-Top Motoring
New Mégane Coupé-Cabriolet rounds off the renewal of the New Mégane family in style with the introduction of the line-up's sixth body type. The newcomer's striking looks combine the elegance of a coupé with the promise of the thrills that go hand-in-hand with driving a cabriolet.
New Mégane Coupé-Cabriolet builds on the strengths that forged the success of its predecessor – including a large, folding glass roof and a raft of user-friendly equipment – yet it goes further still by offering customers:
New Mégane Coupé-Cabriolet is manufactured alongside Scenic and Grand Scenic at Renault's Douai plant in France. It consequently benefits from the experience gained since the start of the Mégane programme, including the assembly of the former-generation Mégane Coupé-Cabriolet.
New Mégane Coupé-Cabriolet will go on sale in the UK this summer.
Clio Gordini 200
One Gordini In The Slipstream Of Another…
Following last year's unveiling of Renaultsport’s pocket rocket, Twingo Gordini 133, Renault reveals its new Clio Gordini 200 at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show.
A modern interpretation of classic Gordini styling cues, the Clio Gordini 200 will appeal to the ever-growing number of drivers who are looking for an exclusive vehicle with an unmistakable French touch
Clio Gordini 200 goes on sale in the UK in late summer.
Megane Gt And Gt Line
Two New Sports Derivatives Round Off The Mégane Family
Two new sport-oriented models – Mégane GT and Mégane GT Line – add a further dash of appeal to the Mégane family. Developed with special know-how from Renault Sport Technologies, the new models are on a mission to open up the world of driving thrills and sportiness to as many motorists as possible.
Available for the Hatch, Coupé, Sport Tourer and Coupé-Cabriolet versions of Mégane, these two packages include the following special features:
The GT version – the most exclusive of the two – is only available in combination with the TCe 180 petrol engine or with the powerful, high-torque dCi 160 diesel powerplant. Also the specification includes a number of chassis components drawn from Mégane Renaultsport.
Based on the Dynamique equipment level, the GT Line version uses Mégane Coupé's sport chassis, in combination with a choice of fuel efficient, eco-friendly engines including the dCi 110 DPF (114g of CO2/km), now available with the very latest EDC (Efficient Dual Clutch) automatic dual clutch transmission.
The GT and GT Line versions of Mégane will go on sale in the UK in summer.
Renault Is Preparing For The Mobility Of Tomorrow And Is Targeting Zero Co2 Emissions
The Renault group is continuing to promote its Renault eco² environmental hallmark which reasserts the carmaker's determination to reduce the ecological footprint of its vehicles at every stage of their lifecycle (manufacture, on-road use, and end-of-life recycling). The objective is to market a range of environmentally respectful vehicles that are affordable for the majority of motorists.
Renault is targeting the number one status with regard to lowest CO2 emissions by 2015 and is focusing its efforts on two fronts:
To power its forthcoming range of electric vehicles, the Renault-Nissan Alliance is also developing a range of all-electric powertrains with outputs of between 15kW and 70kW (20hp to 95hp).
These motors will be used for the comprehensive range of Zero-Emission vehicles that are due to be launched from 2011.
A Comprehensive Range Of All-Electric Zero-Emission Vehicles From
In line with the values championed by the brand, Renault electric vehicles will offer customers a spacious interior, comfort, quality and safety. Renault is also working on the development of battery charging infrastructures which will become operational when the Renault Z.E. models are rolled out. To develop these solutions, Renault has entered into a long list of partnerships with governments, energy companies and other organisations, such as Better Place for example, so that mass-market electric vehicles can become a reality.