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The Renault brand is one of the fastest growing in South Africa and offers the discerning driver a bit of French Flair, European Stylings and a whole lot of Gallic Passion. With an ever growing selection of vehicles, and more being added all of the time, we’ll never be short of interesting Renault information to share with you. Please feel free to contact us at any time regarding the articles you find here, as our dedicated team of Renault professionals will always be on hand to help you.
The idea of autonomous cars is not a new one, and it is no longer a concept that belongs in sci-fi movies or far off visions of our future. In fact, we are getting closer and closer to having a range of autonomous cars to choose from on showroom floors. With more and more countries looking to phase out fuel driven vehicles in the next couple of decades, the race is on to create a vehicle that has little or no negative impact on the environment when being driven, as well as a car that has what, up to now, was always thought of as the technology of the future – that is autonomous technology.
Just when you thought that Renault had produced an urban SUV that ticked all the boxes, they go a improve on perfection. The all new 2017 Renault Captur is the perfect balance between the slick urban style of city cruiser and the rugged open-road toughness of a 4×4. The 2017 Captur has been tweaked to create a vehicle that is not only more refined, elegant and practical but with the new introduction of the entry level Captur Blaze, one that is more affordable too.
When people think of an entry level car they often picture a box on wheels that offers little in the way of comfort or safety features. That’s all about to change however, just as soon as you take your first drive in a Renault KWID! This young at heart crossover was designed from the outset to provide comfort and safety (and not to mention style) by the bucket loads.
Flowing lines, distinctive features and the option for extensive personalisation help the Renault Captur stand out from the crowd. This vehicle is something unlike you’ll ever have driven before, because its unique blend of MPV, SUV and hatchback makes it an automobile that is as unique as it is awesome.
Since its launch in 2013 the Renault Duster has been a regular sight on South African roads thanks to its distinctive looks and popularity with SA drivers looking for a well-priced, reliable, economical and safe SUV. This popularity was even given a bit of a boost in 2016 with the small yet significant facelift that ensured that the vehicles looks stayed updated and even more attractive. This year (2017) however, a new addition has been made to the range, and it goes far beyond just pure looks, as Renault South Africa has introduced its first Duster automatic derivative.
Sexy, sleek and sizzling hot, these are just three words that can be used to perfectly describe the 2017 Renault Clio. Seductive in every way, this is a French car that gives the old Clio tagline of Va Va Voom new meaning thanks to a reshaped front bumper, grill and rear skirt that quite literally make this hatchback look like sex on wheels.
Up to now, first class travel has been a thing for the rich and famous. The extreme luxury of flying first class is something most of us dream of. But is also something many will never experience, that was until Renault unveiled its TRAFIC SpaceClass. Not only is it now possible to experience comfort and opulence but you don’t have to go thousands of feet up in the air to do it. No, with the Renault TRAFIC SpaceClass you can cruise at ground level in all the style associated with high flying first class.
Renault’s longstanding commitment to bringing about the global energy transition (from fossil fuel dependency to electric power) is well known and documented. Most notably, their 2009 promise (made by Carlos Ghosn himself) to produce an electric vehicle in every automotive class by 2012, was honored in the usual way: spectacularly. While we in South Africa are strangers to electric vehicles (not by choice but by necessity), this technology may hold the secret to saving us from the next load shedding catastrophe.
Held at the country estate of Lord and Lady March, the Goodwood Festival of Speed has been happening annually since 1993. Every year car enthusiasts and speed demons gather in West Sussex for a weekend of revving engines, intoxicating petrol fumes and a glimpse into the past, present and future of motoring.The Festival of Speed is an opportunity for automakers to display their finest for all to see. But the real highlight is the Hillclimb, where some of the vehicles get to show what they can do.
No longer part of a Steven Spielberg movie plot or quirky feature in a futuristic cartoon, autonomous cars and self-driving technology are both very real. While we are still some time away from self-driving cars hitting the road, the reality is that it is something most of us will see happen in our lifetimes.