• Jun 12th 2007 at 7:25PM
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Click on the photo for a high-res gallery of the Renault Koleos Concept

Spy photos taken during hot weather testing in Spain were widely circulated on the net yesterday and identified as the next generation Nissan Murano. However, a closer look at the photos reveals that this vehicle is in fact the production version of a vehicle that was shown by Renault at last fall's Paris Motor Show called the Koleos concept.

The Koleos is being developed by Renault in conjunction with Korean partner Samsung. It is expected to be produced by Samsung in 2008 for sale under both the Renault and Samsung brands.The platform was developed with Nissan and it would not be surprising to learn that it's shared with the Nissan Rogue, which was revealed in production form at the Detroit Auto Show last January.

[Source: The Car Connection, Renault]

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      • 8 Years Ago
      Murano and many of Audi's vehicles' use CVT transmission. The problem is, because CVT is not non-continuous like gear of a bicycle, they can struggle when going up hill: for instance, when going up hill from a plane, many bikers will have to chance gear. The chain moves down to the lower set of gear, and off you go with a renewed input of torque.

      However, imagine that the gear is like a rubber attached between two pulleys-the gear cannot suddenly jump from one torque band to another like convetional A/T, just like the bike's. Hence, the problem with Murano and Audis.
      • 8 Years Ago
      That profile and rear end remind me of something... wait...oh yeah, the AUDI CROSS COUPE QUATTRO concept.
        • 8 Years Ago
        Waou t'as l'air de t'y connaître toi... Except Renault unveiled the Koleos LONG BEFORE AUDI'S CRAP CONCEPT. Please stop being so stupid
      • 8 Years Ago
      If this is the next murano, sales will do one thing... sink like the Titanic, I will take the Edge any day over the piece of junk
      • 8 Years Ago
      That "Samsung" mentioned in the article is not really Samsung, but Renault Korea. Renault Korea licensed Samsung brand when they took over Samsung Motors under a government mandated fire-sale during the Asian Financial Crisis. Well, Samsung did have a chance to stay in auto business by taking over Kia, but decided to exit the auto biz altogether. Renault Korea pays Samsung ~$180 per vehicle to use the Samsung brand on each Nissan vehicles it sells in Korean market. This particular model is being built because Renault Korea is running under-capacity and Renault hopes to profit in Europe the same way GM profits selling Daewoos as Chevrolets in Europe.

      Samsung's exit from auto-biz was really a sad point from the consumer's perspective, because Samsung Motors did care about quality. Initial Samsung Motor vehicles had half the defect rate of Hyundais and even lower than original Nissans themselves. But the Renault Korea vehicles under the direction of "le cost killer" Carlos Ghosn are now worse than Hyundai(Which did improved to the point where Hyundai tear-down analysts now criticize Toyota for going too cheap on parts and Toyota banning its suppliers from selling parts to Hyundai(The only auto company that Toyota has explictly banned the parts sales to). Recent reports of Hyundai models surpssing Toyotas on quality survey are no accidents)
      • 8 Years Ago
      Regarding the Murano; for a 30k supposed AWD vehicle, shouldn't it be able to make it up a hill? Search YouTube for "Subaru AWD versus Everyone Else" (some strange reason Audi is absent - not surprising) the Murano and CRV perform beyond incompetently - complete jokes. 2 vehicles I'll never understand the existence of...
      • 8 Years Ago

      i like the butt but profile and front kinda suck.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Renault-Samsung is the Subsidary of Renault not Samsung.
      They retained Samsung name only for marketing purpose in Korea after they bought the company from Samsung.
      Renault owns 70% and Samsung owns 19%.
      They builds SM3(Nissan Sentra), SM5 and SM7(Nissan Maxima). They are planning to drop Samsung name in 2008 after they buy the stock from Samsung.
      • 8 Years Ago
      'Hyundai, is similarly organized; it's a loose alliance of companies that were founded by the same guy and share the same name. For example, Hyundai is also one of Korea's top department store chains.'

      Not true. HYUNDAI IS NO LONGER PART OF THE HYUNDAI CONGLOMERATE in South Korea. Hyundai Motor seperated from Hyundai Heavy Industries, Hyundai Engineering and numerous other companies in the Hyundai group when the present Chairman, Chung, took over several years ago from his father. He launched Hyundai on a 10 year plan to make Hyundai one of the top auto producers in the world with an almost obsessive focus on quality. A controlling interest in Kia was also purchased by Hyundai. Hyundai sold nearly 4 million cars last year and outsold the likes of Honda Motor worldwide.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I was just mentioning to my son this morning that the Murano will be due for a redesign soon and that as far as I know, none of us have heard or seen a smidgen about it. Any information out there that I'm not aware of?
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