When you become a parent, a lot of things change. White couches, for one thing, are no longer something you get to enjoy. An uninterrupted 8 hours of restorative rest? Nope, sorry. The same goes for lingering dinners over candlelight, binge-watching any series other than Peppa Pig and Paw Patrol, and going to the loo alone. Another thing that changes is the way you look at cars.
So your plug-in electric is greenest when it uses renewable energy to charge. No dirty coal or hang-around-for-ever nuclear. But now the sun’s not shining and the wind isn’t blowing, but you are not using your green mobile. So you plug it in and give back, getting paid for it.
We recently wrote about the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi partnership investing heavily in new mobility in China. Two things here: new mobility and China.
Toward the latter part of 2018, there were several reports of a facelifted Renault Kwid heading to South Africa. That rumour has been confirmed as an updated version will be on sale in October.
The Renault Kwid first launched in India as far back as September 2015 and reached our shores in November 2016. Since then, the Renault Kwid has become a popular choice for many taking 3rd place overall of South Africa’s top 10 best-selling passenger cars in February 2019 with 1 069 units. On top of that, they have sold over 20 000 vehicles since its November 2016 debut.
The new Renault Megane RS Trophy-R has been spotted at the Nürburgring in a likely attempt to reclaim the title for front-wheel drive hot hatchbacks. While Honda currently holds the record, the new Renault Megane RS has apparently shed some weight to set an even quicker time around the track.
A new potential merger of mammoth proportions could be on the horizon as Renault SA is set to restart merger talks with Nissan Motor Co within 12 months. This will be the first step toward creating an even bigger auto conglomerate involving both companies bidding for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV.
According to the Financial Times, a new alliance board with Renault chairman, Jean-Dominique Senard, at the helm will add further confidence to both sides to continue with the merger plans. On the face of it, Renault, Nissan, Fiat and Chrysler joining forces will create an automaker that could really compete with global competitors like Volkswagen AG and Toyota Motor Corp.
Groupe Renault has started a new trial allowing drivers of electric vehicles to give energy back to the grid while recharging at public power points. The V2G trial scheme is taking place in the Dutch city of Utrecht with 15 Renault ZOEs that are specially modified to accept a reverse charge. This will allow them to can send power back to the grid during peak usage times while aiding the strained power networks at busier times.
The 2019 Seoul Motor Show revealed the Renault Samsung Motors XM3 Inspire Concept and from the onset, it was clear that the XM3 had a lot in common with the Renault Arkana which debuted at the Moscow International Auto Salon in Russia last August.
This one is for all the James Bond fans who will fondly remember Roger Moore in 1985’s A View To A Kill. Who can forget the scene along the River Seine where 007 chases an airborne Grace Jones with a Parisian Taxi? Well, that 1984 Renault 11 TXE stunt car is for sale through the Orlando Auto Museum.
Renault F1 believes they are starting to see gains from their power unit by evolving the same concept from last season. While Renault F1 accomplished its goal of finishing top of the midfield last year, there were several questions over the rate of their in-season development. This specifically refers to how Renault’s development efforts compare to their nearest rivals, Haas and Racing Point.