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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.
There is no denying that Formula One racing is all about aerodynamics and engineering flair but it also requires skillful drivers pushing cars to 220 miles per hour. In recent years, computing prowess has become an integral part of Formula One. Without it, processing the sheer amount of data generated in building, testing and racing the high-speed cars is very costly and time-consuming.
If there is one thing that South African motorists are renowned for, it’s being unwilling to compromise on the tenacity of their SUVs. Yes, we realise that there’s a fine line to walk between the aesthetics of a city-roaming vehicle and the go-getter attitude of a utility vehicle that can hold its own on the varied terrain sunny South Africa will throw at it, but we tend to like our bread buttered on both sides. Fortunately, Renault has never shied away from a design challenge.
What are you planning for 2019? Groupe Renault has quite a few exciting developments in the pipeline. This includes the rollout of infrastructure for a second ‘Smart Island’ off the coast of France. Following on the success of the pilot project on the Portuguese island of Porto Santo, transitioning the island of Belle-Île-en-Mer is poised to reduce its carbon footprint while simultaneously providing its inhabitants with the means to become increasingly energy-independent.
Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi and Google have joined forces to integrate the Android operating system into all of the world’s leading automotive group’s vehicles, starting in 2021. Combined, the members of the Alliance sold 10.6 million vehicles across 200 markets last year which only cements their place at the top of the charts.
Earlier this year, at the 2018 Moscow Motor Show, a new addition to the Renault family emerged, known as the Arkana. The French automaker has been in business for more than 115 years and it was only a matter of time before they put their skills to the test producing a coupé-SUV type vehicle. It is underpinned by Renault’s B0 platform already in use with vehicles such as the Renault Captur and Duster.
The hot hatch segment just got a lot hotter with the all-new Renault Megane RS Lux. Since the first Renault Megane RS was released in 2003, the model has seen incredible upgrades in technology and performance. It has become somewhat of an icon around the world and now, the latest Megane RS Lux is within the grasp of South African motorists.
The joint strategic venture capital arm of Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi, Alliance Ventures, invested $17 million in the latest round of funding for Transit, a multimodal transportation app company in Montreal, Canada. This is Alliance Ventures’ latest technology investment which launched earlier this year to support start-ups, early-stage development and entrepreneurs of next-generation systems for the automotive industry.
The secret is out as the French automaker tests the new Renault Kwid 7-Seater MPV in Chennai. It appears as if Renault is targeting a much lower price bracket with the new 7-Seater Kwid MPV, also known as RBC. The aim is to supplement the brand’s aspirations with the smaller Kwid hatchback and it is likely to fall under the Renault Duster SUV within the group’s lineup.
Groupe Renault has always been a forward-thinking car manufacturer and leads Europe’s efforts in developing electric vehicles. Electric mobility is, after all, the core of their strategy. If they weren’t already ahead, the recent agreements signed with EDF, Total and ENEL cements their place in pole position.
The 2018 Paris Motor Show revealed some jaw dropping concept cars with the Renault EZ-ULTIMO one of the standouts. While this autonomous shuttle may be far from reality, it is a tantalising glimpse into the future of motoring and ride sharing.