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The Renault brand is one of the fastest growing in South Africa and offers the discerning driver a bit of French Flair, European Stylings and a whole lot of Gallic Passion. With an ever growing selection of vehicles, and more being added all of the time, we’ll never be short of interesting Renault information to share with you. Please feel free to contact us at any time regarding the articles you find here, as our dedicated team of Renault professionals will always be on hand to help you.
Earlier this year, at the 2018 Moscow Motor Show, a new addition to the Renault family emerged, known as the Arkana. The French automaker has been in business for more than 115 years and it was only a matter of time before they put their skills to the test producing a coupé-SUV type vehicle. It is underpinned by Renault’s B0 platform already in use with vehicles such as the Renault Captur and Duster.
The hot hatch segment just got a lot hotter with the all-new Renault Megane RS Lux. Since the first Renault Megane RS was released in 2003, the model has seen incredible upgrades in technology and performance. It has become somewhat of an icon around the world and now, the latest Megane RS Lux is within the grasp of South African motorists.
The joint strategic venture capital arm of Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi, Alliance Ventures, invested $17 million in the latest round of funding for Transit, a multimodal transportation app company in Montreal, Canada. This is Alliance Ventures’ latest technology investment which launched earlier this year to support start-ups, early-stage development and entrepreneurs of next-generation systems for the automotive industry.
The secret is out as the French automaker tests the new Renault Kwid 7-Seater MPV in Chennai. It appears as if Renault is targeting a much lower price bracket with the new 7-Seater Kwid MPV, also known as RBC. The aim is to supplement the brand’s aspirations with the smaller Kwid hatchback and it is likely to fall under the Renault Duster SUV within the group’s lineup.
Groupe Renault has always been a forward-thinking car manufacturer and leads Europe’s efforts in developing electric vehicles. Electric mobility is, after all, the core of their strategy. If they weren’t already ahead, the recent agreements signed with EDF, Total and ENEL cements their place in pole position.
The 2018 Paris Motor Show revealed some jaw dropping concept cars with the Renault EZ-ULTIMO one of the standouts. While this autonomous shuttle may be far from reality, it is a tantalising glimpse into the future of motoring and ride sharing.
Judging from global sales reaching two million and 15 000 in South Africa, the Renault Duster has certainly made an impact since its inception seven years ago. The second generation Duster looks even more impressive and is comprehensively one of the toughest and most affordable SUVs in its class.
The world’s leading automotive alliance, Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi (RNMA), has plans to reach an astonishing annual sales figure of 14 million units by 2022. This also includes a wide range of new technologies and business models. Their current strategic plan, called Alliance 2022, was developed to also double the annual synergies to €10bn (US$11.6bn) toward the end of the six-year period.
Looking at the budget segment in motoring, very few cars can compete with the Renault Kwid. Now, the French automaker has expanded their range offering a new automated manual transmission (AMT) variant but how does it compare to the old one and what is it like to drive?
When it comes to innovation, Groupe Renault takes great pride in staying ahead of the curve. As such, our international counterparts’ recent trailblazing collaboration with the ADA in Paris does not come as a surprise. By pooling their respective resources, Renault France and the local vehicle rental agency will be giving Parisians the option of getting around using a short-term, E-vehicle car-sharing service.