Group 1 Renault Blog

Welcome to the Group 1 Renault Blog

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.


Renault EZ-Pod Can Get Commuters Into Trains/Buses

Posted by on 06 Jun 2019 under Autonomous Cars, Concept Cars, Renault

Renault EZ-Pods

Renault’s EZ-Pods

“Bumper cars,” my son asserted when seeing the picture. “No, first mile/last mile transport. Autonomous nogal,” I replied. Enter EZ-Pod, Renault’s electric vehicle concept designed to carry people from here to there. The first/last mile.


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Renault, Nissan, And Mitsubishi Buying Into New Mobility

Posted by on 30 May 2019 under Autonomous Cars, News, Renault

Renault Nissan Mitsubishi Logo

Newest Renault Nissan Mitsubishi Alliance Venture

The Renault, Nissan and Mitsubishi partnership is investing big money in new mobility. Why are they doing this, and what is new mobility?

New mobility in this sense means cars, specifically the big disruptive changes that will transform the face of motoring. Predictions are that cars and driving will see a revolution in the next five to ten years that would dwarf the evolution of the last five decades. Their investment will guarantee the Partnership a seat on this rollercoaster.


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Renault Alaskan Double-Cab Coming To South Africa

Posted by on 23 May 2019 under News, Renault, Renault Alaskan

Renault Alaskan

2021 Renault Alaskan

The Renault Alaskan double-cab bakkie, which is based on the Nissan Navara platform, has had a facelift and it looks pretty impressive. Adding to that, Renault has also confirmed that the Alaskan leisure bakkie and Duster Oroch will be available in South Africa.


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2019 Renault Kwid Gets A Facelift

Posted by on 15 May 2019 under Blog, New Car Launches, News, Renault, Renault Kwid

New Renault KWID

2019 Renault KWID

Toward the latter part of 2018, there were several reports of a facelifted Renault Kwid heading to South Africa. That rumour has been confirmed as an updated version will be on sale in October.

The Renault Kwid first launched in India as far back as September 2015 and reached our shores in November 2016. Since then, the Renault Kwid has become a popular choice for many taking 3rd place overall of South Africa’s top 10 best-selling passenger cars in February 2019 with 1 069 units. On top of that, they have sold over 20 000 vehicles since its November 2016 debut.


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2020 Renault Megane RS Trophy-R Tested At Nürburgring

Posted by on 30 Apr 2019 under Blog, News, Renault

2020 Renault Megane RS Trophy-R

2020 Renault Megane RS Trophy-R

The new Renault Megane RS Trophy-R has been spotted at the Nürburgring in a likely attempt to reclaim the title for front-wheel drive hot hatchbacks. While Honda currently holds the record, the new Renault Megane RS has apparently shed some weight to set an even quicker time around the track.


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Renault-Nissan Considering A Merger With Fiat Chrysler

Posted by on 23 Apr 2019 under Blog, News, Renault

Renault Might Partner With Fiat Chrysler

Renault Might Partner With Fiat Chrysler

A new potential merger of mammoth proportions could be on the horizon as Renault SA is set to restart merger talks with Nissan Motor Co within 12 months. This will be the first step toward creating an even bigger auto conglomerate involving both companies bidding for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV.

According to the Financial Times, a new alliance board with Renault chairman, Jean-Dominique Senard, at the helm will add further confidence to both sides to continue with the merger plans. On the face of it, Renault, Nissan, Fiat and Chrysler joining forces will create an automaker that could really compete with global competitors like Volkswagen AG and Toyota Motor Corp.


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Renault Launches V2G Trial Using AC Charging

Posted by on 15 Apr 2019 under Blog, News, Renault

François Farion

Vehicle-To-Grid From Renault

Groupe Renault has started a new trial allowing drivers of electric vehicles to give energy back to the grid while recharging at public power points. The V2G trial scheme is taking place in the Dutch city of Utrecht with 15 Renault ZOEs that are specially modified to accept a reverse charge. This will allow them to can send power back to the grid during peak usage times while aiding the strained power networks at busier times.


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Renault Samsung Motors Reveal The XM3 Inspire Concept

Posted by on 09 Apr 2019 under Blog, Concept Cars, News, Renault

XM3 Inspire Concept

The XM3 Inspire Concept by Renault Samsung Motors

The 2019 Seoul Motor Show revealed the Renault Samsung Motors XM3 Inspire Concept and from the onset, it was clear that the XM3 had a lot in common with the Renault Arkana which debuted at the Moscow International Auto Salon in Russia last August.


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A Tale Of Two Halves Featuring Bond’s Renault 11 TXE

Posted by on 01 Apr 2019 under Blog, News, Renault, Renault History

Renault 11

Bond’s Renault 11 TXE

This one is for all the James Bond fans who will fondly remember Roger Moore in 1985’s A View To A Kill. Who can forget the scene along the River Seine where 007 chases an airborne Grace Jones with a Parisian Taxi? Well, that 1984 Renault 11 TXE stunt car is for sale through the Orlando Auto Museum.


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Introducing The All-New Renault Clio With Hybrid Option

Posted by on 25 Mar 2019 under New Car Launches, Renault Clio

2019 Renault Clio

2019 Renault Clio

The latest Mk5 Renault Clio has been made official at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show and comes with a new design and features. There will be a number of different models including a hybrid version with a new E-Tech hybrid engine developed by Renault. At the moment, there are no indications whether the new Renault Clio will be available in South Africa but let’s keep our fingers crossed.


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