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Geneva Preview: Renault flip-top Wind roadster [w/video]

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Renault has just released information on its diminutive new roadster dubbed "Wind," a car they will debut at next month's Geneva Motor Show. At just 150.7 inches long, the Wind is just about five inches longer than a Mini Cooper. In keeping with the current fashion for hardtop convertibles, the wind doesn't use fabric for the lid. Because of its small size, the complex mechanized lids found on cars like the Volkswagen Eos or even the larger Renault Megane simply wouldn't be practical.

Instead, the roof panel of the Wind simply flips over 180 degrees to stow under its rear deck. If this sounds familiar, think back about five years ago to the Ferrari 575M Superamerica, which used an almost identical system, albeit with an electrochromatic panel called "Revcromico." Renault hasn't released any details about the mechanicals or when the Wind will be available. Hopefully, we'll find out at the show. In the meantime check out the pop-top's video after the jump.

[Source: Renault]



World première: at the Geneva Motor Show on March 2, 2010, Renault will unveil its brand-new coupé-roadster – Renault Wind.

Renault Wind is a two-seater coupé-roadster of 3.83 metres in length which features a highly innovative way of opening up. With its novel electric roof that pivots open in just 12 seconds, Renault Wind brings a completely different take on a car for drivers who enjoy wind-in-the-hair motoring. Renault Wind is aimed at motorists who lust after a car that is not only distinctive and compact, but also convertible yet practical enough for everyday use.

Although Wind's compact dimensions make it a nimble machine in and about town, it is the only car of its class to provide just as much luggage space (270dm3 VDA) whatever the position of the roof.

True to Renault's brand signature "Drive the Change", Wind makes passion affordable for everyone.

Renault Wind will be unveiled at a press conference on the Renault stand at the Geneva Motor Show at 4:15pm on March 2.

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