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Renault Laguna Coupe, Estate and Hatch Black Editions

Published by on Apr 7th, 2009, No Comments

It seems that Renault has decided to launch a Coupe Black Editions following the success of the Hatch and the Estate Black Editions. But the latest from the French automaker’s stable— Laguna Coupe Black Edition, comes with nothing except for a few simple cosmetic changes that slightly alter the looks of the car. Available with three metallic paints, including Pearlescent Black, Cassiopee Grey and Platine Grey, 17-inch Talisman aluminum alloys, twin chrome exhaust pipes, hands-free Renault Card automatic door lock/unlock and engine start-up system and also a few entertainment options in the form of 40W 3D sound system built by Arkamys,  the car is pretty smart and includes Bluetooth, CD, MP3, and an audio connection box.

But no changes under the hood mean that you still need to live with the 2.0-liter dCi engine with 150 hp (and that seems to be a bit of a dampener). With 0-100 km/h in a leisurely time of 9.5 seconds, the €29,500 spent on the Coupe Black Edition is more for the looks than performance… Let’s see how well the latest special version from Renault fairs!

2009 Renault Megane RS

Published by on Mar 5th, 2009, 14 Comments

Trying to be ahead of any other hatches in the European market is no easy task, but Renault seems to have the right ingredients for an amazing car. Just a few days ago in Geneva, the latest Renault Megane RS has been unveiled to the public and everyone seemed to love it. Inspired by the Trophy racer Megane, the new RS is definitely meaner and faster. With an agressive front grille splitter and big arches, a center-exit exhaust within the diffuser, bulging side sills and some intriguing  two-tone alloys, you’ll have to admit that even if it’s a French car … it’s a damn good looking one.

But my bet is that you’d like to know what makes that kitty roar. Well there’s a 250-horsepower 2.0-liter 16-valve turbo engine under the hood, a sharper chassis available in “Sport” and “Cup”,  fully defeatable stability control and an improved steering, it’s quite a contender to Ford’s Focus RS. We’re definitely sold on the new design. A hot looking racer … [via TopGear]

2009 Renault R29 Revealed

Published by on Jan 19th, 2009, 1 Comment

Just like Ferrari, McLaren or Toyota, Renault took the time to unveil their new 2009 R29 car for this year’s F1 Championship. Though the financial crisis got them too, the French managed to get a new sponsor – Total, who pumped some money for a new design that only needs to proves itself on the track. At the official presentation, Flavio Briatore got Fernando Alonso and Nelson Piquet to pull the cover off of the yellow beast and to pose together. Do you think they have a chance for 2009?

Renault Sand'up Concept Car Announced in Brazil

Published by on Oct 28th, 2008, No Comments

Based on the Sandero Stepway, Renault unveiled their latest Sand’up concept car at the Sao Paolo Auto Show today, in Brazil. It’s a 2+2 coupe/convertible (or given its design, simply call it a SUV or pick up) that features movable panels that are supposedly going to change the vehicle configuration as needed. For example the back transforms into a bed …

Under the hood of the new Sand’up is a 1.6 liter engine that runs either on gasoline or ethanol (largely available in Brazil) and sports 110 hp and 148 Nm of torque. We have no official info, if that concept car will ever make it into production, but it does sound like a good addition, don’t you think? – via WCF

Dacia Sandero and Logan get Renaultsport F1 badge

Published by on Oct 27th, 2008, 3 Comments

For whatever reasons, Renault decided to put their Renaultsport F1 badge on the new Dacia Sandero and Logan everybody seems to be a bit upset with the fact that it doesn’t delivers as expected. Dacia is in fact, Renault’s division for budget oriented cars, so I wouldn’t have expected to see a budget oriented RS from them, but looks like it’s going to happen and the new (tiny) beast will be presented in Brazil, at the Sao Paulo auto show. We’ll get more specs then … via AutoBlog.com

Renault Ondelios revealed

Published by on Sep 11th, 2008, 2 Comments

The Paris Motor Show is about to start in a couple of weeks and we have all the big French manufacturers revealing new models, like the new Renault Megane. Speaking of Renault, these people have decided to show off their Ondelios concept – a high-end crossover concept with an aluminum finish.. It sure looks like they’re taking the lead.

“Ondelios is inspired by motion rather than speed and is a whole new response to the call of the open road,” said Patrick Le Quément, Renault’s Design Director.

Supposedly a luxury car, Ondelios offers its passengers features like the HVAC system that allows different temperatures for each of them, or Samsung’s interactive portable multimedia devices that allows gaming, listening audio and viewing video. How about some details from under the hood? It has a hybrid powertrain mixes a 205hp (150kW) 2.0 dCi engine and two 20kW electric motors, which allows it to go from 0 to 100km/h in 7.8 seconds (that’s a big car, right?) with CO2 emissions at a maximum of 120g/km and fuel consumption of 4.5l/100km (52 mpg).

The 2009 Renault Megane

Published by on Sep 10th, 2008, 3 Comments

We first got the scoop about the new Renault Megane 3 a few months ago, but today we have the final version of what was one of the finest European cars for the last couple of years. There have been some leaked images last week, but I wanted to wait to make sure the next article will be with the actual all-new 2009 Megane. Here’s an official video with it.

The 2009 Renault Megane will be powered by the “old” dCi 85 and dCi 105 diesel engines but new forces arrived, and I’m talking about the dCi 90 and the particulate filter-equipped dCi 110, and dCi 130. If you’re not into diesel and want a petrol engine, it’s going to include the 1.6 16V 100hp and 110hp engines, but also the 2.0 16V 140hp and the Tce 180.

Obviously we’ll see it in Paris in the next few weeks. Do you like it?

Renault Revives Safrane

Published by on Aug 29th, 2008, 1 Comment

Introduced in 1992 instead of the famous Renault 25 and in operations till 2000, the French automakers decided to replace Safrane with the remarkable Vel Satis. But that didn’t affect sales as they expected, so now the company is thinking of reviving it as a mid-size luxury sedan but the news aren’t THAT great.

Apparently the new Renault Safrane is only going to be available in Gulf States like United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Oman,Kuwait and Qatar.

Suddenly we’re not so very impressed with this V6 powerplant anymore unless they give it a greenlight for either South Africa or Europe. And make it for a good price if you want us to buy it.

via CarScoop

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