The Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance is one of the automotive world’s biggest partnerships with a long list of successes on many fronts. Now, Renault CEO Luca de Meo has announced a new transformation strategy aptly named ‘Renaulution’. And, as the name suggests, the group is preparing for a revolutionary shift in priorities as they move from volume to value.
The thing that petrolheads most fear about eco-friendly cars is the lack of noise. Whether it is the screaming snarl of a frustrated Lambo at a robot or the ribcage thump of a really big old V8, the sound of a powerful engine gets us going. But one by one the demons of the decibel have fallen silent, leaving just that 2012 Honda Civic with the red R and the big exhaust at the supermarket car park, and of course, Formula 1.
First launched in 2009, the Renault Sandero entered the fray as a budget hatchback and has been a popular option for small families in South Africa. Since 2009 they have sold more than 64 100 units of the Renault Sandero and over 30 500 Renault Sandero Stepway variants since their inception in 2011.
In a united effort, the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance pooled all of their skills and resources to create an impressive new CMF-EV platform. It is effectively a redesigned version of the current CMF platform that Renault is already using to underpin most of its vehicles. There are several versions including the CMF-A, CMF-B, CMF-C/D with the Renault CMF-EV platform being the most recent.
We often discuss exciting car launches overseas, but then have to end with a disclaimer that we do not yet know if and when these models will be sold here. But it seems when the news finally arrives, it comes in droves. 2021 will be a massive year for Renault South Africa.
The electric vehicles (EVs) that catch our attention tend to look as expensive as they are, or be a bit odd. Willy Wonka or Disneyland cars. But most of us drive normal cars, when not an SUV, then most likely a five-door hatch. When you move from your ICE hatch looking for an EV substitute there is one car that stands out.
Renault South Africa launched the manual Triber in February 2020 and now, there’s a new kid on the block. This time the seven-seater Renault Triber gets an automated manual transmission (AMT) which has especially been designed for city driving.
The history of half tonners in SA is a long one as the selling points were always convenience and nimbleness. Remember the Ford Bantam and Nissan 140? Now, there could be a new kid on the block in the shape of a Renault Duster bakkie.
The upcoming Renault Kiger emphasises a few automotive facts:
The time gap between concept and production model is shrinking. The market is moving too fast and the competition is too fierce to allow the luxury of a concept percolating for a few years before morphing into production. Any manufacturer that tried that now will soon be playing catch-up.