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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.
In April of this year we reported on the South Korean postal service going Green. The buzzing metropolis of Seoul adopted Renault’s electric Twizy as their last-mile-delivery vehicle. It would seem this phenomenon (of electric commercial fleets) is going global. The Dutch postal company (PostNL) recently announced the replacement of their delivery fleet with Renault’s electric Master Z.E.
Everyone does it. Even YOU might forget to let everyone know you’ve arrived safely at your destination. Four hours later, you finally look at your phone to see 48 missed calls, 32 new voicemails, 56 texts and an update on facebook saying you’ve been kidnapped. Or you might be the person on the other end of the equation. Wearing a groove in the carpet whilst on hold with six different hospitals and Liam Neeson’s agent, wondering how fast you can learn how to hack and retask a spy satellite. Renault’s “Mum Button” is about to make all these worries obsolete.
Unless you’ve been out of the country, or staying away from the mainstream South African motoring press for the past few months, you’ve probably already heard of the recent launch of the limited edition Clio RS 18 F1. Built to commemorate Renault’s 40 year of Formula 1, this amazing piece of automotive artistry is based on the Clio RS 220 EDC Trophy, but offers prospective drivers so much more that you could ever imagine.
The average automaker’s target market has always been the private consumer. So, naturally, the assumption has always been that the self-driving car would cross the finish line looking like a robo-taxi. Now McKinsey & Co. predicts the future of autonomous driving technology may come in the guise of an automated delivery vehicle, with over 80% of all deliveries becoming unmanned in the next decade.
It is not some long-lost Atlantian mystery, it is real. In collaboration with EEM and the Government of Madeira, Renault will be transforming the island of Porto Santo, in its entirety, into a smart, electrical ecosystem.
The entry-level vehicle segment in South Africa is exceptionally competitive, with many of the major car brands having something to offer. With Renault it is the Kwid that competes in this field, but now this simple yet stylish car has unveiled a secret weapon – A Limited Edition Renault Kwid Climber Model! And when we say limited we mean it, as there are just 200 units being made available in South Africa at this time. Pricing includes Comprehensive 1 year Insurance and starts at R148 900.
For their recent 120th birthday, Renault celebrated by dusting off some of their most pragmatic creations. Looking over this line-up of life-changing automobiles, it becomes clear that Renault has been striving toward a single goal from the start. They’re not just about making cars. They aim to make life easier.
The Geneva Motor Show has always been a melting pot of astounding concept vehicles. But when fans saw this specimen, they thought it was a left-over from a sci-fi photo shoot. The Renault EZ-GO concept is a robo-taxi that flies in the face of all the norms. (And it does bring to mind Doc Brown’s flying DeLorean.)
The 2019 Clio has been on the drawing board for some time. Braving the public eye for the first time earlier this year, the 2019 Clio is seen: heavily hidden behind camouflage wrap. (A contact adhesive layer meant to fool the eye with crazed patterns.) In addition, Renault has obviously swapped in some false body-panels to further hide the true form of the 2019 Clio. None of which has managed to hide a few salient facts.
Come rain or shine or snow, Renault will deliver! At least, that is what South Korea’s Postmaster-General has set out to prove. Perhaps the quirkiest commercial car on the road today, the Renault Twizy is not something we would ever expect to see, rubbing shoulders with South African bakkies and jeeps. But the miniscule electric runabout might be exactly what Seoul’s post office needs.