The word ‘iconic’ is used too freely and has lost its impact when it is needed to describe something that is, well, iconic. The Renault Mégane suffers from this verbal inflation because it represented a new design direction when the first generation was launched in 1995. It moved the Renault needle from utilitarian to sexy, and the next three generations set the tone not only for other Renault models but car design in general.
We all know and love the budget-friendly, fully-loaded Renault Kwid but now, this little hatchback has been modified into a hybrid-electric vehicle.
First launched in 2015, the entry-level Renault Kwid got a welcome face-lift last year and is currently available in South Africa with a 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol engine. Abroad, the automaker has also produced a 799 cc three-cylinder petrol engine which has now been modified into a hybrid-electric vehicle.
There are two good reasons to move to electric vehicles (EVs). They are much cheaper to run than comparable internal combustion engine models and they are far greener, even when charged from coal power stations. Oh, but wait! They are very expensive to buy, lack range, and take forever to charge up again. Or are they?
Very few people don’t know about the Renault Clio whether it’s the first model from 1990 or the latest Renault Clio V. Whether you own one or not, there’s no denying the significant impact this little hatchback has had over the years and will likely continue for some time.
The Renault Sandero Stepway is a firm favourite in the South African smaller crossover segment, competing with the likes of the Polo Cross. It gives you the economy and price level of a good hatch, but with the added nice of its SUV-like look and feel, a higher driving position and a bit more space. And it looks way better than the Logan on which it was based on way back in its first generation in 2007.
The Renault Zandar. There is not much story here and there is a lot of story here. The not-much story is that Renault will launch a new all-electric SUV, possibly called the Zandar, next year, about the size of the Renault Captur and with a range of 300 – 500km and power output of 95 to 147kW. It will probably look a bit like the Morphoz concept. Ja well no fine. Too many ‘abouts’ and ‘maybes’ there.
Groupe Renault has announced a strategic industrial and technological collaboration with Google Cloud to help digitise their production facilities, supply chains and accelerate Renault’s transformation to Industry 4.0.
When you say blockchain, you think cryptocurrency. When you think cryptocurrency, you either run a mile or sell the family farm so you can invest. Many financial gurus have grave doubts about cryptocurrencies, but this story is not about them. It is about the blockchain technology that underpins them and how this is a crucial step in the new mobility Renault envisages.
Renault is looking for unicorns in Africa. Not the sparkly horses with the pointy heads, the other ones. It’s looking for new businesses that combine innovation with technology to change the lives of a region, a country, even a continent.
As many of us will attest, driving today is nothing like it was 50 years ago. For older generations, seat belts were the only road safety features on most cars but that landscape has changed significantly.