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PostHeaderIcon 2018 Renault ZOE UK Pricing and Specs Confirmed

The refreshed and electrically-enhanced 2018 Renault ZOE EV will hit the UK showrooms in summer, starting from £18,420. The new model is the closest thing right now to a mainstream electric family car that is both affordable and practical for everyday use, and it even comes with a new and more powerful R110 powertrain so it should be fairly nice to drive as well. 

The R110 version of the 2018 Renault ZOE offers 107 horsepower and 225 Nm of torque, but it promises to deliver the same 186-mile real-world range as the R90. If you are a heavy user, though, Renault recommends the Q90 model which has a range of 174 miles, but it can go from 0 to 80 percent charge using public 43kW charge point in about an hour. As with any other electric vehicle, the ZOE’s forte is smooth acceleration. But don’t expect a big top speed.

In terms of kit, the 2019 Renault ZOE has a base trim level called Dynamique Nav which is pretty well equipped. It comes with hands-free keycard, automatic lights and wipers, rear parking sensors, cruise control, climate control, 7-inch R-Link infotainment system with voice-controlled TomTom sat nav, electric windows and LED Daytime Running Lights, all as standard. Above this is the Signature Nav which adds premium leather upholstery, BOSE audio system, heated front seats, electrically folding door mirrors and a rear parking camera.

Below is the price list for every trim level of the UK-spec Renault ZOE MY2018:

ZOE version Power

(hp @ rpm)

Torque

(Nm)

0-62mph (sec) Top speed (mph)
Dynamique Nav R110 Z.E.40 107 @ 3,000 225 (from 250 rpm) 11.9 84
Signature Nav R110 Z.E.40 107 @ 3,000 225 (from 250 rpm) 11.9 84
Dynamique Nav Q90 Z.E.40 88 @ 3,000 221 (from 250 rpm) 13.5 84
Signature Nav Q90 Z.E.40 88 @ 3,000 221 (from 250 rpm) 13.5 84

Technical Information

ZOE version Battery Charge Time

(0-80%, 43kW charge
point)

Charge Time

(0-100%, 7kW at home)

Real-World Range

(miles)

(Winter)

Real-World Range

(miles)

(Summer)

Dynamique Nav R110 Z.E.40 80kWh 1h40 7h25 124 186
Signature Nav R110 Z.E.40 80kWh 1h40 7h25 124 186
Dynamique Nav Q90 Z.E.40   1h05 8h25 112 174
Signature Nav Q90 Z.E.40   1h05 8h25 112 174

 

Ownership Information & Pricing

ZOE version BIK VED (band) Ins. group Price

(after PiCG)*

Dynamique Nav R110 Z.E.40 7% A TBC £18,420
Signature Nav R110 Z.E.40 7% A TBC £20,670
Dynamique Nav Q90 Z.E.40 7% A TBC £19,170
Signature Nav Q90 Z.E.40 7% A TBC £21,420

*= plus monthly battery lease

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PostHeaderIcon Alpine A110 Premiere and Légende Editions Coming to Geneva

As good as the new 2018 Alpine A110 is in its standard form, Renault has found a way to make it even more special. At the upcoming Geneva Motor Show they will bring two unique editions of the car, including the Premiere which we have looked at before, and the new and tasty Légende edition. 

Mechanically, both Alpine A110 Premiere and Légende Editions share the same technical specs. Those sweet specs include a 1.8 lite turbo engine bolted in the middle of the chassis, delivering 252 horsepower, connected via a wet clutch to a 7-speed Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT) gearbox, and double wishbone suspension front and rear. Those who have driven the new A110 all agree that this setup is utter magic and the car is up there with the best of the German sports cars.

As for the unique features of each edition, the Premiere celebrates the minimalist nature of Alpine A110. With lightness and efficiency as its main goal, this model manages to strikes a right balance between maintaining the true soul of a sports car, while delivering to customers a high quality product with decent levels of luxury and comfort. The Légende edition, meanwhile, is for the connoisseurs of the sports car game. It features 6-way adjustable lightweight Sabelt seats, full leather upholstery and gloss-finished carbon fibre interior trim.

The Geneva lineup of Alpine A110 models also introduce three new colors added to the range for new orders. We can’t wait to see this car tested against the likes of Porsche Cayman and BMW M4.

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PostHeaderIcon Someone Spotted Renault’s Geneva-Bound Mobility Concept and Boy is it Fugly!

Renault is set to debut a new shared mobility concept at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show and the weird, out-of-place pod on wheels you see here is said to be it.


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Renault, nor the alliance, has released any details pertaining to this new concept, but as you can see it’s certainly something that’s right out of the future. I’m not sure if it came from some alternate universe in Blade Runner or if it is a Terminator’s personal vehicle, but it looks to be more of a shell than a finished concept.


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Closer inspection shows that the vehicle is unmanned in the traditional sense (controlled by a remote control) and it looks like it was designed to take a beating more than it was to offer up luxurious transportation. Of course, when you think about cheap, public transportation, this design really does fit. We’ve certainly never taken a 50-cent ride on a local public bus that was luxurious by any means.


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The images we have hear were posted on the Cochespias web forum, and word has it that the concept is Renault’s “vision for shared, urban mobility.” Either way, it’s quite ugly and certainly takes a different approach from models like the Volkswagen Sedric, for instance.

The RNM Alliance is planning a $1.2 billion investment in EV, autonomous, and robo-vehicles, and if this will be the fruits of that investment, you can expect to see these things all over the place in the very near future – they certainly can’t cost too much to manufacture if this is the finish project, but what do you think?

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PostHeaderIcon 2018 Renault ZOE EV Gets a Performance Boost

With the title of Europe’s best-selling electric vehicle in 2017 to defend, the new 2018 Renault ZOE electric city car needed a good-sized upgrade. It has got that in form of a new R110 electric motor, which is a little bit more powerful than the outgoing R90 unit. 

The R110 motor in the 2018 Renault ZOE is 12 kW or 16 horsepower more potent than the previous model’s electric motor. Of the effect of this extra power on range and charging time of the ZOE Renault says nothing. But they do claim it has been achieved with no increase in either weight or volume of the electric motor. As for how a big a difference the new unit makes, the biggest highlight is that it shaves almost two seconds off ZOE’s 49.7-to-74.5mph (80-120kph) time. That is mainly down to the impressive 225 Nm of torque the R110 motor produces.

Besides the performance upgrade, 2018 Renault ZOE also benefits from Android Auto-enabled R-LINK Evolution, offering the user a lot more connectivity features than before. The electric, zero-emission city runabout is also more refined than the previous version, and comes with some nice interior and exterior appointments. The main features include (depending on the trim level) new dark metallic purple body colour called Aconite, new Purple Interior Pack which includes a violet satin finish for the dashboard trim strip and air vent, gear lever base, loudspeaker surrounds, top stitching along with black and violet fabric upholstery.

Elisabeth Delval, Assistant Programme Director, Renault ZOE, said: “Thanks to this power boost, ZOE is even more responsive and versatile when used for journeys out of town. In addition to being able to enjoy the pleasure of driving a ZOE, drivers will also benefit from the longest range available for a mass-market electric car.”

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PostHeaderIcon Alpine A110 Named Most Beautiful Car of 2017

This is the first time ever that we agree with a body of so-called experts and their judgment of a car. The body in question is the jury of Festival Automobile International in Paris, and the car, the new Alpine A110 sports car, which they have named the Most Beautiful Car of 2017.

That, in our opinion, is a hundred percent accurate verdict, and we don’t even much like the way Alpine A110 looks! It is kind of too round around the front and too narrow at the back. But we do agree with the esteemed Festival Automobile International that the A110 is the most beautiful car of last year. It’s just that its beauty is more about what a sensational product it is, what it represents for car lovers, and how almost flawless it appears to be. If those qualities don’t make a car beautiful – in the spiritual sense of the word – we don’t know what does.

But pseudo-witticism aside, Alpine A110 is indeed a remarkable-looking thing. The sports car is a modern interpretation of the original Alpine, and it gets pretty much everything right. Usually with this “modern” versions of old icons designers get carried away and come up with something either over the top or under-cooked. With the A110, though, it seems to be just right in every way.

“Reviving such an iconic sports car as the Alpine A110 has been an inspiring challenge, the objective being to bestow it with modern technology and expertise while remaining true to the car’s unique heritage,” said CEO Carlos Ghosn. “We are very proud of the passion the new A110 has generated not only at our Dieppe plant in Normandy [France], where it is made, but also across Groupe Renault. This prize is a tremendous reward for all those who, over a period of five years, put so much energy into bringing this symbol of excellence and French-style elegance back to life.”

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PostHeaderIcon 2018 Renault Clio Urban Nav Special Edition Announced for UK

Just because you have gone for a small, affordable hatchback does not necessarily mean you have to end up with something boring. Take this new 2018 Renault Clio Urban special edition. It’s still pretty cheap for what offers at £16,225, but it’s a spunky little thing with a lot of attitude!

Based on the Dynamique Nav version, 2018 Renault Clio Urban Nav Special Edition comes with a number of exclusive options. That means you get a load of equipment, wrapped in an enticing and cool package. The Urban Grey paint job alone is worth considering this model, especially as it’s complemented with 16-inch alloy wheels with grey inserts and full LED headlights.

In terms of features and equipment, you can count on a seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system with satellite navigation, body-coloured electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors, automatic headlights, automatic wipers, air conditioning, 16-inch alloy wheels and Handsfree key card with start/stop functionality. That, you will allow, is a lot of kit for a 16 grand city runabout. The value factor is also important here. 2018 Renault Clio Urban is  £575 over the Dynamique Nav but offers £1,265 worth of additional equipment.

As for the engine, buyers can choose between a TCe 90 engine with a manual transmission, or the dCi 90 engine with either manual or six-speed EDC (Efficient Dual Clutch) automatic transmissions.






Clio version CO2 (g/km) MPG (combined) BIK VED (Yr. 1) Price (OTR)
Urban Nav Special Edition TCe 90 105 60.1 20% £140 £16,225
Urban Nav Special Edition dCi 90 85 85.6 20% £100 £17,675
Urban Nav Special Edition dCi 90 EDC Auto 92 80.7 20% £120 £18,995

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PostHeaderIcon Official: Renault Clio R.S.18 Limited Edition

Can’t afford the new Megane RS? Don’t despair. For a lot less money you can get yourself a Renault Clio R.S.18 which, in many ways, is a cooler proposition. Well, you may be able to get one, because it’s a limited edition model and these cars usually sell like hot cakes. 

Named after Renault Sport Formula One Team’s 2018, the 2018 Renault Clio R.S.18 is a car designed for motorsport enthusiasts. The color scheme mirrors that of the F1 car with black and yellow accents. It also gets special R.S.18 badging on the front doors, plus the grey decals and new R.S. double-diamond logo on the roof. But perhaps the most daring feature of the exterior is the Sirius Yellow for the F1-style front blade, protective side mouldings and wheel centre caps which go really well with the deep black paint work.

Under the skin Renault Clio R.S.18 is a 220 EDC Trophy with 220 horsepower engine which features a torque boost function for peak torque of 280 Nm. The car features lowered suspension, front dampers with hydraulic compression and sharper steering. You also get Akrapovic exhaust system as standard. Interior highlights include numbered R.S.-branded door sills, Alcantara/leather-trimmed steering wheel and carbon fibre-effect air vent surround as well as Renault Sport mats.






“Renault Sport customers share our passion for motorsport. With this limited-edition model – which is based on the technical foundations of the Clio R.S. 220 EDC Trophy – we are proud to be able to offer them the very best of our engineering expertise. Its sporting credentials are expressed by a number of design flourishes drawn directly from the world of Formula 1. The Renault Clio R.S.18 is an eloquent illustration of the close bond that exists between our motorsport activities and our road cars.”Quentin Audiffren, Clio R.S. Product Manager, Renault Sport Cars

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PostHeaderIcon 2018 Renault Megane RS Pricing Announced (EU)

The world of hot hatchbacks is about to get a whole lot hotter as the 2018 Renault Megane RS gets its official price tag and prepares to launch into the European market. The manual version starts at €37,600, and the one with the fancy EDC transmission from €39,400.

You are better off with the manual anyway, but the good news is Sport chassis is standard on both versions. Also standard is a 1.8-litre turbo engine with 280 horsepower and a lot of tech features. One of the new ones is the 4CONTROL four-wheel steering system which is a world first in the high-performance sports hatch market. That means under-steer and torque-steer no longer have any meaning for the Renault Megane RS.

Another tech-y feature that appeals most of all to driving geeks is the R.S. Monitor system. It gives you real time data on such as acceleration, braking, steering wheel angle, operation of the 4CONTROL system, temperatures and pressures on the car’s 8.7-inch R-Link 2 touchscreen tablet. Truth is, 2018 Renault Megane RS is not the coolest hot hatch out there, neither design-wise nor performance. But it very well could be one of the best all-rounders.



Below you will find the options list for the new Megane RS…

Optional equipment

Prices

Cup Pack : Cup chassis, limited slip differential and red BREMBO brake callipers

€1,500

Colour head-up display

€400

19-inch Interlagos Black Diamond-cut alloy wheel rims and 19-inch Interlagos Full Black alloy wheel rims

€1,000

Alcantara Pack (upholstery + steering wheel)

€1,500

Easy Parking Pack

€500

Bose® sound digital radio

€600

Adaptive cruise control

€300

R.S. Monitor

€250

R.S. Monitor Expert (smartphone or sports camera compatibility)

€450

Exclusive Orange Tonic body colour

€1,600

Exclusive Sirius Yellow body colour

€1,600

Electric sunroof

€800

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PostHeaderIcon 2018 Renault Koleos Initiale Paris Launches in UK

The British customers who have been avoiding Renault Koleos, on account of it not being posh enough, have no excuse anymore not to consider this SUV. The reason is the launch of the range-topping Renault Koleos Initiale Paris in UK which boasts many luxury features. 

What Renault Koleos Initiale Paris does for the 2018 range of this SUV is add luxury to its already proven plus points such as comfort, space, value. Just about the only reason one may still not want one of these is the design, which is frankly kind of polarizing. You either hate it or find it quite is unique and charming.

At any rate, let’s count the highlights of Renault Koleos Initiale Paris and see if it’s worth the asking £36,700 price. You get two-tone Nappa leather upholstery with heated and ventilated front seats, an opening panoramic sunroof, powered automatic tailgate, full LED ‘Pure Vision’ headlights ambient lighting, heated and cooling front cup holders, Automatic Dual-Zone climate control, a Handsfree Keycard and automatic lights and wipers, all as standard equipment. SO the value pull is strong with this one.



And that is not all. You also get portrait 8.7-inch touchscreen R-LINK2 multimedia with TomTom navigation, Apple and Android capabilities, and safety gear such as Advanced Emergency Braking System (AEBS), Blind Spot Warning, Lane Departure Warning, Traffic Sign Recognition with Over-speed Prevention and Hill Start Assist. Engine-wise, the car comes in dCi 175 trim which has a 2.0 liter 175bhp and 380Nm of torque, mated to a seven-speed Auto X-Tronic transmission in four-wheel drive.

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PostHeaderIcon Renault Promises 6,000 Models Per Year from New Alpine Plant

Renault’s push to bring the revived Alpine brand back from the dead took another positive step recently when the French automaker invested in plant capacity to accelerate its plans to build up to 6,000 sports cars per year under the Alpine brand. All in all, Renault has spent a little over $42 million in upgrading its production facility in Dieppe, France to accommodate the production of the much-hyped A110 sports car.


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“the French automaker invested in plant capacity to accelerate its plans to build up to 6,000 sports cars per year under the Alpine brand”

My fascination and love for the new Alpine A110 is an open secret here at TopSpeed. I’ve been waiting for this car to arrive ever since Renault announced the return of the Alpine brand a few years ago. Now that it has a production facility, all systems are ’go’ for the new A110 to return to our lives.

It’s been 22 years since Renault shut Alpine down. The return of the brand is a long time coming, but I’m excited to see it now finally coming to fruition. The new A110 is a fitting first offering too. It’s essentially the spiritual successor of the OG A110 that went on sale in 1961 and was in production until 1977. It’s without question Alpine’s most popular model. To see the name brought back to life after all those years in the shed is as exciting a development as there’s been in the auto industry this year.

The new A110 was introduced at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this year. It melted more than a few hearts — mine, included — when it made its debut, and the hype surrounding its official production date has gone up in recent months. That’s why this news is a big deal for those of us who have been anxiously waiting for the arrival of the A110.


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Now that it has a facility, work can finally be done on a saucy-looking sports car that features a 1.8-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that produces 252 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque, good enough to help the sports car accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.5 seconds.

As exciting as this development is, there is some sadness attached to it. Let’s get the big one out of the way: the Alpine A110 is not coming to the U.S. Yup. Ouch, right?

If that’s not bad enough, those who are getting the sports coupe will have to act quickly on scoring one because Alpine is limiting production to just 1,955 units, a nod to the year the company was founded. Each model will carry a price of €58,000, which converts to around $68,000. A race-spec A110 Cup version will also be available at a price of €100,000, or just under $120,000.

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PostHeaderIcon Alpine A110 Production Gets Underway in France

Although it’s a fairly low-volume sports car, a niche product as it were, the start of production for the all-new 2018 Alpine A110 was celebrated with a high-profile event. It brought Carlos Ghosn, Renault Chairman and CEO, and Bruno Le Maire, France’s Minister of Economy and Finance, down to the production line in Dieppe, which is pretty impressive. 

This is not just good news for the company or the french economy or the people employed at the revived plant, but also for those who have been waiting the release of the Alpine A110 for the past five or six years. All the evidence suggest the modern-day A110 is a fantastic sports car and a quality product. It appears to have just the right power for a super enjoyable drive, the perfect chassis, and the right balance between sportiness and everyday practicality. And of course it looks almost as cool as the original.

The first batch of production Alpine A110 models will be the Premiere Edition version.

“The revival of Alpine production in Dieppe, where the original Berlinette was made almost 50 years ago, presented us with a challenge, but we rose to it together, with backing from the state, the region, the local urban district, Groupe Renault and the Alliance. Investment totalled more than €35 million, 151 people have been recruited and the factory has been refurbished. The excellence and French-style elegance that the brand stands for are more than just claims; today, in Dieppe they are an industrial reality,” declared Carlos Ghosn.






 

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PostHeaderIcon Renault and Mercedes Debut new 1.3-liter Engine!

Automotive partnerships come in many forms. In the case of Renault and Mercedes, we see that partnership come to life in the form of a newly developed 1.3-liter gasoline engine. The new engine is expected to debut in the Renault Scenic and Grand Scenic MPVs before other Renault models get their turn with it sometime in 2018.


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“There is a chance too that Mercedes will also make use of the engine at some point in the future”

The new four-cylinder engine comes to life just in time for both automakers. Renault is getting the first crack at it since the engine is going to debut in the Scenic and Grand Scenic MPVs. There is a chance too that Mercedes will also make use of the engine at some point in the future. It did play a hand in developing it, and its capabilities are in sync with what the German automaker plans to offer with its new A-Class.

Speaking of its capabilities, the engine, called Energy TCe, will come in three different configurations. The base unit is called the Energy TCe 115, and it has 115 horsepower and around 162 pound-feet of torque. Move up the ranks, and we get the Energy TCe 160. As the number implies, this version has an output of 160 horsepower and 192 pound-feet of torque when hooked up to a manual transmission. The range-topping version of this engine unit is called the EDC. It still has the same horsepower output as the TCe 160, but it does get an extra eight pound-feet in torque that brings its total up to 200 pound-feet.


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“Speaking of its capabilities, the engine, called Energy TCe, will come in three different configurations”

As much as Renault and Mercedes worked on this engine, the former’s connection with Nissan also played a role in the engine’s development. According to Renault, the cylinder coating technology used on the three-in-one TCe engine was first used on the Nissan GT-R. Apparently, this tech helps boost the engine’s efficiency by cutting down friction within the mill. On top of that, the four-cylinder engine also features Dual Variable Timing Camshaft, a system that helps improve the car’s low-end torque capabilities.

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PostHeaderIcon Renault Shows Off the Symbioz as a Working Prototype

As more and more automakers continue their push to develop electric and autonomous vehicles, a company like Renault isn’t going to let itself get behind the proceedings. The French automaker unveiled the SYMBIOZ concept at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show last September to showcase what it can do in this burgeoning space. The concept was first envisioned as a roadmap for the company’s future by 2030, but in the space of just three months, Renault was able to develop a new working prototype of the same concept that has cut its timetable to 2023.

“The SYMBIOZ concept is a fascinating interpretation of what the future could look like with Renault”

It’s easy to look at this news on the surface and think that it’s ground-breaking. It is in some regard, but should we really be surprised that Renault is moving its timetable a lot closer to where other automakers are at this point? Most companies are aiming for commercial applications on their autonomous driving technology between 2019 and 2021. If you look at it from that perspective, Renault is still a few years behind.

But that’s not to discount the advancements the French automaker has made. The SYMBIOZ concept is a fascinating interpretation of what the future could look like with Renault. It looks like a full-blown concept. It features plenty of cutting-edge tech features, born from collaborations between the automaker and some of the biggest tech companies in the world. LG developed the concept’s display unit, heads-up display system, and the control unit. Tomtom is responsible for the concept’s map and navigation system, and while we’re at it, the full onboard experience was developed by Ubisoft, the French video game publisher that’s responsible for Assassin’s Creed, Far Cry, and Prince of Persia.

“In the interim, Renault plans to offer test drives of the concept to the media “to demonstrate in real-life conditions, a car that is autonomous, electric and connected."”

In the interim, Renault plans to offer test drives of the concept to the media “to demonstrate in real-life conditions, a car that is autonomous, electric and connected.” If the company is confident enough in its product to do this now, it tells you that there’s more to Renault’s plans for autonomous driving than we first thought.

It’s happening sooner than later. In my mind, that’s a good thing.

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PostHeaderIcon Renault Explains How the New Megane R.S. Came to Be

We already know that the hot hatch segment is one of the most competitive scenes in the entire auto industry. Whether it’s the Volkswagen Golf GTI, the Ford Focus ST, or the new Hyundai i30 N, there’s no shortage of competitors looking to become the best of the best. The Renault Megane RS also belongs on this list. It just so happens to that Renault is ready to unleash the next-generation model with an ace up its sleeve: four-wheel steering.

“The short video documentary detailing the Megane RS’ creation gives us a behind-the-scenes look at the development phase of the Megane RS”

It’s not exactly four-wheel drive, but the system does make the next-gen Megane RS more nimble to drive, allowing it to easily push through corners. Four-wheel steering is just one of many new options Renault has for its new pride and joy. The short video documentary detailing the Megane RS’ creation gives us a behind-the-scenes look at the development phase of the Megane RS.

The 4Control system is arguably one of the most important additions to the hot hatch. It works in two different ways depending on how fast the Megane RS is going. If the car is going at speeds of up to 37 mph, the rear wheels turn in the opposite direction of the front wheels. But if the car is pushing well above 155 mph, all four wheels turn in the same direction. This setup gives the Megane RS more flexibility on a race track. The system also works with hydraulic compression stops located within the shock absorbers at the front and rear axles, creating extra damping in the process. If this tech sounds familiar, it’s because Renault adopted it from rally cars.


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“The Megane RS also gets the same 1.8-liter turbocharged engine that the Alpine A110 sports car has at its disposal”

Move beyond this new features, and you’ll see that the Megane RS also gets the same 1.8-liter turbocharged engine that the Alpine A110 sports car has at its disposal. This engine is capable of producing 280 horsepower and 288 pound-feet of torque, more than enough to contend with its rivals. Even better, Renault also has plans to introduce a Trophy-spec model sometime in the latter part of 2018. That model is expected to have as much as 300 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque at its disposal.

Watching the short documentary makes it easy for us to understand why Renault continues to push itself in this segment. It’s all about striving to be the best, and when you have rivals that are perpetually in their “A” games, there’s no other option but to aim for that level too.

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PostHeaderIcon 2018 Alpine A110 Premiere Edition Priced from €58,500

Finally, the new, modern-day Alpine is ready to hit the roads, going on sale in five days. We’ve waited a long time for this thing, but all the evidence suggest 2018 Alpine A110 is well worth the wait. I’m afraid, however, the privilege of enjoying one is a bit costly, as the sports car starts at €58,500.

The good news is though, that is the base price for the limited edition 2018 Alpine A110 Premiere Edition. Regular models will be less expensive. But the launch model is the really irresistible one, if just for the fact that they are making only 1,955 units of it. That is a tribute to the year Alpine was founded. The A110 Première Edition come as standard with lightweight 18-inch Otto Fuchs forged aluminium wheels, an active sports exhaust, Focal audio system, carbon fibre interior accents, brushed aluminium pedals, leather-trimmed Sabelt one-piece sports seats, a numbered Première Edition plaque on the centre console and tasteful Tricolore badges on the rear pillars. The order books will soon open for the standard versions.

The rear-wheel-drive 2018 Alpine A110 Premiere is powered by a 252 PS turbocharged, 1.8-litre, four-cylinder petrol engine. That power has to haul around just over 1,100 kg, and that makes the sports car pretty nippy. You know the handling of this car is going to be sweet as honey just looking at it. But to make sure it won’t disappoint, Alpine engineers have given it double-wishbone suspension, Michelin Pilot Sport 4 tyres measure 205/40 R18 at the front and 235/40 R18 at the rear,and 44:56 weight distribution. There is also large and powerful brakes and stability system you can fully disengage. The A110 sprints from 0 to 62mph in 4.5 seconds. Its top speed is electronically limited at 156mph.

What we love about the new Alpine, besides the performance, is that it’s a fun sports car that can be used everyday. Granted, with only 100 liters of storage space it is not long-distance cruiser. But if you are a single guy or gal the A110 is the perfect daily driver because, unlike an ordinary city runabout, it brings a smile to your face every time you get in it.






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PostHeaderIcon Renault is Scared to Enter U.S. Due to its Inability to Compete

Renault is big in Europe and Asia. Just don’t expect it to set its sights on the U.S. with aims of conquering that market. That’s not happening, says Renault-Nissan Alliance CEO Carlos Ghosn. Instead, the French automaker will continue to set its sights on markets where it can be competitive. China and Russia top that list, but the company is also looking at the Brazilian market as a key region for growth. A look at the U.S. may still be in the cards in the future, but because of the level of competitiveness in the market, Renault is more than willing to sit in the sidelines and bide its time until that opportunity arises.

Don’t compete where you can’t beat them


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“Renault-Nissan alliance has somehow usurped both Volkswagen and Toyota as the world’s largest automaker with over 5.2 million cars sold from January to June 2017.”

Carlos Ghosn’s logic is sound, so it’s hard to sit here and criticize the man on his position. In all honesty, Renault could enter the U.S. market if it wanted to. It has an established name and a long track record of excellence. But it’s not going to stand out in the U.S. because of how competitive the market already is. So why even bother when the automaker can look at other markets to help spur its growth. The strategy has worked so far this year as the Renault-Nissan alliance has somehow usurped both Volkswagen and Toyota as the world’s largest automaker with over 5.2 million cars sold from January to June 2017. That’s 400,000 more units sold than VW and 600,000 more units sold than Toyota.

In lieu of going to the U.S., Ghosn told Automotive News that he wants Renault to be a major player in the Chinese market. That’s the top priority of the brand at the moment. The French automaker is just starting to get a foothold in what has become the world’s largest car market. There’s more potential there for Renault to grow its brand because the market itself is on the upswing.

The Renault-Nissan Alliance CEO also pointed to Russia as a priority for Renault, even if the brand already enjoys a massive 35 percent market share in the country. The rationale in the case of Russia revolves around the local market’s steady climb back to relevance after going through the doldrums in recent years. If Renault, which already sells 1.4 million cars a year in the country – can grow its brand as the market becomes stronger, it’s looking at growing its sales volume to about 2.5 million cars per year, maybe even 3 million if the winds turn in its direction.


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Long-term goal of 14 million sold units per year by 2022

It’s no secret that an auto conglomerate as big as the Renault-Nissan Alliance traditionally sets lofty goals to carry out. It’s no different here as Ghosn has been on record saying that he wants combined sales of all Renault, Nissan, Infiniti, and Mitsubishi models to hit 14 million vehicles a year by the end of 2022. Identifying the biggest markets for growth plays a big part in reaching that goal. So too does streamlining production to help reduce costs.

The alliance is keen on making that happen with plans to create four shared vehicle platforms that will ultimately account for nine million vehicles. There are already two platforms that are being used, namely the A-plus platform and the C/D platform. Soon enough, the automaker will add a B platform for subcompact cars and another platform that will be used for electric cars. In addition, there are also plans for brands to increase its shared powertrain numbers. Only one-third of all cars across the alliance share the same powertrains. Ghosn wants to increase that to three-fourths of all models to help mitigate the company’s expenses. “It’s a cost issue,” he said. “Because of the huge amount of new technology coming, the r&d costs are going to go up. We need to converge and have common platforms.”

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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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