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2019 Renault Clio (5th gen) will come to the 2018 Paris Motor Show this September

Renault’s fourth generation Clio model has been around since 2012. In fact, it is one of the oldest supermini cars in its segment. But later on this year, the automaker will finally introduce the fifth generation of the said model.

According to a report by Auto Express, the French automaker will reveal the next generation Clio at the 2018 Paris Auto Show during the third quarter of the year. The debut will be scheduled months before its scheduled sale date in 2019, and it will be an enhanced version of the fourth generation model. It will share design elements with the Symbioz Concept, as well as with the larger Megane.

In addition, the 2019 Clio will get the C-shaped headlights - just like that of the Megane and Talisman. And expect the cabin to get a major makeover, thanks to the designers and engineers that decided to completely change its looks. This will include the brand’s portrait style tablet that can control the car’s infotainment system.

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Renault launches Clio 4 Facelift, available with 11 engine/transmission combos

The Renault Clio is finally getting relaunched 26 years after it was first introduced. Around 13 million units of this automobile have been delivered since the original version, making it a true best-seller. New details and finishes are noticeable and give the all new Clio a slinkier appeal, which is highlighted by its lighting signature and all-LED Pure Vision head lamps.

Additionally, this new model features one of the widest powertrain line-ups available.

Apart from the standard rear parking sensor, some Clio versions also feature a front parking sensor and a backing camera. Additionally, the more fully-loaded versions include an Easy Park Assist which helps the driver with parking manoeuvres.

Read the entire article Renault launches Clio 4 Facelift, available with 11 engine/transmission combos

Renault presents ‘Iconic’ Special Editions of Twingo, Clio and Captur

Expect a new high-specification special edition for each of the Twingo, Clio and Captur small cars – all featuring interior and exterior elements and specification upgrades distinct to each model.

These special editions -- dubbed as "Renault Iconic Special Editions "— can be availed in an array of available engine options like the Efficient Dual Clutch (EDC) automatic transmission for Twingo TCe90.

First off is the new Renault Twingo Iconic available from £11,845, which is derived from the Dynamique version of the Renault Twingo city car. Customers can choose from four available colors, including two new distinct metallic paints: Ultraviolet and Lunar Grey.

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DAB Radio is now standard on most Renault Clio and Captur models

Buyers of the new Renault Clio and Captur will be able to take advantage of certain spec upgrades. All Clio and Captur models with either the MediaNav or R-Link infotainment systems will feature DAB radio as standard equipment.

This excludes the entry level versions of the Renault Clio and Captur, since these base models are without MediaNav or R-Link infotainment systems. With the addition of DAB radio, drivers and passengers alike could now tune in to more radio stations while on a trip.

The good news doesn’t stop there. Renault has also made available upgraded versions of the MediaNav and R-Link. Upgrades for the Medianav system include the addition of features like Bluetooth streaming and TMC traffic information, as well as SIRI “Eyes-Free” for compatible iPhones.

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Renault’s Eolab ultra fuel-efficient concept, once goes into production, could have a tag similar to the Clio DCi 90hp, chief competitive officer Thierry Bollore revealed to Automotive News Europe. Renault unveiled the Eolab at the Paris auto show earlier this month. Bollore said that production version of the Eolab would not cost more than the diesel-powered Clio DCi 90hp, which carries a price of EUR18,500 ($23,900) in France.

Carmakers in the European Union are building ultra-low emission cars to earn supercredits that could be used to offset higher emission levels of bigger model. According to Bollore, Renault did not expensive lightweight materials like carbon fiber for the 955-kg Eolab since it would be difficult and very costly for a customer fix a vehicle made from such material if it is broken.

He noted that the Eolab is made of aluminum since “everyone knows how to repair it.” Bollore added that some of the 110 innovations in the Eoblab will be used in future Renault cars. The Eolab uses lightweight steel, aluminum and other composites to make it lighter and more fuel efficient.

Read the entire article Renault Eolab Concept may cost no more than Clio DCi 90hp

Renault has set the starting price for luxury version of its Clio subcompact hatchback – the Clio Initiale Paris – at EUR21,500 in France, which is a EUR3,350 premium over the standard model. Stefan Mueller, chief executive of Renault Europe, told Automotive News Europe that the Clio Initiale Paris would cater urban drivers who want a city car having luxury design and interior features.

He noted that there is a growing market for those preferring small cars with luxury trimmings and personalized and elegant exterior. The Clio is the first Renault model to use the Initiale Paris trimline, which will also be seen on other models in the future. The Clio Initiale Paris TCe 90 features a starting price EUR21,500, compared to the EUR18,150 for the standard version.

On the other hand, the Clio Initiale Paris dCi 90 EDC will be tagged at EUR25,200. The new version of the Clio features an exterior bearing the Initiale Paris-badge lettering, as well as Xenon headlights and a rear bumper skirt.

Read the entire article 2015 Renault Clio Initiale Paris gets a starting price of 21,500 euros

Renault launched at the 2014 Paris Motor Show the Initiale Paris equipment level, beginning with the Clio. What’s so special about this Clio? Well, according to the manufacturer, the Clio Initiale Paris is available with new Ivoire non-metallic finish and an exclusive Givre Grey metallic finish, a new front bumper incorporating fog lights as well as a rear bumper with chromed exhaust tailpipes, LED daytime running lights with light guides, forming a distinctive ‘C’-shaped lightning signature and 17-inch aluminum alloy wheels as well as Initiale Paris badges on the front, rear and sides.

Same theme is continued inside where the vehicle features sports seats for the front passengers, full-grain Nappa leather upholstery with graded effect, visible stitching and woven Initiale Paris badging at the top of the seat backs and a steering wheel wrapped in Nappa leather with Initiale Paris badging.

Moreover, the interior includes a dashboard as well as front and rear doors trimmed in imitation leather, a specific zamac gear leaver knob for the manual gearbox only, Woven Initiale Paris badging on upper backrests and body-coloured air vents and interior door trim strips with satin-effect chrome finish inserts.

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Fifteen of the latest generation of the turbocharged race-going Renault Clio will take part in the flagship British category of the 2014 Renault UK Clio Cup season, as confirmed by the organizers of the championship event. Organizers expect more next-gen Clio race cars to confirm their participation in the event before the first race starts.

Just around three months before the start of the 2014 Renault UK Clio Cup season – a lead-up to the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship – current and new driver-owners as well as teams are still placing orders for the fourth-generation Clio. One of these customers is category race winner Lee Pattison, as well as Masters Cup stalwart Finlay Crocker. Crocker was one of the first to receive their new Renault Clio units.

Meanwhile, Team Pyro, a multi-titled who took all championship crowns in the 2013 Renault UK Clio Cup season, has acquired five of the new-generation 2014 Renault Clio. Two racing units were acquired by SV Racing – formerly known as the Scuderia Vittoria – while three cars were purchased for the season by 20Ten Racing.

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Renault is showing off its new Clio IV at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show. The French carmaker says that the new Renault Clio IV exudes versatility, performance and fuel efficiency. The Clio boasts of styling cue typical of Renault Sport models -- grille, front and rear bumpers and lip spoiler, 17-inch wheels and offset LED daytime running lights.

It could be availed with the optional Malta Blue finish. Inside, the Clio features a grey trim with details in chrome and gloss black. Staying true to its label as a high performance car, the Clio features sports seats with additional side support, aluminum-capped pedals and specific instrument backgrounds.

It boasts of a touchscreen R-Link navigation system, hands-free card, radio with Bluetooth and USB connectivity as well as reversing camera, driver aids and automatic climate control.

Read the entire article 2013 IAA: Renault is showing Clio IV at Frankfurt Motor Show [Live Photos]

Renault is showcasing its Clio IV at the ongoing Frankfurt Motor Show. Having dimensions of 4.06m (length) x 1.45m (height) x 1.73m (width), the new Clio is longer, lower and wider than its predecessor and is also longer and lower than a Ford Fiesta. The exterior of a mid-spec version of the Renault Clio IV features a narrow chrome strip detailing on the front grille, lower door sections and hatchback lip.

Customers, however, could also opt to personalize their own units with specifications in the body color. Being offered as standard are 16-inch alloy wheels while 17-inch wheels finished in two-tone chrome and black are offered as an option. Dark B-pillars stretch across the Clio IV’s body, with access to the rear via door handles hidden in the plastic near the C-pillar.

The Renault Clio IV boasts of a much-improved interior, featuring an ultra-modern ‘floating’ center console that is finished in piano black with smart chrome edging. The center console features the Clio’s seven-inch infotainment touchscreen, which through Renault’s new multimedia technology will enable customers to download apps of their choice.

Read the entire article Renault Clio IV at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA)

Renault has released new details about its much-anticipated new Clio Cup high performance competition car. Based on the Clio Renaultsport 200 Turbo EDC, the new Clio Cup is a product of Renault Sport Technologies’ almost 50 years of experience in motorsport. The new Clio Cup sits on monocoque chassis that is reinforced by a welded roll cage, resulting to increased safety and a stronger body.

Clio Cup features an aerodynamic body kit that allows it to perform more handily on the track. Thanks to the expertise of engineers at Renault Sport Technologies, the Clio Cup is run by powerful 1.6-liter direct-injection turbo engine that provides up to 220hp of output and 270Nm of constant torque.

The engine is mated to a six-speed sequential transmission that allows gear shifts in just 100 milliseconds. The new Clio Cup comes with the classic gearstick as standard, although steering-wheel paddle shifts are available as an option.

Read the entire article Renault unveils the 2013 Clio Cup racer

Renaultsport’s turbo-powered Clio Cup race car made its British track debut at Snetterton 300 Circuit in Norfolk, United Kingdom on April 24, 2013. Renault UK Clio Cup front-runner Josh Files of the Team Pyro drove the Clio Cup to a blazing speed on the 2.97-mile circuit, achieving a lap time of just around two seconds short of the current record. The 1.6-litre Clio Cup race car logged a best lap time of 2 minutes and 07.001 seconds (84.15mph) in dry and bright conditions at the track. It is nearly 2 seconds short of the current lap record set by the third-generation Clio race car of 2 minutes and 08.937 seconds (82.89mph) in August 2011 by Westbourne Motorsport’s James Colburn.

The fourth-generation Clio Cup race car is based on the new Clio Renaultsport 200 Turbo EDC roadcar and is powered by a 220hp turbo-boosted engine tuned by Oreca Magny-Cours and sealed at source. The latest Clio Cup race car features a six-speed sequential gearbox, a paddle-shift gear change, and an AP Racing clutch. The Clio Cup now features adjustable dampers from ZF-Sachs with specific aluminium suspension wishbones.

The turbo-powered Clio also benefits from the enhanced AP Racing brakes. Multi-titled Team Pyro will be fielding two of the fourth-generation Clio Cup race cars for Files and Irish driver David Dickenson in Eurocup Clio this year. Files is currently third overall in the Renault UK Clio Cup program and is also set to compete for his first continental campaign in Eurocup Clio this year.

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The 2012 ‘Golden Steering Wheel’ award was given to the New Clio at a special ceremony in Berlin, Germany. Accepting the honor was Stefan Mueller, Executive Vice President, Chairman of Europe Region. A few weeks ago, the New Clio also got the RTL/Auto Plus ‘Best Production Car’ prize at the recently held Paris Motor Show.

It also earned the recognition for best ‘Small Car’ by the Axel Springer Group’s weekly BILD am SONNTAG, Germany’s top-selling Sunday publication, and AutoBILD, the best-selling car magazine in the world. AutoBILD runs several local editions in eastern Europe and Asia aside from its European sister magazines such as Auto Express in the UK.

It invited its entire readership of about 73 million to vote for the model they like the best. The 2012 Gold Steering Wheel awards are now on their 37th year. This year, there were 44 entries divided into six categories. For the MPV and coupé/cabriolet classes, the readers directly decided the winners.

Read the entire article Renault Clio 4 receives the 2012 ‘Golden Steering Wheel’ award

Renault will begin production of a new Clio-based compact SUV next year. It first appeared as the Captur Concept at the 2011 Geneva Auto Show. It’s possible that the production version would be presented at the 2013 Geneva Auto Show this March. The Clio SUV, which has yet to be given its final name, will be built on the Renault-Nissan Alliance’s B platform, which is also used on the new Clio and the Nissan Micra and Juke.

It’s expected to have the same platform measurements as the new Juke, which means that it would have a length of about 4.1m long. From the recent artist impression released, it seems that its styling is more akin to the Clio 4 than the Captur concept. It will have the Clio’s grille and headlight outline.

Its Captur influences will be noticeable in the lower front bumper, sloping tailgate and rear detailing. At the Paris Motor Show, Renault design chief Laurens van den Acker said that the “Clio crossover” would offer Renault the opportunity to make a grand comeback to a quick-growing segment that it has yet to dominate. He said that Renault would be able to get the Clio SUV right with the help of its experiences at Dacia.

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Renault will start selling a new Clio Williams in 2014 as part of a current campaign to maximize the benefits from its F1 participation and to promote the technology transfer between its racing success and road cars. Renault hasn’t given official confirmation yet that a new Clio Williams is being developed but according to sources, this car will be a faster, more hardcore version of the new Clio Renaultsport 200 Turbo.

Sources also said that the program may be revealed this year. However, the car is not likely to start selling for at least 18 months so that it doesn’t steal publicity away from the launch of the new Clio RS 200. It has yet to be determined too if Williams will take part in developing the car, says Autocar.

It didn’t play a part in the design or engineering of the original Clio Williams but it had become more active in diversifying its business in the past few years, which include being able to work with Jaguar on hybrid technology for its C-X75 supercar. Being a customer of Renault’s F1 division, involvement in this project is likely to provide the opportunity of cutting its lease bills for making use of the engines.

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French carmaker Renault is planning to produce over 70 percent of its Clio subcompacts in Turkey, union sources told Reuters. The move, however, will likely cause tensions with its workers and the French government, which is its largest shareholder. Two union officials told Reuters that during internal presentations, Renault revealed plans to source less than 30 percent of the new Clio model from France.

One of the sources remarked that the plan was presented as a decision. Around 41 percent of the last versions of Clio were produced in France, with about 46 percent sourced from Turkey and 13 percent from Spain. According to data from market researchers JATO Dynamics, the Clio is Renault's best-selling model in Europe, with 304,106 units delivered in 2011.

In February 2012, Renault's chief operating officer Carlos Tavares told the French Senate's economic commission in Paris that a Clio built at its plant in Flins, France, costs EUR1,300 more than the same car produced in Bursa, Turkey.

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2013 Renault Clio Estate is one of company’s major reveals on its stand at the 2012 Paris Motor Show. As expected, the new Clio 4 Estate features the same front end design as the hatchback but the rear end is completely new.

Set to hit the showrooms in the first quarter of 2013, the new Clio Estate features the same wheelbase as the hatchback although its dimensions increased: the rear overhang has been extended by 201 mm to 823 mm and the car has now an overall length of 4,262 mm.

Just like on the hatchback, the rear door handles are concealed. The rear flowing lines are accentuated by the integration of the B and C pillars which are flush with the surface of the glass, while the roof appears to float to emphasise the design’s overall elegance.

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The fourth-generation Renault Clio made its debut today ahead of 2012 Paris Motor Show. Set to hit the market in early 2013, the new vehicle is clearly inspired by the DeZir Concept and is the first model to feature company’s new design identity. Everything you see at the car is completely new and we must thank Mr. Laurens van den Acker.

Under the hood we find some interesting changes. First of all we find a 0.9 liter three-cylinder petrol turbocharged Energy TCe 90 engine with Stop&Start, which delivers the performances of a normally-aspirated 1.4-liter powerplant: 90 hp and 135 Nm of torque. Moreover, we find a new 1.5-liter diesel engine delivering 90 hp and 220 Nm of torque.

A new 1.2-liter petrol engine will also be available paired to a six-speed EDC automatic transmission. The turbocharged 1.2 engine delivers the performance of a normally-aspirated 1.6-liter powerplant: 120 hp and 190 Nm of torque.

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Set to go on sale by the end of 2012 is the new Renault Clio that aims to help the brand get back its sexy and sporty image. It will be unveiled this October at the Paris Motor Show. Renault will cut down its range in the UK as part of a plan to become profitable once again. This implies that Renault is putting a lot of importance on the all-new Clio 4. The Clio 4 is very distinctive and it’s a considerably lower and wider.

Its interior is of a higher quality than that of the Clio 3, which didn’t anywhere near the success of the top-selling original from the mid-1990s.

Beatrice Foucher, Renault’s product planning chief, said that Renaults have to be “German first and French second.” She explained that the quality has to be improved before the focus is placed on design and innovation.

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Renaultsport is launching a highly exclusive, limited edition of its highly awarded hot hatch called the Clio Renaultsport 200 Raider. It is based on the standard Renaultsport, but comes rich in extra features. This vehicle is limited only to 50 units for customers in the United Kingdom. The Raiser is Renault's first highly exclusive car even among the most expensive vehicles currently available in the market. It comes in a matte Renault i.d. paintwork finish.

The choice of matte Diavolo Red or Stealth Grey is contrasted by a gloss black finish to the rear spoiler, roof, rear diffuser, F1-style front blade and door mirrors.

The gloss black finish is also applied to the 18-inche "Interlagos" alloy wheels, an inch larger in diameter compared with standard 200 wheels. They are fitted with Bridgestone RE 050A tires, like those used on the record-breaking Megane Renaultsport 265 Trophy.

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