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Renault Symbioz Concept can double as a mobile living room

Clearly, Renault is way ahead of many automakers with their all new Symbioz Concept. The concept isn’t intended for this year or the next as it’s targeted to be ready by 2030.

As seen at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, it is a five-door hatchback that can be converted into a space that functions like a living room. While presenting it to the audience, Renault showed how you can drive this all-electric into a house, park it, and turn it into an extra modular room. This appears to be the French automaker's interpretation of a mobile home.

The Symbioz is the next concept that Renault has come up with after the Trezor from last year's Paris Motor Show. It’s different in its own way. It has a low and flat roof design, a large greenhouse, and C shaped LED headlights and tail lights. When talking about the design, Renault argues that the Symbioz' appearance is suitable for the year 2030, when everyone will be driving nothing but electric cars.

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2018 Renault Megane RS now has more power and tech

The long-awaited 2018 Renault Megane RS has finally made its way to the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, after having been the subject of several spy photos and leaks. The Megane RS is definitely among the most-liked C-segment hot hatches as it comes with a number of technologies – including a turbo gasoline engine with two new transmission options.

It comes equipped with a 1.8-liter turbocharged gas motor with direct injection, like the one in the Alpine A110 sports car, instead of the older 2.0-liter turbo. This engine works with either a six-speed manual or a dual-clutch six-speed automatic transmission that includes paddle shifter and launch control, giving power to the front wheels. All this enables the Megane RS to carry out as much as 280 horsepower (205 kilowatts). It will also come with standard 355mm front discs with Brembo calipers that customers can swap for optional bi-material cast iron and aluminum discs.

But that’s not all that it can do, as customers can opt for the Megane RS Trophy version that should be out before 2019. This variant will have a little more power, giving out 300 horsepower (224 kilowatts). It is too early to provide numbers for the acceleration and top speed of both the regular and the Trophy variant, but stay tuned as we will probably find out by December this year.

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Renault Alaskan enters the European market

For those who are into pickup trucks, there’s good news as the new Renault Alaskan can now be yours as they expand to more countries in Europe. It had entered the South American market last year followed by its Colombian debut. The French automaker developed this model as an alternative to the Nissan Navara and the Mercedes-Benz X-Class, and it will be offering the one-ton pickup in Europe.

Under the hood of the Alaskan pickup is a 2.3-liter dCi diesel engine. Customers could either go for the base model with 160 horsepower (119 kilowatts) or the 190 horsepower (141 kilowatts) option. Both engines can be paired with either a six-speed manual or a seven-speed automatic. It has a towing capacity of 2,205 pounds (1,000 kilograms) and can haul up to 1,630 pounds (739 kilograms). The pickup is available in three driving modes including a two-wheel drive, a 4LO, or a 4H full AWD.

The functionality and performance of the Renault Alaskan are at par with competitors like the Ford Ranges and the Toyota Hilux, which are both currently out in the European market. Believe it or not, this truck can hit the 0 to 60 mile-per-hour (96 kilometers per hour) speed in only 12 seconds, before it reaches its top speed of 100 miles per hour (160 kilometers per hour).

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Leaked images: All eyes are on this red 2018 Renault Megane RS

The 2018 Renault Megane RS is scheduled to be revealed this September 12 at the Frankfurt Motor Show. However, months before its debut, we are already seeing leaked images of the hot hatch. This time, a Megane RS in a bold red paint emerged on Facebook and its images have been circulating the net. Looking at the images, it seems like the photos have been taken at Renault’s facility. We are assuming this because there are other prototypes around it that seem to be camouflaged.

The images reveal several details including the RS-specific checkered flag motif on the LED fog lights to the beefy diffuser that is complemented with the central trapezoidal exhaust tip. There is no doubt that this is the 2018 Megane RS, as you can spot the “RS” logos on both the front (below the diamond badge) and the rear (under the tail light) ends of the car.

One can definitely tell the difference between the Megane GT and the Megane RS. For instance, the new model has vented front fenders, flared wheel arches, and has added vents at the back. The RS is also much lower compared to the GT when it comes to the sporty suspension setup. Other than that, it comes equipped with large two-tone alloy wheels that are exclusive for the RS version.

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The wait is over for those who have been waiting to see more of the 2018 Renault Megane RS. Though, the actual model will be officially revealed in September at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, patent images have already been published by World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). These images show the hatch's built from every angle, exposing all of its features without any kind of camouflage.

Overall, the performance model looks significantly sportier and more aggressive than its GT counterpart. The patent images had the same design elements from the teasers and spy shots that we have seen earlier. These elements include: flared wheel arches on the car's profile, huge air vents up front, and a trapezoidal exhaust tip.

Other than what we have already seen before, there are some bits that are new to us like the headlights up front that are not like the other Megane models, as well as the taillights on the rear end of the car. The bumpers just by the taillights also look more muscular with two side scoops. Like the Clio RS, the Megane gets the same checkered flag motif on the LED fog lights.

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Renault previously did not have a luxury model under its belt and the French automaker kept bustling its releases further up-market especially in its homestead. This hasn't produced an Initiale Paris variant of the brand new Megane. But the new Megane model has finally received its timely new flagship luxury trim called Renault Megane Akaju.

Megane Akaju is set to be the popular hatchback range's most luxurious trim level and is set to be displayed during the sale network's promotional week scheduled on June 15-19.

The most economical version bears a price tag of around €27,600 and rises to about €31,400. Choose the 3 alternative options previously mentioned and the price will increase to €33,000.

Read the entire article Renault unveils Megane Akaju Limited Edition in France

Renault is bound to unveil the next generation of the 2018 Renault Megane RS at the 2017 edition of the Frankfurt Motor Show in September. All the French carmaker has done so far was to show off the new-gen Megane RS – albeit in a camouflaged form – at the Monaco Grand Prix. There have been spy shots of the hot hatch, but all of them were also in disguise.

However, an image of the new Renault Megane RS in all its crowning glory has been leaked on the Internet, providing us a good peek as to how the hot hatch actually looks sans any camouflage. This particular Megane RS has been painted white. As photographed, the Megane RS only shows a part of its rear end and its sides. As the image shows, the Megane RS features a pair air vents behind the front wheels, a body work that is laden with angles and a small roof spoiler. This roof spoiler features the same shade as the body, resulting in a more seamless look.

In addition, the image shows the new Renault Megane RS sport a rectangular exhaust protruding out from the center of the rear diffuser. Likewise, a pair of vents is also found on the rear end of the Megane RS. Under the right rear light can be found the RS badge. It also rides on the black and silver wheels that were previously seen on Megane RS prototypes.

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When French carmaker Renault gave the Initiale Paris treatment to the Clio, Espace, Captur, and Koleos, these models never looked so great – making customers wanting more of these vehicles. Now, Renault is applying the same treatment to the Scenic and its bigger sibling, the Grand Scenic. Thus, customers could now avail from the Renault the new Scenic Initiale Paris and the Grand Scenic Initiale Paris.

This means that the Renault Scenic and the Renault Grand Scenic – in their Initiale Paris versions – will now be wrapped in the exclusive dark prune-hued metallic Amethyst Black finish and the star-pattern grille. Likewise, both the new Scenic Initiale Paris and the Grand Scenic Initiale Paris feature LED fog lamps with cornering function and ride on specific 20-inch wheels. Of course, this exclusive edition of the Scenic and the Grand Scenic will don the 'Initiale Paris' branding just below the diamond logo.

As soon as occupants open the door of either the Scenic Initiale Paris or the Grand Scenic Initiale Paris, they will be greeted by the 'Initiale Paris' sill guards. They will be welcomed by an interior that is wrapped in black or grey-patterned full-grain Nappa leather upholstery with embossed 'Initiale Paris' letterings. This full-grain Nappa leather is the same material that wraps the electrically-adjustable seats with heating and massage functions. This high-end material also wrapped the steering wheel and the gearshift lever of either the Scenic Initiale Paris or the Grand Scenic Initiale Paris. The center console and around the infotainment system will feature a specific color finish.

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You guys are probably aware of the collaboration between Mercedes-Benz and Renault-Nissan. Knowing this, you would expect that both companies will come up with something impressive. Sources say that the partnership has been working on some new gasoline four-cylinder engines. However, rather than developing a more powerful engine, they seem to have come up with 1.2- and 1.4-liter engines instead. Why small engines, you might want to ask?

The reason behind the downsizing is because the German company aims to lower emissions while increasing the efficiency of the new engines. The new 1.2- and 1.4-liter units will benefit from direct injection, and will be a standard in the next generation base variants of the A-Class and B-Class lineups, according to reports from Autocar. There are currently eight cars lined up for Mercedes’ compact models for 2018 including: the A-Class hatchback, A-Class Sedan, CLA, CLA Shooting Brake, B-Class, GLA, a rumoured GLB, and an unknown model that has yet to be announced by the company.

The new four-cylinder units, which currently go under the codename M282, are being engineered exclusively for transverse applications. Therefore, these engines will not be available for use in larger Mercedes-Benz models. These new units will be joined by an updated version of the “M274” which will soon be given a codename that is “M260”. The M260 will be bigger and is going to be available in two versions: 1.6- and 2.0-liter units.

Read the entire article Mercedes-Benz and Renault-Nissan to downsize engines, will use 1.2- and 1.4-liter powerplants

French multinational automobile manufacturer Renault has revealed its eDams team racer in preparation for the Formula E Paris ePrix along with the dashingly quick Zoe e-Sport Concept and a whole lot of production Zoe 40 units for retail purposes. Now we would like to wholly witness a race between the two high-powered electric vehicles.

Renault eDams team is a force to reckon with, as they’ve been leading the Formula E standings. The team celebrated the outstanding performance of its homestead by having a parade of their electric vehicles through the City of Light. Last Saturday in Paris, Sebastian Buemi earned his fifth win in six races of the current season of the Formula E. This means that he presently has a lead of 43 points in the electric racing series.

Leading the way of the procession are the Renault eDams R.S. 16 race car and the dapper Zoe e-Sport Concept in a video released by Renault. However, the drivers don’t follow a particular formation in the clip. But this doesn't mean that the Zoe e-Sport can't catch up with the R.S. 16. Renault confidently claimed that its conceptual hot hatch variant of the Zoe can leave you in the dust with its 62 miles per hour (100 km per hour) run, needing only 3.2 seconds to reach that coverage, and according to the French automaker, this performance can outrun the open wheel Formula E racer. That's a solid performance coming from a hatch.

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The 70th Cannes International Film Festival isn’t just about films and celebrities. During this year’s event, French automaker Renault surprised us with their range topping high-end shuttle, the Trafic SpaceClass. The van was used as a shuttle for VIPs going to the event.

The name “SpaceClass” comes from the idea that the luxury van provides both “space and comfort” for up to nine passengers. Renault expects the van to be part of the luxurious shuttle market, along with its competitors: the Citroën Spacetourer and the Peugeot Traveller.

SpaceClass comes in an exclusive shade of grey paint, exclusive head- and taillights, gloss black detailing, colour-coded bumpers, and 17-inch alloy wheels. Though it may just look like a regular van from the outside, don’t judge the SpaceClass based on its exterior, as all the amazing features can be found inside the cabin.

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A global scale ransomware cyber-attack has caused several factories of Renault-Nissan Alliance to stop production on Saturday. According to Automotive News, the company’s spokesperson said they have administered “proactive measures” which led to the temporary shutdown of certain production sites. Reuters however confirmed the next day that regular work is slated to resume on Monday particularly in France.

Over the weekend, thousands of computers have been infected with WannaCry ransomware, spreading to almost one hundred countries worldwide. The French carmaker has particularly shut down its Sandouville plant in Northwestern France following the attack. The first sign of threat in Renault’s Sandouville factory occurred when the assembly line’s alarm didn’t work on Saturday. This happened shortly after a ransom demand appeared on their monitors.

Renault-Nissan failed to give a full list of the affected sites but a spokesperson from the UK said that files in Nissan’s Sunderland factory were hit on Friday evening. It didn’t however confirm if the Sunderland plant was shut down afterwards. The UK production facility has about 7,000 employees which manufactures the Infiniti Q30 and QX30, the Nissan Juke, Note, Qashqai and Nissan Leaf. In any case, Renault reassures that almost all factories will be opening today.

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Let us welcome the latest special version of the Renault Sandero RS 2.0 - the new Renault Sandero RS 2.0 Racing Spirit - that has become sportier in both performance and looks.

Nowadays, most hot hatches are powered by engines boosted by turbochargers. This way, these powerplants could produce more output and torque without having to employ more displacement. Moreover, these turbocharged mills are usually paired to automatic transmissions, allowing for a more convenient and easier drive.

But that doesn’t mean that hot hatches have lost their old-school feel. This is powered by a naturally aspirated engine paired to a manual gearbox. The Renault Sandero RS 2.0’s appeal is made stronger by the addition of the Renault Sandero RS 2.0 Racing Spirit, which like the regular version, is only available in Brazil.

Read the entire article Renault Sandero RS 2.0 Racing Spirit Special Edition offers old-school vibe and more tech

There’s no more hiding for the 2018 Renault Megane RS. For months, we have been seeing spy shots of the Megane RS, but in its camouflage. No doubt, they were good at hiding the model, considering they did not use the actual bits and pieces of production model when it was being tested out on the roads. Instead, they used the GT’s body modified in certain areas. But no matter how good they are at hiding when it public, they can never avoid sneaky people who walk in and out of their factories. Just a few days ago, photos of the hot hatch have been revealed by an unknown source. Though the photo is slightly blurred, it seems like this is going to be the final specification of the range-topper.

The production prototype of the Megane RS, finished in a bright orange shade, now has wider hips and a beefy diffuser with a massive trapezoidal exhaust found in the rear’s center. A pair of vents are located on both ends of the rear. The “RS” badge can also be seen on the trunk lid and under the right taillight.

Above the third brake light, Renault had built a roof mounted spoiler that now has an indentation in the middle, which was slightly modified from the design we last saw. Unlike the GT that had gloss black spoilers, the Megane’s spoiler is painted with the same shade as the rest of the body for a more seamless look. Another significant change would be the newly designed black alloy wheels that are now wrapped in wider tires.

Read the entire article Photos of 2018 Renault Megane RS leaked online

A tweet from Renault has suddenly put the focus on its Zoe E-Sport Concept. Unveiled during the recently concluded 2017 Geneva Motor Show, the brand said that this concept car was able to go from 0 to 62 mph (0 to 100 km/h) in 3.2 seconds.

Just how fast is that? Consider the fact that the Formula E car can go from standstill to 60 mph is exactly 3 seconds. Though there is a fractional difference, it is safe to say that if the figures are true, the Zoe E-Sport Concept does have a quicker acceleration.

When first presented during the Geneva Auto Show, the Zoe E-Sport was a small sports car powered solely with electricity and features an all-wheel drive. The wide body is composed of carbon fiber and it is placed on top of the alloy 20-inch wheels. In order to help lower the weight, the rear seats were removed with carbon fiber being combined with Kevlar. Thus even if the battery pack does weigh 992 lbs. (450 kg), the whole vehicle comes in at 3,086 lbs. (1,400 kg).

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Last summer, the third-generation Megane RS has been discontinued. This led to most people thinking that an all new version was coming very soon.

In fact, some expected to see a new generation Megane RS at the Paris Motor Show. So when they didn’t, it was expected to be launched at the recent 2017 Geneva Motor Show. But still, Renault has not revealed the car in any of the auto shows mentioned.

So then, more people are guessing that it will come out at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show in September, since the French company did say that the model will be unveiled later this year in a video they released on Facebook celebrating a social media milestone of reaching 1 million fans. Now, that should be a more accurate guess. But then again, we don’t have much to go on.

Read the entire article First teaser of 2018 Renault Megane RS only raises more questions

After making its debut at the Paris Motor Show last year as a concept car, the Trezor by Renault managed to bring home the 2016 Concept Car Design Of The Year award. Winning against other great concepts such as the Mercedes-Maybach 6 Concept, Volkswagen’s ID concept, and the Citroen CXperience concept. The all electric coupe presented an overall futuristic design with an impressive automated one-piece clamshell roof.

The Renault Trezor must offer something incredible as it has won over the approval of no less than twenty renowned car designers who stood as the panel of judges. Some of the judges were Peter Schreyer of Hyundai-Kia, Gordon Wagener of Daimler, Ralph Gilles of FCA and Mamoru Aoki of Nissan. They were also joined by the Nio and Lynk & Co design directors. Each of them had to choose their top three favourites amongst 12 concept cars that were shortlisted by the staff of Car Design News. And the decision was made after totaling all the votes. The award was given out to Anthony Lo, the Vice President of Exterior Design, along with Stephane Janin, Concept Car Director, at the fairly recent 2017 Geneva Motor Show.

Showcasing itself with its diamond logo and a muscular body, with voluptuous front and rear fenders, the Trezor isn’t just about how it looks. At 4.7 meters long, and with a 2.7 meter wheelbase, its entire body is made out of carbon fiber, keeping it lightweight. Its shape was well thought of - as a result of extensive aerodynamic tweaks to minimize drag to only 0.22, for a much improved performance and efficiency. Combined with a power output of 350 horsepower and 280 pound-feet torque. It can definitely fire up to 62 miles per hour (100 kph) in four seconds flat. And as you can see in the debut video, the car glides very smoothly against the ground at a very fast rate. So smooth, it almost looks like it is floating off the ground.

Read the entire article 2016 Concept Car Design of The Year Award goes to Renault Trezor

After we drooled over Renault’s E-Sport Concept in Geneva for the last several days, X-Tomi Design has cooked up a better meal. We’re talking about the Zoe RS, a reimagined version of the Zoe embodying the RenaultSport division’s more extreme “personality” that is also more practical. That being said, it has more realistic features which we think are more “doable” in case Renault decides it wants to build a production version of the Zoe concept.

First of all, X-Tomi got rid of the Zoe E-Sport concept’s rear door, front fender and side air intake design. Instead, the rendering artist uses its own take on the bumper along with the new checkered themed-LED lights to complete the new look.

X-Tomi obviously got some inspiration from the Clio RS especially for the LED lights and its new set of alloy wheels. Nevertheless, we think the Zoe RS as a whole is much better than the E-Sport concept that graced the Geneva Motor Show. Now if only Renault would have the RS badge on the Zoe. We’re seriously pining for this.

Read the entire article X-Tomi’s Renault Zoe RS rendering turns out more realistic than the E-Sport Concept

The 2017 Geneva Motor Show (or the Geneva International Motor Show) is definitely one of the most awaited major automotive shows in the planet.

It has been showcasing the best and the newest that the auto industry could offer –concept cars, production vehicles, tuned units, auto accessories and parts as well as services – since 1905.

Now, in its 87th edition, the 2017 Geneva Motor Show was already guaranteed to be a definite success when it formally opened its doors to the public on March 9, 2017.

Read the entire article Top 5 Most-liked Vehicles at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show

This electric hatch could give conventional hot hatches on the market a good run for their money. In fact, it could even be the quickest hot hatch if it reaches production. French carmaker Renault is introducing the new Renault Zoe e-sport Concept, a show car that has taken too much electric steroids.

Unveiled at the ongoing 2017 Geneva Motor Show, new Renault Zoe E-Sport Concept is meant to highlight the French carmaker’s continued commitment to development of electric vehicles. The matter is that Renault has compressed its three years of overwhelming success in the FIA Formula E Championship – considered as the peak of electric car racing – into its Zoe supermini. From its electric powertrain to its lightweight body, the new Renault Zoe e-sport concept indeed is a personification of the carmaker’s Formula E technology.

The electric powertrain of the current Renault Zoe ZE with the 41 kWh battery pack is able to develop 66 kW (89 hp) of max output and 220 Nm (162 lb.-ft.) of instant torque – good enough to allow this mini hatch to accelerate from zero to 100 km/h in 13.5 seconds.

Read the entire article Renault unveils 460-hp Zoe e-sport Concept at 2017 Geneva Motor Show
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