Renault has certainly been keeping busy. In addition to restructuring its F1 team to come back with a fresh design for 2010, the French automaker has recently unveiled an innovative new Megane coupe-convertible, the equally interesting Wind roadster and a slew of new panel vans. All the while, Renault is celebrating the 20th anniversary of its bread-and-butter model, the Clio.
Over the years, Renault has sold a staggering 10 million units of the Clio, putting it on par with the Mercedes-Benz E-Class and Toyota Camry as the 20th top-selling car of all time, but in a shorter timeframe. To kick off the festivities, Renault has released special edition versions of the Clio hatchback (both three- and five-door configurations), Clio wagon and Clio RS hot hatch.
All the 20th anniversary Clios get a mouthful of black trim and, of course, the requisite special badging. The hatch and wagon can be ordered in a variety of color combinations, while the RS special comes exclusively in two-tone white and black, complimented by 17-inch BeBop wheels. Equipment levels depend on the market, with orders already taken in France ahead of other European markets starting next month. Pricing starts at €14,350 (just shy of twenty grand in Benjamins), with the Clio RS 20th commanding €24,700 (about $34k USD). Full details can be found in the press release after the jump, with high-resolution images in the gallery below.
February 9, 2010
20TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS FOR CLIO
The Clio saga continues!
For 20 years, Clio has proudly lived up to its celebrated slogan: Elle a Tout d'une Grande (The Small Car with Big Car Attributes). To date, it has won over more than 10 million customers worldwide thanks to a unique package of comfort, versatility and safety performance that is more readily associated with models from the next segment up. In addition to being the only model ever to secure two Car of the Year awards, Clio has set new standards for the compact car segment over the years. It has always been at the leading edge on the safety front, too, and was the first B-segment model to secure a four-star EuroNCAP crash test rating, and then to achieve five-star status. Last but no least, its exacting build quality has seen it emerge as one of the most dependable cars in its segment.
To celebrate Clio's 20th anniversary, Renault has decided to release special, exclusive '20th' limited edition versions of:
- three- and five-door Clio and Clio Estate,
- Clio Renault Sport.
These limited edition versions are extensively equipped, too. Depending on market, Clio '20th' is available with Carminat TomTom® navigation, manual or automatic climate control, extra-tinted rear glass, cruise control with speed limiter, and a 80W radio-CD with MP3 playback, with Bluetooth® and Plug & Music connectivity.
Clio '20th' and Clio Renault Sport '20th' both go on sale in March in Europe. In France, order books open on February 9, with prices starting at €14,350 for Clio '20th'. Clio R.S. '20th' will cost €24,700.
At the same time, the structure of the Clio range has been revised, with an appreciable equipment upgrade in France (see appendix).
'20th' LIMITED EDITION VERSIONS TO CELEBRATE CLIO'S 20th ANNIVERSARY
Clio has vitalized the B segment since 1990
Like the 4CV and Renault 5 before it, Renault Clio has stood out as a landmark model since 1990. In keeping with its original advertising slogan, Elle a Tout d'une Grande (The Small Car with Big Car Attributes), it has served as a driving force in its class, with each successive generation setting new standards in the B segment.
In the space of 20 years, it has won over more than 10 million customers in more than 100 countries thanks to a styling, comfort, versatility, safety and equipment package worthy of cars from the next segment up. Indeed, it is the only model to date to have claimed the Car of the Year award on two separate occasions: in 1991 initially – shortly after the launch of Clio I – and then a second time in 2006, with Clio III. As a pioneer in the field of safety, too, it broke new ground by becoming the first car in its class to earn a four-star EuroNCAP crash-test rating, in 2000. Then, in 2005, it went on to become the first to achieve five-star status. Last but not least, its exacting build quality has made it one of the most dependable cars in its segment.
To mark Clio's 20-year long career as an international best seller, Renault has decided to introduce exclusive '20th' limited edition versions of three- and five-door Clio, Clio Estate and Clio Renault Sport.
1 – Renault Clio '20th'
The '20th' limited edition versions of Renault Clio are immediately recognizable by specific '20th' badging on their B pillars, as well as the gloss black finish of their front bumper mouldings, exterior mirrors and side protective moulding end-pieces2 which contrast with the body colour exterior door handles.
Inside the cabin, the dashboard features visible stitching, plus anthracite grey air vents and centre console, in addition to '20th' badging on the front door sills. Based on the Dynamique equipment level, the '20th' limited edition versions of Renault Clio (depending on country) are also equipped with manual or automatic climate control, cruise control with speed limiter and an 80W Radiosat-CD with MP3 playback, plus Bluetooth® and Plug & Music connectivity. The latter permits phone calls to be made or taken in total safety, while portable music devices can be connected via the jack or USB socket. The Bluetooth® audio-streaming function enables MP3-format music stored on mobile phones to be played. The optional Carminat TomTom® navigation system features IQ Routes™ technology and Advanced Lane Guidance which take day-by-day traffic pattern statistics into account when computing routes.
The '20th' limited edition versions of Clio are available in a choice of six body colours:
- Non-metallic: Glacier White.
- Metallic: Grey Blue, Pearlescent Black, Platine Grey, Dyna Red, Cassiopée Grey.
The '20th' limited edition versions of three- and five-door Clio and Clio Estate are due to go on sale in March in Europe (except Portugal). In France, order books will open on February 9, and prices will start from €14,350, representing a saving to the customer of four per cent.
2 – Renault Clio R.S. '20th'
The Clio Renault Sport line-up, too, has been treated to a special '20th' limited edition version. Its bodywork features an exclusive two-tone livery, with a black roof, upper hatch rail and lip spoiler contrasting with the rest of the body's brand new Pearlescent Givre finish.
The front stands out through the bumper's gloss black moulding and anthracite exterior mirrors which echo the gloss black rear diffuser and anthracite splitter. The '20th' limited edition version of Renault Clio R.S. sits on 17-inch Be Bop diamond-effect alloy wheels. '20th' badging can be seen on the door pillars, while the plushly appointed interior features visible dashboard stitching, satin-finish chrome air vents, specific silver grey cloth upholstery and front carpet mats.
Clio R.S. '20th' is equipped with different equipment in different markets. The list of comfort-enhancing features includes electrically folding exterior mirrors, one-touch electric windows and an 80W radio-CD with MP3 playback, and Bluetooth® and Plug & Music connectivity. On the safety front, Clio R.S. '20th' comes with cruise control and speed limiter, additional cornering lights and curtain airbags.
Clio Renault Sport '20th' will go on sale in its principal European markets in March. In France, order books will open on February 9. Clio Renault Sport '20th' will cost €24,700.