A Renault bakkie for South Africa? In a roundabout way perhaps. Here is the story.
A bakkie is called a Ute in Australia, short for utility vehicle. Utes are big down under, with their miles and miles of nothing much there. Renault already has a bakkie called the Alaskan. This is based on the Nissan Navara, like the Merc X-Class bakkie.
Sometimes major events start with a bang, sometimes they are almost silent. Quiet, like an electric car.
This major event was the launch of the electric Renault City K-ZE in China. It is based on the super affordable Renault Kwid first launched in the Indian market. The City K-ZE could well be the most important car of this century thus far.
The 2019 Renault Megane RS Trophy R is the flagship of all flagships. While details were scarce earlier this year, we now have all the information you need. Not only is it more powerful but they have also added a host of “additional performance-focused” features as described by the French automaker.
Its official, the new seven-seater Renault Triber is coming to South Africa in 2020. The new Triber is built on Renault’s modular CMF-A+ platform that also underpins the Kwid hatchback. It is the epitome of “value-for-money” slotting in seamlessly above the Renault Kwid and likely set to challenge the Datsun GO+.
The French automaker confirmed that the 2020 Renault Triber will be manufactured in Chennai and sold to the eager public in India at a very competitive price toward the second half of 2019. This new addition to the Renault family has been described as a “joint project” between their Indian and French teams.
Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi has joined forces with Microsoft to create the Alliance Intelligent Cloud. Wait, what is it? Is it important? Let’s have a look.
Who is doing this?
The Renault Kwid is the latest model to join India’s burgeoning car subscription market. Car subscription is like leasing on steroids.
India has the fifth- or fourth-biggest car market in the world, depending on who’s counting and what they are counting. It is around the 3 300 000 mark with Germany, about a million units less than Japan and two million less than the USA. China is the enormous outlier at around 25 million. India, like China, Japan and much of the
European Union, is feeling the chilly breeze of a cooling global economy and car sales have dropped dramatically.
Not that you’d call a car cute but the exception has to be the Renault e-Plain Air concept which is based on the original Renault 4L. It was built by Renault Classic, Renault Design and Melun Retro Passion for the 10th anniversary of the Renault 4L festival. It was on display at the international festival between 19 and 21 July turning heads every which way..
The French automaker has done it again as the all-new Renault Duster TechRoad looks incredible and so does the price and all the features. It adds even further impetus to the already impressive range especially considering the successful launch of the new Renault Duster SUV in 2018 and the 4×4 version not too long ago.
The all-new second-generation Renault Captur crossover is bound for South Africa and we couldn’t be more excited. Judging from a few ‘not-so-secret’ spy shots, it certainly looks the part while showing off the new modular CMF-B platform with an eye on electrification along with level 2 semi-autonomous driving tech.
When Renault F1 and tech partner Infinity celebrated International Women in Engineering Day in June, they showcased achievement rather than ambition. Renault F1 engineer Kayleigh Messer and Infiniti Engineer and racing driver Sabré Cook showcased two generations of women at the cutting edge of racing technology.