• Aug 21, 2008


Click for a hi-res gallery of the Renault Symbol/Thesis

As Russia develops into an increasingly important market for many Asian and European carmakers, the Moscow Motor Show is becoming a more important venue. Alongside such new launches as the Lexus LS460 AWD, Mitsubishi Pajero Sport and Audi RS6 sedan, Renault will be unveiling a new version of its simple Symbol sedan. The car will be sold in such markets as Eastern and Central Europe, Russia, Turkey and North Africa, labeled alternatively as the Symbol or Thalia. The styling is rather uninspired, and the mechanics are nothing to write home about, with power anticipated to come from the same range as found in the new Dacia Logan unveiled by Renault's budget subsidiary just last month. Hard to believe we almost didn't notice this one.

You know the drill: Follow the jump to read the press release, and click on the thumbnails below to view the images in our high-resolution gallery.

[Source: Renault]

PRESS RELEASE:

NEW RENAULT SYMBOL: ELEGANCE AND SEDUCTIVE APPEAL

Renault will shortly be releasing a new three-box model which features expressive, flowing lines. New Renault Symbol exudes an elegance that is underpinned by the status-enhancing design of its front end, as well as by its
harmonious styling which is worthy of that of a prestigious saloon. Inside, the driver and passengers will appreciate the comfortable, carefully-appointed cabin.

The range of sprightly petrol and diesel engine is at the market's leading edge when it comes to low fuel consumption, while the suspension and running gear have been engineered for comfort and efficiency.

The public will be given an opportunity to see New Renault Symbol at the forthcoming Moscow Motor Show which opens on August 26.

Elegant, status-enhancing lines

New Renault Symbol is a new three-box car that boasts expressive lines and seductive appeal. Its length of 4.26 metres and height of 1.43 metres ensure nicely balanced proportions, while the design of the headlamps emphasizes the front end's statusenhancing styling. The harmonious side view is that of a prestigious saloon, while the robust lines of the rear are also suggestive of status. The presence of chrome trimming for the grille and rear panel adds a further note of refined distinction. The newcomer's seductive appeal and perceived quality are immediately apparent inside the cabin, too. New Renault Symbol also provides generous boot space which is as ideally suited to professional use as it is to a weekend in the country.

Economical to run and excellent roadholding

New Renault Symbol is powered by a range of latest-generation engines, all of which combine performance, low fuel consumption and respect for the environment. These powerplants – whether petrol or diesel – are the most fuel efficient of this three-box car's category and make it truly economical to run. The front end's distinctive looks point to the vehicle's outstanding on-road performance and travelling comfort. New Renault Symbol benefits from the same suspension as Clio II which is acclaimed for the quality of the balance it strikes between comfort and roadholding and the quiet ride it delivers.

New Renault Symbol has plenty of arguments in its favour to win over families in Central and Eastern Europe, Russia, Turkey and the Maghreb countries. The first public airing of the latest addition to the line-up outlined in the Renault Commitment 2009 plan will be the forthcoming Moscow Motor Show, which opens its doors on August 26.



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      • 6 Years Ago
      Compared to the Mazda2 sedan, it's a design cripple. Compared to the old Thalia/Symbol, certainly an improvement.
      This is the predecessor.
      http://katalog-automobilu.cz/img/renault-thalia-1-6-16v-1.jpg
      I still remember the review, that went like this. Up to the C pillar, the Thalia is identical with the Clio. After the C pillar, there's, well, discussion.
        • 6 Years Ago
        What the hell is that? You're right. Don't click on that link.
        • 6 Years Ago
        you ba$t@rd! you blinded me with your link!

        readers beware, do not click on link without protection! lol.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Where are all the trolls who keep saying that Europeans get nicer cars than we do?

      Nissan is a GREAT company, but this car is not a looker.
        • 6 Years Ago
        You do know Renault owns Nissan, and not the other way around? Renault makes it's own designs, and sometimes borrows from Nissan.

        Renault has a stake of 44.4 percent in The Japanese automaker Nissan, while Nissan in turn has a 15 percent stake (non-voting) in Renault.

        And this car is for the *cheap* markets in Russia, Eastern Europe and the Middle East (Turkey).
      • 6 Years Ago
      What is it with the french car manufacturers, the headlights are getting bigger and bigger. You'll see, one day they will come with one huge massive headlight in front instead of hood, bumper and fenders
      • 6 Years Ago
      What a Fugly Symbol.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Hey! Don't forget Brazil! (South Pole, sorry, America)
      That thing will arrive here as Renault CRAP, sorry, Thalia/Symbol and will sell like hot cakes at prices as high as what europeans pay for an Evo10, beacuse brazilians are dumb!
      Just can't wait for the Peugeot 206.5 beta! Yeah!
      Wait, they are out already...
      http://carros.peugeot.com.br/configurador/207/index.do?codigo=24&method=first
        • 6 Years Ago
        Same thing happend in Argentina.