Renault introduces 2011 Clio Expression Eco, the cheapest sub-100g/km supermini

Article by Christian Andrei, on May 13, 2011

Renault is currently hard at work especially with the impending arrival of its Zero Emission (Z.E.) range. It is also expecting the arrival of the Energy 1.6 dCi 130 with the Stop-Start function, its downsized engine. As such, the company is fast-tracking its program of vehicles lowering its environmental impact further through the low-emission Clio which only has CO2 emission at 94 g/km. Motivated by the success of the 98 g/km Clio, the supermini with the 1.5-liter diesel engine delivers better fuel economy and reduced emissions, all due to a host of improvements. The 94 g/km variant is all thanks to the ‘Eco Pack’.

This option is available at £250 and is offered under the Expression trim level of the 3-door Clio and 5-door Clio. Excluding the optional pack, the standard model is priced at £12,200 and at £12,800 on-the-road. With the option pack, the total cost is at £12,450, making the 3-door Clio the cheapest supermini in the U.K. with emissions below 100 g/km. This is lower by £1,445 when compared to the Ford Fiesta Econetic (priced at £13,895 OTR) and even lower by as much as £2,410 compared to the Volkswagen Polo BlueMotion (priced at £14,860 OTR). Considering that diesel is now priced at £1.40 per litre, those who have the eco2 model will have less need to visit the gas pumps.

In addition, this model also offers 949 miles in between its fill-ups, making it truly wallet-friendly. While driving the newest green model form this France-based automaker does strengthen savings, customers can also get additional benefit through the Zero Vehicle Excise Duty and the London Congestion Charge exemption. For those who have their own business, they can avail of the 100% Capital Write Down Allowance and the low benefit-in-kind 13% rating.

The advantages for its London-based customers, whether they’re actual residents or not, do add up. For those living in London, they will get the opportunity to recover part of the cost in less than a year through the optional £250 pack. This is mainly based on the £244 worth of exemptions due to the Congestion Charge, which includes the 90% residents’ discount, plus the registration fee of £10.

Then there is the £110 due to the improved fuel economy when compared to the conventional dCi 88 over 12,000 miles. For non-residents, they can get about £2,500, and this is top of the fuel cost saving and the exemption that is the same as that of the Auto Pay weekday charge of £9. By utilizing comprehensive specifications, the fuel economy of the new Clio range is better by 2.1 mpg and is at a combined cycle of 78.4 mpg. The CO2 emissions rating is lower by 4 g/km at 94 g/km. In addition to the engineering enhancements done under its bonnet, the ‘Eco Pack’, though optional, will also offer the Aero 15-inch wheel trims with the ultra-low resistance tyres and the Aero rear spoiler in body-color.

For the standard Expression model, it will be equipped with the 4x20W RDS radio CD that has fingertip remote control and an auxiliary input. Equipped as well are the fog lights in the front, door mirrors, and electric front windows. Other options will be offered as well like having extra tinted windows and tailgate, the integrated Carminat TomTom Live satellite navigation, and air conditioning.

Aside from the enhancement done to this low-emission Clio, there are also other improvements done to the rest of the line-up. Take the Entry-level Expression for example, it now has the same soft-touch dashboard that is also in luxurious models. Then it also comes with the satin chrome accents and the ‘Sport’ upholstery. Meanwhile the Dynamique TomTom also has its very own improvements.

The center console for example has a gloss black finish. This is also true for the air vent surrounds and dash inserts. Then there is the alloy 16-inch gunmetal Solonia alloys from the GT Line TomTom, and the co-ordinating door mirrors. Orders are now being accepted for the 94 g/km Clio Expression Eco priced at £12,450, which includes the optional pack.

Press Release

RENAULT DRIVES DOWN COSTS (AND EMISSIONS) WITH UK’S CHEAPEST SUB 100G/KM SUPERMINI

New Clio Expression Eco boasts 4g/km CO2 improvement on its predecessor with 94g/km, plus 2.1 mpg greater fuel economy to 78.4 mpg
Cheapest sub-100g/km supermini in the UK - three-door Clio £1,445 less than equivalent low-emission *Ford Fiesta Econetic (£13,895 OTR) and £2,410 less than *Volkswagen Polo BlueMotion (£14,860 OTR)
Costs £240 less than previous versions
Available on Clio three- and five-door 1.5 dCi 88 Expression models (£12,200 and £12,800 on-the-road) with optional £250 ‘Expression Eco Pack’
Eco Pack lowers CO2 emissions by 12g/km compared to standard dCi 88
Eco Pack tweaks include: revised engine mapping, taller gearing and ultra-low rolling resistance tyres, 15” ‘Aero’ wheel trims with body coloured ‘Aero’ rear spoiler
Zero Vehicle Excise Duty, London Congestion Charge exempt, for fleet customers, 100% Capital Write Down Allowance and only 13% benefit-in-kind (BIK) rating
Already hard at work on the imminent arrival of its Z.E. (**Zero Emission) range and latest downsized engine, Energy 1.6 dCi 130 with Stop-Start, Renault is accelerating its programme of reducing the environmental impact of its vehicles even further with an improved low-emission Clio, producing only 94 g/km CO2.

Building on the success of the former 98g/km Clio, the latest versions of the 1.5-litre diesel-engined supermini now offer even lower emissions and greater fuel economy, thanks to a raft of enhancements.

The new 94g/km versions come courtesy of an ‘Eco Pack’ which can be specified as a £250 option on Expression trim level versions of Clio 3- and 5-door. Prices for the standard model, prior to adding the optional pack, are £12,200 and £12,800 on-the-road.

Costing only £12,450 with the optional pack included, the three-door Clio is the cheapest sub-100g/km supermini in the UK, a full £1,445 less than the equivalent low-emission *Ford Fiesta Econetic (£13,895 OTR) and a considerable £2,410 less than the *Volkswagen Polo BlueMotion (£14,860 OTR).

With diesel now costing over £1.40 per litre, thankfully owners of its latest fuel-sipping Renault eco2 model won’t have to visit the dreaded pumps very often, with a wallet-friendly 949 miles on offer between fill-ups.

Bolstering the cost savings of running’s the French marque’s latest ‘green’ model, it also benefits from zero Vehicle Excise Duty, London Congestion Charge exemption, and for business customers, 100% Capital Write Down Allowance and low benefit-in-kind rating of only 13%.

Indeed, the sums for its users in the English capital, resident or not, really add up. London residents will be able to more than recoup the cost of the optional £250 pack in less than a year, based on exemption from £244 worth of Congestion Charge after including 90% residents’ discount and £10 registration fee, plus £110 on improved fuel economy compared to the standard dCi 88 over 12,000 miles. Non-residents would be better off to the tune of almost £2,500, based on the same fuel cost saving and exemption from the £9 Auto Pay weekday charge.

Improving the new Clio range addition’s fuel economy by a further 2.1 mpg than before to 78.4 (on the combined cycle) and lowering emissions by 4g/km to 94 has come as a result of its comprehensive specification. On top of the engineering tweaks under the bonnet, the optional ‘Eco Pack’ offers 15” Aero wheel trims with body-coloured Aero rear spoiler and ultra-low resistance tyres.

The standard Expression versions come highly equipped with 4x20W RDS radio CD with aux input and fingertip remote control, front fog lights and electric front windows and door mirrors. Several options are available, including air conditioning, extra tinted windows and tailgate and fully integrated Carminat TomTom Live satellite navigation.

In addition to the improvements to the low-emission Clio, there have also been some others to the rest of the range. Entry-level Expression now benefits from the soft-touch dashboard of more luxurious models, as well as satin chrome touches and new ‘Sport’ upholstery, while the best-selling Dynamique TomTom ushers in several enhancements of its own. These include a stylish new gloss black finish for the centre console, dash inserts and air vent surrounds, plus, gunmetal 16” Solonia alloys from the top-of-the-range GT Line TomTom, together with co-ordinating door mirrors.

The new 94 g/km Clio Expression Eco can be ordered now, priced from £12,450 including the optional pack.

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