Renault will axe the Modus and build a crossover similar to the Nissan Juke

Article by Christian Andrei, on June 6, 2012

It was not a secret that Renault wants a crossover similar to the Nissan Juke but today it was confirmed that the French carmaker will replace the Modus small minivan with the new vehicle. According to Automotive News, Renault wants to take advantage of the strong growth in the crossover market.

The new car will be introduced next year and will be built at Renault's factory in Valladolid, Spain.

For those who don’t know, the Valladolid plant currently produces the Modus. The first Renault Modus was introduced back in 2004, while the larger Grand Modus came in 2007. In order to cut costs, Renault decided to axe the Laguna, Espace, Kangoo and Wind in the United Kingdom.

When it was introduced, the Modus was a taller version of the Clio and was built for those who wanted a roomy small car.

Now those customers are interested in SUV-styled crossovers and Renault has to do something about it. The Nissan Juke is quite a success as the Japanese manufacturer sold 106,461 units in Europe last year.

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