Renault Wind set to blow competition away making its UK debut at MotorExpo 2004







Ever at the forefront of automotive design, the industry?s most daring car manufacturer, Renault, is aiming to capture the hearts and minds of visitors to this year?s Motorexpo at Canary Wharf between 14-20 June 2004, with an array of stylish and desirable models, including the first opportunity for the British public to see the company?s concept sports car, Wind, recently shown at the Geneva Motor Show but not at the N.E.C. Birmingham.

Set in the heart of the capital?s thriving business development in London?s Docklands area, the free-to-visit show has grown rapidly since its inception in 1996 with this year?s event set to attract record attendance. Away from the traditional indoor settings of local dealer showrooms and motor shows, Motorexpo?s setting amidst Canary Wharf?s modern architecture and landscaped gardens makes the perfect setting for both South East residents and Canary Wharf?s 63,000 workers to see the design and style of the seven Renault models on display at first hand.

Bringing a breath of fresh air to this year?s show, the stunning Wind concept car will take pride of place in the new East Wintergarden?s Concept Zone. This 2+1 roadster (yes that?s a three-seater!), in eye-catching aquamarine, epitomises Renault?s innovative design philosophy with its flowing lines and elegant leather interior, not to mention its many technological touches including a rear storage area which can be transformed into a third seat, and steering wheel and pedals which fold away automatically when the door is opened.

In addition to Wind, Renault will be displaying a production version of its eagerly anticipated small car, Modus, making an appearance before it goes on sale in September 2004.

Designed to slot into the range between Clio and Mégane, Modus offers a modern alternative to traditional five-door hatchbacks with its super-spacious, versatile interior and range of innovative features unique to the supermini class. Among them will be a "Triptic" rear seat bench which can be arranged in four positions according to the need for a three-seat configuration or more luggage space and legroom, plus a panoramic glass roof giving the cabin a light and airy feel, and an ingenious "boot chute" which is built into the conventional hatchback to allow easy boot opening in confined spaces.

Joining Modus and Wind will be five other models, two of which are products of the company?s performance arm, Renaultsport (who also made the engine that powered the Renault F1 Team car to victory at the recent Monaco Grand Prix), making their Motorexpo debuts: Mégane Renaultsport 225 and Clio Renaultsport V6 255.

The new Mégane Renaultsport 225 has received considerable critical acclaim in recent months, following in the illustrious treadmarks of its smaller sibling, Clio Renaultsport 182 which is widely regarded as one of the finest hot hatches money can buy. Available as either a three-door Sport Hatch for £19,500, or five-door Hatch for £20,000 on-the-road, its

2-litre turbocharged four cylinder engine develops horizon-shrinking power of 225hp at 5,500rpm, a top speed of 147mph and 0-62mph time of just 6.5 seconds.

Meanwhile, the hard core, mid-engined Clio V6 has been hailed as one of the most ambitious drivers cars ever built by a major car manufacturer. With its 3-litre, 24 valve, V6 powerplant tuned to develop 255 hp, this race-bred, performance hatch eases through the gears to hit 62mph in just 5.8 seconds before blasting onto a top speed of 153mph.

On a slightly less sporting note, completing Renault?s innovative line-up will be the new, Laguna GT, class-leading luxury MPV, Espace, and striking Mégane Coupé-Cabriolet.

Commenting on the decision to exhibit at the South East?s most prominent motor show, Mark Waller, Manager, Brand Communications, Renault UK, said, "Renault is delighted to be exhibiting again at this year?s Motorexpo show, and we look forward to building on the success of previous years with an even more innovative exhibit than usual. With Wind and Modus on show in particular, we hope that our radical designs will delight and inspire both the local residents and Canary Wharf business community in equal measure."

The Renault range will be on display throughout the week-long show in the Cabot Square marquee, with the Wind concept car in the Concept Zone at East Wintergarden.



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