The French have made some nice coupes over the years. The Pininfarina-designed Peugeot 406 may stand out as one fine example, but the Renault Laguna Coupé is no less a looker. Unfortunately the market hasn't agreed – or has, just not to the extent to make it a sales success – leaving Renault struggling to keep the model relevant.
It's been only four years since Renault launched its third-generation Laguna, and one year since the model underwent a facelift. But according to the latest reports the French automaker is getting ready to pull the plug and go back to the drawing board for an all-new replacement. And if our information proves accurate, that could lead to a new sports coupe as well.
A quick spin in the Laguna EV at the epicenter of the Better Place project
2008 ALMS at Laguna Seca - click above for a high res image gallery
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.
Although it was first announced during the latest Paris Motor Show, Renault has just unveiled new details of its all-new V6 engine. The engine,based on the 2.0-liter 4-cylinders, was developed in-house at the Rueil-Malmaison location in France, although it's going to be built in the Cléon, France plant. It is going to be seen first in the Laguna coupé engine bay, where its performances will be quite good: 3.0-liter, 235hp and 450 Nm of torque (about 260 lb-ft). When the new V6 is i
Renault and Citroen are winding up to launch a frontal assault on the German car market. Germany is Europe's largest automotive market, filled with über-drivers that demand cars that set the performance and luxury standard for the rest of Europe, and arguably the world. The French automakers want a larger piece of the German market, as well as further global expansion, too. Renault is bringing the fight to Germany with their new Laguna. The Laguna was designed specifically to appeal to the
click the photo of the new Laguna sedan for a gallery of high-res images
The Renault Laguna was a handsome car in its day, but after over six years on the market, its day seems to have passed long ago. Especially when many of its chief German rivals (Mercedes C-Class, Volkswagen Passat et al) have been updated and facelifted several times since. That's why the folks at Renault are prepping the third-generation Laguna, set to hit the markets overseas next fall.