Paris 2010: Renault Twizy
  • Paris 2010: Renault Twizy
  • Paris 2010: Renault Twizy
  • Paris 2010: Renault Twizy
  • Paris 2010: Renault Twizy
  • Paris 2010: Renault Twizy
  • Paris 2010: Renault Twizy
  • Paris 2010: Renault Twizy
  • Paris 2010: Renault Twizy
  • Paris 2010: Renault Twizy
  • Paris 2010: Renault Twizy
  • Paris 2010: Renault Twizy
  • Paris 2010: Renault Twizy
  • Paris 2010: Renault Twizy
  • Paris 2010: Renault Twizy
  • Paris 2010: Renault Twizy
  • Paris 2010: Renault Twizy
  • Paris 2010: Renault Twizy
  • Paris 2010: Renault Twizy
  • Paris 2010: Renault Twizy
  • Paris 2010: Renault Twizy
  • Paris 2010: Renault Twizy
  • Paris 2010: Renault Twizy
  • Paris 2010: Renault Twizy
  • Paris 2010: Renault Twizy
  • Paris 2010: Renault Twizy
  • Paris 2010: Renault Twizy
  • Paris 2010: Renault Twizy
  • Paris 2010: Renault Twizy
  • Paris 2010: Renault Twizy
  • Paris 2010: Renault Twizy
  • Paris 2010: Renault Twizy
  • Paris 2010: Renault Twizy
  • Paris 2010: Renault Twizy
  • Paris 2010: Renault Twizy
  • Paris 2010: Renault Twizy
  • Paris 2010: Renault Twizy
  • Paris 2010: Renault Twizy
  • Paris 2010: Renault Twizy
  • Paris 2010: Renault Twizy
  • Paris 2010: Renault Twizy
  • Paris 2010: Renault Twizy
  • Paris 2010: Renault Twizy
  • Paris 2010: Renault Twizy
  • Paris 2010: Renault Twizy
  • Paris 2010: Renault Twizy
  • Paris 2010: Renault Twizy
  • Paris 2010: Renault Twizy
  • Paris 2010: Renault Twizy
  • Paris 2010: Renault Twizy
  • Paris 2010: Renault Twizy
  • Paris 2010: Renault Twizy
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  • Paris 2010: Renault Twizy
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For a car without side windows, the Renault Twizy sure is selling pretty well. At least, it is in Germany, where 1,000 units have sold since the car went on sale in the middle of April even though we're pretty sure it does rain there. The sales are doubly impressive given all the hesitancy about plug-in cars from the German automakers. Throughout Europe, says French website Moteur Nature, Renault has moved around 6,500 Twizys. The promotional stunts and music videos must be working.

On one side of the Renault Twizy ledger you have a mid-engined, rear-wheel drive "coupe" with instant torque and a RenaultSport-tuned suspension. On the other, you have the equivalent of 17 horsepower. None of those figures would keep Autocar's Steve Sutcliffe from getting to the bottom line, which was to see if he could make the Twizy drift.

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