Summer is winding down and, in the automotive industry, that means the auto show season is about to ramp up. The Paris Motor Show is just over a month away, and we're starting to get hints about what Renault is going to bring: a hyper-efficient concept vehicle.

Autocar is reporting that an "experimental engineering" concept will make an appearance in Paris, one that will get 141 miles per gallon vehicle. Why 141 mpg? Because that's the level set by the French government for car companies to reach by 2020. 141 mpg is the equivalent of 1.67 liters per 100 kilometers, if you're keeping track in European units. What technology Renault will use to get to 141 mpg was not disclosed.

Of course, a 141-mpg Renault was promised for the Geneva Motor Show this spring, but that didn't happen. Perhaps the fact that a totally new platform is being used, along with the "dramatic weight reduction and a dramatic aerodynamic improvement" that was needed (according to Renault's design boss Laurens van den Acker), held things up.


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      Luciano
      • 1 Day Ago
      We've had vehicles that achieve between 20-50 mpg for decades. Now all of a sudden we have electric vehicles making a splash and we start seeing these super efficient concepts? It's too hard not to be cynical.
        paulywesterberg
        • 1 Day Ago
        @Luciano
        This is probably a plug-in vehicle and they don't count the electrical energy. Similar to GM's claim of 300mpg for the volt.
      goodoldgorr
      • 1 Day Ago
      Voh, 141 mpg but with a catch 22 like 15 000$-20 000$ more and you have to plug or it's limited to 45 mph maximum, etc. Im sure that when we gonna know the price and how it's working then it will do like all alternative cars and suv, I mean it won't sale much and all the sales are because of the subsidies paid by exploited taxpayers.
      futurecars
      • 1 Day Ago
      Nissan is working on their own also, but the tech is co develop, and will be similar, but the renault system was to have 135 Hp , 50 g/km and 40 KM range, while nissan system Hp and range was not disclose it was to have 40 g/km. http://www.technologicvehicles.com/en/green-transportation-news/2625/plug-in-hybrid-by-renault-135hp-for-50g-km-and-40km-of-range#.VADwQ_ldUpp
      Spec
      • 1 Day Ago
      It was 230 MPG claimed. And that was a bit high . . . but Voltstats.net indicates 125MPG is what they are getting (ignoring the electrical energy though).
      GoodCheer
      • 1 Day Ago
      Spoilers, if it gets 141 mpg, even on some farcical european cycle that bares only the faintest resemblance to real world driving, it's going to look very much like the Loremo or the VW 1L. Small, narrow, low, light, made up of smooth curves, and with no creases or wrinkles in the body.
        DarylMc
        • 1 Day Ago
        @GoodCheer
        Hi GoodCheer Even taking into account European fuel consumption measurements which I doubt are as bad as many people on this blog make out, the news of a 141 MPG vehicle is a big improvement compared to the average vehicle all around the world. It wouldn't have to look like the XL1 to achieve that either.
        Jeff
        • 1 Day Ago
        @GoodCheer
        Spoiler x2: It won't ACTUALLY get 141mpg on ANY test cycle unless you plug it in and displace some/most gasoline consumption with electric propulsion.
          Greg
          • 1 Day Ago
          @Jeff
          Exactly. EVs already get infinite mpg because they don't use gas. That's the only way this thing can get such high mpg numbers, so it's not really such an amazing thing.
      Greg
      • 1 Day Ago
      The point is that ignoring electrical energy in efficiency calcs is wrong and stupid.
      futurecars
      • 1 Day Ago
      i told you before that nissan and renault will bring a PHEV in europe , renault this year, nissan next year.
        alfredschrader
        • 1 Day Ago
        @futurecars
        I test drove the Nissan leaf and it did everything Nissan says it will. Nissan wouldn't let me test drive the large 15 inch wheel SUV because I said I wasn't going to buy it - gets 13 mpg.
        futurecars
        • 1 Day Ago
        @futurecars
        http://www.whatcar.com/car-news/nissan-qashqai-plug-in-hybrid-confirmed/1211420
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