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PostHeaderIcon Renault Unveils Best Autonomous Obstacle Avoidance System

The battle between car makers developing autonomous models – which involves pretty much all of them – is reaching a fever pitch. That is why they are quick to bast about the small steps they make in their quest to become a leader in this segment. And that is the case with Renault’s new Autonomous Obstacle Avoidance technology. 

Of course, this is not something new. Every autonomous car has to avoid obstacles or it wouldn’t be an autonomous car. Still, Renault maintains their Autonomous Obstacle Avoidance tech is so finely tuned that it rivals the best professional test drivers.That means their system will be more reliable, and safer, in tricky driving situations where quick reaction and skilled handling is called for.

Complementing Renault’s existing achievements in Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS), the Autonomous Obstacle Avoidance system is another step towards achieving what they refer to as “Mind Off” driving which is what Renault calls fully autonomous driving. If you want to switch off your mind behind the will and trust the vehicle to take you places safely, you need to be sure that it can deal with tricky, unexpected situation that arise on the road. Will AI and fancy tech stuff be a flawless match for human intuition and intellect? We shall find out in a few years when these cars go mainstream.

“At Groupe Renault, we are focused on being an innovation leader in products, technology and design,” said Simon Hougard, Director of Renault Open Innovation Lab – Silicon Valley. “Our innovation efforts aim to develop advanced autonomous driving technologies that consumers can trust will create a safer, more comfortable journey.”

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PostHeaderIcon Renault Unveils Best Autonomous Obstacle Avoidance System

The battle between car makers developing autonomous models – which involves pretty much all of them – is reaching a fever pitch. That is why they are quick to bast about the small steps they make in their quest to become a leader in this segment. And that is the case with Renault’s new Autonomous Obstacle Avoidance technology. 

Of course, this is not something new. Every autonomous car has to avoid obstacles or it wouldn’t be an autonomous car. Still, Renault maintains their Autonomous Obstacle Avoidance tech is so finely tuned that it rivals the best professional test drivers.That means their system will be more reliable, and safer, in tricky driving situations where quick reaction and skilled handling is called for.

Complementing Renault’s existing achievements in Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS), the Autonomous Obstacle Avoidance system is another step towards achieving what they refer to as “Mind Off” driving which is what Renault calls fully autonomous driving. If you want to switch off your mind behind the will and trust the vehicle to take you places safely, you need to be sure that it can deal with tricky, unexpected situation that arise on the road. Will AI and fancy tech stuff be a flawless match for human intuition and intellect? We shall find out in a few years when these cars go mainstream.

“At Groupe Renault, we are focused on being an innovation leader in products, technology and design,” said Simon Hougard, Director of Renault Open Innovation Lab – Silicon Valley. “Our innovation efforts aim to develop advanced autonomous driving technologies that consumers can trust will create a safer, more comfortable journey.”

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PostHeaderIcon Renault Flins Plant Celebrates Production of 18 Millionth Car

Last week Renault achieved a very remarkable milestone as the 18 millionth production car rolled off the production line at Flins plant in France. In happy coincidence, the milestone car was a futuristic Renault ZOE electric hatchback – celebrating the past 65 years of production and looking forward to the next 65 years with new technologies and ideas. 

Naturally, Renault made a little fuss about the handover of the 18 millionth car. The milestone Renault ZOE was bought by Green City, a German company based in Munich and Starnberg which specialises in e-mobility services. Oliver Weiss, Director of Green City, went to Flins factories where he received the keys to the ZOE from Eric Feunteun, Director, Electric Vehicle Programme, and Jean-Luc Mabire, Director of the Flins plant.This was the seventeenth ZOE to be added to Green City’s fleet. Renault ZOE is one of the best-selling EVs in Europe thanks to its incredible range of 300 to 400 kilometers.

Renault Flint plant started production in 1952, which makes it the oldest body assembly plant in France. Over the years the plant has produced a wide variety of model, CV, the Renault 4, the Renault 5, the first-generation Twingo, the Clio line and now the full-electric ZOE. This is also where the new Nissan Micra is assembled.

FLINS PLANT – KEY FIGURES
  • 18 million cars produced since the plant first opened (19 different models)
  • 160,544 cars produced in 2016 (134,502 Clios / 25,477 ZOEs / 565 Micras)
  • 65 years of expertise and konw-how (opened in 1952)
  • 2,378 employees
  • 237 hectares (including 67 hectares covered)
  • More than 110 million in capital expenditure over the past three years
  • ISO 14001 (environment) and ISO 9001 (quality) certification
  • 5 million parts handled per year by the on-site spare parts centre
  • 51.4% of stamped parts shipped to external clients (Renault and Nissan plants)
  • Production of Nissan Micran Gen 5 (the only production facility in the world), the fourth-generation Clio and the full-electric ZOE (the only production facility in the world)
  • 905 vehicle per day in three shifts 
  • Production of body shells for Clio Renault Sport which is assembled at the Alpine plant in Dieppe, France

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PostHeaderIcon Renault Z.E. Smart Charge Optimizes Your EV’s Energy Use

Acquiring a 25% share in Jedlix, a Dutch start-up specializing in the smart and sustainable charging of electric vehicle, Renault is trying, at least, to make electric motoring more appealing to customers. Renault Z.E. Smart Charge app is the first outcome of this partnership, and it lowers the cost of charging your electric vehicle by optimizing when and how it’s charged. 

It sounds great on the face of it, but Renault Z.E. Smart Charge does require you to put in the charge level you need and the departure time, and the app optimizes the management of vehicle charges to benefit as much as possible from renewable energy and the lowest prices. Now how would one know how much charge one needs for one’s travels, that requires calculation and mental work, and you could still get it wrong and give the app false data, which in turn results in inadequate charge and…

I don’t know, but this kind of goes against the whole point of owning a personal car, which is peace of mind, freedom, and enjoying the trip. The image Renault Z.E. Smart Charge paints of electric motoring makes us want to take an Uber instead!

“Pioneer in the electric vehicle, Renault confirms its leadership position by developing innovative partnerships. With Jedlix, we will provide new services to make charging – and thus the use of electric vehicles – even more easy and affordable,” explains Gilles Normand, Senior Vice President, Electric Vehicle, Renault.

“Our partnership with Groupe Renault will help us to create the best possible smart charging service and to offer its benefits to a large and diverse customer base throughout Europe”, says Ruben Benders, managing director of Jedlix.

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PostHeaderIcon Renault Symbioz Is Like A Mobile Room

It seems like you could throw a stone in any direction at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show and you’d end up hitting some kind of autonomous, all-electric concept car. Renault is contributing to that with something it’s calling the Symbioz, but unlike other concepts, this Renault is taking a more… “holistic” approach. The Symbioz name appears to be a deliberate misspelling of symbiosis, and as such, it moves beyond the idea of a car as a standalone object to also encompasses the home where it’s parked. Renault even went so far as to place the concept inside a mock-up home at the auto show to display how “fully connected” it is to its environment. Framed as something you might see by the year 2030, the Symbioz gets the usual electric motivation and autonomous capability, but in addition, the interior was crafted to feel like a home, and indeed, acts as a modular and mobile room when parked, connecting with its “parent” house in a number of ways.

“No longer can we think of car design in isolation from the ecosystem surrounding us, or the evolution of major changes like electric energy use, connected and autonomous drive technologies that influence our lives as we move from place to place,” says Laurens van der Acker, Senior Vice President of Corporate Design. To that end, Renault tapped a variety of “planners, designers and engineers, academics and architects, startups and sociologues” to create this unique concept.

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PostHeaderIcon Renault Megane R.S. Is Proof that the French Need to Return to America ASAP!

After no fewer than eight years on the market, the third-generation Megane was finally replaced in 2016. The redesign brought a significantly more modern vehicle in showrooms, as well as proof that Renault can deliver pretty cars. Of course, the company’s most recent design language looks appealing on just about any nameplate that uses it, but the Megane is particularly attractive due to its balance, hatchback body style. For more than a decade now, a new Megane was always followed by a redesigned Megane R.S., so it’s far from surprising that Renault brought a new rendition of its performance hatchback at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show.

With the hot-hatch heavily based on the standard Megane and most R.S. features borrowed from the existing Clio R.S., the new Megane R.S. is far from surprising if you ask me. I mean, it’s just like I imagined it and all the recently launched R.S. features are there. This isn’t a bad thing though. On the contrary, the new Megane R.S. is stunning to look at, and I think it trumps everything else in this segment styling-wise, including the Volkswagen Golf R and the Ford Focus RS. Okay, so maybe the Focus RS is hard to beat, but the Megane R.S. is still cool enough to get us frustrated over the fact that Renaults aren’t available in the United States.

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PostHeaderIcon 2018 Renault Megane RS Revealed with 300 Horsepower

Some say it’s a Golf GTI killer. Others think it will murder the Civic Type R. But these are nothing but speculations. What we can tell you right here, right now is the 2018 Renault Megane RS seems like a pretty damn good hot hatchback. The new boy has 300 horses to play with, and four hands!

Well, what that means in simple language is that 2018 Renault Megane RS has a turbo engine with 280 in normal and 300 horsepower in Trophy guise. It also has 4CONTROL four-wheel steering which makes it a lot easier to make the best of the 390 Nm of torque the engine offers. To slice that power you can use either a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed EDC automatic. That is not all the goodness though. You also get Sport and Cup chassis options, with limited slip differential available on Cup. And there is front and rear hydraulic compression stops to provide additional damping and eliminate the effects of rebound.

That might sound too technical and complicated . But all that stuff work behind the scenes. 2018 Renault Megane RS is tuned on the race track to be a real driver’s car. You won’t notice the magic of redesigned PerfoHub independent steering axis front suspension enhancing stability. What you will be doing is overuse yhe R.S. Monitor Expert. It’s a real-time performance display that can now be connected to a camera and posted directly onto social media.






“I was involved in New Renault Mégane R.S.’s development and I am proud to be its ambassador. Thanks to the new technologies it packs, including 4CONTROL technology, New Mégane R.S. is even more efficient and nimble than its predecessor. It’s a delight to drive.” Nico Hülkenberg – Renault Sport Racing Formula 1 driver and Renault Sport Cars ambassador.

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PostHeaderIcon Renault R.S. 2027 Vision

Formula 1 has always been a bastion of the high-tech, a series where futuristic ground-bound spaceships boom by at terrifyingly high speeds, challenging what we think is possible when a human pilot takes the helm on four wheels. For the past 40 years, Renault has taken part in this orgy of speed and technology, and now, we’re getting a peek at the French automaker’s vision of things to come. Long story short, expect even more of the heart-stopping pace we know today, plus more excitement, higher levels of spectator engagement, reduced costs, increased safety, and even a dash of environmental responsibility as well.

You gotta love it when a press release kicks off with the line “the year is 2027,” so I was keen to dive into the specifics as soon as I saw this thing roll across my desk. And while these sorts of design studies don’t always nail it in terms of predicting the real future, they almost always come with a nice set of interesting ideas that could gain some traction (in one form or another, at least) in the years to come. Not only that, but the aesthetic-driven renderings are a surefire way to light the imagination and set you off on a little sci-fi day dreaming…

Updated 09/18/2017: Renault R.S. 2027 Vision made quite an appearance at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show. Hit the “Pictures” tab to see it on the auto show floor.

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PostHeaderIcon Renault Alaskan Pickup Truck Now on Sale in Europe

Having proven itself in Latin America, which served as a test market for it, the Renault Alaskan pickup truck is now ready to take Europe by storm. The pickup market is heating up in the green continent with more and more brands entering the segment with brand-new products. 

Well, to be honest they are still testing the uncharted waters here. That is why many of these products have the same underpinnings. The 2018 Renault Alaskan shares its nuts and bolts with a Nissan truck which also underpins the new Mercedes X-Class. But that does’t mean the Alaskan is a bad truck. Quite the contrary. The big French workhorse seems to have all it needs to succeed. It comes with dynamic looks, robust build, and excellent capabilities.

Powered by a 2.3-litre dCi engine, Renault Alaskan offers three driving modes of 2WD, 4H and 4Lo. It also features a ladder chassis and multi-link rear suspension. That means you will never find yourself stuck. The truck is available with either a six-speed manual gearbox or seven-speed automatic transmission and electronic limited-slip differential (eLSD). Also available are Anti-lock braking system (ABS), Electronic stability program (ESP), Electronic braking distribution (EBD), Emergency brake assist (EBA), Traction control system (TCS), Active emergency braking (AEB).

2018 Renault Alaskan truck also benefits from a nice interior equipped with decent features. It looks utilitarian, but you get all the amenities including a 7-inch touchscreen featuring 360-degree camera. There’s even USB and Bluetooth connectivity, and satellite-navigation with live traffic information. This truck, then, seems to be a vehicle for every opportunity. This is going to change how the Europeans feel about pickups.






 

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PostHeaderIcon Alpine SUV

Shut down in 1995, Renault’s Alpine brand made a comeback 22 years later with a modern interpretation of its iconic A110 sports car. Developed on a bespoke platform and using a design that’s both modern and linked to the original car, the A110 is Renault’s long-awaited response to the Porsche Cayman and the Alfa Romeo 4C. But Alpine isn’t planning to stop here. Word has it that a convertible version of the A110 is also in the works, and the French firm also wants to jump on the SUV bandwagon. Why? Because everyone is doing it nowadays. But what’s this SUV going to be bring to the table?

I’m going to provide an answer to that question in the speculative review below, which includes not only the latest information and rumors but also a detailed rendering of the Alpine-badged hauler. A release date is not yet available, but given that we have yet to see any prototypes on the road, it’s safe to assume that it won’t happen sooner than late 2018. All told, this SUV won’t be available until the 2019 model year. That’s a long wait, but we already have a few juicy details about what’s coming.

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PostHeaderIcon Iran’s Emerging Car Market and the French Domination of it

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In the aftermath of the 1979 revolution and the war that followed it, Iran, one of the biggest and most ethnically diverse countries in the Middle East, became largely isolated with limited access to the world’s markets. While this self-inflicted malady certainly helped some industries to become self-sufficient, it wreaked havoc with the Iranian car market and sent it into a coma from which it is only starting to wake up. 

And boy is it coming back with a vengeance! Decades of sanctions and government-imposed ban on imports created a huge appetite for modern cars in Iran’s sizable market and when it was finally allowed to breath a little a few years back it just went bonkers. For the last decade or so the Iranian car market has been on a steady rise. All segments, from cheap economy to high-end luxury, seem to be insatiable with sales increasing year after year even amid political turmoil. In fact, Iran’s car market has far surpassed its real estate segment and has proved more steady as well. The latest estimates project a 2 million vehicle market by 2020, and that is based on the current state of affairs with American brands absent from the equation and only a few European players commuting to a half-hearted presence.

That is where the French come in. Today a Peugeot is as much a “national” car in Iran as it is in France. Pretty much the same goes for Renault. It is amazing to realize that a semi-facelifted version of the ancient Renault 5 used to be produced locally in Iran until only a few years ago. The same is true of the Peugeot 405, only it is still being produced under license to this day in its original form as well as in a number of other guises. This “historic” partnership, unencumbered by any sort of rivalry,  has allowed the French automakers to benefit enormously from that vast market.

In recent years with the easing or partial lifting of global sanctions against Iran the market has to some extent opened up to other brands, especially to those from the Far East. Chinese car makers are enjoying a mushroom-like growth in Iran both in imports and local production. And of course, the Koreans are taking home a significant portion of the pie. But that is of no moment to the French, because you see Peugeot and Renault are the pot in which the pie is baked. Granted, with a number of serious players now present in the field they have been forced to step up their game and introduce newer models and higher standards, but their winning cards is their strategic partnership with the two biggest, government-backed car makers in Iran, IKCO and SAIPA.

Today Renault signed a joint venture agreement with the Industrial Development & Renovation Organization of Iran (IDRO) and PARTO NEGIN NASEH Co, an importer of Renault products in Iran. This will include an engineering and purchasing centre to support the development of local suppliers as well as a plant with an initial production capacity of 150,000 vehicles a year, supplementing Groupe Renault’s existing capacity of 200,000 vehicles a year in the country. In addition to the vehicle plant announced in September 2016, an engine plant is also planned with a capacity of 150,000 units a year. The first products of this plant will be Symbol and new Duster (Renault’s subsidiaries are also having field day), joining Tondar, Tondar pick-up, Sandero and Sandero Stepway. And that is excluding imported Renaults which include pretty much every model they offer in Europe.

So there you have it. In all those years while American car makers couldn’t get near this huge market because of some pointless sanctions, and while German and even Japanese automakers were too cautious to get involved in any meaningful way, the French saw a golden opportunity, swept in and created a base of operations – colonized the market, one could almost say – so that now they are practically running the country’s car industry.

This can prove to be the single most ingenious move in the auto industry when the Iranian car market grows bigger than that of Europe.

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PostHeaderIcon 2018 Renault Megane RS – First Leaked Photos

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RenaultSport is currently bang in the middle of their teasing campaign for the new 2018 Renault Megane RS, so they won’t be liking this very much. The object of their teasing has now been completely revealed, albeit in leaked patent images, and the mystery is no more. 

Thanks to this act of mild industrial espionage we now know that the 2018 Renault Megane RS, thank goodness, is not all cutesy and adorable like its predecessor. It’s become sharp and angular and aggressive. It looks like it’s out looking for a fight, which is exactly what a proper hot hatch should look like. The new bumper features air intakes apparently modeled on Rocky’s mouth and there are side strakes like you get on an Aston Martin or stuff like that. The rear end is also cool,what with a large diffuser, extra vents and a large central tailpipe. But we have to say those signature Renault taillights are a bit of a let down.

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Technical specifications are yet to be confirmed for 2018 Renault Megane RS, but the French have already let us know the new hot hatch comes with a choice of Sport or Cup chassis and with manual or dual-clutch transmissions, plus 4Control all-wheel steering. The new Megane RS is no doubt going to be the most exciting car Renault has launched in recent memory, with the exception of the new Alpine A110.

Via Motor1

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PostHeaderIcon Rosemary Smith, 79, Test Drives Renault Formula One Car!

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If you count yourself as a car guy and a driving guru prepare to be greatly humbled. This is Rosemary Smith, a sweet old lady of 79, and she’s just become the oldest person to successfully drive an 800bhp Renault Formula One car.

And it wasn’t nonsense, either. She wasn’t being assisted while handling the F1 monster or sent just around the pit for a potter with the engine set to 10 percent output. As you can see in the video below, Rosemary Smith drove that F1 car like a boss, accelerating and cornering far better than… well, than Richard Hammond for instance who tried this thing on the old Top Gear a few times, each time making a hash of it.

The event was organized by Renault Uk as part of Renault Sport Formula One Team’s 40th Anniversary celebrations:

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In fairness, Rosemary Smith used to be a professional rally driver with awards from many big international events. She got her start working as a navigator for a rally driver and then switched to the driver seat with great success. A particularly poignant victory was the famous Tulip Rally, which she won in 1965, an achievement which made not only the motorsport world take notice but also Hollywood, with Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton sending her a huge bouquet and congratulatory letter. After years competing and winning at the highest level in world rallying, Rosemary set up her own driving school using Renault Clios and for the past two decades has campaigned for young driver education to be introduced in schools across the country.

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PostHeaderIcon A Hot Hatch Renauls Zoe RS Has Us Hoping It Becomes A Reality

We all remember the Zoe RS all-electric concept from the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, right? It caught our attention because it not only featured 460 horsepower and 472 pound-feet of torque, it also showed that it was capable of accelerating from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.2 seconds. In other words, people immediately clamored Renault to build a production version of the concept. Now it appears that it’s exactly what Renault has been planning all along.

Speaking with Autocar, Renault Sport chief Patrice Ratti confirmed that his performance division has already developed a prototype of the all-electric concept that made its debut in Geneva back in March 2017. Ratti didn’t dive into any specifics about the car, but he did say that developed has progressed far enough that such a car is now feasible, something that “wasn’t the case a few years ago.” Still, Ratti’s optimism comes with a few caveats, particularly in the development of the batteries that will likely power the supermini hot hatch, not to mention the goal of ensuring that the car can uphold Renault Sport’s noted credentials in handling and drivability. These are some of the biggest issues that will be addressed if Renault really wants to send the Zoe RS to production. The good news is that there appears to be an optimistic and determined climate in Boulogne to make sure that it happens.

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PostHeaderIcon Renault Celebrates 40 Years in F1 with a Yellow Teapot

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Renault Sport takes the art of selling branded merchandise to a whole new level by producing a 129 Euro teapot! The Renault Yellow Teapot is an ordinary teapot in that it’s just a pot painted yellow, but its shape, and the very name itself, has a rather remarkable history behind it. 

You see, Yellow Teapot was a nickname for Renault Formula 1 car model RS01 which back in 197 during the Silverstone Grand Prix. This car was the first F1 car to have a turbo motor, later used by pother teams, and as you is always expected with new technologies, it was plagued with problems and white smoke coming out of its engine was a common sight in those days. You are getting the picture, aren’t you? a Renault F1 car in yellow, white and black livery, with smoke pouring out of it.

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It was team boss Ken Tyrrell who first used the nickname “Yellow Teapot” as a joke. The expression was adopted by the membres of his team, then by other teams at the following Grand Prix events. The RS01 was thereafter nicknamed The Yellow Teapot. And so celebrating 40 fairly glorious years in the sport Renault is now presenting an actual Yellow Teapot. The pot is limited to only 40 copies, each priced at 129 Euro, and it will be launched in early September.

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PostHeaderIcon 2018 Alpine A110 Is Built to Last

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In pursuit of lightness and better performance many a sports car maker sacrifice many things, chief among which the quality. That is why most cars of this breed are brittle and delicate and need tender and loving care to keep working properly. In the case of 2018 Alpine A110, however, the opposite seems to be true. 

Renault Sport, the people who make the new 2018 Alpine A110, have not used any big words and empty promises about the quality and durability of the sports car. Instead, they are showing you what this little gem of a car can take by actually putting it through a number of rigorous and unforgiving durability tests. What this means is you can daily drive the Alpine come rain or sunshine, enjoy its sweet performance, and don’t worry about it going wrong.

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The tests are thorough and even include ensuring the mechanical parts won’t corrode easily by simulating a salt spray. This is presumably for that one 2018 Alpine A110 buyer who lives by the sea! The A110 is also tested extensively on gravel so should you fancy a spot of rallying it can do that too, and it’s been exposed to an inordinate amount of dust to ensure the sealing and the overall build quality is top notch.

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The more we learn about the new Alpine A110 the more we fall in love with it. Here’s a brilliant, modern, retro-look sports car with a nice cabin, a great engine and superb build and features, and then there is the Alfa Romeo 4C with its shoddy build, lack of features, cramped interior and no luggage compartment. Hmmm…

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PostHeaderIcon 2018 Renault Megane RS Comes with Four-Wheel Steering

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Renault Sport revealed today another delicious piece of information about the upcoming 2018 Renault Megane RS hot hatch and even gave us a glimpse of the design. The new RS is the first Renault, and the first hot hatchback, to get four-wheel steering. 

Renault calls this system 4Control and it offers enhanced agility, cornering performance and steering precision by enabling the car’s rear wheels to assist in steering by means of an electromagnetic actuator mounted on the rear axle. The 2018 Renault Megane RS will also offer a choice of Sport or Cup chassis, and manual or dual-clutch transmission. So whatever your inclination, this hot hatch will probably be able to satisfy your needs.

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In terms of design, though shown here in camo dress, 2018 Renault Megane RS seems positively sporty but just a tad on the fat side.Hopefully it is only the looks and doesn’t mean the car is actually that heavy. You can also see the design of the head and taillights, and though we’re digging those cool RS LEDs up front, the rear lights make the whole thing look like a baby Koleos. The new Megane RS will make its debut at the IAA in September but we will definitely get a good look at it long before that.

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PostHeaderIcon Renault Megane R.S.

Renault has been pretty successful
lately, with 2016 marking the debut of the fourth-generation Megane. The brand’s prized model is now available as a five-door hatch, four-door sedan, and as a wagon as well. Things are about to get a little juicier in the Megane stable, however, as the fourth-gen Megane R.S. has been putting in some work for a while now and is about production ready. We have reason to believe that Renault could be targeting the Focus RS and Civic Type-R with the fourth-gen R.S. The former would mean that Renault’s AWD system could make its way into the R.S., while the latter points to the R.S. having at least 300 horsepower. Put the two together, and you’ve got one amazing machine, to say the least. On the downer side of things, Renault has no plans to bring a Megane Coupe to fruition, so the R.S. will only be available as a five-door hatch.

As of now, the Megane R.S. looks to be about production ready, now sporting R.S.-style front and rear fascias, so a debut could be coming sooner than later. Will it be able to take on models like the Civic Type-R and the Ford Focus RS? Only time will tell, but let’s take a good look at all of the spy shots before Renault decides to lift the camo and shows us how big its johnson really is. Keep reading for all of the juicy details we have scrapped together thus far.

Update 6/20/2017: The upcoming Megane R.S. was caught stretching its wheels on the Nurburgring, and it’s been evolving since the last time we saw it. Check out the spy shots below to learn all about it.

Continue reading to learn more about the Renault Megane R.S.


PostHeaderIcon Official: 2017 Renault Koleos Initiale Paris

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Renault’s high-end Initiale Paris range now covers pretty much every model in the range with the Koleos being one of the more understated but no less luxurious members of the family. The 2017 Renault Koleos Initiale Paris may not shout about its unique features on the outside, but rest assured it has got them. 

On the subtle exterior Renault Koleos Initiale Paris is distinguished by virtue of its exclusive diamond-pattern 19” wheels, a specific insignia under the front Renault badge, and a specific front wing trim. You can also choose a new metallic Amethyst Black body colour that gives the car a sexy moody look. It still won’t change the fact that the headlights look weird, but hey.

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Inside, Renault Koleos Initiale Paris benefits from specific dashboard and door lining décor as well as Nappa leather for the upholstery. The SUV comes with heated and ventilated front seats, laminated glass windows for better soundproofing, leather-covered dashboard, specific floor mats, and special Initiale Paris hands-free keycard. Equipment-wise, the car is loaded with options such as active emergency braking; lane departure warning; speed limit alert with roadsign recognition; blind spot warning; driver fatigue detection; reversing camera; automatic main-beam and dipped-beam switching; front, rear and side parking assistance; and Easy Park Assist.

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PostHeaderIcon 2018 Renault Megane RS Set for Frankfurt Debut

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Turns out the new Honda Civic Type R is not going to enjoy being  the hottest hot hatch around, because Renault will soon reveal this, the new 2018 Renault Megane RS. They have just released a cool teaser announcing the Frankfurt Motor Show in September as the venue for the global debut of the car. But before that we’re going to see the new RS in action at Monaco GP. 

The 2018 Renault Megane RS will get an elaborate dynamic drive at the Monaco Formula 1 Grand Prix weekend with Nico Hülkenberg driving the car on the street circuit. The debut RS will be dressed in the traditional RenaultSport colors of yellow and black.

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As for the specs and details of the 2018 Renault Megane RS itself, the French remain tight-lipped on that for now, only revealing that the new RS utilizes F1 technologies and is more dynamic and more efficient than all its predecessors as seen in the teaser video above. There has never really been a bad Megane RS, even though sometimes the new technologies they implement on the car make the traditional fans of the car quite mad. But we are excited all the same to see what sort of performance figures the new hot hatch boasts. Will it be able to tear the Type R a new one? Or will it have to be content competing with lesser rivals?

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