The Renault Laguna, Scenic, Megane and Megane Coupe-Cabriolet were designed by Renault, built by Renault factories in France, and have all earned five stars in European NCAP tests. They have also all been banned by China's General Administration of Quality Supervision Inspection and Quarantine for "serious safety risks" and inadherence to technical regulations.
French automaker Renault is a major player in the popular compact car segment in Europe, and its main bid for sales supremacy is the Megane lineup. Going up against the likes of the Volkswagen Golf and Ford Focus (Euro-spec, of course) means that the Megane must be offered in a variety of body styles, of which the coupe and the all-important hatchback debuted last Fall at the Paris Motor Show.
While French authorities go after the journalists and photographers who obtained images of the new Renault Megane, an undisguised, production-ready example of the vehicle was spied undergoing testing right here in the good old US of A.
If you're in France, the phrase caveat emptor can probably be joined by caveat reporter after police raided the French magazine Auto Plus. The po-po were called last August to begin an investigation because the magazine published detailed photos of the coming Renault Megane, which Renault said wasn't supposed to hit showrooms for another three years. The raid was the next step in the Sherlock Holmes treatment.