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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 a conundrum, but a nice one to have to deal with. We are talking about comparing the brand new, just launched Renault Kiger with the also quite new, recently launched Nissan Magnite. We know a little more about the Magnite than the Kiger, simply because it has been around a few months and we have seen the actual cars at the school drop-off and they are really nice. As someone whose most recent cars were a Nissan (X-Trail) and a Renault (Duster), this writer does not have a preference – both great cars.
The Renault Group has a unique, life-saving collaboration with firefighters which started back in 2010 with a common commitment to improving safety for everyone. Renault Group is the only car manufacturer that has integrated road rescue teams to aid their work in the field. The objective is to improve the responsiveness of rescue teams when responding to an accident and it’s certainly a game-changer.
The Renault Clio has been named 2021 Auto Express supermini of the year, again, beating tough competition like the Vauxhall Corsa, Ford Fiesta and Peugeot 208 and even its sibling the Sandero.
Earlier this year, Renault launched their first-ever subcompact SUV, the Renault Kiger in India. It’s based on the same platform as the Nissan Magnite and underpins the Renault Triber which shows it’s in good company. It also means that the Renault Kiger SUV will compete against cars like the Hyundai Venue, Tata Nexon, Mahindra XUV300 and the Ford EcoSport.
Looking at the roads around you when you’re stuck in traffic in cities like Johannesburg and towns like Stellenbosch, you could be forgiven for thinking that you are in an old-timey black-and-white movie. White, black and grey cars, bakkies and SUVs rule the roost on SA roads, after all.
Group 1 Motors has been in the industry for quite some time and earned a good reputation through consistency in service delivery and offering among the best car deals in South Africa. In such a competitive local automotive market, continuous investment is necessary; not only to stand out from the rest but also to give customers the type of service they deserve.
With a growing concern over CO2 emissions in the automotive sector, electric vehicles will play an increasingly important role in the future. Many carmakers have already put measures in place to ensure a successful electrification transition and Renault is leading from the front with it’s next-generation of electric vehicles, starting with the Renault Megane E-Tech Electric.
SUVs are nice. Everybody wants an SUV. Everybody buys an SUV. But jeez, they are expensive! Okay, some are cheaper, but with cheap, nasty is usually not far behind. Jumped up hatchbacks with a couple of decals. You also get the OTT models with a million bits and bobs that cost the same as a farm in Clifton. There are some SUVs that are proper SUVs, drives like an SUV should, full of luxury and safety features, but at a decent price. The leader of this group, the best value for money, is the Renault Duster. Twenty-one thousand buyers cannot all be wrong.
Car crashes are accidents waiting to happen. You drive on the road with others, which means you are at the mercy of chance. But there are two things you can do: you can drive as safely and defensively as possible to lessen the chances of an accident, and you can get a car that will give you proper protection in the event of an accident.