• Jun 14, 2011
2012 Renault Samsung SM7 – Click above for high-res image gallery

Start naming Korean automakers. Ready? Go! Okay, there's Hyundai, of course. And its sister company Kia. Daewoo's been taken over entirely by GM. That's it, right? Almost. Don't forget Renault Samsung.

The French automaker produces its own line of vehicles in South Korea in partnership with electronics giant Samsung. The lineup includes the QM5 (also known as the Renault Koleos), the small SM3 and SM3 CE, the slightly larger SM5 and this, the new SM7.

The new top-of-the-line Samsung was previewed in concept form earlier this year, and is now ready for its production roll-out. The model it replaces offered 2.3-liter and 3.5-liter versions of Nissan's ubiquitous VQ engine, and the new model is likely to follow a similar path. The sedan is based on the Nissan Maxima, and may very well be exported outside of its Korean market as a proper Renault. Check out the images in the high-res gallery below and the video after the jump for a closer look.


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      artandcolour2010
      • 3 Years Ago
      I think Renault is best when their styling is avant-garde, not bland. This doesn't do anything for me.
      Ramiro Leonardo Pina
      • 3 Years Ago
      I think thereĀ“s no conection with electronics giant Samsung. This is a different Samsung owned by Renault...
        gnvlscdt23f
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Ramiro Leonardo Pina
        It was started by the same company as the electronics giant, but Renault bought most of it. It's now owned 80% by Renault, and not quite 20% by Samsung Card, which itself is 35% owned by Samsung Electronics. There's a connection, but it's very distant now.
        Dynamho
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Ramiro Leonardo Pina
        It's a division of the same conglomerate (as in cellphones and TVs), but the motorcars division is now under Renault.
      Lamborrari
      • 3 Years Ago
      An example of what could have come to the US if Penske successfully struck a deal with Renault Samsung to save Saturn.
      • 3 Years Ago
      [blocked]
      mrfab
      • 3 Years Ago
      Josh There's also Ssangyong, makers of the funky little Actyon crossovers. I spent a couple weeks in Korea last year, and saw quite a few neat little cars and trucks that I think would be neat if brought over here. Doesn't Mahindra now own Sssssangyong and isn't Mahindra still @ war with Global Vehicles in starting a N. America distributorship? So... Mahindra could bring badge job knock down SSangyong kits to America but... not for a while I bet... 'till they figure out how to enter the America market... maybe through their tractor dealerships here... are we TOTALLY off topic YET?
      IBx27
      • 3 Years Ago
      Looks pretty good actually, especially from the rear 3/4 shot.
      Brex
      • 3 Years Ago
      Malibu + A8 = SM7
      tenspeeder
      • 3 Years Ago
      Hideous. But since it is associated with Renault, that comes as no surprise
      Master Austin
      • 3 Years Ago
      Really? Another midsize sedan? I'm often amused how some will buy a vehicle from a company that hasn't established its credibility or reliability in the market place. We all remember Daewoo, even if you don't see many of them on the street now just kinda giggle at the poor fool and what a POS their vehicle became...
        lne937s
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Master Austin
        Renault/Samsung has ranked #1 in quality in Korea for the past 9 years, ahead of Kia, Hyundai, GM Daewoo, etc. So they have plenty of reliability and credibility in their home market, which is pretty much the only place they sell these cars. http://www.media.renault.com/global/en-gb/rsm/Media/PressRelease.aspx?mediaid=25390
        onewayroll
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Master Austin
        What?? Did you read the article? The Renault Samsung is already established in South Korea. All drivetrian components are well proven in other Renault products. Besides, no one said they plan to export the car to other markets.
        Awhattup
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Master Austin
        Fail comment there. Samsung's been making cars for a while now (with Renaults help). Your not knowing doesn't approve anything.
      Mr Tragedy
      • 3 Years Ago
      I like how the author of this post starts it by thinking we're idiots and didn't know Samsung had an automotive division. Fail at being a know-it-all, Noah.
      tantareanujellob
      • 3 Years Ago
      north korea?
      Shiftright
      • 3 Years Ago
      As a fan of Renaults, I see this and go ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ......
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