While we don't get any of them in North America, the United Kingdom remains a vital market for the French automaker. But British buyers haven't been buying Renaults as much as they used to, prompting a drastic shift in strategy. As a result, Renault is cutting the Modus, Kangoo, Wind, Laguna, Espace and the entire Gordini line from its UK lineup, .
So what does that leave for UK shoppers? The Twingo, Clio, Megane, Grand Scenic and Traffic. Renaultsport models remain on offer, through the Twingo RS is now available in only one version. Those will soon be joined by the Fluence ZE and Twizy, as well as the Dacia range. Regardless, this represents a drastic cut in a vital market for one of Europe's largest automakers. Details in the press release after the jump.
- Renault UK's decision to concentrate on more profitable business channels and more Va Va Voom brand image enhancing vehicles, leads to creation of new model line-up for 1st February 2012
- New range allows Renault UK and its dealer partners to focus on seven core car and van models, plus its Z.E. electric vehicle range and start of pre-launch activities later in 2012 for eagerly-awaited Dacia brand
- Revised line-up sees facelifted and enhanced equipment Mégane 2012 range open for ordering, including three impressive new engines, including 1.5 dCi 110 Stop & Start' with class-leading 90g/km of CO2 and 80.7 mpg on the combined cycle. Joins recently revised New Twingo and Scénic 2012 models, plus improved specification Clio range
- Renault's 100% electric Z.E. range grows to three with inclusion of three-version Twizy and two-version Fluence Z.E. line-ups now available to order (ZOE follows in the Autumn)
- Reflecting market demands, range simplication programme sees every model range feature maximum three trim levels, excluding Renaultsport. In reality, this means larger ranges such as Clio and Mégane become Expression+, Dynamique TomTom and GT Line TomTom
- Mirroring New Twingo's impressive equipment level confirmed earlier this month, new entry-level Clio Expression+ boasts air conditioning, Bluetooth and iPod/MP3 connectivity. Every Renault car now features today's must-haves as standard
- Models confirmed as no longer on sale in the UK are: Modus, Kangoo car and Compact van, Wind Roadster, Laguna and Espace. Gordini models are no longer available to order and core Twingo Renaultsport 133 range is slimmed to one version
- In addition to range improvements, French brand has launched market-leading Renault 4+ programme. Worth in the region of £900 on retail car orders it includes four years/100,000 warranty, four years/48,000 miles free routine servicing, four years free Renault Assistance cover and four years finance (if required)
Fresh from renewing its Twingo and Scenic ranges for 2012, Renault has confirmed details for its revised model line-up, with effect from 1st February. Focusing on more profitable business channels and models more in keeping with its Va Va Voom brand positioning, the French marque is to concentrate on seven core car and van models, plus the arrival of its latest Z.E. models, Twizy and Fluence Z.E., and soon, pre-launch activities for the eagerly-awaited Dacia brand with the Duster SUV and the brand new Sandero supermini.
The new-look Renault stable for February includes the latest two instalments from the industry's largest fully electric vehicle range, namely the opening of ordering for the Twizy range triplets ahead of April launch - Urban, Colour and Technic - priced from £6,690 plus monthly battery hire from £45. Options on arguably the most eye-catching production car on the road today include half scissor doors for £545 and 'clear sky roof' for £195. Blue, green and orange interior and exterior wraps for even greater distinction are available as a no-cost option on Colour.
Joining its diminutive sibling are two new versions of the trailblazing marque's Fluence Z.E. saloon. Following the online launch of its initial 'Prime Time' version last summer, the official launch line-up consists of two comprehensively-equipped models, Expression+ and Dynamique, priced from £17,495 on-the-road after the Plug-In Car Grant, plus battery hire from just under £70 per month. The last of Renault's bold four-model Z.E. range, ZOE, is primed to cause a stir this Autumn.
The traditionally-powered cars in the Renault range continue as follows, with up to three versions per model, excluding Renaultsport. Clio and Mégane 2012 will have all three versions, Expression+, Dynamique TomTom and GT Line TomTom.
As announced earlier this month, New Twingo is available in Dynamique trim, priced at £10,350, until the arrival of its pocket rocket flagship in the Spring. The restyled Scénic and Grand Scénic 2012 range is also available to order now, in a simple line-up consisting of five- and seven-seat versions of Dynamique TomTom, plus the option of a premium Luxe Pack. This luxury bundle includes such items as 17" Sari alloy wheels, BOSE Sound System, Dual-Zone climate control and the new Visio System by Renault (lane departure warning and automatic high/low beam) for £1,500.
Just weeks after its Twingo and Scénic siblings were facelifted for 2012, the Mégane 2012 range of Coupé, Hatch and Sport Tourer also now receives the same treatment. Its new look includesa more contemporary front, while LED daytime running lights provide a distinctive new lighting signature. The bumper features a gloss black finish with chrome highlights, and the selection of wheels has been entirely revised. Just like Scénic 2012, it also benefits from Renault's latest three new downsized engines, 1.2 TCe 115, 1.5 dCi 110 Stop & Start and 1.6 dCi 130 Stop & Start, all with impressive fuel economy and emissions figures, not to the detriment of performance and responsiveness. The dCi 110 110hp Stop & Start' emits class-leading 90g/km of CO2 and 80.7 mpg on the combined cycle.
The Mégane 2012 line-up consists of Expression+, Dynamique TomTom and GT Line TomTom. The entry-level gains 16" alloy wheels, upgraded radio with USB connectivity and Bluetooth™ and leather steering wheel, plus cruise control. Dynamique TomTom adds LEDs, plus 17" alloy wheels as a no-cost option, while the halo model GT Line TomTom features Arkamys 3D Sound audio system, auto parking brake and rear parking camera with rear parking sensors.
On Coupé-Cabriolet, the main range remains unchanged, but welcomes a striking ivory coloured new special edition Floride drop-top with two-tone red and ivory leather upholstery, harking back to the original model of the same name from the 1960s, priced at £24,375.
Renault's all-new Clio IV, the first new model designed and created under the leadership of Laurens Van Den Acker, will be revealed later this year. So, in the meantime, the current range will start with a new Expression+ to sit below the core seller Dynamique TomTom, and flagship GT Line TomTom. The latest addition gains air conditioning, Bluetooth® and iPod®/portable music player connectivity, meaning that every Renault car now features today's must-have equipment items as standard. The top-of-the-range GT Line TomTom also welcomes ESC.
As part of its model review, the Renault models no longer on sale in the UK are Modus, Kangoo car and Compact van, Wind Roadster, Laguna and Espace. Gordini models are also no longer available to order and the core Twingo Renaultsport 133 range has been slimmed down to one version. Pocket rocket thrillseekers will still be able to specify the grin-inducing Cup chassis as an option.
To back up its new-look range, Renault has launched a competitive customer care package on all new retail and local business orders. Launching officially on 1st February 2012, the new programme, worth in the region of £900, offers all retail customers a comprehensive four year/100,000 mile warranty, four years/48,000 miles free routine servicing, four years roadside cover and four years finance (HP, lease or PCP subject to status). Larger business customers are eligible for the warranty and roadside cover elements free-of-charge. The tempting offer will give buyers in these cash-strapped times plenty of peace-of-mind, with only insurance and fuel to pay after receiving keys. In addition, the offer is also likely to return a greater residual value in the medium term, thanks to the offer being fully transferable free of charge.