Renault blings out the Twingo with Mauboussin

The Renault Twingo wouldn't be one of the first vehicles that comes to mind when you think of luxury. In fact, just the opposite: it's one of Europe's most affordable little hatchbacks. But a new special edition aims to upset that particular apple cart through a collaboration with French jeweler Mauboussin.

Launched to coincide with Valentine's Day, the Twingo Mauboussin edition is decked out in metallic brown paint with dark rose decals and gunmetal-finish alloys. The cabin's swathed in cloth and leather with a unique shifter to keep the available 85-horsepower diesel or 75-horsepower gasoline engine in the sweet spot.

Available exclusively in France, Italy, Austria and Morocco, with prices starting at €13,500 – including tax, equivalent to about $18k. Follow the jump for the press release and scope out the high-res images in the gallery for more.
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Limited series Twingo Mauboussin, a little jewel of a car

To celebrate Valentine's Day, Renault is launching the limited series Twingo Mauboussin.
This sophisticated and elegant limited series arrives in French showrooms on February 20, 2012, with prices starting at €13,500 incl. VAT for the petrol version.

Twingo Mauboussin ships with a choice of two engines, the dCi 85 eco2 or 75 hp 1.2 LEV 16V eco2, both of which are eligible for the eco-bonus in France, with CO2 emissions of 90g and 105g/km respectively.

New Twingo Mauboussin will also be available in Italy, Austria and Morocco.

A jewel of a limited series
Mauboussin, the celebrated jeweller based in Place Vendôme in Paris, is joining forces with a vehicle manufacturer for the first time to create the limited series Twingo Mauboussin.
Like a jewel, the vehicle reflects the universe of the Mauboussin brand, with its sophisticated upholstery, half-leather, half chocolate-coloured cloth, the elegant tourmaline brown metallic paintwork, the chic detailing of the Mauboussin logo on the door panels, headrests and protective mats, and the sensual luxury of the label on the bonnet, tailgate and sides....
"Luxury is being able to make dreams come true. Luxury means expressing emotion and excellence. Renault and Mauboussin have set out to enable as many women as possible to acquire their dream car, combining emotion and excellence. Twingo Mauboussin is luxury that captures the spirit of the times," adds Alain Némarq, CEO of Mauboussin.

The limited series Twingo Mauboussin is largely inspired by the design cues underpinning Renault's new design identity. On the bonnet, the brand logo is larger and more vertical, standing out against a black backdrop. The front end, which is particularly expressive and appealing, maintains the cues that made first-generation Twingo such a success.

In the cabin, special upholstery, air vents and air-conditioning controls in tourmaline brown, along with original protective mats, underline the car's elegant character.

As the ultimate, precious detail, all buyers of a limited series Twingo Mauboussin will receive a silver Mauboussin pendant watch named "1960, je t'aime".

A car lovingly created for Valentine's Day
"In deciding to work with Renault, we opted for French excellence. With its Tourmaline Brown bodywork, and chocolate-toned interior, Twingo Mauboussin is a gourmet choice," points out Alain Némarq. Pooling their talent and artistic sensitivities, Mauboussin and Renault designers defined the colour, sensual materials and lines of the project. The creative result of this limited series illustrates the spirit of freedom expressed by both partners.

This limited series is the latest in a long line created by Renault with prestigious partners from the worlds of luxury and fashion in particular. These limited series models have always caused a stir and enjoyed considerable success.

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