We get a lot of PR material from automakers here at AutoblogGreen, but it's a rare day when the press release describing a new car comes with chapter breaks. Yet that's exactly how Renault is presenting their New Twingo, a small vehicle with a big heart. Apparently, if you like to read, you're going to love the New Twingo.

There are indeed good things to love about the New Twingo, in part because the most powerful version emits 140g/km of CO2 and the numbers drop from there. This New Twingo fits in the Renault Commitment 2009, the company's pledge to sell one million vehicles that produce less than 140g/km of CO2. The New Twingo reduces emissions through better aerodynamics, lower friction and less weight. The car is also 85 percent recyclable by weight and each is made with 15kg of recycled materials and 13kg of renewable materials (like latex, cotton, leather, card, wood).

Renault is pushing the customization of the New Twingo, with a whole host of audio, cell phone and exterior stickers as options. You can read the entire "book" after the jump.



[Source: Renault]
NEW TWINGO - THE LIVELY LITTLE CAR THAT FITS YOUR LIFE

  • Renault launches New Twingo at the Geneva Motor Show
  • New Twingo will reach UK shores in right-hand drive for the first time
  • On sale in the UK in September 2007
  • Two trim levels and engines available in the UK, Dynamique 1.2 16V 75hp and the GT with the new TCE (Turbo Control Efficiency) 1.2 100 hp petrol engine
  • UK Prices and specification announced nearer launch
A longstanding player in the small car segment, Renault has sold more than 2.4 million Twingos since the model's launch in April 1993. Now for the first time UK drivers will be able to get behind the wheel of the ever-popular city car when New Twingo goes on sale in the UK in September 2007.

The launch of New Twingo forms part of Renault Commitment 2009 and the introduction of 26 new cars, including 13 aimed at conquering new markets. New Twingo boosts Renault's presence in the small car segment alongside Clio Campus, Clio III and Modus.

Thanks to its chassis derived from the B-segment and a powertrain range featuring the new TCE (Turbo Control Efficiency) 100hp petrol engine, which offers class-leading performance and fuel consumption, New Twingo's superior dynamics set it apart from its predecessor. New Twingo also targets a broader, more international clientele thanks to the distinctly dynamic styling of the GT version and the robust lines of the other versions, plus the availability for the first time of right-hand drive models for the British market.

New Twingo stands out as a further illustration of Renault's know-how in the domain of optimising cabin space and interior versatility, by making full use of the car's compact dimensions (length: 3.60m). The interior is extremely modular thanks to its four independent sliding seats. Meanwhile, New Twingo's boot volume is the biggest in its segment, ranging from 165 to 285 litres (VDA) with all four seats in place and is extendable to a full 959 litres with a two-seater layout.

Communicative and occupant-friendly, New Twingo features a 'TunePoint' Audio Connection Box which enables personal music collections stored on USB keys, portable MP3 players or iPods® to be played through the car's audio system and operated via the steering wheel-mounted controls. Twingo is also available with hands-free Bluetooth telephone controls complete with 'hold' function for safer motoring.

In keeping with the "my Twingo" philosophy, buyers can customise their new car thanks to a range of decorative decals for the exterior.

Safety was at the forefront of the New Twingo design team's priorities. Their work covers all aspects of this key area, from positive, predictable road-holding and accident prevention systems to occupant protection in case of impact. New Twingo's robust construction, braking and suspension performance, ergonomics and equipment from the next segment up put the car at the top end of the small city car segment in terms of safety and ensure its ability to pass even the most stringent crash tests. Numerous comfort and safety features not previously available for Twingo have also been introduced, including lateral airbags, automatic climate control, cruise control/speed limiter, height-adjustable steering wheel and automatic headlamp activation, etc.

New Twingo is nonetheless very affordable, both to buy and to run. CO2 emissions do not exceed 140g/km even with the most powerful engine and New Twingo makes a valuable contribution to the '120-140g/km of CO2' pledge of Renault Commitment 2009.

New Twingo is the first model to be renewed within the framework of Renault Commitment 2009 and had to meet an extremely exact brief in terms of quality and profitability. The new car will be produced at the Novo Mesto factory in Slovenia.

Contents

New Twingo
The lively little car that fits your life

Chapter 1
New Twingo: the story continues...
Renault – a big player in the small car segment
New Twingo – a complementary addition to Renault's A/B-segment line-up
Appeals to new customers and markets

Chapter 2
An assertive personality underpinned by dynamic styling
Dynamic looks and a personalised range
A cabin to match individual tastes and requirements
Six trim levels for genuine 'a la carte' choice

Chapter 3
Roomy, practical and occupant-friendly
New Twingo – compact and agile
Even more interior space
Spacious and modular
The accent on travelling comfort
New equipment from the next segment up

Chapter 4
A communicative, customisable car
Stay connected !
Customising New Twingo !

Chapter 5
Punchy engines combined with reassuring, dynamic handling
Reassuring road-holding
A more assertive dynamic feel for the GT version
Responsive, environmentally-sensitive engines
Two types of transmission

Chapter 6
Genuine touring car standard safety
Top-end safety performance
Optimal protection for all occupants

Chapter 7
Reliable, inexpensive and environmentally sensitive
Lower running costs and a 12-year anti-corrosion warranty
The environment – a key issue

Chapter 8
Quality and profitability at the core of the X44 project
Controlled production-related costs
A factory focused on quality
A Slovenian-born Renault

Chapter 1

New Twingo: the saga continues...

As a volume carmaker, Renault has been actively present in the small car segment for several decades. Since its launch in April 1993, Twingo has won over some 2.4 million buyers who form a highly diversified clientele. Today, New Twingo features all the necessary qualities to ensure that its success story continues by appealing to an even broader, more international customer base.

Renault – a big player in the small car segment

As a volume carmaker, Renault has long been recognised for the quality and inventiveness of its products in the small car segment and New Twingo is no exception. Since its unveiling at the 1992 Paris Motor Show, Twingo has revolutionised the world of city cars. In response to shifts in customer demand across the span of its 14-year life, Twingo took the form of seven different collections and a long list of striking special and limited editions.

New Twingo – a complementary addition to Renault's A/B-segment line-up

The European small car market has been reasonably stable since 2000, yet that hasn't prevented it from being extremely competitive, owing to the presence of the traditional European makes and, more recently, the advent of newcomers from Asia. Even so, Renault stands out as a major player in the segment and New Twingo reinforces the brand's line-up with a view to optimising its coverage of this end of the market. With a length of 3.60 metres, New Twingo is a practical, communicative, compact car. Meanwhile, Clio Campus (length: 3.80m) provides versatility and low running costs, while Modus (also 3.80m) focuses on family buyers and features the lines and modularity of a small MPV. Last but not least, Clio III packs a big car spec into a total length that remains below the 4-metre mark.

Appeals to new customers and markets

New Twingo's mission is twofold, the first being to build on its ever-growing reputation. In France and Germany, 47 per cent of Twingo owners were loyal to the car and replaced it with another Twingo. The second aspect of the model's mission involves reaching out to a new clientele seeking a safe, versatile, practical and feisty package with compact dimensions. One-third of European small car buyers are aged under 35, including 11 per cent who are under 25. Amongst its new targets, New Twingo seeks to appeal to this young clientele, essentially urban-dwellers hooked on new technologies and for whom the car is seen as a symbol of freedom, as well as an extension of the world in which they live. New Twingo covers all these criteria thanks to its unique personality and unprecedented connectivity for its segment, not to mention its inherent versatility, driver appeal, travelling comfort and dynamic, reassuring handling.

The United Kingdom is Europe's fourth biggest market in the city car segment, while the countries of southern Europe – notably Italy – are drawn by agile, versatile small cars with a strong personality and which are inexpensive to buy and run. Now available in right-hand drive form and boasting more attractive lines than ever, New Twingo meets both these demands. At the same time, nothing precludes it from going on to tackle other markets worldwide. The New Twingo story is only in its early days...

Chapter 2

An assertive personality underpinned by dynamic styling

The GT version of New Twingo features dynamic looks while the lines of its other variants exude an unmistakable sense of robustness. Its overall design echoes the key themes suggested by Renault Twingo Concept when it was unveiled at last year's Paris Show. Inside, its comfortable, occupant-friendly cabin enables all owners to identify easily with the car.

Dynamic looks and a personalised range

Thanks to its long bonnet, the robust stance of its rear flanks and its fluid side lines, New Twingo boasts a modern, pleasing design. Its long wheelbase (2,367mm) and extremely short front and rear overhang dimensions exude an attractive blend of elegance and robustness.

The Dynamique and GT versions that will go on sale in the UK place the emphasis on New Twingo's dynamic appeal. Their design is racier and both versions come with a specific front bumper, while the foglamps are picked out by a satin grey surround. These two variants of New Twingo feature a more assertive demeanour for a car of its segment, an impression reinforced by the gloss black headlamp masks and satin grey exterior mirror housings.

The gap between the rear edge of the bonnet and the windscreen accentuates New Twingo's distinctive lines. Again according to version, the rear bumper houses the rear parking proximity sensors and includes protective beading. The GT version of New Twingo is distinguishable by its aluminium-finish rear spoiler and chrome exhaust tailpipe.

A cabin to match individual tastes and requirements

New Twingo's intuitive cabin layout features the same simplicity and practicality as its predecessor, while also communicating an unmistakable sense of comfort and well-being. The materials employed boast enhanced quality and the dashboard places the accent very much on storage. The sensation of space and comfort is amplified by the large panoramic electric sunroof (length: 666mm - width: 497mm/front seats, 405mm/rear seats) which is controlled by a one-touch rotary switch and incorporates an anti-pinch function as standard.

Two trim levels available

New Twingo will be available from its launch in the UK in a choice of two trim levels –Dynamique and GT which are perfectly in keeping with the sporty, technological and stylish values of its target market. New Twingo's philosophy allows buyers to create a car that matches their individual tastes and needs. Another important aspect of the new car's appeal is the availability of a long list of equipment from the next segment up never previously seen on Twingo (automatic climate control, cruise control/speed limiter, rear parking proximity sensor, etc.).

The Dynamique and GT trim levels feature a racier ambience in keeping with their exterior styling.

The Dynamique trim level is based on sporty design details, with orange upholstery stitching, a dark grey dashboard and a rev-counter. The exterior comes with sports bumpers and a bespoke grille with foglamps picked out in a satin grey surround. The body colour exterior mirrors contrast with the distinctive black B-post strip. New Twingo Dynamique sits on 14-inch wheels with specific wheel trims.

With its assertive lines, the GT version is even more dynamic and stands out due to its sports bumpers complete with GT branding, body colour side protective mouldings, 15-inch Noxiane aluminium alloy sports wheels, chrome tailpipe, GT-branded sill, rear lip spoiler and satin grey exterior mirror housings. Inside, in addition to the leather steering wheel and gear lever knob, the GT trim level also offers extra-tinted windows as an option.

Chapter 3

Roomy, practical and occupant-friendly

New Twingo stands out as a worthy successor to Twingo. Its three doors open to reveal four comfortable seats. A genuine small tourer, it places the emphasis on travelling comfort, modularity and interior space thanks to numerous innovative storage spaces, a layout based on four sliding seats and unrivalled boot space for its segment.

New Twingo – compact and agile

With an overall length of 3,601mm, width of 1,640mm, wheelbase of 2,367mm and height of 1,472mm, New Twingo's compact dimensions make it ideal for city motoring. The extra 170mm in length that sets it apart from its predecessor have been employed to provide additional safety performance and cabin space for its occupants without detracting from its main objective which is to remain easy to control in all circumstances, with a small turning-circle diameter (between kerbs) of 9.85m (up to 10.55m according to wheel size).

Even more interior space

Twingo stood out as the small car benchmark in terms of interior space and New Twingo takes this a significant step further. Indeed, Renault's engineers have paid particular attention to optimizing all available cabin space, which of course goes hand in hand with enhanced travelling comfort. New Twingo exudes an extraordinary sense of roominess for its class, an impression emphasised by the car's vast glazed area which not only ensures a spacious, brightly-lit cabin but also improves all-round visibility compared with Twingo.

This impression of space is backed up by the figures, since New Twingo offers a generous extra 26mm of headroom, while rear passenger kneeroom has also been extended by 30mm. Meanwhile, rear passenger legroom (increased to 226mm) is equivalent to that of vehicles from the next segment up.

Spacious and modular

New Twingo's versatility enables it to meet all types of needs. It features four independent sliding seats and with the rear benchseat folded down, this figure increases to 951 litres (VDA). In this version, the independent rear seats can slide fore and aft over a distance of 220mm, with a ratchet stop every 10mm.

With the independent rear seats tipped forward to form an 'estate car' layout, a full 959 litres (VDA) of boot space is available. A pushchair can be carried in the boot whatever the position of the rear seats, which can also be folded forward to form a table.

New Twingo makes life easier for its occupants. Its modular cabin has 11 well thought-out storage spaces, most of which are within easy reach of the driver. In addition to the lidded 13-litre passenger-side glovebox, New Twingo comes with 2.2-litre door bins, a 1.7-litre storage space on the dashboard cowling in front of the driver, stowage to the left of the steering column (0.8 litres), two cup-holders and stowage space at the foot of the centre console, plus a 3.7-litre bin underneath the driver's seat (according to version).

At the rear, the netted map pocket on the front passenger seatback and space in the rear side trim provide a further 2.5 litres of stowage to make a grand total of 28.4 litres, that is to say an additional 16 litres over Twingo. The door bins can each house a 1.5-litre bottle.

The accent on travelling comfort

New Twingo is very much about passenger comfort. The driving environment has been carefully thought out to ensure first class ergonomics, starting with the steering wheel – now height-adjustable – which is tipped an extra five degrees towards the driver compared with Twingo. The pedal assembly comes with a footrest, while the gearlever has also been repositioned to make sure it falls perfectly to hand. The density of the foam employed for the seats has been selected to hold passengers even more firmly, but comfortably, in place. The driver's seat is height-adjustable (according to version) and enables drivers to choose a position suited to their particular physique. Visibility has also been improved, notably in terms of head-up vision for taller drivers who consequently benefit from significantly improved driving comfort. Tall occupants also benefit from the new car's generous headroom which makes getting in and out of the car easier than ever.

Access to the rear seats has been simplified thanks to an all-new design. On the driver's side, the mechanism is designed to return the seat to its initial position when the seatback is raised again. In order to minimise the necessity to bend the body and also facilitate head clearance when climbing onboard, the aperture itself has been enlarged compared with Twingo, which is also of benefit of course for rear passengers when they swing out their feet.

The dashboard instrumentation comprises an LCD speedometer and a display for the 18 warning lights located in the driver's direct line of sight.

The Dynamique and GT versions are equipped with a rev-counter (optional on other versions according to country) which is mounted on the steering column, while a digital radio display takes the place of the aforementioned cubby.

New equipment from the next segment up

New Twingo features a long list of new comfort- and safety-enhancing equipment normally associated with vehicles from the next segment up and not previously available for Twingo.

According to version, New Twingo is available with the following standard or optional equipment (*):

* four independent sliding seats and front passenger seatback that tips forward to form a table,
* unprecedented connectivity for its segment: Audio Connection Box, hands-free Bluetooth telephone controls, 4x15W radio with single CD and MP3 playback,
* cruise control/speed limiter,
* rain and light sensor and automatic headlamp activation,
* 'See me home' lights,
* rear parking proximity sensor,
* improved-visibility exterior mirrors,
* two flat-blade windscreen wipers for a larger wiped surface area and a quieter action,
* height-adjustable steering-wheel,
* automatic climate control,
* remote display of radio/navigation data,
* exterior temperature display,
* rev-counter,
* extra-tinted rear windows,
* customisation accessories: decorative decals for the B-posts, door handle hollows, doors, front wings and rear sides.

(*) Equipment listed can vary from one country to another.

Chapter 4

A communicative, customisable car

Unveiled at last year's Paris Motor Show, Renault Twingo Concept hinted at New Twingo's unprecedented degree of connectivity for its segment. Meanwhile, in keeping with the "my Twingo" philosophy, Renault is giving buyers the chance to customise the new car to their tastes, both inside and out.

In today's fast-moving world, cars are increasingly becoming a mirror of their owners' personality and lifestyle. In response to this trend, the new model comes with a comprehensive customisation package available from launch, covering multimedia connectivity and decoration to give owners an opportunity to turn their New Twingo into a truly unique car.

Stay connected !

The TunePoint Audio Connection Box

The TunePoint Audio Connection Box enables music recorded on a portable MP3 player to be played back through New Twingo's own in-car entertainment system and loudspeakers, enabling occupants to enjoy their personal music collection while on the move. The steering wheel-mounted controls permit the driver to adjust the volume and scroll through the MP3 player's menus, whether via a USB key, a portable MP3 player or an iPod®. The TunePoint Audio Connection Box is equipped with three aux-in sockets and is securely fixed in the glovebox.

MP3 Radio with audio plug

An existing feature in the family tourer segment and on upper-range models, as well as on Clio III, the MP3 radio with audio plug – mounted directly during New Twingo's assembly– now features automatic CD/MP3 detection and the display of record data (artist's name, album and song title). It is as simple to use as a portable MP3 player and is equipped with an RCA audio-in plug in order to connect a portable MP3 player.

Bluetooth hands-free telephone controls

Unprecedented in the small city car segment, this innovative wireless telephony kit fits neatly into the vehicle. The intuitive system automatically detects the presence and type of telephone, while a hold function contributes to safer motoring. It also retrieves the telephone's address book and ensures that conversations are not interrupted, with calls transferred to the vehicle's own loudspeakers for enhanced listening comfort. The vehicle's radio automatically cuts when an incoming or outgoing call is detected. All these functions are controlled by the steering wheel-mounted controls and dashboard display and the system is compatible with a long list of Bluetooth telephones currently available on the market.

Customising New Twingo !

Exterior customisation accessories

Another first proposed by Renault in the small city car segment is a range of accessories designed to customise New Twingo's exterior. A wide range of decorative treatments is available to give New Twingo a more sporting, dynamic, elegant or endearing appearance, suited to the owner's preference. A range of decals has been produced for the door handle hollows, B-posts, doors, front wings and rear side panels.

Chapter 5

Punchy engines combined with reassuring, dynamic handling

New Twingo comes with an extensive choice of powertrains that complement the safe, dynamic handling, including the all-new TCE 100hp petrol and 1.2 16V 75hp petrol engines which will be on sale in the UK.

Reassuring road-holding

Renault's engineers have designed a car that is as much in its element in and about town as it is on long journeys. New Twingo inherits Clio II's chassis which was acclaimed for its dynamic, reassuring performance and the newcomer's handling has focused on three fronts: safety, poise and comfort. The MacPherson-type front suspension features hydraulic dampers, coil springs and an anti-roll bar, and the diameter is 26mm. The suspension's tuning has been optimised to provide even better road-holding and comfort, while the chassis makes a significant contribution to New Twingo's versatility and dynamism.

The programmed deflection H-beam rear suspension is compact and lightweight. For travelling comfort and the effective suppression of vibrations, it comes with vertically-mounted dampers and variable-rate coil springs with rubber bushes at each end to minimize the transmission of vibrations to the bodyshell. The diameter of the rear anti-roll bar is 22.5mm.

The flexible mountings that link the suspension to the body play a key role in striking the ideal balance between the car's vibration-suppression performance (for comfort) and stiffness (road-holding). In the case of New Twingo, special attention has been paid to these mountings which it has inherited from Clio II and which combine a honeycomb construction for effective vibration filtering and rigidity for enhanced roadholding.

New Twingo is perfectly at home when zipping about in traffic thanks to its electric variable power steering which has been tuned to favour control in city use and precise steering for a greater sense of security on open roads or at high speeds.

The 14-inch tyres are available in two widths (165 and 175mm), while the GT version is equipped with 15-inch, 185mm wide tyres. The turning circle is a low 9.85m with 165mm wide tyres (10.4m with 175 and 185mm wide tyres). Detailed research has gone into the stiffness of the tyres themselves with a view to making the most of New Twingo's safe, efficient handling. Despite the tyre's bigger dimensions compared with Twingo, their rolling resistance has been reduced by 15 per cent which has in turn contributed to lower fuel consumption.

A more assertive, dynamic feel for the GT version

Particular attention has gone into the engineering of the GT version's chassis with a view to providing both outstanding dynamic performance and a high degree of comfort. The suspension arms are equipped with stiffer bushes for extra cornering stability, while the upper strut bushes ensure enhanced steering performance and precision. New Twingo GT also comes with bespoke power-steering settings for extra dynamism and driving pleasure.

Responsive, environmentally-sensitive engines

New Twingo's dynamic qualities are heightened by a broader range of engines, including a high performance petrol powerplant which delivers enhanced performance compared with the new car's predecessor, yet which remain inexpensive to run and environmentally friendly. The petrol engines, including the most powerful option, emit less than 140g of CO2 per km.

Two petrol engines are available in the UK, namely 1.2 16V 75hp and the brand new TCE 100hp, both of which incorporate the On Board Diagnostic system for lasting efficiency of the emission control equipment. Both powerplants comply with Euro4 emission standards.

1.2 16V 75hp
The 1,149cc 1.2 16V (D4F) engine delivers 75hp (55kW) at 5,500rpm and torque of 107Nm (11mkg) at 4,250rpm. Particularly responsive at low revs, its idling speed of just 650rpm contributes to lower fuel consumption. Equipped with this engine, New Twingo emits less than 140g of CO2 per km.

TCE 100hp (74kW) (Turbo Control Efficiency)

New Twingo joins Clio III and Modus as the latest recipient of the new TCE 100hp petrol engine which is exclusively available for the GT version. In addition to its punchy performance, it combines the fuel consumption of a 1.2-litre motor with the power of a 1.4-litre powerplant and the torque of a 1.6-litre engine. The TCE 100hp is based on the 1.2 16V 75hp block (with which it shares 70 per cent of its parts) and is equipped with a low inertia turbo that minimizes lag thanks to its small diameter turbine and compressor.

Maximum power is 100hp (74kW) at 5,500rpm, while maximum torque (145Nm) is available at 3,000rpm.

The combination of its small size and low inertia turbo ensures feisty performance from low revs, while maximum torque is available from very low down and across a particularly broad rev band. The turbo comes with an 'overpower' function that enables drivers to benefit from a temporary power and torque increase of 5hp and 6Nm respectively in 2nd, 3rd and 4th gears at engine speeds of over 4,500rpm. Meanwhile, its advanced technology and contained size ensures the lowest combined cycle fuel consumption for a 100hp petrol engine (5.9 litres/100km and 140g of CO2 per km), as well as maximum driver appeal. With a 0-62mph time of just 9.8 seconds, the TCE 100hp delivers class-best performance.

Two types of transmission

To benefit fully from New Twingo's engines, two types of transmission are available: a manual five-speed box and the Quickshift robotized gearbox. A manual five-speed box (either the JB1 or JH3 box according to engine) is available for the full range of petrol and diesel engines. For extra character, its gearing has been selected as a function of the different engine options however, with shorter ratios for the TCE 100hp (for punch and response). The Quickshift5 (JH1) robotized gearbox is available with the 1.2 12V 75hp powerplant. Based on a manual gearbox and equipped with an electro-hydraulic shift system, it can be used in either automatic (no driver intervention) or manual flick-shift mode. In addition to the comfort of automated gearshifts and its low incremental cost to the customer, the robotised gearbox reduces fuel consumption by three per cent.

Chapter 6

Genuine touring car standard safety

New Twingo benefits from Renault's vast expertise in the realm of safety, from the engineering of positive, predictable road-holding to accident prevention and occupant protection in case of impact. Its robust construction, braking and suspension performance, ergonomics and equipment from the next segment up put the new car at the top end of the small city car segment in terms of safety.

Top-end safety performance

New Twingo's lines and proportions suggest robustness, while the inherent qualities of the Clio II chassis and suspension on which the new car is based ensure a remarkably high level of safety for its segment. Renault engineers have paid special attention to providing reassuring road-holding without detracting from the newcomer's agile yet comfortable handling.

New Twingo features the latest driver-aid evolutions, including Continental MK70 ABS with electronic brakeforce distribution and emergency brake assist. The hazard warning lights are automatically activated under heavy braking, a feature that Renault is alone in offering in the small city car segment.

New Twingo's enhanced braking performance stems from its 259mm-diameter discs (plain or vented according to engine and trim level) which are coupled with eight-inch diameter drums at the rear on all versions. The Electronic Stability Programme (ESP) is currently under development and will become available after the model's launch. Other features also contribute to making New Twingo safer. Its ergonomics, driving environment and exterior mirrors – which have been designed with future legislation in mind – combine to provide enhanced visibility and consequently better perception of potential hazard situations. The cruise control/speed limiter, steering wheel-mounted controls and the automation of certain tasks – such as headlamp and windscreen wiper activation – are all features rarely found in this segment and contribute to driving comfort and safety.

Optimal protection for all occupants

New Twingo's architecture and the presence of certain safety features, including a reinforced structure against front and side impacts and curtain airbags, mark a break with Twingo for which they were not previously available.

According to version, New Twingo is equipped with between two and six airbags: two front airbags, two thorax airbags and two curtain airbags.

For the first time at Renault, the passenger airbag is of the so-called '3D' type. When deployed, its form and volume are optimised to spread out the load between the passenger's head and thorax.

To minimise damage to the groin area in a frontal impact, the front seat cushions are equipped with an anti-submarining system, while the independent rear seats benefit from a profiled seat cushion. Again in the event of a frontal impact, New Twingo's sill and door beam spread forces over the full length of the car to provide maximum passenger protection, ensuring that the cabin serves as a safety cell. The lateral airbags (according to version) also play a big part in the safety of occupants in the case of side impacts.

New Twingo's front passenger seat is equipped with Isofix anchorage points, as is the rear benchseat (or independent rear seats, according to version). Child seats can be mounted at the front with the back facing the direction of travel. New Twingo accordingly offers tangibly superior safety performance in comparison to its predecessor.

Chapter 7

Reliable, inexpensive and environmentally sensitive

Careful attention has gone into the design of even the smallest details of New Twingo to ensure lower running costs and high durability. Both engines available for the car emit less than 140g of CO2 per km and New Twingo contributes to keeping Renault Commitment 2009's environmental pledges.

Lower running costs and a 12-year anti-corrosion warranty

New Twingo simplifies the life of its owners thanks to its long servicing intervals, with oil changes recommended every 18,000 miles in the case of petrol-engine models (except GT version: 12,000 miles). The air filter and sparkplugs need replacing every 37,000 miles, while the timing belt should be changed every 75,000 miles (petrol versions). In day-to-day use, all engines feature lower fuel consumption and the switch to electric power steering has produced a further saving of between 0.2 and 0.3 litres according to cycle. To reduce repair and insurance costs, notably with a view to RCAR* tests, New Twingo features specially designed components that take into account the constraints associated with minor knocks. The use of polypropylene for the rear beam ensures that practically all of the energy produced in a low speed impact is absorbed. New Twingo comes with a 12-year anti-corrosion warranty thanks to features such as its fully galvanised engine sub-frame and wax-injected hollow sections.

*Tests employed by insurance companies to evaluate a vehicle's repairability. They involve front and rear crash tests at 15kph.

The environment - a key issue

New Twingo makes a valuable contribution to the '120-140' pledge of Renault Commitment 2009 in which the firm has committed to selling one million vehicles by 2008 that emit less than 140g of CO2/km, including one-third that emit less than 120g/km. Indeed, New Twingo benefits from outstanding CO2 emissions performance: the petrol engines emit less than 140g of CO2/km. To achieve such a high level of performance, detailed attention has been paid to honing the car's aerodynamics, combating friction and saving weight.

New Twingo is 85 per cent recyclable by weight without quality or all-round performance being compromised. Designing parts with a view to their recyclability at the end of their working life has led Renault and its suppliers to investigate innovative solutions and to take this factor into account during the design and quality phases. Recyclability is helped by the use of polypropylene, while the technique of marking parts has also become more widespread to facilitate the job of recyclers. Plastic components weighing more than 100g and elastomer components of more than 200g are marked to indicate their nature.

In this way, when cars are stripped, parts can be easily sorted by type of material and directed to the appropriate recycling process. New Twingo also comprises 15kg of recycled materials and 13kg of renewable materials (latex, cotton, leather, card, wood). New Twingo is produced at the Novo Mesto factory in Slovenia which received ISO 14001 certification in 1999 (renewed in 2002 and 2005) and which figures amongst the Renault Group's leading factories in terms of their low environmental impact.

Chapter 8

Quality and profitability at the core of the X44 project

As part of the new model offensive set out in Renault Commitment 2009, New Twingo had to meet an extremely specific brief in terms of quality and profitability. Renault's latest small car will be produced at the Novo Mesto factory in Slovenia.

Upon his arrival as President of Renault in May 2005, Carlos Ghosn instructed engineers to optimise the cost effectiveness of the X44 project. Twingo's replacement needed to meet a raft of quality- and appeal-related targets at an extremely competitive cost. Initially delayed to ensure it responded even more closely to customer demand, the project then picked up speed and the car's development was completed within 21 months of the new design's approval.

Controlled production-related costs

The technique of carry-over served as a powerful lever in achieving this feat. Certain components from previous projects noted for their reliability and effectiveness were incorporated into the new vehicle. In addition to being a pledge of quality, this approach also eliminated unnecessary design costs and lead-times. Although an entirely new car in its own right, New Twingo incorporates parts from the chassis used for Clio II whose quality earned it recognition in 2006.

Constraints associated with the adaptation of production plant were similarly minimised in this way. New Twingo is built at the Novo Mesto body assembly factory in Slovenia – which already produces Clio II – and was designed to fit in with the same production processes as Clio II from start to finish (body shop, paint shop and final assembly). 80 per cent of manufacturing operations are identical for both models.

Renault's policy of producing models that feature a high proportion of shared parts in a single location has born fruit. Total production-related outlay for New Twingo was limited to €400 million, a significant saving compared with the same figure for Clio II when its production began in Novo Mesto.

A factory focused on quality

New Twingo is a beneficiary of the extremely high quality requirements laid out in Renault Commitment 2009. Renault's newcomer faced the same quality-related constraints in terms of design, production and evaluation as those applied to all the brand's vehicles. Just as the forthcoming Laguna is targeting a top-three ranking in its segment regarding product quality and service, Twingo too is looking to make it onto the podium in its class. In the wake of Modus and Clio III, New Twingo reasserts Renault's know-how when it comes to producing high quality small cars.

The Revoz factory in Novo Mesto rose enthusiastically to this challenge and the combination of careful attention to the organisation of production, supplier control and operator training has culminated in an unprecedented level of quality. The reinforcement of quality-related standards was a natural sequel to previous work undertaken at the Revoz plant which saw it emerge as one of Renault's top performers – anywhere in the world – in this domain. The factory can notably claim exemplary results in terms of finished vehicle quality and its efforts were rewarded in 2006 when a J.D. Power study ranked Clio II amongst the top-three vehicles in its segment.

New Twingo also benefits from Novo Mesto's optimised organisation which not only guarantees profitability but also respect of delivery times. Indeed, the Slovenian factory is the group's best performer in this domain as well as in terms of compliance with production schedule sequences.

Progress on the product and service quality fronts as set out in Renault's Excellence Plan implies active management of safety, ergonomics and work conditions in the factories. At Novo Mesto, the arrival of New Twingo has taken the significant progress regarding production ergonomics already achieved with Clio II a step further by taking these factors into account from the design stage. The number of different workstations in the factory has been cut by 20 per cent thanks to the setting up of Kaizen schemes.

Finally, the ISO 14001 certification obtained by the Novo Mesto factory in 1999 was renewed in 2002 and 2005 and this plant figures amongst the Renault group factories that boast the lowest impact on the environment. In ten years, the amount of water consumed per vehicle has been cut by a factor of two, while energy consumption has been slashed by 40 per cent.

A Slovenian-born Renault

The X44 project marked a decisive step in the Novo Mesto factory's integration within the Renault Group. Since 1972, the factory has produced a total of seven models for the brand. New Twingo, however, is the first time that production of a new vehicle has exclusively started here. This new responsibility has been greeted with enthusiasm and all the parties concerned feel a very strong sense of involvement.

The factory was directly involved in the project from the design phases in France. Scores of Revoz engineers, technicians and operators spent several months at Renault's R&D centre, the Technocentre, near Paris, where they worked with the design team on production processes and parts supply chain logistics at a very early stage. And, for the first time, the waves of prototypes were produced directly on-site. During the build-up to the start of production, some 60 engineers and technicians from the Technocentre travelled to Novo Mesto to help their Slovenian colleagues with final adjustments.

To produce New Twingo, the factory has been partly modernised and equipped with new technologies. A line of presses capable of producing major body parts has been installed; the performance of cataphoresis equipment (body surface treatment) has been upgraded and a covered test track has been built with a view to testing every vehicle that comes off the line. Finally, certain leading-edge technologies have been introduced in a Renault factory for the very first time. The innovative technique of laser-brazing for the roof enables body parts to be bonded to each other in a flexible and visually pleasing manner and this technique contributes to the seamless fluidity of New Twingo's lines.

The fact is that it is the first time that t his factory producing a brand new model also provided the Novo Mesto factory with an opportunity to develop its supplier network. As a result, the proportion of local content – i.e. the percentage of supplies sourced from the factory's catchment area – has been doubled in the case of New Twingo compared with Clio II and today stands at 60 per cent.

The production of the new model alongside Clio II has led to the recruitment of 600 employees which takes the factory's total staff to nearly 3,000. All operators undergo training concerning the new vehicle's assembly. An average 70 hours of training per person was given in 2006. Working on a three-shift roster, the factory's production capacity is 210,000 vehicles per annum.

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