Renault at the 2010 Paris Show

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THURSDAY 30TH SEPTEMBER 2010

RENAULT AT THE 2010 PARIS SHOW 

  • The all-electric Renault Z.E. range
  • ‘DeZir’ and emotion
  • Changes to Laguna and Espace

 

A range of genuinely affordable all-electric vehicles

 

Renault's comprehensive line-up of electric vehicles represents a significant step forward in the world of automotive design and driving habits, as all-electric vehicles are the only solution that puts affordable zero-emission motoring within the reach of all drivers. In keeping with the brand's Renault eco² policy in favour of the environment, the mass marketing of Renault Z.E. electric vehicles stands out as decisive progress.

As announced, the prices excluding the battery of the first two vehicles in the range which will go on sale from mid-2011 will be comparable to those of their internal combustion-engined equivalents, in those countries where tax incentives are available. 

European prices for Renault Fluence Z.E. will start from:

  • Approximately €26,000 (depending on local VAT rates) in Europe excluding the battery
  • €21,300 (including VAT) in France (with the tax incentive of €5,000 deducted) excluding the battery
  • Monthly battery lease from €79 per month, including VAT 

UK pricing for Renault Kangoo Van Z.E. will start from:

  • £16,990 excluding VAT in the UK, plus a separate battery lease
  • Monthly battery lease from £59 per month excluding VAT (based on a four year, 9,000 miles per year agreement) 

The announcement of these prices coincides with the opening of reservations for Kangoo Van Z.E. in the UK.  

Renault will have two other electric vehicles on display: Twizy and ZOE Preview which provide a realistic indication of the design of the production versions due to go on sale in the UK in 2012, alongside Fluence Z.E.. 

In keeping with its longstanding philosophy, all of Renault's electric vehicles will meet the brand's customary high standards of quality, safety, interior space and comfort.

Meanwhile, Renault is actively developing the battery charging infrastructures that will be deployed as its Renault Z.E. range of vehicles reaches the market. Indeed, the Renault-Nissan Alliance has signed a long list of partnership agreements with public bodies, energy providers and companies such as Better Place to enable the mass marketing of electric vehicles to become a reality. Some 63 such agreements have been signed to date. 

Ahead of the Renault Z.E. line-up's release from the middle of 2011, it will be possible to see models on the road. From the end of 2010 until the first production cars arrive in the middle of 2011, Renault will be providing its partners with more than 600 prototype vehicles for evaluation purposes in pilot schemes involving 10 countries. 

Styling shift 

DeZir is the first project to have been led by Laurens van den Acker and marks the beginning of a sequence of concept cars that will provide an insight into Renault's new styling vision for the future. It also lays the foundations for the brand's forthcoming vehicles’ design cues.

The DeZir concept car highlights the brand's commitment to styling which illustrates the three keywords that communicate the brand's vision, namely 'simple', 'sensuous' and 'warm'.

Indeed, DeZir's sensuous lines and bright red finish are suggestive of the passion that cars have always inspired.

Powered by an electric motor, this sports coupé combines respect for the environment with undeniable elegance.

Changes to Renault’s Laguna and Espace

The 2010 Paris Motor Show sees Renault place the spotlight on the three facets of its revised high-end line-up: 

  • Latitude – A large saloon car which places the emphasis on unprecedented travelling comfort and ride quality.
  • New Laguna – Line-up of dynamic and nimble hatchbacks and estates puts the accent on driving enjoyment. It features revised front end styling, while availability of the four-wheel steering 4Control system has been extended
  • New Espace – The industry's benchmark MPV, which delivers the same high standard of comfort for all occupants, wherever they are seated, is now available with LED lights and the latest Carminat TomTom® Live satellite navigation system. 

Renault has chosen the 2010 Paris Motor Show to give Latitude its first public showing in Europe. The accent is well and truly on comfort, since the brand's latest large family saloon packs a raft of unprecedented comfort-related equipment. The spacious cabin and outstanding soundproofing contribute to an unmistakable sense of wellbeing, while Latitude's smooth, powerful engines make even long journeys a particularly relaxing experience.

In addition to its balanced proportions and generous exterior dimensions, Latitude's front end clearly expresses power, while the rear-end styling is robust and dynamic. Latitude boasts elegant, yet assertive lines and makes wide use of proven, reliable and efficient assemblies and systems. The newcomer to Renault's high-end line-up will notably appeal to customers concerned with quality and travelling comfort in all of its forms.

Latitude will go on sale in Western Europe at the beginning of 2011. A decision on the possible UK launch of Latitude has not yet been made

New Laguna is unveiled at the 2010 Paris Motor Show with a more dynamic and assertive front end, plus even more environmentally-respectful Renault eco² engines, including the dCi 110 which emits just 120g/km of CO2.

The New Laguna range also puts its four-wheel steering 4Control system within reach of a larger number of customers. Meanwhile, features like the Carminat TomTom® Live navigation system and the Bose Sound System® combine with the model's outstanding quality, reliability and safety record to make New Renault Laguna a more attractive proposition than ever. It is due to go on sale in the UK from November. 

New Espace: Renault has chosen the 2010 Paris Motor Show to reaffirm the unique styling, specification and appeal of Espace, the only MPV to offer such a high standard of comfort, with seats that incorporate safety belts for all rear passengers. The model now comes with LED technology, while its new headlights harmonise with the striking new Pearl Blue body colour and gloss black exterior trim details.

The interior features the Carminat TomTom® Live real-time satellite navigation system, the 3D Sound by Arkamys® audio system -  complete with full connectivity (USB, jack) – and Teflon®-protected upholstery.

The combined cycle CO2 emissions of the core-range dCi 150 engine has been cut by 20g/km from 190 to 170g/km, thanks notably to work on combating friction and carefully selected gear ratios.

The 2011 Espace line-up focuses on the versions that have helped forge the model's success:

  • The lavishly equipped core-range Dynamique TomTom version comes with enveloping seats featuring extra side support and exclusive Teflon® upholstery protection, as well as a new gloss black interior trim,
  • The Initiale Lux pack continues to live up to its exclusive, high-status positioning.

Renault Espace occupants will continue to enjoy exceptional, reassuring travelling comfort in a bright, spacious cabin. 

Engine technologies and commitments in favour of the environment

Renault's aim is to stand out as a pioneer in the world of sustainable mobility for all to ensure that the automobile remains a means of freedom accessible to as many people as possible. To achieve this, Renault has set itself the target of becoming Europe's number one manufacturer in terms of low CO2 emissions in the following ways:

  • Ongoing improvements in fundamental fields such as weight optimisation, aerodynamics and friction.
  • The introduction of new technologies for internal combustion engines and conventional transmissions.
  • An unprecedented commitment to all-electric vehicles which do not release any emissions during their use on the road. 

Renault has chosen the 2010 Paris Motor Show to take the wraps off of its latest 1.6 dCi powerplant.

  • This all-new 1.6-litre diesel engine is poised to gradually replace the existing 1.9 dCi. Along with its downsized cubic capacity (16 per cent smaller than that of the 1.9 dCi), the new 1.6 dCi 130 boasts a raft of innovative technological solutions that have slashed CO2 emissions by approximately 30g/km compared with the 1.9 dCi, while fuel consumption has been reduced by more than 20 per cent. In addition to the downsizing work that has been undertaken to reduce the newcomer's cubic capacity, its package of advanced technology includes features rarely seen at this level of range, such as Stop&Start, low pressure EGR, Energy Smart Management and variable swirl.

Its performance credentials will be similar to those of its predecessor, including peak power of 96kW (130hp) and even more generous torque (320Nm) available across a broad rev-band.

The 1.6 dCi 130 is due to go on sale next spring and will initially be available under the bonnet of the Mégane line-up's MPVs. Grand Scénic 1.6 dCi 130 will return combined cycle fuel consumption of 4.5 litres/100km, equivalent to CO2 emissions of just 119g/km.

  • Renault's EDC (Efficient Dual Clutch) automatic transmission is available for Mégane family models. EDC transmission combines the comfort and ease-of-use associated with automatic transmissions with fuel consumption equivalent to that of a manual gearbox. 

As an innovative company that is close to its customers, Renault strives to make sustainable mobility available to as many motorists as possible. The Renault eco² signature is a pledge of its commitment to the environment and consists in delivering the most efficient technologies at affordable prices. Six low-emission vehicles which stand out as flagships of the Renault eco² signature are on display in Paris:

CO2 emissions

Twingo dCi 85 FAP                                   90g/km

Clio dCi 90 FAP                           90g/km

Mégane Sport Tourer dCi 110 FAP           106g/km

Grand Scénic dCi 110 FAP EDC  130g/km

Laguna dCi 110 FAP                               120g/km

Laguna dCi 150 FAP                               136g/km

 

Chic and sporting

Renault's stand at the 2010 Paris Motor Show provides an opportunity to showcase the unique expertise of Renault Sport Technologies (RST):

  • Wind Roadster, a compact coupé roadster with an innovative roof-opening mechanism,
  • Mégane Renaultsport 250., the hot hatch benchmark,
  • Mégane Coupé GT, Renault Mégane Coupé Cabriolet GT and Mégane Sport Tourer GT Line,
  • Laguna Coupé Monaco GP, featuring the 4Control chassis, as well as other specific RST developments and tuning.

Plus, of course, the first two Gordini-badged cars:

  • Twingo Gordini 133
  • Clio Gordini 200

 

Affordable technology

Last but by no means least, visitors to Renault's stand will be able to see examples of the brand's bid to make its journey-enhancing technologies affordable to as many motorists as possible:

  • The new Bose® Energy Efficient Series audio range.
  • A preview (seen on New Laguna) of the real-time functions delivered by the new Carminat TomTom® Live satellite navigation system, the first integrated sat nav with real-time connectivity at a price of €490.
  • 'Take Care by Renault' is the new signature that covers the range of features designed to enhance occupant wellbeing, and seen for the first time onboard Latitude.
  • The new Bose® Energy Efficient Series audio system is initially available for Mégane and Scénic.

 

THE RENAULT Z.E. RANGE: AFFORDABLE ELECTRIC MOTORING 

It was in 2008 that the Renault-Nissan Alliance first announced its decision to mass market zero emission vehicles[1]. Today, Renault is actively promoting the use of electric vehicles thanks to a comprehensive range of affordable Renault Z.E. models. 

RENAULT's electric vehicle product plan

Renault will begin to market electric vehicles in 2011, with plans to release four distinct models in quick succession:

  • Fluence Z.E. and Kangoo Van Z.E. are both derived from existing internal combustion-engined vehicles.  Kangoo Van Z.E. will be available in the UK from Autumn 2011.  Fluence Z.E. will be available in 2012
  • The range will be extended to include two all-new models featuring innovative styling and designed from the ground up as electric vehicles: Renault Twizy (available in early 2012) and Renault ZOE (mid-2012).  
  • This plan seeks to enable customers to find the type of vehicle they are looking for in the Renault Z.E. electric vehicle range. Indeed, these four models – a city car, a hatchback, a family saloon and a small van – cover the needs of the vast majority of European motorists. 

An innovative, economical formula

To ensure that its electric vehicles are readily affordable, Renault has developed an innovative scheme whereby ownership of the vehicle and the battery will be distinct for the first time. In addition to buying or leasing their new vehicle, customers will take out a subscription covering the rental of a high-performance lithium-ion battery and a range of new mobility services designed to make life easier for them.

This one-stop shop approach will permit buyers to cover their finance and insurance requirements, as well as the acquisition of a Wall-Box battery charging station for their home.

A purchase price comparable with that of an internal combustion-engined vehicle (with tax incentives deducted) 

As announced, and taking tax incentives into account, the cost of Renault's electric vehicles will be comparable with that of a similar-sized, similarly-equipped diesel vehicle, excluding the battery.

Prices for Fluence Z.E. will start from:

  • Approximately €26,000 (depending on local VAT rates) in Europe, excluding the battery.
  • €21,300 (inclusive of VAT) in France (with tax incentive of €5,000 deducted), excluding the battery.

In the UK the Government incentive, OLEV’s Plug-in Car Grant, is only applicable to new cars

(M1 category) with specific eligibility criteria. Renault is confident that both Fluence and Zoe meet

these requirements.

Prices for Renault Kangoo Van Z.E. will start from:

  • £16,990 excluding VAT and the separate battery lease. 

A monthly lease covering battery rental

A monthly lease on top of the purchase price will be payable to cover battery rental and associated services. For example:

  • Fluence Z.E.: €79/month (including VAT) for an annual plan of 6,000 miles.
  • Kangoo Van Z.E.: £59 per month for a four year, 9,000 miles per annum agreement 

The announcement of these prices coincides with the opening of reservations for Kangoo Van Z.E. in the UK and Fluence Z.E. in the rest of Europe. 

All Renault's electric vehicles will meet the brand's customary high standards in the fields of quality, safety, interior space and comfort.

Meanwhile, Renault is actively working with a number of partners to develop the battery charging infrastructures that will be deployed as its Renault Z.E. range of vehicles reaches the market. Indeed, the Renault-Nissan Alliance has sealed a long list of partnership agreements with public bodies, energy providers and companies such as Better Place to allow the mass marketing of electric vehicles to become a reality. 

A buy-and-drive formula 

Renault has developed three methods of charging:

  • Standard charge: This will be the most common method of charging.  The Z.E. would be charged at home or at a publically-accessible charging point.  A full charge will take between 3.5 and 8 hours, depending on model (Twizy, 3.5 hours and Kangoo Z.E., ZOE Preview and Fluence Z.E. between 6 and 8 hours).  For charging at home there are two methods:  either a connection via a Wall-Box (this protects the domestic circuit) or an EVSE (Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment) offered as an option.  The recommended option is the Wall-Box with the advantages of ergonomics, speed, load optimisation and protection of both the domestic circuit and the vehicle.

 

  • Fast charge: In emergency, when the customer needs to charge the battery quickly, they can connect via a public fast charge point.  This will give 37 miles range in less than 10 minutes or 80% battery capacity in 30 minutes.  Quickcharge will be available on ZOE Preview and, at a later date, on Fluence Z.E. and Kangoo Van Z.E..

 

  • Quickdrop battery exchange stations: In some countries, Quickdrop battery exchange stations will be available.  The customer will be able to change his depeleted battery for a fully-charged battery in just three minutes.  This scheme is currently planned in Israel and Denmark, in partnership with Better Place. Both ZOE and Fluence are equipped to operate with Quickdrop, where available.

 

Through the Renault Dealer network, customers will be reassured by ‘One-Stop Shopping’ with the ability to find solutions for purchase and financing of the vehicle, battery lease, installation of a Wall-Box at home and menu servicing.  

Range optimisation

One of the key issues when it comes to electric vehicles is range optimisation, which includes providing drivers with clear, predictable range-related data. Models in the Renault Z.E. range will be equipped with a Human Machine Interface (HMI) developed specifically to inform drivers about the state of charge of their battery and the remaining distance that they will be able to cover on that charge:

- A gauge indicates the battery's charge level.

- An econometer informs drivers about their real-time energy consumption by means of a new colour-coded system: light blue to depict 'normal' vehicle use, dark blue for optimal use and red to warn of excessive energy consumption likely to rapidly jeopardise vehicle range.

- A trip computer adapted to the needs of electric vehicles, indicating remaining range, average and real-time energy consumption, and remaining power supply (kWh).

- The Carminat TomTom® smart navigation system takes range-related data into account and permanently displays the location of the nearest Quickdrop or battery charging station.

The recovery of braking energy will also feature in the Renault Z.E. range, with a system that takes its inspiration from the KERS (Kinetic Energy Recovery System) seen in Formula 1. Under deceleration, kinetic energy is recovered and stored in the battery. 

A full-scale fleet of test vehicles 

Ahead of the Renault Z.E. line-up's release from the middle of 2011, it will be possible to catch a glimpse of models from the range on the road.

As part of the build-up to the launch of its electric vehicle range, Renault has organised an unprecedented test programme with a large fleet of cars.

From the end of 2010 until the first production cars reach the market in the middle of 2011, Renault will provide its partners participating in the operation with more than 600 prototype vehicles for evaluation purposes in real-world conditions. These pilot schemes will involve 10 countries and the vehicles are expected to clock up several hundred thousand kilometres in total.

In addition to making this fleet of Renault vehicles available, the operation will require the deployment of the necessary battery charging infrastructures in the geographical areas concerned. This is being undertaken in association with all the participating players, from local authorities and energy providers to equipment suppliers and large fleet operators. 

Each scheme will be tasked with a number of objectives aimed at evaluating both the vehicles and their 'eco-system':

  • The testing of electric vehicles in real-world conditions by demanding fleet operators with a view to collecting their observations.
  • An evaluation of how customers use their vehicles in real-world situations.
  • An appraisal of the technical solutions employed for charging batteries (standard charge, fast charge stations, usage, frequency, duration, etc.).
  • An evaluation of the economic models associated with electric vehicles.

The operation will permit Renault and its partners to evaluate technical solutions and economic models in real-world situations with a view to optimising their respective preparations for the large-scale availability of electric vehicles. 

KANGOO VAN Z.E.: THE AFFORDABLE ELECTRIC VAN, WITH PRICES STARTING FROM £16,990 

  • Kangoo Van Z.E. is due to go on sale in the UK from Autumn 2011, starting from £16,990 excluding VAT plus a separate battery lease
  • Monthly subscriptions covering battery rental will be available from £59 excluding VAT
  • Kangoo Van Z.E. is the market's first mass-produced small 100% electric van.
  • Kangoo Van Z.E. boasts the same carrying capacity as the internal combustion-engined version. 

Renault has chosen the 2010 Paris Motor Show to introduce the definitive version of its new small electric van, Kangoo Van Z.E.. It will be available for sale in the UK from £16,990 excluding VAT and a monthly battery lease. 

Customers will also subscribe to a monthly subscription for the battery starting from £59 (excluding VAT). Kangoo Z.E..'s total cost of usage (incorporating battery rental, battery charging and servicing) will be competitive, particularly taking into account the benefits of 100% write-down and zero Congestion Charge (where appropriate). 

The announcement of these prices coincides with the opening of UK reservations for Kangoo Van Z.E.. 

Kangoo Van Z.E. is a compact light commercial vehicle aimed at business users, mainly for use in built-up areas and suburbs. Its length is 4.21 metres, while its carrying capacity ranges from 3 to 3.5dm3 (identical to that of the internal combustion-engined version), with a payload of 650kg. Kangoo Van Z.E.'s asymmetric hinged rear doors and sliding side door provide easy access to the cargo area. 

Kangoo Van Z.E. features the same overall design as the internal combustion-engined version, but the fact that it is powered by an electric motor is revealed by the chrome 'Z.E.' badge at the rear and the absence of an exhaust.  Kangoo Van Z.E. is charged via a socket located behind the flap next to the offside headlamp. Using an ordinary mains supply (220V 16A), the battery charges completely in between six and eight hours (depending on available power), a method perfectly suited to vehicles that are parked up overnight or during the day at the workplace. 

The NEDC combined cycle operating range of Kangoo Van Z.E. is 100 miles One of the key issues when it comes to electric vehicles is optimising their range, and Renault has sought to make this as efficient and straightforward as possible. The dashboard of Kangoo Van Z.E. features a Human Machine Interface (HMI) designed specifically to keep drivers informed about the distance they can travel on the remaining battery charge. A number of new functions are available to spare energy while the vehicle is on the road, including a system that permits the vehicle to be pre-heated or pre-cooled while the battery is being charged. 

Kangoo Van Z.E. is powered by a 44kW (70hp) electric motor which revs to 10,500rpm, with maximum torque of 226Nm instantly available. Energy is provided by a 22kWh lithium-ion battery. Mid-range acceleration and pull-away from low speeds are particularly responsive. This electric motor is vibration-free and very quiet, and there is no need to change gear, making driving Kangoo Van Z.E. a whole new motoring experience. 

Kangoo Van Z.E. will come with the same choice of colours as existing versions, and customers will also be able to specify their own corporate colours. The electric version will be manufactured at Renault's MCA de Maubeuge plant, in France, on the same lines as those employed for the internal combustion-engined Kangoo Van. 

 

        RENAULT KANGOO VAN Z.E. – Technical Specification

 

DIMENSIONS

Length (mm)

4,213

Width (with/without exterior mirror) (mm)

1,829/2,133

Height (unladen) (mm)

1,818

Wheelbase (mm)

2,697

Front/rear track (mm)

1,522/1,536

Ground clearance (unladen/laden) (mm)

186/143

Weight (kg)

1,410

Carrying capacity (m3)

Between 3 and 3.5

Payload (kg)

650

Number of seats

2

MOTOR

Electric motor

Synchronous with rotor coil

Power (kW/hp)

44/60

Maximum revs (rpm)

10,500

Torque (Nm)

226

Transmission

Direct drive with reducer

Battery

Lithium-ion

Battery capacity (kWh)

22

BATTERY

Type

Lithium-ion

Capacity (kWh)

22

STEERING

 

Power steering

Electric, variable rate

 

PERFORMANCE

Range (NEDC combined cycle)

100 miles

Top speed (electronically limited)

81 mph

       

 

RENAULT FLUENCE Z.E.: A STATUS-ENHANCING, HIGH-TECH, ENVIRONMENTALLY-RESPECTFUL SALOON COSTING FROM €26,000 

  • Fluence Z.E. is due to go on sale in Europe from mid-2011 at a price of approximately €26,000 (depending on the local VAT rate). Prices in France will start from €21,300 with the available €5,000 tax incentive deducted. Right hand drive versions will be launched in the UK in second half of 2012
  • Fluence Z.E. is the market's first mass-produced electric saloon car
  • Its comfortable cabin is as spacious as that of the internal combustion-engined version
  • This status-enhancing model targets private motorists and fleet operators alike 

The 2010 Paris Motor Show sees Renault reveal the definitive version of its electrically powered, Fluence Z.E. saloon which will go on sale in Europe from mid-2011. European ordering opens from 30th September.  Prices will be between €21,300 and €26,000, depending on the local VAT rate and available tax incentive packages, excluding battery.  

Fluence Z.E. will sell in certain countries at prices similar to those of comparably powerful diesel versions of Fluence with the same equipment level. In France, for example, prices will start from €21,300 (with the €5,000 tax incentive deducted). From launch, Fluence Z.E. will come in a choice of two equipment levels.

Customers will also subscribe to a monthly lease starting from €79 (including VAT) to cover the battery.   

Fluence Z.E. is a status-enhancing, environmentally respectful, technologically-advanced car that targets private motorists and fleet operators looking for a spacious, comfortable vehicle.

The electric version of Fluence (4.75 metres) is 13cm longer than its internal combustion engined counterpart, and the rear has been entirely redesigned to accommodate the battery behind the rear seats without encroaching on the model's 300dm3 of boot space (VDA/ISO).

The space enjoyed by Fluence Z.E.'s occupants is worthy of that of a saloon car from the next segment up, including best-in-class front and rear elbowroom (1,480mm and 1,475mm respectively).

Fluence Z.E.'s cabin carries over all the features found inside the internal combustion-engined version, although the dashboard has been revised to incorporate specific electric vehicle instruments. These include a special gauge which provides information concerning the vehicle's range and battery charge, instead of the more familiar rev-counter.

Fluence Z.E. is equipped with a raft of useful technologies, including an integrated smart satellite navigation system, Bluetooth® telephony, automatic dual-zone climate control and automatic headlight and windscreen-wiper activation. 

The NEDC combined cycle operating range of Renault Fluence Z.E. is 100 miles. One of the key issues when it comes to electric vehicles is the optimisation of their range, and Renault has sought to make this as efficient and straightforward as possible. The dashboard of Fluence Z.E. features a Human Machine Interface (HMI) designed specifically to inform drivers about the distance they can travel on the battery's remaining charge. A number of new functions are also available to spare energy while the vehicle is on the road, including a system that permits it to be pre-heated or pre-cooled when the battery is being charged. 

Fluence Z.E. is powered by a 70kW (95hp) electric motor which revs to 11,000rpm, with maximum torque of 226Nm instantly available. Mid-range acceleration and pull-away from low speeds are particularly responsive. This electric motor is vibration-free and very quiet, and there is no need to change gear, making driving Fluence Z.E. a whole new motoring experience. Top speed has been intentionally limited to  84 mph.

Energy is provided by a 22kWh lithium-ion battery that can be charged in one of two ways:

  • Standard charge:  This will be the most common method of charging.  The Z.E. would be charged at home or at a publically-accessible charging point.  A full charge will take between 3.5 and 8 hours, depending on model (Twizy, 3.5 hours and Kangoo Z.E., ZOE Preview and Fluence Z.E. between 6 and 8 hours).  For charging at home there are two methods:  either a connection via a Wall-Box (this protects the domestic circuit) or an EVSE (Electric Vehcile Supply Equipment) offered as an option.  The recommended option is the Wall-Box with the advantages of ergonomics, speed, load optimisation and protection of both the domestic circuit and the vehicle
  • Quickdrop battery exchange stations: In some countries, Quickdrop battery exchange stations will be available.  The customer will be able to change his depeleted battery for a fully-charged battery in just three minutes.  This scheme is currently planned in Israel and Denmark, in partnership with Better Place.. 

From launch, Fluence Z.E. will be available in a choice of seven non-metallic or special effect finishes.   

The model will be manufactured at Renault's plant in Bursa, Turkey, on the same production lines as those employed for the internal combustion-engined version of Fluence.

RENAULT FLUENCE Z.E. – Technical Specification

         

DIMENSIONS

Length (mm)

4,748

Width (mm)

1,813

Height (mm)

1,458

Wheelbase (mm)

2,701

Front/rear track (mm)

1,537/1,555

Front/rear overhang (mm)

907/1,140

Weight (kg)

1,543

Standard tyres

205/55 R16

MOTOR

Type

Electric, synchronous motor with rotor coil

Transmission

Direct drive with reducer and forward/reverse inverter

Maximum power EEC (kW/hp)

70/95

Maximum torque EEC (Nm)

226

BATTERY

Type

Lithium-ion

STEERING

Power steering

Electric, variable rate

PERFORMANCE

NEDC combined cycle range

100 miles

Top speed (electronically limited)

84 mph

TWIZY: A NIMBLE, PRACTICAL ELECTRIC VEHICLE FOR A FRESH APPROACH TO CITY MOTORING 

Renault has chosen the 2010 Paris Motor Show to unveil the definitive version of Renault Twizy, a model that ingeniously illustrates Renault's new 'Drive the Change' brand signature. Twizy stands out as a particularly innovative answer to urban motoring: 

  • Thanks to its innovative concept, assertive character and ultra-compact footprint, Twizy is sure to appeal to active city dwellers looking for a stylish yet particularly practical vehicle.  
  • It is nimbler than a conventional car, while its acceleration in urban and suburban traffic is comparable to that of a scooter. Twizy offers the driver and passenger – seated one behind the other – protective bodywork, plus the reassuring road holding and braking ability of a four-wheeled vehicle. 
  • Twizy is an all-electric vehicle, so it doesn't produce any emissions during its use on the road. It is powered by a 15kW (20hp) motor developing 57Nm of torque and delivers all the advantages associated with electric mobility, including a silent ride, smooth acceleration and the immediate availability of maximum torque.  

The liveries of the examples displayed on Renault's stand at the Paris Motor Show feature graphic designs conceived by Renault Design to serve as examples of the model's scope for customisation that is sure to appeal to Twizy owners. 

Along with Renault Fluence Z.E. and Renault Kangoo Van Z.E., Twizy will be the third model in the Renault Z.E. electric vehicle family to be introduced. It is scheduled for release in the UK in early 2012. 

It is already possible to place pre-orders for Renault Twizy at www.renault-ze.com

Twizy will be manufactured in Valladolid, Spain.  

 

An innovative response to the challenge of urban mobility 

A unique concept

The ultra-compact footprint of Twizy (length: 2.32 metres / width: 1.19 metres / height: 1.46 metres) is ideally suited to city motoring. Twizy will clearly appeal to busy, car-owning city dwellers looking for a second vehicle, as well as to younger drivers interested in a safe way to gain experience in traffic thanks to the availability of a version that will not require a driver's licence (depending on country).

Although its compact dimensions are likely to prompt comparisons with the world of scooters, Twizy delivers all the fundamentals associated with any car, namely four wheels, a steering wheel and pedals, plus an enveloping body for two occupants sitting in tandem, one behind the other.

A unique design

Twizy combines real character with a resolutely modern design that boasts sweeping lines, open bodywork, original gull wing doors and a full windscreen which extends over the top of the car to form a large glazed area, not to mention the model's original lighting signature.

Twizy buyers are likely to be sensitive to new design trends and will be able to customise their vehicle thanks to a wide choice of graphics available from launch. 

TWIZY CUSTOMISED BY RENAULT DESIGN AT THE PARIS SHOW

The Paris Motor Show will see Renault display three Renault Twizys sporting customised liveries conceived by Renault Design.

The graphics of Twizy Dot Dot's design place the emphasis on elegance, Twizy Circuit takes its cues from the computer-generated imagery associated with science fiction films, and Renault Twizy Totem combines high-energy colours with tribal forms.

Nine other examples will be visible in virtual form, and visitors to Renault's stand at the Paris Motor Show (or to www.renault-ze.com) will be invited to vote for the customised Twizy they prefer from the 12 creations proposed by Renault Design.

The design which receives the highest number of votes will serve as inspiration for a limited edition version that will go on sale in 2011. 

As nimble and practical as a scooter, with far superior occupant protection 

Twizy's nimble handling makes it ideal for motoring in and about town. Thanks to its extremely compact footprint and a turning circle of just 3.4 metres, Twizy has no trouble finding parking space in built-up areas where micro city cars give up and look elsewhere.

Twizy's motor delivers maximum torque (57Nm; four times that of a three-wheeled 125cc scooter) the instant it is switched on. Renault Twizy consequently accelerates crisply from standstill and performs briskly in traffic. A top speed of 47mph also ensures that Twizy is at home in suburban traffic and on busy ring roads, etc. In some countries, a version limited to 28 mph will be available. 

A particularly practical solution:

- Twizy's enveloping body and side deflectors combine the enjoyment of open-air motoring with protection from the elements. Additional lower door panels are available to provide even more effective shielding against wind and rain.

- The amount of in-car stowage space is ideally suited to the needs of owners travelling to and from work, or to and from the shops. A 31-litre lockable cubby – ideal for a briefcase or limited shopping – is readily accessible underneath the rear seat. The capacity of this locker can easily be increased to 55 litres. There are also three litres of stowage space either side of the steering wheel. 

Easy to drive:

- Driving Twizy is a different, yet enjoyable and intuitive experience. Acceleration is smooth, torque is instantly available and the motor is particularly quiet.

- Dashboard information includes an econometer and a range gauge. Both are very clear and ensure that drivers feel immediately at home behind the wheel. 

Twizy provides a standard of safety performance superior to that of a scooter.

Twizy's bodywork, for example, is far more visible in traffic to other road users. In the case of a head-on collision, both occupants are protected by a deformable structure, while the outboard position of the four wheels and the lateral beams located either side of the chassis provide protection should the vehicle be involved in a side-on impact. The safety retention systems include a driver's airbag, a four-point harness at the front and a three-point safety belt at the rear. Also, since Twizy's occupants are protected and held in place, they are under no legal requirement to wear any sort of protective gear (crash helmet, protective clothing, etc.). Thanks to its four-wheeled chassis and extremely low centre of gravity, Twizy delivers a reassuringly stable ride, while disc brakes all-round ensure precise, efficient stopping power.  

An all-electric vehicle for zero-emission motoring (during road use) 

Renault Twizy's carefully honed weight – 450kg, including batteries (100kg) – is directly beneficial to its range which stands at 60 miles (combined cycle). Its battery is also particularly easy to charge thanks to an extendable spiral cable stored beneath a flap at the front of the vehicle. Thanks to an integrated charger, this cable is also compatible with roadside battery charging facilities. An adapter permits this cable to be plugged into any 220V 10A household electrical supply.

The battery fully charges in three-and-a-half hours. 

Twizy will go on sale in Europe at the end of 2011 with a price tag similar to that of a three-wheeled scooter. For the UK, launch is planned for the first quarter of 2012. Like the other models that make up the Renault Z.E. range, customers will be able to take out a monthly subscription to cover battery rental and associated services.  

Pre-orders for Renault Twizy can be registered at www.renault-ze.com

 

RENAULT TWIZY – Technical Specification

 

DIMENSIONS

Standard rims (inches)

13

Length (mm)

2,320

Width (mm)

1,191

Height (mm)

1,461

Wheelbase (mm)

1,684

Front/rear track (mm)

1,050/1,036

Front/rear overhang (mm)

292/345

Kerb weight (kg)

450 (with 100kg battery)

Standard tyres (front/rear)

125x80 R13 / 145x80 R13

MOTOR

Type

Electric

Transmission

Direct drive with reducer and forward/reverse inverter

Maximum continuous power (EEC)

(45kph version/75kph version)

4kW (5hp)/8kW (10hp)

Maximum peak power (EEC)

(45kph version/75kph version)

7kW (9hp)/15kW (20hp)

Maximum torque EEC (Nm)

57

BATTERY

Type

Lithium-ion

NEDC combined cycle range

60 miles

PERFORMANCE

Top speed

47 mph

     

ZOE PREVIEW: THE RELAXING, ZERO-EMISSION1 EVERYDAY CAR

 

ZOE Preview provides a realistic glimpse of the forthcoming mass-market Renault electric car of the same name.

  • A Clio-sized car featuring Renault's new brand identity, including the new front-end signature.
  • ZOE Preview benefits fully from Renault's electric vehicle expertise:
  • It combines specific electric vehicle features (fully-integrated battery, compact motor) with range management and optimisation aids
  • It packs everything expected of a B-segment car, including a roomy interior, a spacious boot, manoeuvrable handling in built-up areas, reassuring road holding when motoring out of town and, of course, attractive looks.

 

  • ZOE Preview's equipment package is tailored to pamper its occupants:
  • A climate control system incorporating humidity level adjustment,
  • A toxicity sensor for cleaner cabin air,
  • An active relaxing or stimulating scent diffuser,
  • Light therapy thanks to light emitted by the central display screen.

 

ZOE Preview's fluid, sensuous lines demonstrate that electric cars can not only be attractive but that they can also be enjoyable daily drivers. The vehicle on display at the Paris Motor Show is a near-definitive representation (90 per cent) of the vehicle that will be manufactured at Renault's Flins plant, France. Its launch is scheduled for 2012. 

Electrifying looks 

ZOE Preview is evidence that 'zero-emission' cars can combine sensuous, reassuring, sculpted styling with the promise of real driving enjoyment.

The forward position of its windscreen and the teardrop form of its rear end emphasise the impression of fluidity, while its specific electric-car architecture permit a blunt bonnet and an intake-free front-end which contribute to its compact footprint and efficient aerodynamics.

It stands at just 4.10 metres in length and is powered by a 60kW (80hp) motor with torque of 222Nm that enables it to zip silently through city traffic. ZOE Preview is also ideal for out-of-town journeys thanks to its 19-inch wheels and reassuring, profiled flanks.

 

[1] Zero emissions during road use, excluding wear parts 

 

ZOE Preview's battery can be charged in one of three ways:

 

  • Standard charge:  This will be the most common method of charging.  The Z.E. would be charged at home or at a publically-accessible charging point.  A full charge will take between 3.5 and 8 hours, depending on model (Twizy, 3.5 hours and Kangoo Z.E., ZOE Preview and Fluence Z.E. between 6 and 8 hours).  For charging at home there are two methods:  either a connection via a Wall-Box (this protects the domestic circuit) or an EVSE (Electric Vehcile Supply Equipment) offered as an option.  The recommended option is the Wall-Box with the advantages of ergonomics, speed, load optimisation and protection of both the domestic circuit and the vehicle.

 

  • Fast charge: In emergency, when the customer needs to charge the battery quickly, they can connect via a public fast charge point.  This will give 37 miles range in less than 10 minutes or 80% battery capacity in 30 minutes.  Quickcharge will be available on ZOE Preview and, at a later date, on Fluence Z.E. and Kangoo Van Z.E..

 

  • Quickdrop battery exchange stations: In some countries, Quickdrop battery exchange stations will be available.  The customer will be able to change his depeleted battery for a fully-charged battery in just three minutes.  This scheme is currently planned in Israel and Denmark, in partnership with Better Place.

 

 

A 'Spa Car' for the ultimate relaxing ride

 

ZOE Preview's equipment package is geared to ensuring the wellbeing of its occupants:

  • Skin hydration: conventional air conditioning systems can have a dehydrating effect on skin during longer journeys, but ZOE Preview's smart climate control system automatically adjusts the humidity level inside the car to optimise the comfort of its occupants.
  • Detox effect: a toxicity sensor monitors air quality and automatically closes the air vents if necessary. Harmful substances are trapped in the cabin filter to ensure that cabin air stays clean at all times.
  • Stimulating or relaxing scent diffuser: an electric system actively releases different scents depending on the needs of the moment (e.g. a relaxing fragrance during the drive home from work or, on the contrary, a scent to stimulate driver vigilance when travelling at night).

This triple-effect system has been developed in association with Biotherm®, the skin biology brand of L'Oréal's Luxury Products Division. 

  • Audio ambience: special music has been selected in partnership with specialist agency Creative Diffusion, which is associated with Qwartz (International New Music Awards), to harmonise the audio and relaxing experience inside the car.
  • Light therapy: the central screen exudes a light that stimulates the energy of occupants and further enhances the impression of wellbeing. This feature forms part of a joint-project with the world-renowned light therapy specialist, Philips.

 

Renault ZOE Preview – Technical Specification

 

 

DIMENSIONS

 

Standard rims (inches)

7 J 19

 

Length (mm)

4,086

 

Width (mm)

1,788

 

Height (mm)

1,540

 

Wheelbase (mm)

2,575

 

Front track (mm)

1,578

 

Rear track (mm)

1,578

 

Front overhang (mm)

815

 

Rear overhang (mm)

696

 

Kerb weight (kg)

1,392

 

Tyres

Specific Michelin tyres

205/45R19 (1)

 

Boot volume (dm3) (VDA)

292

 

MOTOR

 

Type

Electric

 

Transmission

Direct drive with reducer and forward/reverse inverter

 

Power EEC (kW/hp)

60/80

 

Torque EEC (Nm)

222

 

BATTERY

 

Type

Lithium-ion

 

NEDC combined cycle range

100 miles

 

STEERING AND BRAKES

 

Power steering

Electric, variable rate

 

Turning circle (between kerbs) (m)

10.35

 

Parking brake

Electric

PERFORMANCE

Aerodynamic coefficient (CdA)

0.29

Top speed

84 mph

0-62 mph (s)

8.1

       

 

(1) The Michelin tyres are specific to the car. They contribute to optimising the vehicle's range and TCU (Total Cost of Usage) and were developed specifically for ZOE within the framework of the joint-innovation contract signed by Renault and Michelin.

 

 

 

 

STYLING SHIFT: FROM DEZIR TO REALITY

 

DeZir is the first project to have been led by Laurens van den Acker and marks the beginning of a sequence of concept cars that will provide an insight into Renault's new styling vision for the future. It also lays the foundations for the design cues of the brand's forthcoming vehicles.

The DeZir concept car illustrates the brand's commitment to styling which illustrates the three keywords that communicate the brand's vision, namely 'simple', 'sensuous' and 'warm'.

Indeed, DeZir's sensuous lines and bright red finish are suggestive of the passion that cars have always inspired.

Powered by an electric motor, this sports coupé combines respect for the environment with undeniable elegance.

Renault DeZir: the first illustration of Renault's new styling vision for the future

 

Under the leadership of Laurens van den Acker, Renault Design took its inspiration from the brand's new signature 'Drive the Change!' to explore the brand's styling roots and convey a more emotional dimension. 

Behind the beauty, an electric car

The 'Z' in the name DeZir is a direct reference to Renault's Z.E. signature, and several features of its design are suggestive of two qualities readily associated with electric mobility, namely advanced technology and light weight.

To provide rhythm and balance to the overall package, its smooth, fluid skin contrasts with the ripple effect employed for the aluminium side panels, roof and headlight 'eyelids'. 

DeZir's front end features a full-width air-intake that strikes out either side of a large, vertically-positioned Renault logo which proudly asserts the car's pedigree. Meanwhile, the chrome finish of the diamond contrasts with the dark aspect of the grille to express the statement still further.

The headlights take the form of backlit prisms, which make them a highly graphic feature. The front-end design provides a glimpse of the new front-end identity which is poised to become a feature of all Renault models in the future. 

Rear lighting is provided by an illuminated, seemingly floating strip that extends across the full width of the car. The Renault logo is highlighted by backlighting through the fins of the grille and consequently appears to hover in the middle of this space. 

The interior design also suggests lightness. The forms are soft and light, and the predominant colour is white, although there are also echoes of the same passion red used for the exterior. The materials employed for the interior, like the senses they awaken, are precious, with white leather upholstery and trimming for the seats, dashboard and floor, along with a red lacquered finish for the console and accessories.

The one-piece, two-seater front benchseat provides cocoon-like comfort and comprises a number of interlocking elements trimmed in white leather, with a quilted pattern on the passenger's side, and a contrasting uniform finish on the driver's side, as if to suggest an inexorable attraction between the two. 

The interior styling takes its inspiration from the idea of an amorous encounter and is based on a coming together of opposites.

The cockpit-style driver's environment contrasts with the ethereal lightness of the dashboard and the sensuous feel of the white leather bench seat that seems to float on a red-hued bed of light which, once again, symbolises passion. This lighting gently pulses to a rhythm suggestive of a beating heart.

The dashboard visually mirrors the sensations felt at the wheel by means of a graphic display of data received from the accelerometer and speed sensors. The central touch screen display incorporates a smart navigation system that synchronises journey information with the driver's diary in order to optimise task management and itineraries.

Special software provides drivers with a real-time indication of their energy management ability via a fun interface incorporated in the dashboard that uses video-game style graphics. 

An electric beauty

Renault DeZir is powered by an electric motor mounted in a mid-rear position to optimize weight distribution over the front and rear wheels. The vertically-mounted 24kWh lithium-ion battery is located behind the benchseat and provides the car with a range of 100 miles. 

The basic motor is the same as the unit used for Renault's production electric cars, although an evolution has enabled its power and torque to be uprated to 110kW (150hp) and 226Nm respectively. 

In order to optimise range and dynamic performance, Renault Design's technical teams have kept DeZir's weight to a minimum: its body is made from Kevlar®, while its tubular steel frame is similar to that employed for the Mégane Trophy race car.

DeZir's suspension also shares certain features with that of Mégane Trophy – including a double wishbone arrangement – to deliver a particularly high standard of handling precision. 

DeZir's aerodynamics have been carefully honed, too, thanks to full underbody fairing and a rear diffuser. The result of this work is a drag coefficient (Cd) of 0.25, plus outstanding acceleration, with DeZir capable of accelerating from rest to 30mph in a mere two seconds.

DeZir's energy efficiency package also includes the recovery of braking energy. The technology it employs is based on the same principles as the KERS (Kinetic Energy Recovery System) seen in Formula 1. When the car decelerates, kinetic energy is recovered and stored in the battery. As is the case in F1, this energy can then be employed by the driver to provide a temporary power boost thanks to a button located on the steering wheel.

Renault DeZir – Technical Specification

 

DIMENSIONS

 

 

Standard rims (inches)

21

 

Length (mm)

4,225

 

Width (mm)

1,968

 

Height (mm)

1,163

 

Height with doors open (mm)

2,256

 

Width with doors open (mm)

2,682

 

Ground clearance (laden) (mm)

110

 

Wheelbase (mm)

2,582

 

Front track (mm)

1,600

 

Rear track (mm)

1,705

 

Kerb weight (kg)

830

 

Tyres

245/35 R 21

MOTOR

 

Type

Electric

 

Maximum power EEC (kW/hp)

110/150

 

Maximum torque EEC(Nm)

226

 

BATTERY

 

Type

Lithium-ion

 

Range 

100 miles

 

BRAKES – STEERING

 

Ventilated brake discs - diameter (mm)

356 (front and rear)

 

Callipers

Six pistons (front and rear)

 

Power steering

Electric, variable rate

 

CHASSIS – DRIVE

 

Transmission

Direct drive with reducer and forward/reverse inverter

 

Drive

Rear-wheel drive, with active electric differential

 

Chassis

Tubular steel frame

 

PERFORMANCE

 

Aerodynamic coefficient (CdA)

0.25

 

Top speed

112 mph

 

0-62 mph (s)

5

 

0-30 mph (s)

2

 

         

 

 DeZir was developed in association with G. Studio (body), DuPont (Kevlar® body), Michelin (tyres) and IRCAM (acoustics).

 

SUPERIOR TRAVELLING COMFORT AND DYNAMIC PERFORMANCE FOR RENAULT'S HIGH-END MODELS 

The 2010 Paris Motor Show sees Renault spotlight the three principal facets of its high-end line-up which has been significantly renewed: 

  • Latitude: a large saloon car which places the emphasis on travelling comfort, ride quality and an unprecedented impression of wellbeing.

 

  • New Laguna: the New Laguna line-up of dynamic yet nimble saloons and estates puts the accent on driving enjoyment. It features revised front-end styling, while the four-wheel steering 4Control system is now available to a much broader clientele.

 

  • New Espace: the industry's benchmark MPV – which delivers the same high standard of comfort for all occupants wherever they are seated – is now available with LED lights and the latest Carminat TomTom® Live satellite navigation system. 

 

LATITUDE: THE FIRST CLASS TRAVELLING EXPERIENCE 

Renault has chosen the 2010 Paris Motor Show to give its latest large family saloon its first public airing in Europe. The accent is well and truly on travelling comfort, since Renault Latitude packs a raft of unprecedented journey-enhancing equipment. The spacious cabin and outstanding soundproofing contribute to an unmistakable sense of wellbeing, while Renault Latitude's smooth, powerful engines make longer drives a particularly relaxing experience.

In addition to its nicely balanced proportions and generous exterior dimensions, Renault Latitude's front end clearly expresses power, while the rear-end styling is robust and dynamic. Renault Latitude boasts elegant yet assertive lines and makes wide use of proven, reliable and efficient assemblies and systems. The newcomer to Renault's high-end line-up will notably appeal to customers who are attentive to quality and travelling comfort in all its forms.

Renault Latitude goes on sale in western Europe at the beginning of 2011.  No decision has yet been made for a UK launch.

 

Status-enhancing exterior dimensions for outstanding travelling comfort:

®Length: 4.897m / Width: 1.832m / Height: 1.483m / Wheelbase: 2.762m,

®Boot volume (VDA/ISO): 511dm3 (477dm3 with spare wheel),

®Superior interior space, including elbowroom of 1.46m and 1.44m at the front and rear respectively, plus 25.1cm of kneeroom for rear occupants, 

®Generous stowage space throughout the cabin, including a chilled, lit 9.6-litre glovebox and 2.4 litres of storage in the centre console.

 

A range of exclusive, high-end features for the wellbeing of occupants:

®Automatic triple-zone climate control with a unique air purification system (dual-mode air ioniser and double scent diffuser),

®Four-mode massage driver's seat,

®Hands-free entry and ignition, with automatically locking doors as the card-holder walks away from the vehicle,

®A choice of two integrated navigation systems: Carminat TomTom® Live and Carminat DVD,

®A choice of audio systems, with the core-range 3D Sound by Arkamys® system or the high-end Renault Bose® Sound System.

®Bluetooth® telephony and Plug & Music digital connectivity,

®Bi-Xenon cornering headlights,

®Front and rear parking proximity sensors, plus reversing camera.

 

A carefully-engineered blend of comfort and on-road performance, plus a choice of powerful yet economical engines:

®An efficient chassis with a multi-link rear suspension arrangement for enhanced ride comfort and driving pleasure,

®A choice of one petrol and three diesel engines in Europe (including the V6 dCi), all mated to either a manual six-speed gearbox or six-speed automatic transmission. 

 

Rigorously designed to satisfy the most exacting customers:

®Outstanding active and passive safety performance thanks to Renault's unique experience in these fields (standard ABS with EBA - emergency brake assist, ESC, up to six airbags, twin side-impact sensors with dual chamber airbags, pretensioners and load limiters for the three-point seat belts, cruise control, speed limiter and tyre pressure monitoring system),

®Proven reliability and durability thanks to the engineering expertise of the Renault-Nissan Alliance. Latitude successfully underwent an extensive endurance test programme in the different extreme conditions it promises to encounter in many of the markets where it will be sold.

 

Latitude: big on the outside, and big inside too 

Latitude's generous exterior dimensions (length: 4.897m / width: 1.832m / height: 1.483m) clearly position the newcomer in the large saloon segment. Its elegant looks are enhanced by a number of chrome details, including the sweeping arc that frames the glazed areas. The lines of Renault's latest saloon model contribute significantly to the impression of status it exudes. Its proportions are balanced, too, with a wheelbase of 2.762m and front and rear overhangs of 1.035m and 1.100m respectively. Occupants benefit from a particularly spacious cabin, with rear passengers enjoying a remarkable 25cm of kneeroom.

Outside, the bi-Xenon cornering headlights sit either side of a chrome grille. The vehicle's distinctly modern styling cues continue with the rear lighting signature which employs a blend of LED and conventional technologies. The vast electric panoramic glass sunroof provides a brightly-lit cabin, while its gloss black finish elegantly prolongs the sweep of the windscreen to the rear window. 

The careful attention paid to the fit-and-finish of body panels and to the choice of materials exudes an unmistakable impression of strength and quality. 

As the driver opens the door, the back-lit instruments gradually light up to welcome him or her onboard. The spacious cabin is extensively equipped and the luxurious dashboard (which has a specific design in the case of versions sold in Europe) sets the tone through the refined materials it employs and through its harmonious lines. All the driver aid and travelling comfort controls fall readily to hand and are clustered either around the steering wheel or on the broad centre console.

Significant care has also been paid to the quality and finish of the interior. Depending on version, the cabin is enhanced by numerous chrome details, including the door handles, instrument bezels and gear lever knob, while a choice of light or dark leather upholstery is available. The same attention has been paid to the trim itself in order to obtain distinct ambiances for the different equipment levels, allowing customers to choose between an elegant, light-hued interior which places the accent on the wellbeing of occupants, or a darker trim.

The uncluttered forms of the boot ensure segment-leading carrying space of 511 litres (477 litres when a spare wheel is specified). 

 

Taking the strain out of longer-haul journeys

 

Premium comfort for a uniquely relaxing experience

A great deal of careful thought went into the quiet and comfortable cabin to provide the driver and passengers with a reassuringly peaceful ride. Indeed, the driver benefits from several original, fully integrated, comfort-enhancing appointments.

These include a four-mode massage driver's seat (continuous, intermittent, soft and firm) which is based on a system of five pneumatic rollers underneath the upholstery. The precise, soothing action of these supple rollers up and down the driver's back helps ease the strain of longer journeys or when caught up in congested traffic. 

This feature combines with a unique air purification system which enables all occupants to benefit from the relaxing effect of Latitude's triple-zone automatic climate control system. Based on the same system that equips Laguna, it functions in conjunction with a bespoke air purification system. In addition to its air/pollen activated carbon filter and toxicity sensor, Latitude is equipped with a dual-mode air ioniser which emits negative ions. The purifying effect of this feature significantly reduces the quantity of bacteria and allergens found naturally in confined cabin air. The driver and passengers can also independently select one of the two scents exhaled by the diffuser incorporated in the dashboard. A range of interchangeable fragrance cartridges can be obtained from Renault dealerships. 

 

Take Care by Renault 

Renault Latitude marks the introduction of the new 'Take Care by Renault' signature which covers a range of unprecedented comfort-enhancing features:

  • Healthy cabin air thanks to an air purification package comprising an air/pollen activated carbon filter and a toxicity sensor incorporated in the triple-zone climate control system, plus the air ioniser's 'clean' mode.
  • A relaxing ambiance thanks to a double scent diffuser, the air ioniser's 'relax' mode and the massage driver's seat.  

Travelling enjoyment

Two audio systems are available for Renault Latitude:

  • The 3D Sound by Arkamys® system: for high-fidelity, high-quality, sound-surround listening enjoyment.
  • The Bose® Sound System: tailored to match the sonic profile of Renault Latitude's cabin. The 10 loudspeakers and digital amplifier deliver a unique experience which recalls the emotion of listening to live music.

 

Driving comfort

The precision performance of Latitude's chassis and the quiet, comfortable ride it delivers promise to give the model a decisive edge over its rivals. Latitude employs the same, highly-acclaimed front suspension layout as Laguna, while the multi-link rear suspension is derived from the Nissan-developed system. The outstanding filtering capacity of this technology efficiently isolates the cabin from vibrations induced by uneven roads.

Latitude benefits extensively from the combined engineering expertise of Renault and Renault Samsung Motors, as well as from the latest Renault-Nissan Alliance developments. 

European versions of Renault Latitude will be available with a choice of five engines; all mated to six-speed transmissions.

  • The E85-compatible 2.0-litre petrol engine (M4R) delivers peak power of 103kW (140hp) at 6,000rpm. This efficient powerplant is particularly responsive, with maximum torque of 195Nm available at 3,750rpm. It permits the 1,000-metre standing start to be covered in a little over 30 seconds with the manual gearbox.

Three diesel engines are available:

  • The quiet, efficient 2.0-litre dCi (M9R) comes in a choice of two power outputs: 110kW and 127kW (150hp and 175hp). Coupled with the PK4 manual gearbox, they provide maximum torque of 340Nm and 380Nm respectively at 2,000rpm, and the fuel-efficient 150hp version emits less than 140g of CO2/km (combined cycle). Driving through automatic transmission (AJ0), the responsive dCi 175 returns combined cycle fuel consumption of just 6.5 litres/100km.
  • It will also be possible to order Latitude with the brand new six-cylinder engine developed for the Alliance by Renault: the V6 dCi (V9X) which boasts peak power of 177kW (240hp) at 3,750rpm. Maximum torque of 450Nm available from 1,500rpm ensures energetic performance (the 1,000-metre standing start is covered in a little more than 28 seconds) along with contained combined cycle fuel consumption (7.2 litres/100km, equivalent to 188g of CO2/km). 

Fully connected 

As the brand's range-topping saloon, Latitude naturally benefits from useful, advanced technologies, including a choice of smart satellite navigation systems and audio equipment:

Latitude can be ordered with one of two satellite navigation systems (depending on equipment level):

  • Carminat TomTom® Live, Renault's new integrated navigation system provides access to a range of real-time services.
  • Carminat DVD, which incorporates a seven-inch display and European maps, Bluetooth® audio streaming and telephony, plus Plug & Music connectivity compatible with portable music players, including iPods. 

Finally, Latitude is available with all the latest driver aids and comfort technologies, including a latest-generation hands-free card, front and rear parking proximity sensors, a reversing camera, cruise control, speed limiter, bi-Xenon cornering headlights and LED rear lights. 

Safety built into its DNA 

Latitude delivers a similarly high standard of active safety performance, including large, durable brakes, plus ABS and EBA (electronic brakeforce distribution) as standard equipment. On the passive safety front, the cabin has been engineered to serve as a protective survival cell, if necessary, for all occupants. The package continues with up to six adaptive airbags and occupant retention systems incorporating pretensioners and load limiters. Latitude also benefits from twin side-impact sensors and dual-chamber thorax/groin lateral airbags which inflate to different pressures as a function of the part of the body it is their mission to protect. 

 Latitudes high and low… 

Latitude stands out as an eloquent symbol of Renault's internationalisation. Designed jointly in France and Korea, and with assemblies developed by Renault and Nissan, it provides owners with the best of the Renault group's and the Alliance's know-how.

Latitude is manufactured at Renault-Samsung-Motors' Busan plant in Korea. This environmentally respectful, ISO 14001-certified factory boasts long experience of the production of quality, high-end cars (SM5, SM7, QM5, Renault Koleos). Meanwhile, all the diesel engines and manual gearboxes that feature in the range are made at Renault's Cléon plant in France.

Designed for a global market, essentially outside of Europe, Renault Latitude joins Renault's international line-up of saloons at the very top, alongside Renault Thalia/Symbol and Renault Fluence.

It is being given its first public European airing at the 2010 Paris Motor Show and is scheduled to go on sale at the beginning of 2011 in most west European markets.  A decision on its introduction in the UK has not yet been made.

Customers will be able to find further information at: www.renault-latitude.com.

 

NEW LAGUNA: A SAFE, EFFICIENT, MODERN SALOON WITH DISTINCTIVE STYLING

 

New Laguna goes on show at the 2010 Paris Motor Show with a more dynamic and more assertive front end, plus even more environmentally-friendly Renault eco² engines including the dCi 110 which emits just 120g/km of CO2.

The New Laguna range also puts its four-wheel steering 4Control system within reach of a higher number of customers, while features like the Carminat TomTom® Live navigation system and Bose® Sound System combine with the model's outstanding quality, reliability and safety record to make New Laguna a more attractive proposition than ever. It is due to go on sale in the UK from November.

 

Sporty styling 

New Laguna's more assertive front-end design sets the tone thanks to its 'eyelid' headlights, wide foglamps and long bonnet which slopes gently down to the new pearlescent black grille. More extensive use of chrome trimming further highlights the dynamic credentials of Renault's Hatchback and Sport Tourer.

Inside, New Laguna's occupants benefit from a choice of new, sportier, mixed upholsteries. The attention paid to the interior's details and the carefully selected materials and colours employed for the trim all emphasise the exceptionally high standard of finish. The result is a reassuring impression of wellbeing and driving pleasure.

 

The 4Control chassis available for even more customers 

New Laguna focuses on the model's exclusive, widely acclaimed strengths. Its innovative four-wheel steering 4Control chassis continues to impress by the long list of benefits it delivers, including exacting cornering precision, outstanding driveability and obstacle avoidance ability, manoeuvrability, stability and safety. 

A two-litre E85 petrol engine and the dCi 110 round off the engine range at entry level, with four of the powerplants available for the model now qualifying for the Renault eco² signature. These include the dCi 110 which returns remarkably low fuel combined cycle fuel consumption of 4.7 litres/100km, equivalent to CO2 emissions of 120g/km. 

 

Two new hi-tech features

Carminat TomTom® Live

Renault's new integrated navigation system is as affordable and user-friendly as ever thanks to a range of real-time services. It delivers even more precise guidance and continues to stand out as a valuable ally in daily use. The previously available software – IQ Routes™ (which suggests itineraries based on real-world traffic flow statistics), Advanced Lane Guidance™ (advanced views of junctions and lanes) and Mapshare™ (map updating via the TomTom community) – is now joined by TomTom®'s exclusive Live technology which provides access to a host of on-line services.

These include HD Traffic, Europe's best real-time traffic information service, advanced warning of mobile speed checks and access to the Local Search with Google™ service, as well as to weather forecasts. These services are free of charge for a three-month trial period (in those countries where they are marketed and used), after which an annual subscription of €59.95 can be taken out via the TomTom HOME application. 

Bose® Sound System

Bose® started from a blank sheet when designing Laguna's tailor-engineered sound system. This work entailed taking more than a thousand acoustic readings inside the cabin. The number, type and position of the loudspeakers were carefully selected to ensure high-quality sound reproduction and optimised integration inside the car.

The Bose® audio system for Renault Laguna Hatchback and Renault Laguna Sport Tourer comprises:

  • An 8cm-diameter neodymium mid-high range centrefill speaker,
  • Four 3.5cm-diameter neodymium tweeters,
  • Four 16.5cm wide-range neodymium speakers,
  • An 11.5cm neodymium bass speaker in a Bass-Reflex enclosure,
  • A digital amplifier with Bose digital signal processor and six channel individualised equalizer.  

A clear, easy-to-understand range

  • A dynamic Expression entry level version,
  • The sporty 4Control version with standard four-wheel steering,
  • The high-end optional Initiale Lux pack which benefits from a revised interior package including dashboard stitching and black trimming that contrasts with leather upholstery.

 

 ESPACE: ISN’T SPACE THE ULTIMATE LUXURY? 

Renault has profited from the 2010 Paris Motor Show to reaffirm the unique styling, specification and appeal of Espace, the only MPV to offer such a high standard of comfort, with seats that incorporate safety belts for all rear passengers. The model now comes with LED technology, while its new headlights harmonise with the striking new Pearl Blue body colour and gloss black exterior trim details.

The interior now features the Carminat TomTom® Live real-time satellite navigation system, as well as the 3D Sound by Arkamys® audio system, complete with full connectivity (USB, jack) and Teflon®-protected upholstery.  

The combined cycle CO2 emissions of the core-range dCi 150 engine has been cut by 20g/km from 190 to 170g/km, thanks notably to work on combating friction and carefully-selected gear ratios. 

The 2011 Espace line-up focuses on the versions that have helped forge the model's success:

  • The extensively equipped core-range Dynamique TomTom version which comes with sports seats featuring extra side support and exclusive Teflon® upholstery protection, as well as a new gloss black interior trim,
  • The Initiale Lux pack which maintains its exclusive, high-status positioning,

 

Renault Espace occupants will continue to enjoy exceptional, reassuring travelling comfort in a bright, spacious cabin… perhaps the ultimate luxury. 

Features that are still unique on the market 

In the course of a career spanning 26 years, four distinct generations and sales totalling more than 1.2 million vehicles, Espace continues to stand out as a unique package, which explains why it sold so successfully across Europe in 2009, taking a one per cent of the total European market and a leading 36 per cent share of its segment in France.

The outstanding quality of its design still serves as a yardstick and many of its features remain unrivalled to this day:

  • Unique all-round visibility thanks to a panoramic windscreen and ultra-slim 65mm-wide windscreen pillars. This dimension wasn't chosen at random, since it is the average distance between the eyes of an adult, which means that these pillars are 'effaced' by binocular vision.
  • An exceptionally bright cabin thanks to a panoramic glass roof with a total surface area of 2.46 square meters
  • Identical comfort for second- and third-row passengers. Renault Espace's third row is not synonymous with economy class travel. All the rear passengers benefit from the same seats, including integrated seat belts, precise fore/aft adjustability and reclining backs.
  • Almost limitless modularity thanks to 10 aluminium tracks in the floor which enable the interior layout and carrying capacity to be adapted as a function of the number of passengers being carried and the size of the load to be transported.

 

Exclusive high-end appeal 

A new range structure makes Espace's emblematic positioning as a practical, high-end, status-enhancing, modular MPV even easier for customers to understand.

Renault Espace Dynamique TomTom delivers a high standard of safety and comfort-enhancing features which match the expectations of families looking for seven identically comfortable seats and a modular interior layout. All the equipment that has helped forge the success of Renault Espace is available even at this level of range, including the fully-integrated Carminat TomTom® Live navigation system which proposes new real-time functions. The gloss black and dark charcoal trim highlights the interior's inherent quality, while the latest core-range upholsteries come with Teflon® protection as a standard feature.

On the outside, the bi-Xenon cornering headlights incorporate LED daytime running lights and the range of seven finishes now incorporates a new, striking Pearl Blue body colour. Renault Espace's premium positioning is further underpinned by its new 17-inch Eptius and Novadis wheels.

Lastly, thanks to a vast surface area of 2.46 square metres, the panoramic glass sunroof – whether of the fixed or sliding type – provides an exceptionally bright cabin for all passengers. 

A sharp fall in CO2 emissions 

Renault Espace's powertrain range has been modified following the introduction of Euro5 legislation.

The 2-litre dCi diesel is available in a choice of two power outputs: dCi 150 (110kW) and dCi 175 (127kW).

The combined cycle CO2 emissions of the dCi 150 core-range engine has been reduced by 20g/km from 190g/km to 170g/km thanks notably to work on combating friction and to carefully selected gear ratios.

Versions with automatic transmission boast welcome emissions savings, too, and now claim just 189g/km of CO2 (combined cycle).

These engines enable Renault Espace owners to benefit from both comfortable long-haul performance and even more efficient fuel economy. 

 

ENGINE TECHNOLOGIES AND COMMITMENTS IN FAVOUR OF THE ENVIRONMENT

 

A NEW 1.6 dCi ENGINE: PACKED WITH TECHNOLOGY TO MINIMISE FUEL CONSUMPTION AND CO2 EMISSIONS 

As Renault pursues its target to become Europe's number one manufacturer in terms of low fuel consumption and CO2 emissions, the company has chosen the 2010 Paris Motor Show to take the wraps off its latest dCi powerplant. This all-new 1.6-litre diesel engine is poised to gradually replace the existing 1.9 dCi.

Along with its downsized cubic capacity (16 per cent smaller than that of the 1.9 dCi), the new 1.6 dCi 130 boasts a raft of innovative technological solutions that have slashed CO2 emissions by approximately 30g/km compared with the 1.9 dCi, while fuel consumption has been reduced by more than 20 per cent. This package of advanced technology includes features rarely seen at this level of range, such as Stop&Start, low pressure EGR, Energy Smart Management and variable swirl.

The newcomer's performance credentials will be similar to those of its predecessor, including peak power of 96kW (130hp) and even more generous torque (320Nm) available across a broad rev-band.

The 1.6 dCi 130 is due to go on sale next spring and will initially be available under the bonnet of the Mégane line-up's MPVs. Grand Scénic 1.6 dCi 130 will return combined cycle fuel consumption of 4.5 litres/100km, equivalent to CO2 emissions of just 119g/km. 

Applying the principle of downsizing:

Downsizing involved shortening the stroke of the pistons and a redesign of the reciprocating parts to reduce the cylinder's swept volume and thereby diminish the amount of fuel being burned during each cycle. Performance levels have been maintained, however, by improving turbocharging efficiency. Downsizing alone has enabled Renault to achieve an average emissions and fuel consumption saving of six per cent over the engine that the 1.6 dCi 130 replaces. 

Packed with advanced technology

The 1.6 dCi 130 features a raft of solutions that have enabled significant CO2 emissions and fuel consumption savings to be obtained:

Low pressure EGR (Exhaust Gas Recirculation): Renault will be the first volume manufacturer to introduce this technology on a wide scale in Europe. Low pressure EGR involves uprating the exhaust recirculation rate while at the same time containing intake pressure and the temperature of the turbocharger. The system consists in recovering the exhaust gases further downstream, once they have been through the turbine and particulate filter. They are then cooled in a low pressure intercooler before being recirculated upstream of the turbocharger mixed with air. They are then cooled by air and ultimately burned a second time in the combustion chamber. Emissions of nitrogen oxides are eliminated more efficiently in this way than is the case with a high pressure EGR, and engine efficiency is improved. The combustion is of a higher quality and CO2 emissions are reduced.

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Stop&Start technology involves automatically cutting the engine when the vehicle comes to a standstill, and re-starting it when the vehicle needs to pull away again. This technology is to be gradually introduced on forthcoming engines.

Variable swirl technology actively controls how the mix swirls inside the combustion chamber as a function of the demand being made of the engine. 

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A variable displacement oil pump allows oil flow to be adjusted as a function of the engine's precise needs in order to minimise the amount of energy required to drive the pump. 

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Thermal management increases the speed at which the engine reaches its working temperature in order to minimise friction (oil viscosity). 

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Multi-injection strategy uses latest-generation seven-hole solenoid-operated injectors which are capable of generating several, extremely short squirts (up to six per cycle) and thereby permitting combustion efficiency to be finely adjusted. This technology results in lower fuel consumption, fewer polluting emissions and less noise. Multi-injection also optimises the precise amount of fuel required to regenerate the particulate filter and limits the dilution of fuel with oil to further minimise CO2 emissions and permit longer oil change intervals.

ESM (Energy Smart Management): This involves recovering the energy generated under deceleration and braking to relieve the engine by isolating the alternator during moments of low efficiency. This entails changes to battery technology.

Last but not least, thanks to the generous torque that is available from low engine speeds (80 per cent of maximum torque is available from 1,500rpm) and across a broad rev-band, it has been possible to optimise the transmission's gear ratios by matching them to the most efficient engine speeds to further contain CO2 emissions and fuel consumption. Like the 2.0 dCi engine (Type M9R), the 1.6 dCi 130 (R9M) revs freely up to the red line which is set at 5,200rpm. 

In the case of Grand Scénic, the CO2 savings achieved by these technologies (compared with the 1.9 dCi engine) are: 

TECHNOLOGY

Estimated CO2 savings

Downsizing

5.5%

Low pressure EGR

3%

Stop&Start

3%

Variable swirl

0.5%

Variable displacement oil pump

1%

Thermal management

1%

ESM (Energy Smart Management)

3%

Optimised gear ratios

3%

TOTAL

20%

 

Equipped with this engine, Scénic will return combined cycle fuel consumption of 4.5 litres/100km and CO2 emissions of 119g/km.

The upcoming dCi 130 engine complies with Euro5 emissions legislation and is Euro6 ready. It is covered by 15 Renault patents and is poised to become the core-range powerplant for C segment models, notably Mégane. It will also feature in Renault's D-segment and van line-ups.

This project was developed within the framework of the Renault-Nissan Alliance, which means this engine will consequently power Nissan models, too. It is also covered by the strategic cooperation agreement signed by the Alliance and Daimler.

This engine will be manufactured in France at Renault's Cléon plant which is acclaimed for its production expertise in the field of technologically-advanced diesel engines (notably the V6 dCi, the 2.0 dCi and the new 2.3 dCi which powers Renault Master).

1.6 dCi 130 – Technical Specification

Type (Renault)

R9M

Cubic capacity (cc)

1,598

Bore x stroke (mm)

80 x 79.5

Number of cylinders/valves

4/16

Compression ratio

15.4:1

Maximum power

96kW (130hp) at 4,000rpm

Maximum torque

320Nm, from 1,750rpm

Fuel-injection type

Common rail

Depollution standard

Euro5

Transmission

Six-speed manual (Type ND4)

First appearance in the range

Mégane

 

RENAULT'S 'ECO-CHAMPION' FLAGSHIPS 

In 2009: 

è one-third of the vehicles sold by the Renault group had CO2 emissions lower than or equal to 120g/km. 

è two-thirds of the vehicles sold by the Renault group had CO2 emissions  lower than or equal to 140g/km.

 

As an innovative company that is close to its customers, Renault strives to make sustainable mobility available to as many motorists as possible. The Renault eco² signature is a pledge of its commitment to the environment and consists in delivering the most efficient technologies at affordable prices. 

The Renault eco² signature enables customers to identify those models of the Renault range that are the most respectful of the environment throughout their lifecycle. It indicates that they comply with the three following criteria:

PRODUCTION: Renault eco² vehicles must be manufactured in an ISO 14001-certified factory. This certification testifies to a plant's ongoing efforts to reduce the impact of its activity on the environment.

ON-ROAD USE: CO2 emissions must be equal to or less than 140g/km, or the vehicle must be capable of running on biofuels. Since May 2010, the same threshold for vans was established at 195g/km.

RECYCLING: five per cent of the plastics that Renault eco² vehicles contain must be sourced from recycling. Vehicles must also be 95 per cent end-of-life recoverable.

 

Renault's stand at the 2010 Paris Motor Show features six Euro5-compliant Renault eco² flagship vehicles. These cars are due to be released in the course of the next 12 months.

EXAMPLES OF RENAULT eco² VEHICLES:

Twingo

dCi 85 FAP

Clio

dCi 90 FAP

Mégane Estate

dCi 110 FAP

Grand Scénic

dCi 110 FAP EDC

Laguna

dCi 110 FAP

Laguna

dCi 150 FAP

PRODUCTION

ISO 14001-certified factory 

Novo mesto (Slovenia)

Flins (France)

Palencia (Spain)

Douai (France)

Sandouville (France)

Sandouville (France)

ON-ROAD USE

CO2 emissions

90g/km

90g/km

106g/km

130g/km

120g/km

136g/km

RECYCLING

Weight of plastic sourced from recycling

15kg

15.5kg

20.5kg

34kg

33kg

33kg

Proportion of the vehicle's total plastic content 

9%

10%

10.6%

14%

16%

16%

End-of-life recoverability

More than 95% 

More than 95%

More than 95%

More than 95%

More than 95%

More than 95%

 

EDC DUAL CLUTCH AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION: THE COMFORT OF AN AUTOMATIC, AND THE FUEL EFFICIENCY OF A MANUAL GEARBOX

 

Renault's new six-speed automatic transmission known as EDC (Efficient Dual Clutch) delivers a standard of fuel consumption and CO2 emissions that marks a significant step forward compared with conventional automatic transmissions (a gain of up to 17 per cent, for a CO2 saving of approximately 30g/km).

The following technical solutions contributed to the achievement of this result:

  • The employment of a dual dry clutch combined with electric actuators; a world first.
  • Careful calibration to minimise fuel consumption.

This EDC transmission has been available for the core-range dCi 110 FAP versions of models from the Mégane range since spring 2010. Thanks to their lower CO2 emissions, EDC versions of Mégane and Scénic were the brand's first automatics to qualify for the Renault eco² signature. 

When defining the new transmission's exact specification, Renault's engineers were guided by the target of achieving fuel consumption and CO2 emissions comparable with those of a vehicle equipped with a manual gearbox

  • Dual dry clutch technology was chosen to minimise the parasitic friction associated with wet clutches and with the converters of conventional automatic transmissions.
  • The two clutches and synchronisers use energy-efficient electric actuators.
  • Optimised gearshift calibration: the system ensures a swift climb up through the gears to select the highest gear possible for a given speed, thereby minimising fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.
  • Renault's EDC transmission delivers a level of efficiency similar to that of a manual gearbox.

 

CHIC AND SPORTY 

THE UNIQUE EXPERTISE OF RENAULT SPORT TECHNOLOGIES 

Renault Sport Technologies (RST) calls on a unique combination of extensive motorsport experience with longstanding manufacturing expertise to produce an exciting range of sporting road cars. Renaultsport models are acclaimed for their pedigree engines and the outstanding dynamics of their chassis, as well as for their tell-tale high-performance styling.

  • Renaultsport was named 'Manufacturer of the Year' by the UK magazine Top Gear at the end of 2009.
  • Twingo Renaultsport 133, Clio Renaultsport 200 and Mégane Renaultsport 250 took the UK magazine What Car?'s 'Best Hot Hatch of the Year' awards in their respective classes.
  • New Mégane Renaultsport was also voted 'Best Hot Hatch' overall by What Car? magazine which praised both its looks and the incredible sensations it offers drivers.

The first half of 2010 saw the Renaultsport range (Twingo Renaultsport 133, Clio Renaultsport 200 and Mégane Renaultsport 250) emerge as one of the European high-performance market's top-three sellers. 

RST's staff of more than 180 engineers work out of a bespoke engineering base where they develop innovations derived from motor racing and rallying, in addition to exploring specific advanced concepts and technologies. The RST teams based in Les Ulis, near Paris, France, worked closely with the project teams at the nearby Technocentre in Guyancourt on the Renaultsport, GT and GT Line line-ups. RST's expertise also covers the development of specific systems for mass-produced road cars. After developing the 4Control chassis with four-wheel steering which currently features in the Laguna Coupé Monaco Grand Prix and New Laguna catalogues, RST was behind the two new sporty additions to the Mégane line-up, namely GT and GT Line. More recently still, RST was behind Renault's new coupé roadster, Wind Roadster.

The following vehicles have been selected to showcase this knowledge at the 2010 Paris Motor Show:

  • Wind Roadster, a compact coupé roadster with an innovative roof-opening concept,
  • Mégane Renaultsport, the hot hatch benchmark,
  • Mégane Coupé GT, Mégane Coupé Cabriolet GT and Mégane Sport Tourer GT Line,
  • The circuit racing Mégane Trophy.

Plus, of course, the first two Gordini-badged cars:

  • Twingo Gordini 133
  • Clio Gordini 200

 

A GORDINI IN THE SLIPSTREAM OF ANOTHER 

Renault is showcasing its passion for the automobile at the 2010 Paris Motor Show in the form of its first two 'French Touch' Gordini-badged cars: Twingo Clio  133 and Clio Gordini 200, whose celebrated blue livery and white stripes point to the exciting, high performance powerplants underneath the bonnet. 

The Gordini line-up stands out as a modern take on the name's sporting cues with a view to winning over the increasing number of motorists who are looking for a genuinely exclusive vehicle.

In June 2010, Renault followed up the successful launch of Twingo Gordini 133 – which already accounts for half the Twingo Renaultsport mix and which has seen Twingo Renaultsport increase its European market share by six points to 25.4 per cent – with the release of New Clio Gordini 200.

Like its smaller sibling Twingo Gordini 133, Clio Gordini 200 is essentially a Renaultsport model and, as such, features:

  • a 2.0-litre 16-valve engine generating 200hp and 215Nm of torque,
  • a Renaultsport chassis to transmit all this power efficiently to the ground,
  • specific styling features, with Malta Blue bodywork embellished by the two famous white Gordini stripes, plus a stylish interior mix of leather, black lacquer and metal,
  • and a standard equipment specification worthy of a far bigger car, including a hands-free card, Carminat TomTom® satellite navigation incorporating IQ Routes software, cruise control, speed limiter and a host of practical driver aids (automatic headlight and windscreen wiper activation, etc.). 

Designed in France by Renault Sport Technologies and built at the Alpine factory in Dieppe, France, New Clio Gordini 200 benefits extensively from the unique knowhow acquired by Renault in the world of motorsport. 

In its bid to reach out to new types of customer, the Gordini 360° operation makes extensive use of social media which focuses notably on an innovative presence on Facebook©:

  • This presence includes a comprehensive selection of photos and films, as well as all the latest Gordini news, such as the availability of an iPhone application and a calendar of bespoke Gordini events. The site also enables Gordini's growing international community of 26,000 fans to communicate directly with Renault's 'French Touch' brand.
  • A bespoke lifestyle web magazine, Be Glorious Mag, which carries features written by famous blog writers aimed at sharing the 'French Touch' concept with visitors in fields as different as cuisine, the arts, culture, fashion and music.
  • A travelogue of the 2010 European tour of the Versailles-based group Phoenix which was a partner of Gordini's launch and whose track Lisztomania serves as soundtrack to the advertising campaign. 

AFFORDABLE TECHNOLOGY 

CARMINAT TOMTOM® LIVE: RENAULT'S NEW INTEGRATED NAVIGATION SYSTEM WITH REAL-TIME SERVICES 

Building on the remarkable success enjoyed by its Carminat TomTom system, Renault has introduced the first integrated navigation system to provide a range of real-time services. As easy to operate as ever, the interface has been revised to make navigation even more user-friendly and effective. The previously available software – IQ Routes™ (which proposes routes based on real-world traffic flow statistics), Advanced Lane Guidance™ (advanced views of junctions and lanes) and Mapshare™ (map updating via the TomTom community) – is now joined TomTom®'s exclusive Live technology which provides access to a host of on-line services.

 

Four key innovative services for even smarter guidance:

 

  • HD Traffic: Europe's best real-time traffic information service. In less than three minutes, Europe-wide traffic information is fed to the system, processed by TomTom®'s servers and made available to warn drivers of the extent of upcoming jams and the likely delay. If necessary, Carminat TomTom® Live recalculates an alternative itinerary to the user's destination. One million motorists benefit from this service every day.
  • In certain countries, advanced warning of mobile speed checks is provided. Carminat TomTom® Live is the only integrated satnav that provides real-time warning of speed camera locations based on information supplied by the market's most efficient data bases, including. CSDB (Coyote Safety Data Base) in France and Road Angel in the United Kingdom.
  • The Local Search with Google™ function uses search words to provide access to 11 million points of interest and associated information (telephone numbers, descriptions, Google community opinions).
  • Last but not least, long range, five-day weather forecasts covering the itinerary and destination are available anywhere in Europe. 

These services are free of charge for a three-month trial period (in those countries where they are marketed and used), after which an annual subscription of €59.95 can be taken out via the TomTom HOME application. 

TAILOR-TUNED BOSE® SOUND, FROM RENAULT MÉGANE TO RENAULT LATITUDE 

The partnership sealed between Renault and Bose® in 2008 (for Renault Koleos and Renault Laguna Coupé) has today been extended to cover the Mégane range. Indeed, Mégane and Scénic inaugurate the latest Bose® Energy Efficient Series audio system.

From this autumn, Mégane Hatch, Mégane Coupé, Mégane Sport Tourer, Scénic and Grand Scénic will all be available with the latest premium Bose® system. 

Bose®: Renault's high-end sound experience

Renowned worldwide for the quality and performance of its products, Bose® has hooked up with Renault to tailor-engineer audio systems that match the specific sonic profile of the models they equip.

The Bose® system delivers maximum listening enjoyment thanks to its crystal clear high tones, rich realistic bass sounds for a natural, surround sound that occupants find perfectly balanced wherever they are seated.

The Bose® Sound System is Renault's premium audio system originally available for Renault Koleos and which has since been extended to cover the brand's other high-end models (Laguna Coupé, Laguna Saloon, Laguna Sport Tourer, Latitude).

Bose®: tailor-engineered sound

Bose® started from a clean sheet to bring Bose® sound to the Renault range. This work entailed taking more than a thousand acoustic readings inside the cabin to determine the sonic profile of each model. Engineering teams from Bose® and Renault worked closely together to optimise the integration of the system in the cabins of the different models they equip as a function of their respective forms and materials.

The number, type and position of the loudspeakers are carefully selected, while the digital processors and signal equalizers are painstakingly tuned to produce a rich, natural Bose®-quality sound which is perfectly balanced for all occupants, whatever the volume. 

BOSE® ENERGY EFFICIENT SERIES is the new Bose® audio range developed initially for Mégane and Scénic models. This system is 30 per cent more compact, 40 per cent lighter and 50 per cent more energy efficient, yet it still delivers all the Bose® hallmarks, including a quality of sound similar to that of a live performance, with natural voice reproduction and rich low-end bass performance.

During the development of this new range, the engineers at Renault and Bose worked in close collaboration to achieve the best possible sound quality despite the cars' different architectural constraints. It was decided to position the woofer beneath the passenger seat, requiring significant structural work to obtain vibrant bass playback throughout the cabin without encroaching on space. The Bose® Energy Efficient Series Sound System includes nine loudspeakers:

- four 2.5cm-diameter neodymium tweeters,

- two High Motor Force loudspeakers (diameter: 13cm for Mégane / 16.5cm for Scénic),

- two 13cm-diameter neodymium speakers,

- and one 11.5cm-diameter High Motor Force bass loudspeaker in a Bass-Reflex enclosure,

- plus a digital Energy Efficient amplifier incorporating a Bose® digital sound processor and a seven-channel individualised equaliser. 

The premium Bose® Energy Efficient Series audio system will be available from this autumn for Renault Mégane Hatchback, Renault Mégane Coupé and Renault Mégane Sport Tourer, as well as for the Renault Scénic and Renault Grand Scénic MPVs. 

ENDS

Press enquiries: Contact Mike Gale on 01923 697653 or Jeremy Townsend on 01923 697592 at the Renault UK Press Office. E-mail is firstname.surname@renault.co.uk. This Press release, photos and videos are available to download from www.press.renault.co.uk.


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