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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.
It is said that all good things come in 3’s, so it should come as no surprise that the Renault brand has had three epochs to its 120 year history, with each adding something different to the Renault legend. At first there was Renault under its original founder (1898-1944), this was followed by Régie Nationale des Usines Renault (1945 – 1995), a wholly owned French state subsidiary; and finally there is the Renault of today, which thanks to its alliance with Nissan , has firmly established itself as an automotive manufacturing leader.
Groupe Renault is bolstering its position as Europe’s leading electric vehicle manufacturer by partnering with energy supplier EEM (Empresa de Electricidade da Madeira) to transition the Porto Santo island of Portugal to a smart electric ecosystem. Their plan to facilitate the energy transition in Porto Santo is based on four pillars:
In keeping with Renault’s venture into the wider arena of mass-media (they recently purchased a stake in a prominent gloss magazine) the carmaker commissioned an animated short film: ‘The Postman’. This humorous, 90 second short showcases the Renault Kangoo Z.E. (Europe’s best selling LVC since 2011) and the benefits of driving an electric vehicle. This is in line with Renault’s commitment to have 8 electric- and 12 hybrid vehicles in its commercial line-up by 2022.
Renault returned to the Formula 1 track in 2016 by re-entering the arena as a full constructor. Two years down the line the auto manufacturer has already managed to finish sixth in the 2017 constructors’ championship, and has now become the fifth Formula 1 team after Haas, Williams, Red Bull and Sauber to lift the veil on its new car ahead of the 2018 season.
With South Africa’s poor readiness it terms of hybrid infrastructure, mention of your favourite model in the same sentence as ‘electrified powertrain’ always comes as a shock to the system. Will the 2019 Clio be a plug-and-play only vehicle? We went looking for answers.
The old adage, life is a journey, is set to take on a completely different meaning in just a few short years’ time. Gone will be the days of frantically responding to your emails on your morning commute or of playing I-spy on those long, holiday drives (if you could coax your kids off their tablets). Renault has seen the future and it looks like a self-driving car filled with a bunch of “motorists” driving themselves to distraction with boredom.
Haven’t pinned down a Valentine yet? Or maybe you’re in the mood for exciting company? View the profiles of our top contenders from the Renault Mansion and meet your match.
If you are the average South African, you will buy at least two ruinously expensive things in your life: a home; and a car. If you (like me) are the very average South African your car will be the more spacious of the two. This is where Renault steps in to ask: why do we insist on thinking of these two things as being separate? Why can your car not be a part of your home instead of being apart from your home? Re-introducing Renault’s concept car/office/lounge/atrium: the Symbioz.
Rumour has it that Renault will be out in full force at the upcoming Auto Expo 2018. The French car maker plans to showcase electric vehicles, concept cars and a brand new Formula One edition. The push towards electric mobility across the globe has resulted in healthy competition between all major car makers and Renault is no different. They will certainly showcase their talent in all its glory with their impressive global line-up.
The sad truth is, once it gets its first scratch, nick or scrape (in your heart) it stops being a new car and becomes just, well, a car. Oh, everyone (from late-night infomercials to NASA) have tried to sell you their patented touch-up pen/wax/acid/laser but the one thing they ALL lack: they’re not made by the people who made your new car. Say hello to Renault’s range of Twingo nail polish!
Yes, you read that right. The global automaker has entered the treacherous fashion arena, releasing a limited edition nail polish, paired to the factory colors of the popular hatchbacks of the same name. Although the adhesive is perfectly suited to being used as a nail polish (and is, in fact, marketed as such) its true appeal lies in the fact it has been formulated to seamlessly touch up the coat of the car.