• Apr 5, 2010
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Renault has gone ahead and answered the prayers of elderly Europeans everywhere by introducing the EU's first OEM front passenger swivel seat. The French automaker recently introduced the option for its Clio hatch as part of a "Mobility for All" campaign, making it a cinch for anyone to get in or out of the car. Folks riding shotgun can simply pull up on a small lever and the seat's base will turn a full 75 degrees to allow easy ingress/egress.

The new option will hit dealers in six countries across Europe, including markets in Spain, Italy, Germany and Renault's motherland, France, starting this year. If you have your heart set on a turning passenger seat, it will set you back a full $2,157 at current exchange rates, though Renault says that's about half of what it would cost to have a similar seat installed by an aftermarket shop. We're in the wrong business.

Old-tyme Autoblog readers will note that this is hardly the first time that swiveling front seats have been offered by an automaker, but it is the first such seat we can think of to be offered in the modern era of crash testing.

Since Renault and Nissan are conjoined twins at the moment, there's some buzz about whether or not the Japanese manufacturer will adopt a similar option for its products. So far, Nissan has kept its secrets to itself, though. Follow the jump to see the seat swivel its little heart out.

[Source: Renault]



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      • 4 Years Ago
      i know its modern, but we had a Renault Espace in 2000 that had a swivel passenger seat, so its not like they havent done it before.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The 73 or 74 Cutlass had them.
      • 4 Years Ago
      1974 Chevrolet Laguna S-3 had them, among others. I had one - the seats were nothing more that a gimmick. These particular seats would be useless to the physically impaired.
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chevrolet_Laguna
      • 4 Years Ago
      I don't get why Buick never offered this. I know it sexier to make a Regal an Opel-clone with optional Recaro seats, but wouldn't a Lucerne with swiveling seats be more relevant?
      • 4 Years Ago
      For those asking why -- A close family member has MS and cannot walk/move around easily. Her husband has one installed in his Accord coupe and it makes their life exponentially easier in that she can haul herself from the wheelchair into the seat and then "spin" around to the normal riding position. Good on Renault.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I don't think it's just "elderly Europeans everywhere" whose prayers might be answered by this seat. There are younger folks who would benefit from it as well.
        • 4 Years Ago
        If by "younger folks" you mean obese Americans, then yes, they will benefit as well.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Way to be narrow minded. There are young people with disabilities and through no fault of their own who would benefit from a swivel chair.

        There are going to be people world wide that would benefit from this. I had a neighbour who was paraplegic who would had benefited from this. He had a car modified to have the clutch, brake and gas pedals to be hand controlled. But the biggest issue he had with the car was the ingress and egress, a swivel seat would had made life easier.

        I admit I don't know how prevalent swivel seats currently are, but I've never seen a modern car with a swivel seat unless it was a heavily modified (and extremely expensive) vehicle for a disabled person.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Or obese Europeans. I forgot, there are no obese Europeans, just skinny earth saving ones.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Evan: No-- as mk15 notes, I meant people younger than "elderly" have mobility problems and could benefit from a swivel seat.
      • 4 Years Ago
      A great idea. We've known for a long time now that the average age of the population is getting older and older, and the more mobility aids we get into general production NOW the better off we'll all be taking care of people, and before you know it, the next generation taking care of US when we're old.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Ive seen a factory swivel seat on a Japanese market Lexus LS430.
      • 4 Years Ago
      • 4 Years Ago
      Most Honda's in Japan are offered with a swivel seat. The only versions that don't offer wheelchair ramps, negating the need for a swivel seat.
      • 4 Years Ago
      My 91 year old Grandmother could probably use this. If it's sold as an option it's great. I wouldn't want to pay for it as a standard feature though.
      • 4 Years Ago
      as long as these are NEVER installed in the driver's seat. If you need this to get in and out of your car, you should NOT be behind the wheel.
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