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.
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.
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 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.
We last left Fremau and his Lego gearbox trying to convince the big men at the factory that the Lego contraption could be turned into an actual gearbox and that this gearbox will not only work in real life, but can be made at an acceptable cost.
It looks like an SUV, it feels like an SUV, it drives like an SUV, therefore it must be . . . a people mover. Aaargh, the Renault Triber is an MPV! Wait, is that a bad thing?
Ten years or so ago the MPV was the king of the suburbs. Mom would collect all the kids in the area from school in one trip. Dad could take Jimmy and a bunch of his mates fishing, or the whole family and some friends would go camping in the MPV.
The Renault Duster has the most powerful petrol engine in its class but is it enough to instil confidence since replacing the old diesel powertrain? Considering the international-spec Renault Duster borrowed some technology from the beloved Nissan GT-R, what do you think?
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.