Renault at 2011 Geneva Motor Show (full Press kit)

 

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TUESDAY 1ST MARCH 2011

RENAULT AT 2011 GENEVA MOTOR SHOW (FULL PRESS KIT)

R-SPACE: SPACE FOR EVERY INDIVIDUAL                                   

CAPTUR: ON THE ADVENTURE TRAIL                                                         

2011: ELECTRIC VEHICLES BECOME A REALITY 

 

  • Twizy: the zero-emission solution to urban mobility
  • Renault’s Z.E. range to be extended with the launch of Kangoo Van Maxi Z.E.
  • Renault Electric Vehicles: new forms of driving pleasure                         
    • Charging points wherever they are needed
    • The real-world range of electric vehicles
    • Drivers – controlling your range
    • A portfolio of services to guarantee seamless mobility                                       

PLEASURE-DRIVEN STYLING

  • Mégane Coupé-Cabriolet Floride, an affectionate tribute to Sixties
  • Renault Wind Roadster joins the Gordini line
  • Monaco GP limited editions for Mégane Coupé                               

THE RENAULT 4 CELEBRATES ITS 50TH ANNIVERSARY                                                          

INNOVATIONS TO MEET THE NEEDS OF EACH MOTORIST

  • Energy dCi 130: the best eco-technologies to reconcile driving pleasure with respect for the environment
  • Renault, F1 and the public – the love affair continues
  • Renault: at the forefront on the environmental front                                   

R-SPACE CONCEPT – SPACE FOR EVERY INDIVIDUAL

  

  • Renault unveils its R-Space concept car at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show. As the third concept car to be completed under the direction of Laurens van den Acker, R-Space represents the "Family" stage in the company’s new life-cycle oriented Design strategy.

 

  • With a silhouette that is both sporty and sculptural, R-Space proves that a people carrier can be sexy. An innovative interior design makes it an MPV that caters for everyone on board.

 

  • R-Space is powered by a turbocharged three-cylinder, 110 hp, 900cc petrol engine mated to an Efficient Dual Clutch transmission (EDC). This engine previews the new range of modular TCe engines, ‘Energy TCe’, that Renault will begin launching next year.

R-SPACE: A SPORTY FAMILY CAR

The brief given to the designers was to come up with a simple, sensuous and welcoming family vehicle to express Renault’s new design philosophy in the MPV class. To achieve this, the designers combined sensuality with a monospace architecture.  The result is a compact people carrier measuring 4.25 metres in length, and with a silhouette that is flowing, powerful and sporty.

"R-Space brings together qualities long considered opposed: family, functionality, sportiness and sensuality," explains Axel Breun, Director of Design for Concept and Show Cars. "It answers the expectations of a large slice of our modern society."

The tapered profile of the side windows emphasises the dynamic profile, while the large windscreen and panoramic roof – the thickness of which gradually changes – transform the passenger compartment into a cosy cocoon of shade. 

The nose of R-Space adapts the new visual identity (centred on the large, vertically-oriented Renault lozenge) to the proportions of an MPV. The body panels are shaped as sculptured volumes, meaning that the eye is drawn much more to reflections and the play of the light than to the lines themselves.

The body design uses strong forms inspired by the human body. "With R-Space, it was the pent-up energy in tensed muscles that inspired me," reveals Fabrice Pouille, exterior designer. "I wanted to make people feel the urge to caress the body, to make it sensuous – despite the fact that this is an MPV aimed at families."

Renault’s strategic sequence of concept car designs brings with it a parallel progression in their colours: starting with the passionate red of DeZir, future concept cars will follow the sequence of the chromatic circle. Coming after the orange employed for Captur, R- Space is clad in honey-gold bodywork.

The theme being that of the family, it was the image of the family Sunday breakfast that provided the inspiration for R-Space’s colours and materials. "The tenderness and warmth of these shared moments find their expression in tones that are hot and 'sweet': the white of the milk, the golden shades of the honey, the brown of the chocolate," explains Laurence Widmer, Head of Colours and Materials on the R- Space concept car. The theme of softness and sweetness is also mirrored in the choice of materials – including suede – which are lush to look at and pleasing to the touch.

As the pioneer of the MPV, Renault is putting forward R- Space to take the notion a step further. To achieve this, the designers took as their starting point the notion that had made the model such a success in the past: the intelligence of the concept itself.

Interior designer Alexandre Gommier explains: "To reinterpret this idea in a modern context, we provided a strong visual and functional contrast between the driver environment, where the focus is on driving pleasure, and a surprising and highly-original rear section conceived as a play space for children."

The scene comes to view as soon as you open the double doors which, unobstructed by any central pillar, give clear access to a spectacular interior designed to trigger strong emotions from the very first glance. 

In terms of interior design, the family likeness to the DeZir concept car is clearly visible at the front in the forms of the dashboard and seats. The driver enjoys a cockpit-like environment, with a section of the seemingly floating dashboard being specifically dedicated to driving functions. The interlinking movement suggested by the shaping of the front seat backrests is a return to the idea of a couple in love. 

At the rear, the world revolves around children. This is a play space, flexible and infinitely versatile, and formed from a simple and universal shape – the cube. Twenty-seven miniature motors power an array of height-adjustable hexahedrons, allowing four settings to be programmed, from an all-flat surface, to a booster seat, a table or a random configuration (only when the vehicle is parked) for children's games. The cube is a consistent theme in furniture design but not something one expects to come across in the world of cars: in R-Space’s cabin, however, it is very much in evidence – to the extent of even forming the covering for the floor and door casings. 

THE TECHNICAL DIMENSION: AN ENVIRONMENTALLY-FRIENDLY FAMILY VEHICLE

R-Space is powered by the Energy TCe Concept. Packed with advanced features, this direct-injection petrol engine previews the new range of modular TCe engines that Renault will begin launching onto the market next year.

With a capacity of 900cc, this three-cylinder concept-engine is a product of the Renault-Nissan Alliance. Mated to an automatic EDC double clutch gearbox, it provides the performance of a 1.6 litre engine, with peak power of 110hp/80kW and 160Nm of torque. Its CO2 emissions have been kept to just 95g/km, equivalent to fuel consumption of just 3.7 litres/100km. 

Packed with high-tech features:

  • The Energy TCe Concept engine is an illustration not only of Renault’s strategy of downsizing, but also of the package of innovative fuel-saving, emissions-reducing technologies that will be introduced on the company’s next-generation engines. On the list are technologies such as direct fuel-injection, radio-frequency spark plugs, an EGR (exhaust gas recirculation) Boost system, a pulse Stop&Start system – and even a variable-displacement oil pump. In addition to work aimed at minimising internal friction, these measures have achieved a very significant reduction in fuel consumption and CO2 emissions without sacrificing performance. 
  • The combustion system, too, has received special attention, with variable camshaft timing and the effect of the improved compact manifold integrating the turbo giving excellent acceleration response, especially at low rpm. 
  • Direct petrol injection: fuel is injected at high pressure directly into the combustion chamber. In combination with the radio frequency spark plugs, which boost the size of the spark (up to 1,000 times bigger than with a conventional system), the injection system raises combustion to the highest level of efficiency. This breakthrough in ignition technology has been developed in collaboration with BorgWarner Beru Systems. 
  • As is the case with certain diesel engines, including the new dCi 130, EGR Boost technology captures the exhaust gases after they have passed through the turbocharger and after-treatment system. Cooled in a heat exchanger before being reintroduced into the air upstream of the turbo, these gases then follow the charge-air cooling circuit before entering the combustion chamber to dilute the fuel-air mixture. On petrol engines, this technique helps reduce combustion temperatures, thereby boosting the compression ratio and reducing CO2 emissions. 
  • Pulse start: thanks in particular to the direct injection, this technology allows the ultra-rapid stopping and restarting of the engine when the vehicle is stationary. 
  • The variable-displacement oil pump regulates the throughput of oil in line with the precise requirements of the engine, thus limiting the energy consumed by the pump. Efforts to reduce frictional losses have focused particularly closely on the 12 cam followers, timing chain and piston skirts. 
  • A thermal management system, finally, helps the engine warm up more rapidly following a cold start. With the oil reaching its optimum viscosity more quickly, internal friction is reduced. 

To further reduce fuel consumption and pollutant emissions, R- Space is fitted with a system known as DRIVINGECO². With a simple push of the "Eco" button, this system automatically adapts engine response in relation to the various parameters influencing energy consumption (altitude, ambient temperature, use of heater, etc). 

The "DRIVINGECO² Conseil" setting alerts and informs the driver as to the best way to drive economically and safely.

R-Space is also equipped with the Visio-System which is based on a forward-facing camera dedicated to driver-assistance features. The "DRIVINGECO²" function captures information concerning the vehicle’s surroundings (traffic lights, pedestrian crossings etc), enabling the "DRIVINGECO² Conseil" function to indicate to the driver the best way to drive economically in each situation.

When the camera detects a set of traffic lights changing from green to red, for example "DRIVINGECO²" advises the driver to stop accelerating. If, on the other hand, the camera detects a clear road ahead, and if the clear distance ahead permits, the advice would be to accelerate briskly to reach the required cruising speed.

At the end of the journey, the "DRIVINGECO² Score" function rates the driver’s eco-driving performance, detailing various parameters such as the use of brakes and engine braking. This helps the driver to evaluate his or her own eco-driving technique and benefit from the appropriate advice.

The fun side of improving one’s eco-driving performance is something that can also be shared in real time with the passengers: children in the rear playing video games on the screens inset into the head restraints automatically receive bonus points if the driver achieves a particularly good eco-score on a section of the journey.

Dimensions

Length

4,250mm

Width

1,850mm

Height

1,547mm

Ground clearance

151mm

Wheelbase

2,717mm

Front track

1,592mm

Rear track

1,592mm

Technical data

Engine

Petrol, turbo, direct injection

Power

80kW (110hp)

CO2 emissions

95g/km (combined cycle)

Peak torque

160Nm

Top speed

200kph

Transmission

Efficient Dual Clutch

Tyres

245 / 35 R 21

Cd

0.28

Unladen weight

1,300kg

0-62mph

11 seconds

Partners

Bodywork

D3

Tyres

Michelin

 

 

CAPTUR: ON THE ADVENTURE TRAIL

 

  • Unveiled on 10th February, Captur is the second concept car to demonstrate Renault’s new design strategy, a cornerstone of its “Renault 2016 - Drive the Change” plan.

 

  • A sporty crossover with a flowing and athletic body language, it expresses the idea of two people exploring the world.

 

  • Its small, twin-turbo engine combines driving fun, enjoyable performance and low CO2 emissions.

A CROSSOVER THAT'S ALL MUSCLE IN MOTION

Through its proportions and fluid curves, Captur evokes movement and lightness, yet at the same time displays powerful and muscular all-terrain cues. As was the case with DeZir, angles, corners and lines have given way to sensuous, natural forms. For the exterior designer, Julio Lozano, the chief sources of inspiration were athletes and radical sports. "In designing Captur, I began with the image of a sprinter on the starting blocks, muscles tensed, and of the energy unleashed when the starting pistol is fired," he explains. The design also references equipment such as helmets, gloves and other protective gear used in radical sports, combining high technology with sophistication and lightness.

Captur does more than simply stir the emotions: it is also a practical and versatile vehicle. It is fitted with a hard convertible roof which, once removed, reveals a carbon fibre framework. Captur can thus transform itself from a coupé to a convertible, from an urban vehicle to an off-roader, while its overall sporty appeal is reinforced by its butterfly doors and large tyres fitted to 22-inch black and white rims, the design of which is echoed along the body sides.

AN INTERIOR BATHED IN WARMTH AND LIGHTNESS

The cabin features an orange theme, plus fluorescent highlights picked out by a constant stream of light. "My main sources of inspiration were the human body, outdoor sports and urban styling," explains the colour and trim designer, Kana Watanabe.

The interior of Renault Captur is designed to be both welcoming and occupant-friendly. Innovative and ingenious materials have been employed, allowing the designers to play with light and optical effects. The centre console, door casings and dashboard are formed using a translucent material rather like a second skin. At the front of the cabin, this includes a glimpse of the high-tech fibre ropes – luminescent in places – that have been employed for most of the passenger compartment. "The whole of the interior is designed around this network of stretched elastic ropes. They use graphics and light to bring rhythm to the overall design and reinforce the dynamic feel of the vehicle while also ensuring a lighter feel inside the cabin," explains the interior designer, Magali Gouraud-Borgers.

The rear of the vehicle is a multipurpose area where the deck is lined with three layers of rope:

- The stretched cords are laid out in a way that allows items to be secured safely, thus providing a reconfigurable storage area;

- They also provide an opportunity for relaxation thanks to the supple elasticity of the structure. This is an entirely new type of comfort, a new form of seating akin to a hammock.

INNOVATIVE, STRONG ON PERFORMANCE AND LIGHT ON FUEL

Captur makes use of a twin-turbo engine-concept, developed from the new 1.6 dCi, Energy dCi 130. Downsizing is a key element in Renault’s strategy to meet its declared objective of being Europe’s leading automaker with regard to CO2 emissions. The range of electric vehicles will run alongside internal-combustion engined models that combine performance with contained fuel consumption. This Energy dCi Concept engine fits perfectly within this strategy. It produces 118kW (160hp) from a capacity of 1.6 litres – that’s a specific power output of 100hp per litre, which is comparable with that of engines such as the one under the bonnet of Clio Renaultsport.  Peak torque (380Nm) is available from as low as 1,750rpm, giving powerful acceleration from low revs, as well as refined performance under all driving conditions. Paired with a dual clutch EDC gearbox, this driveline promises genuinely enjoyable driving with CO2 emissions of 99g/km.

For further information, please see the press release dated February 10th 2011

  

RENAULT AT GENEVA MOTOR SHOW 2011: EV NEWS

  

  • Twizy, priced from 6,900 Euros
  • Kangoo Van Maxi Z.E. set for launch end 2011
  • Renault Z.E. – Driving pleasure without compromise

TWIZY – DRIVE THE CHANGE

 

  • Presented in its final production form at last year's Paris Motor Show, Twizy returns to centre stage at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show

 

  • Twizy is the perfect example of Renault’s brand signature, "Drive the change". With Twizy, Renault has invented an entirely new way of getting around town: 100 per cent electric, it is high on style, novel in its format and perfect for safe and secure in-town travel.

TWIZY, AN AFFORDABLE SOLUTION

As announced at last year's Paris Motor Show, Twizy will go on sale at the end of 2011 at prices comparable with those of a three-wheeled scooter.

The Twizy range will begin at €6,900 inclusive of taxes (UK pricing will be confirmed closer to launch) and, depending on the fiscal measures available in each country, may qualify for incentives making it even less expensive than a three-wheeled scooter.

Like Fluence Z.E. and Kangoo Z.E. buyers, Twizy customers will lease the battery. The monthly subscription in Europe will be €45 inclusive of taxes for an annual distance travelled of 7,500km (UK pricing and mileage available at later date), a figure which covers the vast majority of ordinary motorists' requirements. Twizy's running costs – insurance, maintenance and energy (battery lease and electricity for recharging) – are just as modest, working out at 15 per cent lower than those of a three-wheeled scooter.

NEW-FOUND FREEDOM IN TOWN

Tests conducted in Paris reveal that the driver of a Twizy will save an average of 25 per cent on journey times in town. This translates into a saving of more than seven minutes on a journey that would normally take 30 minutes in a Smart-sized micro city car.

Indeed, Twizy gets around town safely and more rapidly. This is thanks to its novel proportions and ultra-compact dimensions which facilitate parking:

  • With an overall length similar to that of a motorcycle, Twizy is easier to park than a micro city car. In some countries, Twizy can be parked at right angles to the kerb
  • A turning circle of 3.4 metres guarantees great agility and easy parking. For example, even the best micro city car needs a full metre more road width than the Twizy to perform a U-turn
  • Twizy is an average 30cm narrower than the typical micro city car, which means it has a smaller footprint

The driver and passenger travel in safety:

  • Twizy’s bodywork is a safety cell which encloses both the driver and the passenger. In the event of a frontal impact, the deformable structure absorbs the energy of the crash to protect the occupants.
  • Twizy is fitted with an airbag for the driver, four-point seatbelt for the front seat and a three-point seatbelt at the rear.
  • Disc brakes all-round ensure powerful, fade-free braking performance.
  • Twizy has a coded immobiliser and a steering column lock.

TWIZY, A VEHICLE WITHOUT LIMITS

Accessories for the Twizy lifestyle:

  • A flexible all-purpose bag holding 50 litres to supplement Twizy’s 63.3 litres of built-in storage. Carried on the passenger seat's base, it quickly turns into a backpack or holdall thanks to three convenient handles. It is secured in the vehicle by the passenger seatbelt and tethers to the vehicle structure. The wide opening at the top makes it easy to put in large items such as supermarket shopping bags.
  • Extra protection against bad weather and the cold to supplement that already provided by the deflector panels. As on a scooter, this apron fully encloses the driver’s legs, from the ankles to the waist. This protection extends to the rear passenger, too, as the apron also covers his or her legs. The apron is held in place by eight fixing points, ensuring a good seal; it is easily stowed in a soft pouch alongside the driver’s seat.
  • An additional accessory is a Parrot audio system to allow the driver to listen to music and make telephone calls safely. The system includes:

-          An automatic Bluetooth connection to the driver’s Smartphone, enabling him or her to stay in touch with friends and colleagues.

-          A USB connector, a jack socket and an Apple connector, enabling any portable music player to connect to the vehicle.

  • Rear parking sensors incorporated into the rear bumper make parking manoeuvres easier still in Twizy.

Twizy is compatible with all types of battery-charging points

A full charge of Twizy’s batteries takes 3½ hours using a domestic supply via the cable stowed behind a flap at the front of the vehicle. Different adaptors will be made available to connect Twizy to all types of public and private charging points.

Twizy’s range can be as high as 72 miles

Twizy's range on the standardised urban cycle is 60 miles. In everyday use, this range can vary from 34 to 72 miles, depending on the driving conditions encountered. The principal factors influencing actual range are driving style (eco-driving, normal driving or sporty driving), and whether the traffic is heavy or free flowing.

Range-related displays enable drivers to get maximum range from their Twizy:

  • A display showing the battery's level of charge.
  • A digital "econometer" displaying instantaneous energy consumption and showing when regenerative braking is activated.
  • An onboard computer displaying the remaining range in kilometres.

The Renault electric-car product programme now comprises the following affordable electric vehicles:

 

Launch

Renault Z.E. model

Market positioning

Price (prior to financial incentives)

Monthly battery lease

Autumn 2011

Kangoo Van Z.E

Kangoo Van Maxi Z.E. 2-seat

Kangoo Van Maxi Z.E. 5-seat

Electric vans from the Renault Z.E. range for fleet operators, trades people and traders

£16,990 (excl. VAT)

£17,990 (excl. VAT)

£18,690 (excl. VAT)

£59 (excl. VAT)

£59 (excl. VAT)

£59 (excl. VAT)

Autumn 2011

(UK Spring 2012)

Fluence Z.E.

High-status, eco-friendly, spacious and comfortable

€26,000 incl. VAT

(UK tbc)

€79 incl. VAT

(UK tbc)

Late 2011

(UK March 2012)

Twizy

The first fully electric vehicle to provide a genuine solution for urban mobility

From €6,990

incl. VAT

(UK tbc)

€45

incl. VAT

(UK tbc)

Mid-2012

ZOE

Fully electric vehicle for the volume market

 

 

Twizy "Circuit": winner of the personalised Twizy competition

Visitors to the Renault stand at the 2010 Paris Motor Show and online at www.renault-ze.com were asked to vote for their favourite Personalised Twizy among the twelve liveries created by Renault Design. This competition prompted a highly enthusiastic response, drawing in more than 50,000 votes from all over Europe. It was the "Circuit" livery package which pulled in the most votes, so it is this version that will inspire a limited edition series which will go on sale at the end of 2012. One person per country will be selected by a draw from amongst the Twizy Circuit voters and will win a Twizy.

Twizy, back in the limelight - another competition at the Geneva Motor Show

From the beginning of the 2011 Geneva Motor Show, web users will be able to visit www.renault-ze.com to create their own Twizy designs and put them to the vote of their friends on Facebook and Twitter. The winners of this competition (three in Europe) will be offered VIP test drives of Twizy in Paris when the Atelier Renault (the brand's prestige showroom on the Champs-Elysées) reopens in the months ahead.

  

RENAULT Z.E. RANGE EXTENDED WITH LAUNCH OF

KANGOO VAN MAXI Z.E.

  

  • Kangoo Van Maxi Z.E., the long wheelbase version of Kangoo Van Z.E., is poised to join Renault's range of electric vehicles when it goes on sale at the end of 2011. UK pricing £17,990 excluding VAT for two-seat and £18,690 for five-seat crew van
  • Battery lease cost of £59 per month (9,000 miles per year/4 years)
  • The new van will be unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show, while reservations can already be placed at http://www.renault-ze.com
  • The two-seat version will have a maximum load capacity of 4.6m3 plus a full steel bulkhead as standard (subject to confirmation closer to launch)
  • The crew van version of Kangoo Van Maxi Z.E seats up to five people with load capacity of 3.4m3

Renault launched its electric vehicle offensive in 2008 with the announcement of its comprehensive, upcoming line-up of four vehicles. The first of these is due to go on sale this autumn, and the brand is today pleased to announce that the original list will now be extended thanks to the availability of a new version of Kangoo Van Z.E. As a result, Renault will have not just one, but two electric vehicles in the compact van segment by the end of 2011, enabling business customers to choose the zero-emission vehicle[1] that best suits their specific needs.

A versatile two- or five-seat van

Kangoo Van Maxi Z.E. is an extended version of Kangoo Van Z.E. which was unveiled at last year's Hannover Motor Show. The wheelbase has been lengthened by 40cm to obtain an overall length of 4.60 metres, and this modular, versatile van will be available in two- and five-seat form.

The first of these two versions essentially targets transport use. Its two front seats are separated from the cargo carrying area by an optional bulkhead. This configuration optimises Kangoo Van Maxi Z.E.'s carrying capacity and is unprecedented in the small electric van segment:

- A carrying capacity of up to 4.6m3 (which is 1.1m3 more than Kangoo Van Z.E.).

- Maximum load length of up to 2.90 metres.

- Its height of just 1.82 metres permits access to underground car parks.

- The equipment and options that can be ordered for the internal combustion-engined version of Kangoo Van Maxi will also be available for Kangoo Van Maxi Z.E.

The crew van version of Kangoo Van Maxi Z.E. comes with a 60/40-split folding rear benchseat and seats up to five occupants. This modular van can be put into one of four different interior layouts depending on the number of passengers. The rear benchseat folds away into the floor to produce a completely flat deck and free up almost 3.4m3 of carrying space.  

Kangoo Van Maxi Z.E. will appeal to business customers (fleet owners, trades people, public authorities, etc.) who are looking for maximum carrying capacity, and in the case of the crew van version, additionally a people carrier and who wish to lower their fleet CO2 emissions.

Kangoo Van Maxi Z.E. carries over the same overall interior and exterior styling as the internal combustion-engined version. A choice of nine standard body colours will be available, while customers will also be able to specify the livery of their own company. The model will be built at Renault's MCA plant (Maubeuge Carrosserie Automobile) in France, on the same production lines as those which manufacture the rest of the Kangoo Van range, a pledge of high quality and quick start-up.

An all-electric vehicle for ‘Z.E.N.’ motoring

The electrically-powered Kangoo Van Maxi Z.E. is recognisable at first glance thanks to the chrome Z.E. badging at the rear and on the body sides, as well as the absence of an exhaust[2] and the inclusion of a flap at the front which will enable the battery to be charged in between six and eight hours.

The bonnet conceals a 44kW motor (equivalent to 60hp) which is powered by a 22kWh lithium-ion battery located beneath the floor. The vehicle's combined-cycle range of 105 miles can vary one way or the other depending on factors such as type of road, temperature, terrain or driving style.

To optimise range management, the dashboard has been revised to incorporate a new MMI (Man Machine Interface) which displays the battery's level of charge and the vehicle's remaining range (in miles). The Eco-driving mode and the ability to pre-heat the vehicle while the battery is being charged have also been developed to maximise the range. Last but not least, to further optimise range and reassure customers, Renault will market a number of connected services, tailored to meet the needs of individual motorists (Connected Pack) or fleet managers (Fleet Asset Management).

In addition to the satisfaction of contributing to the zero-emission mobility drive[3] (zero CO2 and particulate emissions), driving Kangoo Van Maxi Z.E. delivers a whole new type of motoring pleasure. Thanks to the availability of peak torque (226Nm) the moment the driver pulls away, plus responsive acceleration at low speeds, a silent ride and the absence of gearshifts, Kangoo Van Maxi Z.E. combines unprecedented performance and comfort.

Maxi carrying ability – mini prices

Renault has always said that the success of electric vehicles will depend on the availability of truly affordable vehicles. To attract customers, ecology and real economies must go hand in hand. With Kangoo Van Maxi Z.E., Renault has succeeded in combining maximum carrying capacity with zero emissions4 at an affordable price.

Kangoo Van Maxi Z.E. will go on sale at the end of 2011 in Europe at a price of £17,990 (excluding VAT) for the two-seat version, or £18,690 for the five-seat crew van version. At the time of going to press, light commercial vehicles are not eligible for the UK’s Plug-In Car Grant.

As is the case for the rest of its electric vehicle range, Renault separates ownership of the vehicle and battery to ensure optimal capacity of the latter throughout the vehicle's working life. Customers will either buy or lease their vans and take out a monthly subscription for the battery, with UK pricing starting from £59 month excluding VAT, based on 9,000 miles and 48 month commitment.

Meanwhile, running costs – including battery lease, the electricity required for battery charging (£2.50 average for a full charge) and maintenance – will be similar to those of an equivalent internal combustion-engined vehicle when the annual distance travelled is less than 9,375 miles. They will be competitive when the annual distance travelled exceeds this figure.

By the end of 2011, the Kangoo Van line-up will offer business customers a unique range, enabling them to choose the solution that matches their needs the closest. The market's most comprehensive and diversified compact van range features seven models, a choice of three lengths and three energy types (petrol, diesel or electric) to ensure that Kangoo Van remains a step ahead of its rivals.

KANGOO VAN MAXI Z.E, - TECHNICAL DATA

Kangoo Van Maxi Z.E. will be available from launch with a single equipment level. Orders can already be placed online at http://www.renault-ze.com.

 

Kangoo Z.E.

 Maxi 2 seats

Maxi 5 seats

Length (mm)

4,213

Overall width / including mirrors (mm)

Unladen height (mm)

Wheelbase (mm)

2,697

Front track (mm)

Rear track (mm)

Ground clearance unladen / laden (mm)

Luggage compartment volume min/max

3 to 3.5 m3

4 to 4.6m3

1,3 to 3.4 m3

Maximum payload (kg)

Number of seats

2

2

5

Engine

Power (kW)

Max speed (rpm)

Max. torque (Nm)

Transmission

Batteries

Battery capacity

Range

Top speed (electronically limited) (kph)

DIMENSIONS

Synchronous electric motor with rotor coil

44 (60 hp)

650

 

1,536

TECHNICAL DATA

PERFORMANCES

170 km cycle NEDC (105 miles)

130 (81 mph)

22 kWh

10 500

226

Direct transmission with a reduction gear

Lithium-ion type

1,829 / 2,133

1,818

 186 /143

4,597

1,522

3,081

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RENAULT Z.E. – DRIVING PLEASURE WITHOUT COMPROMISE

 

A new form of driving pleasure

Driving an electric vehicle is an entirely new driving experience, and the source of many new pleasures:

  • With maximum torque delivered instantaneously, and with the seamless acceleration that only electric motors can provide, driving pleasure is raised to entirely new levels
  • EVs are clean and quiet in operation. They help make our environment more pleasant and driving becomes calmer and more relaxed.

 

ELECTRICITY: STRESS-FREE AND EASY

Three types of battery charging are available:

  • Standard charge: the everyday charging option

- Where? Using the electricity supply at home or in car parks at the workplace, etc.

- Charging time: between six and eight hours using a wall-box for all Renault Z.E. vehicles, except Twizy, that can be charged in 3½ hours using an ordinary household socket.

  • Fast charge: for a quick top-up

- Where? Roadside stations, public car parks, service stations, car parks at shopping centres and supermarkets and large retail parks

- Charging time: 30 minutes

An alternative to fast-charge points, so-called "accelerated charge" points will be available to public and private partner organisations wishing to set up a charging infrastructure on their site or on the roadside, etc. These charging points – which range from three to 22kW – are capable of recharging ZOE and, later, Fluence Z.E. and Kangoo Van Z.E., in one hour. This infrastructure is more attractively priced, too – a factor that will encourage its deployment.

  • Automated battery exchange stations: these allow motorists to swap a depleted battery for a fully-charged replacement in three minutes. Stations of this type are planned in Israel and Denmark, in partnership with Better Place.

1.      Charging points wherever they are needed

The battery charging point network is expanding

Renault is working with public and private partners to facilitate the expansion of the charging infrastructure. By the time the first Renault electric cars are launched, there will be 5,000 charging points in service in France, of which 1,500 will be fast-charge or “accelerated” points, capable of performing a full charge in 30 minutes or one hour. The expansion of charging infrastructures will continue and is expected to reach 75,000 points by 2015, of which 15,000 will be of the fast-charge type.

In the UK, the first three areas (London, Milton Keynes and the North East) under the Plugged-In Places scheme have already started installing charging points, with plans to install a total of around 11,000 by the end of 2012. In December 2010, funding was announced for the second stage of the project to include Northern Ireland, Scotland, Greater Manchester, the Midlands and the East of England, providing upwards of 4,000 charging points.

Charging infrastructure development will focus on the most frequently used parking areas

Charging points will be provided at the roadside, in public car parks, in workplace car parks, at shopping centres and at large retail chains, etc. In other words, in the locations where vehicles normally park. This represents a radical change in motorists’ driving patterns: they will not have to alter their route any longer to fill up with energy. Renault has already established partnerships with E. Leclerc supermarkets, Vinci Park, Unibail Rodamco (shopping centres across Europe), etc.

Renault electric vehicles are compatible with all the charging points that are due to be installed. This will allow customers to make use of the entire network of charging points without having to worry about the type of point (standard or fast-charge), or the level of power it provides. In effect, it is the vehicle which decides the amount of power it needs to draw from the charging point, not the point imposing a particular power.

2.      The real-world range of electric vehicles

The range of Fluence Z.E., Kangoo Z.E. and ZOE Preview can be as much as 125 miles.

Kangoo Z.E. and Fluence Z.E. have been homologated with NEDC cycle ranges of 106 and 115 miles respectively. In real-life use, this range can be as high as 125 miles when conditions are ideal. However, when the opposite is the case – severe weather, sporty driving, hilly terrain, etc. – the range can fall to around 50 miles.

In practice, the range of an EV varies more than that of an internal combustion-engined vehicle. It depends on speed, the type of route, the use of climate control and heating, the external temperature and the style of driving (sporty, normal or ‘eco’).

In contrast to internal combustion-engined models though, it is in town, in dense traffic, that the electric vehicle is at its most economical (with a range of around 125 miles).

This is explained in part:

  • By the fact that when the speed is zero (at a red light, in heavy traffic, etc.), the electric vehicle does not consume any energy.
  • By the ability to recover energy under braking. Frequent braking and stops thus help to replenish part of the energy consumed in urban driving.

Innovations that help boost range

Renault has developed a number of ingenious systems to help ensure that electric cars are able to maximise their range: 

  • Regenerative braking allows the vehicle to harvest its kinetic energy and store it in the battery.
  • Electric vehicles are fitted with a pre-conditioning system. When the vehicle is connected to the electricity supply, the driver can programme pre-heating or pre-cooling of the cabin. Not only does this feature help preserve the maximum range of the vehicle, but it is also considerably more comfortable for the driver to get into a car that is already at the desired temperature.
  • An Eco Mode setting is available on Renault Z.E. vehicles. Pressing the button to activate this mode limits the operation of the heating and climate control systems on Fluence Z.E. and the output of the motor (torque and speed) on Kangoo Van Z.E. The gain in range can be as much as 10 per cent.

3.      Drivers – controlling your range

More so than with an internal combustion-engined vehicle, the driver has the ability to extract the maximum range from his or her electric car. For example, by applying eco-driving techniques, a driver can gain up to 22 miles in range.

Several innovations have been developed, allowing drivers to:

  • Receive constant updates on the state of charge of their battery
  • Prepare their journey more effectively and simply by using telematic services and a navigation system specially designed for electric vehicles.

Information to help optimise range management

The driver of a Renault electric vehicle will be able to check all the factors relating to range at any moment he or she wishes. The vehicle’s HMI (Human Machine Interface), specifically developed around the needs of electric car drivers, incorporates:

  1. A display showing the state of battery charge
  2. An onboard computer gives the remaining range in kilometres or miles, the average and             instantaneous consumption levels in kWh, and the kWh still remaining in the battery
  3. An “econometer” which indicates how the energy is being used: high consumption is shown in red, normal consumption in light blue and low consumption in dark blue
  4. Carminat TomTom® Live intelligent navigation (standard on Fluence Z.E. and available at a later date for Kangoo Van Z.E.). This system can:
  • Pinpoint the nearest battery charging points, indicate their availability and integrate them into the route computation
  • Provide a graphic display of the vehicle’s operating radius based on the range remaining in the batteries

In addition to this, the driver can add the "Live" package of connected services. This integrates high-definition traffic information, alerts the driver to the presence of mobile speed checks (depending on market), and provides Google Local Search functions as well as weather forecasts (optional on Fluence Z.E. and available at a later date for Kangoo Van Z.E.).

Connected services for smart electric mobility

Following the introduction of its first electric cars, Renault will launch a full range of connected services to help drivers maximise their vehicle's range, to prepare routes effectively and, for business users, to manage their vehicle fleets.

Range-related information: remotely, by mobile phone and computer (online)

Even when not in their vehicle, drivers can access a wealth of range-related information via their mobile phone or computer. Whether they are at work, at home or anywhere else, they can check the condition of their battery – its state of charge, the time remaining time until it is fully charged, charge status (charging/charge complete/problem), an alert to warn if the battery is discharged, and its charging history (standard on Fluence Z.E. and optional for Kangoo Van Z.E.). 

In the case of Fluence Z.E., the driver can also call up a display on his smartphone or computer showing the location of charging points on his planned route.  

Fleet Asset Management is a system for the real-time management of vehicle fleets and is a service aimed at fleet managers and customers on long leases. The system provides customers with daily updates on distance covered, energy consumption, the state of charge of the batteries, etc. (around sixty information streams can be uploaded every day), enabling more effective management of electric vehicle fleets.

 

  1. A portfolio of services to guarantee seamless mobility

Guaranteed mobility – whatever the destination

Renault Z.E. customers will be offered preferential terms for the short-term rental of an internal combustion-engined vehicle for longer journeys. This service will be available following the launch of the first Renault electric vehicles and will be delivered through Renault Rent, Avis and Europcar agencies, thereby guaranteeing a comprehensive network across the country. The service will also be available through My Renault via the renault.fr website. Payment for the service will be at the time of use, either at the agency or online.

Mobility guaranteed – even if your battery runs dry

This comes courtesy of a 24-hour, seven days a week service assistance package. This service will recover a customer’s vehicle to the nearest charging point and also offer a temporary mobility solution to get him or her to their destination. 

Service contracts structured around electric vehicles keep budgets under control

In addition to the standard manufacturer’s warranty covering the models in the Renault Z.E. range, Renault also offers:

  • A "programmed maintenance" option enabling customers to select a programme (years/mileage) geared to their type of use and the length of their battery lease contract.
  • A warranty extension to five years (see below for the standard warranty on the electric drivetrain).

The standard manufacturer’s warranty includes:

  • Vehicle warranty: two years/unlimited mileage or three years/60,000 miles, depending on market and the internal combustion-engined vehicle warranty in that country.
  • Electric powertrain warranty: up to five years/60,000 miles (except Twizy: three years/unlimited mileage).

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: AN INTEGRAL PART OF RENAULT’S ECO² ENVIRONMENTAL PROGRAMME

Since 1995, Renault has been implementing a series of measures aimed at reducing the impact of its activities on the environment and preserving the ecological balance. The large-scale introduction of vehicles with zero emissions at the point of use is a core element written into this programme: EVs are the only solution that can guarantee a significant reduction in the CO2 emissions from personal car transportation.

Renault’s environmental priorities also extend to taking account of the complete life cycle of the vehicle, from its design and manufacture to the end of its life. The question of the recycling of the battery forms part of these considerations and is something which Renault has been studying for five years.

Energy equation favours electric cars over hybrids

The arrival of electric cars on the market marks the beginning of an ecological turning point. Electric vehicles have zero emissions at their point of use – in contrast to hybrid vehicles, even the best performing of which still emit an average of 89g/km of CO2 into the atmosphere. In the case of the Fluence Z.E., the total well-to-wheels energy usage is 62g/km, calculated on the basis of the CO2 emissions of the average European electricity production mix. This is about 40 per cent less CO2 than the quantity emitted, on a well-to-wheels basis, by the most eco-friendly hybrid (105g/km of CO2).

In France, the national electricity generation mix dramatically increases this advantage. The well-to-wheels figure for the Fluence Z.E. is just 12g/km of CO2 –87 per cent less than even the best hybrid emits.

Dealing with end-of-life batteries – a priority for Renault

Renault is working to extend the useful life of its EV batteries by using them for static energy storage. Once the batteries are no longer usable, they will be dismantled and their component parts recycled or reprocessed. Industrial recycling processes have already been designed and are currently being optimised by the major players in the battery recycling industry.

 

 

 

 

RENAULT FLORIDE – RECREATING SIXTIES CHIC

 

  • The limited edition Mégane Coupé-Cabriolet Floride goes on sale in Europe from 1 March
  • The limited-edition Mégane Coupé-Cabriolet has seen Renault create a modern interpretation of that bygone Floride spirit

After introducing a number of pre-war models that were notable for their exquisite elegance – cars such as the Primaquatre, Viva and Nerva Sport – Renault introduced the Floride in 1958. The company’s primary objective was to reintroduce a cabriolet, which had once been a staple of its range.

Based on the Dauphine saloon, the Floride blended the impending exuberance of the 1960s with typical French chic. It was designed as a fresh, new car that would appeal to all ages, but it struck a particular chord with female motorists and couples with young children. Its strong points? It was modern in terms of both design and equipment, with a number of comfort-enhancing features carried over from the Dauphine – and at an attractive price, too. It was available in a range of bright, elegant colours, with interior trim options that were both bold and refined.

Today, customers for cars such as this want to stand out from the crowd and savour the pleasures of something chic and distinctive… just as they did 50 years ago.

To this end, Renault has produced a contemporary counterpart in the form of a limited-edition model with a number of specific design elements featuring both inside and out.

Its colourful appearance echoes a certain French joie de vivre and charm:

  • The elegant bodywork stands out thanks to a new, exclusive paint option, Ivoire Floride, a pastel shade inspired by the swinging sixties.
  • It is fitted with 17-inch diamond-effect alloy wheels. These are painted ivory – reminiscent of the white-wall tyres which graced the originals.
  • The interior is finished in a flamboyant shade of red, a classic cabriolet colour with a few ivory flourishes to create an elegant, distinctive feel that is wholly in keeping with the spirit of its forebear.

It carries the Floride name with pride. The front wings feature a retro-styled Floride badge and you’ll also find the name on the lower bodywork, just in front of the rear wheel arches, in chromed, 3D typography that reflects the style of a previous age.

The word Floride appears in full on the dashboard, while the gearknob, in the form of a metallic ball, bears a jewellery-style "f" hallmark. The floor mats also feature an "f" monogram. Last but not least of the details is a numbered plaque, mounted on the centre console.

This exclusive limited edition will be restricted to just 1,200 cars, 450 of which are destined for the French market.

A LAVISHLY-EQUIPPED LIMITED EDITION VERSION

Mégane Coupé-Cabriolet Floride is based on the Privilège trim level, enhanced with the following features:

  • Ivory-coloured, 17-inch, diamond-effect, alloy wheels
  • Easy Pack: electronic handbrake and tyre pressure monitoring system
  • City Pack: front and rear parking proximity sensors and electrically-folding door mirrors
  • Carminat TomTom® Live satellite navigation

The limited-edition Floride will be fitted with the highest-specification Mégane Coupé-Cabriolet engine available, although this may vary from market to market.

In France, the car is available only with the 130 dCi DPF engine, mated to a six-speed manual gearbox – a benchmark combination for relaxing, comfortable journeys.

The car will go on sale in France priced from €31,500. The Floride will not be commercialised in the UK.

 

 

 

 

 

WIND ROADSTER GORDINI

 

  • With its exclusive "French Touch" look and an extensive range of standard equipment, this new version of Wind Roadster – complete with iconic twin white stripes – will spearhead Renault’s coupé-roadster range from next summer (in certain markets)
  • It features a number of styling details that distinguish a modern Gordini: Wind Roadster Gordini is fitted with 17-inch black diamond-effect wheels and finished in the famous Malta Blue paintwork with distinctive white stripes. There are also white flourishes on the exterior mirrors, grille trim and rear wing. The original look of these individually numbered cars is completed by a gloss black roof and, on each flank, a circular badge bearing the famous letter ‘G’
  • Particular care has been taken to make sure the cabin, too, resonates with the essence of Gordini. In common with other Gordini models, Wind Roadster has blue and black leather upholstery, a leather-trimmed steering wheel highlighted with two white stripes at the top, aluminium pedals and a gearlever with a blue leather gaiter and a metal knob bearing the Gordini logo. The finishing touches include Gordini-embossed door sills, blue, braided floor mats and blue and white door trims. This is a sporting, cosseting domain and, to underline the model’s unique character, each car will have an individually numbered plaque by its rear screen, 1-200 for the UK market.
  • A premium standard of equipment: The Gordini version is fitted with the highest possible level of equipment and thus tops the Wind Roadster range. Standard features include automatic climate control, a 2x35W radio-CD with Bluetooth® and Plug&Music connectivity, fingertip remote control, voice recognition and audio streaming (for wireless music access), heated seats, cruise control with speed limiter and ESC
  • Wind Roadster Gordini goes on sale from June in those countries where the coupé-roadster is marketed.

A community spirit that embraces social networks: Above all, Gordini represents a powerful community spirit that has stood the test of time. In the same way that Gordini drivers used to flash their headlights at each other by way of acknowledgement, the modern Gordini community – younger, and more feminine – tends to gravitate towards social networking sites. That’s why, on January 31, Renault took the innovative step of announcing Wind Roadster Gordini to some 30,000 fans on Gordini’s Facebook page. The popularity of digital media such as Facebook and the sales success of Twingo Gordini and Clio Gordini (as well as related products, such as scale models) prove that the Gordini legend and community spirit are very much alive.

DISTINGUISHING FEATURES 

Naturally, Wind Roadster Gordini has all the distinguishing features of other contemporary Gordinis. 

A Gordini on the outside

  • Gloss black roof
  • Metallic Malta Blue bodywork with famous white Gordini stripes and selected other details picked out in white, including grille, exterior mirrors and elements of the rear wing. Other colours are also available: Pearlescent Black and Glacier White. Cars finished in Glacier White feature stripes and decorative flourishes in anthracite
  • 17-inch gloss black alloy wheels
  • Circular "G" badges on the flanks

A thoughtfully designed interior, with the essence of "French Touch"

  • Blue and black leather upholstery with white stitching and "Gordini" badging embossed on the backrests
  • Blue door panel inserts
  • Steering-wheel trimmed with blue leather, with white stitching and two white stripes at the top in the straight ahead position
  • Blue door pulls with white detailing
  • Blue gearlever gaiter and metal gear knob with Gordini badging
  • Aluminium pedals
  • Black gloss centre console incorporating radio system and central air vents
  • Black translucent dashboard cowl
  • Blue-braided floor mats
  • Gordini-embossed door sills
  • Numbered plaque by rear screen, 1-200 for the UK

Options list:

  • 17-inch wheels in blue
  • Metallic paint
  • Deletion of Gordini stripes

A PREMIUM RANGE OF STANDARD EQUIPMENT

Standard equipment includes:

  • Automatic climate control
  • 2x35W radio-CD with fingertip remote control, MP3playback, Bluetooth® and Plug&Music connectivity (jack and USB plugs)
  • Trip computer
  • Automatic headlight and Wind Roadsterscreen-wiper activation
  • Cruise control with speed limiter
  • ESC
  • Heated leather seats
  • Foglamps
  • Electric door mirrors
  • Electric Wind Roadsterows
  • Remote central locking
  • Frontal airbags
  • Lateral airbags (head and thorax)

Three body colours:

  • There are two metallic options: Malta Blue and Pearlescent Black.
  • The non-metallic alternative is Glacier White (with stripes and decorative flourishes in anthracite). 

AN ALLURING BRAND

Renault's intention is to use this famous name to create a modern reinterpretation of Gordini’s core values, to attract a growing number of drivers who are looking for cars of exclusive character. In the space of only a few months, Renault has added its "French Touch" styling to various Renaultsport models.

  • "French Touch" embellishments have boosted sales of Renaultsport models:

-          With almost 25 per cent of the market share in Europe’s five largest sales areas (a five-point rise compared to the previous year, Twingo Renaultsport is the second best-seller in the segment for sporting city cars. Clio Renaultsport is second in its segment, too, with a 20.1 per cent market share (a four-point rise).

-          The Gordini brand has been influential in this sales success. Almost two-thirds of Twingo Renaultsport models sold in Europe (and one third, in the case of Clio Renaultsport) are Gordinis.

  • The creation of a community: the Facebook page dedicated to Gordini has already attracted almost 30,000 fans… and a dedicated iPhone® app has been downloaded 115,000 times. The Facebook community has a different profile to that of traditional Renaultsport customers – their average age is 15 years younger and there are twice as many females as males.

 

  • The appeal of "French Touch" styling: nine out of 10 customers opt for blue paint and only one per cent order cars without the famous white stripes. This emphasises the appeal of the Gordini name and the timelessness of its traditional hallmarks. With Gordini, Renault is broadening its scope by attracting a customer base that is both younger and more feminine. Gordini branding has enabled Twingo Renaultsport to gain five sales points in the 30-40 age group and two sales points among women.

 

 

RENAULT MONACO GP LIMITED EDITIONS

 

  • Having played a headlining role in the finest moments of the history of the Monaco Grand Prix, probably the world's most famous motor race, Renault has developed the Monaco GP limited edition for its coupé models, aimed at fans of elegance, sport and style.

 

  • Launched in 2010 on Laguna Coupé, the signature has been extended to cover two other models:

-          Mégane Coupé Monaco GP, based on the Dynamique equipment level.

-          Mégane R.S. Monaco GP, based on Mégane R.S.

 

  • These two cars went on sale in France on February 10, 2011, with tax-paid prices starting from €27,300.

For further information, please see the press release dated February 2nd  

 

 

 

RENAULT 4 CELEBRATES ITS 50th ANNIVERSARY

 

  • The iconic Renault 4 stands out as a symbol of the emancipation and sense of adventure associated with the so-called Trente Glorieuses – the post-WW2 boom years.
  • The Renault 4 was the first vehicle to be associated with Renault's bid for a global presence. It was revolutionary in many ways and was packed with technical innovations.

This year sees the Renault 4 celebrate its 50th anniversary, but there is little place for nostalgia inasmuch as this timeless model still seems to be with us. Thanks to its strength, road holding ability and simple design, it allowed a generation of young drivers to indulge in their quest for adventure and helped break down the social barriers of its day. It continues to be remembered for the formidable role it played in the emancipation of youngsters and in allowing each individual to find his or her personal calling.

It is the third best-selling car of those that are no longer in production today, with sales in excess of eight million. It was marketed in more than 100 countries and was designed to be as at home in and about town as it was in the country, for use during the working week or at weekends, as a workhorse or for pursuing leisure activities.

A revolutionary car

Following a five-year incubation period, the Renault 4 was unveiled to the press at the 1961 Paris Motor Show where it was an immediate hit.

From the beginning, it was hailed as a revolution because of the many innovations it heralded. It was Renault's first front-wheel drive car, featured a spacious interior and boasted an all-flat floor which facilitated easy loading. Its two-box configuration included a front-mounted engine, a folding benchseat and a boot accessible via a hatch, enabling it to switch seamlessly from a family car to a small van.

A familiar sight on the roads of Europe

As access to cars became easier, with the emergence of the middle classes and as the economy boomed, Europe became a major market for the R4.

It was initially launched in the Common Market and, in 1962, Renault took 7,500 orders for the car in France, plus almost 5,000 elsewhere in Europe. In Germany, the home of that other phenomenon, the Beetle, 65 Renault 4s were sold every day on average. Because of their fundamental differences in design, the two cars were not direct rivals.

First steps to globalisation

The Renault 4 was a symbol of the company's global vision and helped strengthen the brand's image across the world. The model was made in no fewer than 27 different countries – a record. Sixty per cent of production was sold outside of France, and just half the cars were manufactured in its home country.

The R4 and adventure

Towards the end of the 1960s, the day's freedom-loving youth broke away from the social conventions of the day as travel became a means of expression. Renault soon started to lend its support to a high number of initiatives.

- In 1966, Renault launched its "Routes du Monde" programme, in association with the French Society of Explorers and Travellers. This involved six to eight teams of young people between the ages of 18 and 25 setting out in Renault 4s on a range of different adventures, each of which had a particular theme. The programme ran until 1984.

- In 1974, Renault added the "Coupe de France Renault Cross Elf" to its calendar of single-make motorsport championships.

- In 1979, the Marreau brothers decided to enter a new-style competition which would go on to achieve legendary status: the Paris-Dakar. They performed superbly, finishing fifth overall, and second in the car category behind the potent Range Rover V8, twice as powerful as their 4L. The 1980 event saw the brothers steer their Renault 4 to third place, just one hour and 10 minutes behind the winners. Their exploit caught the imagination of the public who were swift to relate to these modern day adventurers.

- The Renault 4 adventure continues to this day in the form of the 4L Trophy. Launched in 1998, this event sees 1,200 teams of students compete in a navigation trial taking them from Paris to the south of Morocco. Most of the cars they use have clocked up many years and thousands of miles, yet they valiantly continue to make sure that the models magic survives.

For further information, please see the press pack dated December 7th

 

 

 INNOVATIONS TO MEET THE NEEDS OF EACH MOTORIST

ENERGY dCi 130: the best eco-technologies to balance driving pleasure with respect for the environment

 

  • As Renault pursues its target to become Europe's number-one manufacturer in terms of low fuel consumption and CO2 emissions, the company will display its latest 1.6 dCi engine, Energy dCi 130, in Geneva
  • Along with its downsized cubic capacity (16 per cent smaller than that of the 1.9 dCi), the new Energy 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 its downsized cubic capacity, with no corresponding loss in performance, this package of advanced technology includes features rarely seen at this level, such as Stop&Start, low pressure EGR, Energy Smart Management and variable swirl technology

The performance credentials of this new powerplant, which will gradually replace the current 1.9 dCi, compare favourably with those of its predecessor, including peak power of 130hp and even more generous torque (320Nm) available across a broad rev-range.

The new Energy dCi 130 engine is due to go on sale this spring and will initially be available under the bonnet of the Mégane line-up's MPVs. Grand Scénic Energy dCi 130 will return combined-cycle fuel consumption of 64 mpg, a record for its class, and equivalent to CO2 emissions of just 117g/km.

 

RENAULT, F1 AND THE PUBLIC – THE LOVE AFFAIR CONTINUES

  • In 2011 and the seasons ahead, Renault will continue to participate in Grand Prix racing as a supplier of engines and related technologies.
  • Renault Sport F1 will have three partners: Lotus Renault GP, Red Bull Racing Renault and Team Lotus Renault.
  • Once again, Renault is doing its utmost to make sure that the benefits of its F1 commitment will filter through to its range of road cars.

Motorsport is part of Renault’s genetic code. The company’s epic F1 campaigns have always earned it a special place in the public’s affections. Renault knows how to collaborate with partner teams and has huge technological potential, a desire to innovate and an ability to adapt easily to different engineering environments. Such assets are recognised by an audience that can identify with the brand.

RENAULT SPORT F1: a laboratory for the future

In 2011 and forthcoming seasons, Renault will remain in F1 as it turns back the clock by focusing on its role as an engine supplier. Three Grand Prix teams will use Renault power in 2011: Lotus Renault GP, Red Bull Racing Renault and Team Lotus Renault. Renault Sport F1 is a new enterprise that will develop fresh technologies that are both thermally and electrically efficient, with all the environmental advantages that brings. Eventually, this technology will be adapted to Renault’s road cars. In parallel with these projects, Renault will have specialised engineering teams working on transmissions and kinetic energy recovery systems (KERS). Renault will be on the grid to write fresh chapters both on the track and in the research laboratory.

Throughout a long F1 involvement that has netted nine titles in the Constructors' World Championship, Renault has illustrated its ability to implement challenging concepts, develop them and, by proving their effectiveness, set ever higher standards within the sport. A consistently high quality of human and technical input has been crucial to this success.

From 1977’s famous "Yellow Teapot" to its most recent title winner, with Red Bull Racing in 2010, Renault has scripted many a wonderful tale at the highest level of motor racing.

 

RENAULT: AT THE ENVIRONMENTAL FOREFRONT

  • In addition to the upcoming range of electric vehicles that will shortly spearhead the brand's Renault eco² drive, Renault has decided to step up the criteria with which its vehicles must comply to qualify for its eco² signature
  • A vehicle may now only claim Renault eco² status if it emits less than 120g of CO2/km and if more than seven per cent (by weight) of the plastic it contains is sourced from recycling
  • The Geneva Motor Show provides the brand with a valuable opportunity to showcase the progress it has achieved thanks to the display of three Renault eco² Champion flagships, namely Clio dCi 90 FAP, Mégane Sport Tourer dCi 110 FAP EDC and Grand Scénic dCi 130 Stop&Start. These three cars are due to reach the market within the next 12 months

 

Renault eco² Champion cars on show at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show

Clio

dCi 90 FAP

Mégane Estate

dCi 110 FAP EDC

Grand Scénic

dCi 130 Stop&Start

PRODUCTION

Manufactured in an ISO 14001-certified factory

 

Flins (France)

 

Palencia (Spain)

Douai

(France)

ON-ROAD USE

Emissions of CO2/km

90g

106g

117g

RECYCLING

Proportion (and weight) of plastic sourced from recycling

 

10%

(15.5kg)

 

10.6%

(20.5kg)

14%

(34kg)

Since its launch in 2007, the Renault eco² signature has provided an eloquent illustration of the results achieved by the brand since the introduction of its environmental policy in 1995. As continues to be the case today, this policy concerned the full lifecycle of its products and covered three criteria:

  • PRODUCTION: vehicles had to be manufactured in ISO 14001-certified plants (which today applies to all of Renault's factories)
  • ON-ROAD USE: CO2 emissions of less than 140g/km
  • RECYCLING: five per cent of the plastic vehicles contained had to be sourced from recycling

These three environment-related criteria were not the only factors to influence the eco-design of Renault models. The brand's environmental policy continues to be founded on a will to reduce the ecological impact of its products at every step of their respective lifecycles, i.e. production, distribution, on-road use and recycling.

The Renault Group's commitment to reduce its carbon footprint by 10 per cent before 2013 illustrates its determination to pursue the development of affordable, even more ecologically-effective solutions in order to make the most effective contribution possible to solving the problems of global warming and the depletion of natural resources.

Further information on Renault is available at www.renault.co.uk, Renault TV on Sky Guide 883 and Freesat 651, or by following on twitter @renault_uk.

 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


*.Zero emission in road use, except wear parts. UK version may differ from the online version and is subject to confirmation closer to launch

[2] When optional additional heater unit is not fitted.

 

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Medium 3500 x 2800 2.7 MB
Small 1500 x 1200 0.5 MB
Large 3000 x 2400 0.4 MB

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Twizy

Twizy

Media ID: 5310
Medium 3500 x 2800 2.6 MB
Small 1500 x 1200 0.4 MB
Large 3000 x 2400 0.3 MB

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Stop & Start

Stop & Start

Media ID: 9197
Medium 3500 x 7875 7.1 MB
Small 1500 x 3375 1.9 MB
Large 2400 x 5400 0.9 MB

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Captur

Captur

Media ID: 9198
Medium 3500 x 2679 3.2 MB
Small 1500 x 1148 0.7 MB
Large 3000 x 2297 0.5 MB

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R-Space

R-Space

Media ID: 9199
Medium 3500 x 2450 2.7 MB
Small 1500 x 1050 0.5 MB
Large 3000 x 2100 0.3 MB

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Mégane Coupé-Cabriolet Floride limited edition

Mégane Coupé-Cabriolet Floride limited edition

Media ID: 9200
Medium 3500 x 2800 3.7 MB
Small 1500 x 1200 0.9 MB
Large 3000 x 2400 0.6 MB

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Mégane Coupé Monaco GP limited edition

Mégane Coupé Monaco GP limited edition

Media ID: 2187
Medium 3500 x 2800 3.3 MB
Small 1500 x 1200 0.8 MB
Large 3000 x 2400 0.5 MB

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Kangoo Maxi Z.E. (Zero Emission)

Kangoo Maxi Z.E. (Zero Emission)

Media ID: 9201
Medium 3500 x 2800 2.9 MB
Small 1500 x 1200 0.6 MB
Large 3000 x 2400 0.4 MB

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