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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.
As the petrol price continues to soar, improving fuel efficiency is the best way to protect your budget. It’s no secret that when your car works the way it should that it consumes less fuel. And while fuel efficiency certainly depends on the car you buy, the way you drive also plays an important role. To help motorists understand how easy it can be, we’ve highlighted a few important fuel-saving tips for manual cars.
Groupe Renault has been a leader in the automotive world for some time and now we meet the man behind the scenes. François Farion is Groupe Renault’s Design Director responsible for colours and materials. When you hear “Star Black”, “Ultra Violet” and “Chili Orange”, what thought comes to mind first? Your answer should be François Farion.
We take a closer look at the man responsible for much of the design creativity and his incredible passion for his job which consists of imaging, research, colour creation and material selection for the exterior and interior of Renault vehicles.
You get two kinds of vehicle owners – the kind who fastidiously check their vehicles every day, and those who tend to leave this kind of thing up to the professionals on those occasions they take it for a service. Guess which kind of vehicle owner is consistently safer on the road? The answer, pretty obviously, is the first kind.
If there is one thing we love here at Renault South Africa, it’s sharing some uplifting news. There is so much to be worried and anxious about these days, that silver-lining news clips tend to get lost in the noise, which is why we go out of our way to share it here on our platform. Ready for a nice solid dose of positivity? Here goes!
Looking at the hot hatch segment, the big boys have dominated it for some time until now. The rise of super hatches such as the Renault Clio RS 220 Trophy has also impacted the smaller segment when compared to the Fiesta ST and the VW Polo GTI.
There is no denying that Formula One racing is all about aerodynamics and engineering flair but it also requires skillful drivers pushing cars to 220 miles per hour. In recent years, computing prowess has become an integral part of Formula One. Without it, processing the sheer amount of data generated in building, testing and racing the high-speed cars is very costly and time-consuming.
If there is one thing that South African motorists are renowned for, it’s being unwilling to compromise on the tenacity of their SUVs. Yes, we realise that there’s a fine line to walk between the aesthetics of a city-roaming vehicle and the go-getter attitude of a utility vehicle that can hold its own on the varied terrain sunny South Africa will throw at it, but we tend to like our bread buttered on both sides. Fortunately, Renault has never shied away from a design challenge.
What are you planning for 2019? Groupe Renault has quite a few exciting developments in the pipeline. This includes the rollout of infrastructure for a second ‘Smart Island’ off the coast of France. Following on the success of the pilot project on the Portuguese island of Porto Santo, transitioning the island of Belle-Île-en-Mer is poised to reduce its carbon footprint while simultaneously providing its inhabitants with the means to become increasingly energy-independent.
Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi and Google have joined forces to integrate the Android operating system into all of the world’s leading automotive group’s vehicles, starting in 2021. Combined, the members of the Alliance sold 10.6 million vehicles across 200 markets last year which only cements their place at the top of the charts.
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.