Welcome to the Group 1 Renault Blog
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.
There is something about Renault. The solid build, the handsome, but understated looks. The elegant design simplicity in areas such as the air vents. The way the doors “thunk” when you close them. Let’s take a short journey through the long history of Renault, pausing here and there to consider some interesting titbits.
You see it appearing from a cloud of smoke and you look for a space to move into so it can pass. The approaching car is doing that tarmac tarantella that tells you the shocks are shocking. It leans into one wheel like a student after a pub crawl. The windscreen is cracked and there is only one wiper. The colour is Patina de Rust. It is a car that should have been scrapped six owners ago but still stalks our roads, leaking and smelling like an elderly incontinent dog. It is the curse of the developing world – the car that time forgot.
Did you know that they have sold more than 4 million Kangoos in 50 countries? This makes the Renault Kangoo somewhat of a legend in its own right and a unique success story. In this article, we take a closer look at the history of the Renault Kangoo and how it has turned into a popular car across the globe.
Renault is introducing several measures to make its cars safer and reduce road injuries and deaths. The first, and one most likely to lead to controversy, is to limit the speed of all Dacia and Renault models around the world to 180km/h. Let’s talk about this and then look at the other measures proposed.
The Renault Triber has been on sale in South Africa for over a year and now, the French automaker is upping the ante with the latest 2021 model. Available in three different trims; Expression, Dynamique, and Prestige; the new Renault Triber is getting a few enhancements to improve overall functionality.
Bias? Maybe. A French award to a French company. Deserved? Definitely. When you make something this good, the accolades are earned. Renault’s revolutionary hybrid E-TECH has won the prestigious Trophées De L’Argus 2021. L’Argus is the leading French motoring magazine and has been published since 1927. This prize recognises the enormous and practical impact E-TECH is having on motoring.
Industry experts have predicted that the estimated number of electric vehicles on the road around the world could increase from eight million in 2020 to 116 million by 2030. This means access to the required raw materials will become more challenging which calls for a strategic approach. One important aspect that can help is EV battery recycling and that’s exactly the approach from Groupe Renault.
Horse lovers like to say a camel is a horse designed by a committee. A hybrid, in other words. Which is fine until you try and cross the desert on your horse. In cars, a hybrid refers to some kind of petrol/electric drive and a decade ago people called them the worst of both worlds. This is no longer the case, with even Formula One cars now hybrids.
The Renault LCV range is expanding with a renewed focus on meeting all the needs of professionals across the world. After the refreshed Renault Master in 2019, the French automaker is giving it a new look along with introducing the all-new Renault Kangoo Van, the Express Van, New Trafic Combi and the New SpaceClass.
If you haven’t heard about the new Renault logo, you’re not alone as it’s been somewhat of a silent launch. While most brands announce their new logos with press releases, social media posts and advertisements, Renault seems to have taken a stealthier approach.