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2011 Renault Twizy – Click above for high-res image gallery

Renault announced at the Barcelona Motor Show that it's now accepting online reservations for its pair of electric Twizy models. The Twizy 45 starts at the bargain-basement price of just €6,990 (that's only $9,923 U.S. at today's exchange rate). Of course, at that price, you still need to lease the battery, and Renault says that adds €45 ($64 U.S.) per month. The €6,990 price is only for the Twizy 45, which is powered by a five-horsepower electric motor and can be driven without a license in some countries.

The Renault Twizy (not to be confused with the Twizy 45) is equipped with a 17-hp motor and is available in two trims: Urban and Technic, which start at €7,690 ($10,884 U.S.) and €8,490 ($12,016 U.S.), respectively. Leasing the battery pack for these Twizy models will cost you €49 ($70 U.S.) a month.

The Renault Twizy models are due to go on sale at the end of 2011 in Europe. Reservations can be made by clicking here. Hat tip to Guillaume!


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      autoplaybook
      • 3 Years Ago
      Dear AB, How many times do we have to go over this? €/£ to $ comparisons aren't as simple as doing multiplying by today's mid-market exchange rates. European countries have VATs that we don't. Which is why you can buy a $23k VW GTI in the US and a £23k VW GTI in the UK. The effort you go to converting the currency into US only shows you know how to use a currency converter. The resultant figures you list are USELESS.
        Chris Olden
        • 3 Years Ago
        @autoplaybook
        European car prices have more to do with actual *taxes* on cars than VAT. There's a huge difference between VAT and car tax. Where VAT can be 20% government car taxes can be twice that or more! It's not the VAT that's important. There's also the fact that products are priced according to local salaries and currencies. It's only natural to charge as much as possible without regards to what it would "cost" in the US. A beer at a bar in Scandinavia could cost as much as $15, which is *unproblematic* for locals, but expensive for foreigners in both absolute and relative terms.
        Paul
        • 3 Years Ago
        @autoplaybook
        Also, many European states offer rebates (on the order of thousands of euros) to people who buy electrics. And € 8.500 isn't that much. It's basically the price of a new high-end ~500-600 cc scooter.
      Harry
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wow, what an awesome looking little car! I wish they would bring it here to the US! Come on Renault! I know you want to!!!!
      Ron Ayotte
      • 3 Years Ago
      Fugly fugly fugly!
      Dwight Bynum Jr.
      • 3 Years Ago
      This is exactly the direction I feel more "city cars" need to head in!
      • 3 Years Ago
      My new dream car
      Lachmund
      • 3 Years Ago
      amazing. the futire is here...finally
      Alan Ko
      • 3 Years Ago
      Where do I put my clubs?
        designermart
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Alan Ko
        You wouldn't even fit a golf ball in that thing let alone a set of clubs. Plus the doors are an option so it would probably fall out the sides.
      Kevin W
      • 3 Years Ago
      My only reservations are being too curious and looking at the pictures.
      aeollo
      • 3 Years Ago
      What a fantastic ugly useless slow unpractical expansive takes hours to charge piece of ****. Renault should be punished for making this.
      Nick Allain
      • 3 Years Ago
      While I find this interesting, for money I'd rather have a motorcycle.
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