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Those who mourned the passing of the Smart Roadster may be interested by the reports that Renault is preparing to launch a tiny convertible of its own. The diminutive spider is tipped to be based on the existing Renault Twingo, and feature a manual targa-style deployable roof that can be stowed in the trunk.
The Smart Roadster was never a market success, largely because it was too expensive to build and therefore too expensive to buy. But if the reports are to be believed, Renault is learning from Smart's mistakes and is targeting the affordable Nissan Micra C+C, Opel/Vauxhall Tigra and Peugeot 207 CC for the Twingo convertible's pricing. Sources indicate that the little roadster could bow in Frankfurt in 2010 – only that year's show will actually be held in Renault's home-base of Paris.

[Source: AutoInternationaal via ABG]

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      i dont know who would buy this car. i dunno who would like to drive it either. what i kno is that someone will read this. if you read it...

      • 6 Years Ago
      Looks like a honda del sol.
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      We in the US need to come up with a legal designation for a vehicle that makes it exempt from crash test standards...kind of like what was done for the Lotus Elise but instead make a totally separate classification. Otherwise, we will never get to drive the 1500lb 40mpg+ 0-60 in 6.5 sec vehicles that we could be
        • 6 Years Ago
        I remember when I was in middle school, we had a little contest: whoever was good in class got "gas cash" and you would use the car of your choice with it's actual mileage to go across America. I was banned when I chose a fiat.

        Seriously, though: why can't people let me drive these? Just advertise that you will die if you get hit with a different safety rating, or something. People want to have 300mph 200mpg convertible trucks that have six (yes, six) star safety ratings. Sadly, said vehicle does not exist, but it is the standard by which American cars are admitted. (For further proof, i give you the euro spec ford focus)