Geneva Motor Show 2008

RENAULT PLACES ACCENT ON CARS WITH GENUINE CHARACTER
AND SPORTING APPEAL AT 2008 GENEVA MOTOR SHOW

  • Renault steals Geneva show limelight with four world debuts: Twingo Renaultsport, Koleos, Laguna GT with four-wheel-steer chassis honed by Renaultsport, plus awe-inspiring Mégane Coupé Concept
  • Stunning Mégane Coupé Concept stuns the show with ?dragonfly wing? doors and squat, aggressive styling. Latest Renault showcar previews future production model and continues new design language of fluid, sporty styling
  • First Renault compact 4x4 crossover, Koleos, makes world debut prior to UK launch in Summer 2008
  • Twingo Renaultsport 133 unveiled ahead of Autumn 2008 UK launch
  • GT performance version of New Laguna completes quartet of unveilings, prior to UK launch in April 2008 with 2.0 Turbo 205 and 2.0 dCi 180 engines and unique sports styling

Mégane Coupé Concept ? an expression of character and dynamism
Renault chose the Geneva Motor Show today to take the wraps off of its Mégane Coupé Concept, which previews a compact coupé to be released at a later date. Like its larger sister, Laguna Coupé Concept, which wowed the crowds in Frankfurt last October, it points to an evolution of more fluid, sportier styling from Renault.

The sleek and aggressive-looking Mégane Coupé Concept targets drivers who are not only drawn by the notion of driving pleasure but who also seek to express their personality through their car. Mégane Coupé Concept symbolises Renault's vision of what a genuine compact sports coupé should deliver, namely character and dynamism, two traits epitomised by the way in which its distinctive four-part twin doors open. With stunning looks, the show-stealer provides a taste of what?s in store with the new Mégane Coupé. With modern and intuitive equipment, the cabin is a compelling extension of the exterior's dynamic sensuality.

Mégane Coupé Concept is a compact, stylish, dynamic coupé which delivers undeniable driving pleasure, while its performance is also expressed by its modern, elegant cabin. This show car, which builds on the trend established by Laguna Coupé Concept, sees Renault inject further genuine passion into its cars.

Koleos ? The first 4x4 crossover from Renault
Also debuting in Geneva is Koleos, its first ever crossover. Ideal for escaping the everyday routine, Koleos is comfortable, easy to drive and boasts genuine off-road ability. It has been designed to be versatile, too, offering the same reassuring drive when motoring in and about town, on open roads and on motorways as it does when it is taken off the beaten track. At the same time, Koleos delivers the same standard of comfort as that expected of a hatchback, with cabin space worthy of a compact MPV. Designed by Renault, developed by Nissan and manufactured in Renault Samsung Motors' Busan plant in Korea, Koleos is the fruit of extremely close collaboration between teams from each of these Renault-Nissan Alliance brands. The launch of Koleos marks a decisive step in the brand's development, not only in Europe but across the world. The release of its first 4x4 crossover is a sure sign that Renault has the capacity to take its own authentic stance and a completely fresh approach in segments from which it has traditionally been absent. Koleos offers a unique standard of safety and comfort, a parameter that has become a recognised Renault hallmark which is not only clear for all to see but also highly affordable.

Renault Laguna GT ? New high-performance engines and Active Drive chassis, for complete driving pleasure
Stylish, expressive Laguna GT introduces the new Active Drive chassis with four-wheel steering (4WS), developed jointly by Renault and Renault Sport Technologies to yield the ultimate in driving pleasure, as regards handling, response and precision. With a choice of two exclusive high-performance engines (180 and 205hp), Laguna GT makes a sparkling entry into the select field of sport saloons. With its distinctive, sleek design, Laguna GT offers a unique combination of driving pleasure, peace of mind and affordability, backed by a three-year/100,000 mile warranty.

Twingo Renaultsport 133 ? The new entry point to the Renaultsport range
Twingo Renaultsport 133 is a high-performance, affordable entry point into the Renaultsport range. Compact proportions and sharp styling echo the Twingo Concept show car which was a star of the 2006 Paris Motor Show. The balanced, sporty handling of Twingo Renaultsport 133 combines driving enjoyment, sports performance and impeccable safety. The two Renaultsport chassis settings are offered, both featuring wider front and rear tracks. The standard ESP can be manually deactivated, ensuring the car is easy to use on a day-to-day basis while maintaining its sporty credentials. Twingo Renaultsport 133 is powered by a normally-aspirated 1.6-litre 16V engine developed by Renault Sport Technologies. The engine delivers 133hp at 6,750rpm with 160Nm of torque at 4,400rpm. The four-into-one exhaust is a technological feat, striking a perfect balance between acoustics, performance and emissions.

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