Better late than never. The Renault Trafic mid-sized van will get a much-needed automatic transmission in current-generation guise, the company has confirmed.
A firm timeline is not clear because it’s a bit of a moving feast internally, but Renault Australia light commercial line manager Lyndon Healey says the self-shifter has at least been green lit.
A time time frame of about 18 months from now has been mooted, however.
The automatic question has long been asked by Renault Australia, but given the company sells vastly more Trafics into manual-heavy markets such as France, it’s been a low R&D priority.
But with growing demand for autos in the big-volume UK market too, the decision has been made in Australia’s favour at last. The availability of an automatic is vital for Renault here to stop its market share stagnating.
It expects 50 per cent more direct Trafic sales, as well as greater retention of Master or Kangoo owners set on staying with a one-brand fleet once the auto comes on stream.
The automatic in question will be a reworked version of the dual-clutch semi-auto ‘box used in the Euro-market Talisman and Espace, and not a more conventional robotised manual as with the old model, and matched to the familiar 1.6-litre turbocharged diesel engines.
“We can say for certain we are getting an auto Trafic, but it’s hard to pin down an exact date,” Healey said, though confirming it’d be in the current car’s life cycle, which began in 2015 and will go well beyond 2020.
These comments prove the veracity of those given to us back in September 2015 by Renault’s global executive vice-president Jerome Stoll, who said: “Frankly I think we have to reconsider… the auto gearbox is becoming more and more a part of the life of everybody”.
The manual-only Trafic, alongside the Ford Transit, has been losing out to some rivals with automatics like the Toyota HiAce, Hyundai iLoad and Volkswagen Transporter. Autos are especially favoured by tradies in congested areas.
Not that Trafic sales are stalling — yet. It managed 1730 sales in 2016, giving it 8.6 per cent share. But an auto would, by the company’s projections, put it beyond the Transporter (1960 sales last year). The leaders are the HiAce (7478 in 20167) and iLoad (5467).
Renault is this week launching a six-seater Trafic crew van derivative. Expect a review on that car soon.
If the Renault Trafic has caught your attention - book a test drive at Group 1 Renault or view the Renault Trafic online for more specs and information.
Article source: http://frenchcarsfavourites.blogspot.co.za/2018/01/renault-trafic-automatic-confirmed-at-last.html
When Renault announced that a production version of its immensely funky 2014 Kwid concept was on the cards, the decision was no doubt met with nods of approval at the prospect of a city-bound, playful crossover hatch joining the ranks of a resurgent company. It made great sense: offer the lifestyle-oriented little car at a wallet-friendly price that its true target audience, younger, first-time buyers, could actually afford. All of this while undercutting rival offerings by a considerable margin and throwing in some appealing comfort and convenience features not found elsewhere at its price point.
In a market where crossovers are very much the in-thing, it all sounds too good to be true. But, while the Renault Kwid does cover the aesthetic, standard-specification and price bases, something has to give.
There’s a pleasing chunkiness to the Kwid’s styling that, along with a raised ride height and black-plastic wheelarch caps, goes some way to lending it the pseudo-SUV air that’s gained wide appeal of late. But, while the nose, with its snazzy honeycomb grille and neat headlamp arrays, looks fairly upmarket and substantial, the 13-inch wheels appear lost in their wells. And the first concrete sign of the Kwid’s budget roots is evident when you peer into the engine bay to be greeted by reams of hand-applied sealant untidily smeared along most of the sheetmetal seams.
The cabin, meanwhile, initially looks rather promising. It’s trimmed in hard plastics, but their quality and fit are of a good standard for this price point. The standout feature has to be that slick seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Bluetooth and sat-nav functionality. It’s included on the Dynamique and a feature that will prove a big drawcard for the youthful, tech-savvy audience at which the Kwid is aimed. It sits alongside other niceties such as electric front windows and an air-con system that is chillingly effective.
But they’re features that are applied to an interior that, in terms of its overall packaging, is rather poorly executed. Anyone of more than medium build will find the passenger compartment a rather pokey environment where scalps graze the headliner and occupants rub shoulders. Conversely, the boot is generous for its class, with 224 dm3 of luggage space expanding to 840 dm3 with the one-piece rear seatback folded. The driver-position ergonomics further frustrate; the seating position is perched, leading to most team members staring at the sun visor, and the fixed steering column either saw the wheel obscuring the instruments or contacting a left knee when the clutch was operated.
Having fired up the thrummy three-pot engine, it becomes clear that these issues are the opener to a driving experience that is unsettled at low-to-moderate speeds and somewhat disconcerting thereafter. Underpinned by the Renault-Nissan-developed CMF-A compact modular platform shared with the Datsun Redi-GO and stretching 2 422 mm from axle to axle, and possessed of the soft, long-travel MacPherson front, torsion-beam rear suspension setup designed for shattered roads, the Kwid’s ride is an odd mixture of choppy at times, occasionally decently damped at others.
Factor in an almost SUV-appropriate 180 mm ride height and a high centre of gravity, and this setup, although benign enough at low speeds, doesn’t take well to brisk directional changes and conspires with numb steering to create the sensation of the car not feeling entirely beneath you. Our tenure with the Kwid was also marked by the presence of the infamous Southeaster whipping across Cape Town. These conditions are challenging for most light cars, but with its combination of flat, high-sided bodywork and a featherlight (695 kg) kerb weight, the wind buffeting that unsettles most cars nearly saw the Kwid drifting out of its lane on several occasions.
Thankfully, that light weight also means that the 999 cm3 engine, with its modest 50 kW and 91 N.m outputs, isn’t overly taxed; thanks to close-set lower gears, it does feel sprightly in town traffic. It also makes the Kwid a frugal little runabout, with our fuel-route run returning just 5,4 L/100 km.
This unit’s maximum torque comes to the fore only above the 4 000 r/min mark, so it does occasionally struggle for overtaking momentum, but once it’s up to speed, the engine feels comfortable enough in maintaining momentum, if a little gruff.
We detected a hint of delay between accelerator input and power delivery that possibly points to throttle calibration which drops the engine’s revs a touch so as not to spin this light car’s tyres when shifting with more gusto than usual, something a couple of us managed to unintentionally do anyway.
But, while motive power was a mixed bag at best, it was the Kwid’s performance in our 10-stop 100-0 km/h emergency-braking test that really opened some eyes, especially those of the hapless tester. Despite a measured foot and some cadence braking, he managed an average stopping time of 3,95 seconds for a resounding “poor” rating. Given the younger, less-skilled drivers at which this car is aimed, we find it astonishing that ABS is neither standard, nor optional.
To review and test a Kwid yourself - test drive the Renault Kwid at a Group 1 Renault dealership near you. Group 1 Renault offers expert and honest advice on all their Renault models.
Article source: http://wheelwonderings.postach.io/post/road-test-renault-kwid-10-dynamique
Renault is launching an all-new Mégane at the Frankfurt auto show. The bulbous, slightly overwrought four-door hatchback will be powered by fuel-efficient diesel and gasoline engines; Europe is likely to be the model’s biggest market.
The next Mégane will be the nameplate’s fourth model generation; the first one, designed in-house under Patrick Le Quément, was launched in 1995 as the successor of the Renault 19, which had replaced the Renault 11 (a.k.a. Renault Encore) in 1988.
While the Mégane comes to market as a four-door hatchback, it will soon be joined by a station-wagon version, as well as a low-slung two-door coupe. The proportions of the new models benefit from a new chassis with a far wider track, and the car is lower than its predecessor.
In the teaser release, Renault is touting the sporty GT model, but there is no doubt that the brand will ultimately launch a higher-performance Renault Sport version that should produce around 300 horsepower.
In global markets, the new Mégane competes with vehicles like the Ford Focus, the Opel Astra, the Peugeot 308, and the Volkswagen Golf. Will it come to the U.S.? Highly unlikely. But a lot of Renault parts are shared with Nissan, and we expect to see more technological overlap down the road.
The Mégane is available from a Group 1 Renault dealership. Test drive the Renault Megane and see why it’s the car for you!
Article source: http://frenchcarsfavourites.blogspot.com/2017/11/new-megane-is-renaults-latest-attack-on-the-golf.html
Renault has finally added an automatic derivative to its Duster SUV range, which previously only had manual transmissions on offer. Take a look at specification and pricing for the Renault Duster EDC!
The Renault Duster is a popular compact SUV thanks to its better-than-expected offroad capability, spacious cabin and value-for-money. Since its launch in 2013, the Renault Duster has achieved over 12 500 sales locally, with the only major drawback being the lack of an automatic transmission, which has finally been rectified. The Renault Duster EDC goes on sale in the middle of August 2017.
Engine and features
The Renault Duster boasts a six-speed automatic gearbox with two clutches and its mated to the diesel power plant. For the record, it's the 1.5-litre turbodiesel engine which does duty in a number of both Renault and Nissan products. Power is rated at 80 kW, with torque coming in at a useful 240 Nm, however, in this automatic version, the torque figure now sits at 250 Nm. Renault South Africa is claiming a fuel consumption figure of just 4.8 L/100 km, with CO2 emissions rated at just 126g/km.
This new Renault Duster automatic is front-wheel drive and in Dynamique trim, offers comprehensive specification and safety features as standard. Notable mentions include the intuitive infotainment system with satellite navigation, cruise control and Bluetooth connectivity.
Renault Duster Automatic Price
The Renault Duster comes standard with a 5-year/150 000km mechanical warranty, a 3-year/45 000km service plan (with service intervals at 15 000km intervals) and a 6-year anti-corrosion warranty. The only two options available are metallic paint (R2 500) and leather seats (R10 000).
Here's the Renault Duster price positioning in relation to its manual-equipped siblings.
Duster 1.6 Expression 4x2 77 kW petrol - R239 900
Duster 1.6 Dynamique 4x2 77 kW petrol - R259 900
Duster 1.5 dCi Dynamique 4x2 80 kW diesel - R279 900
Duster 1.5 dCi Dynamique EDC 80 kW diesel - R299 900
Duster 1.5 dCi Dynamique 4x4 80 kW diesel - R304 900
To tes tdrive a Renault Duster visit a Group 1 Renault dealership today! See Renault’s range here.
Article source: https://plus.google.com/b/114869080955733974351/114869080955733974351/posts/5fk36aLunLK
The Renault Captur receives an aesthetic update that, while welcome, does little to keep it ahead of the pack.
Back in 2013, when Renault decided to dive headfirst into the booming small SUV market, we were rather taken by its handsome Captur. Based on the sharp-handling Clio hatchback, it quickly established itself as a credible rival to cars such as the innovative Nissan Juke and formidable Skoda Yeti. With a flexible interior, efficient engines and a range of customisable trims, it’s no surprise that it quickly earned the accolade of being Europe's best-selling 'crossover'.
And yet the small SUV market has moved on at a truly startling rate since the Captur arrived, with new models such as the Suzuki Vitara and the larger but similarly priced Skoda Karoq offering a more convincing blend of practicality and performance. Therefore, for 2017, Renault has treated its entry-level SUV to a comprehensive mid-life facelift, in the hope of keeping it competitive for the foreseeable future.
With a great deal of the Captur’s popularly attributable to its adventurous styling, it makes sense that most of the Captur's visual updates revolve around new personalisation options, rather than revised body panels. Up front, a new chrome strip on the grille, as well as new skid plates on the front and rear bumpers help bring the Captur’s styling closer to its bigger sister, the Kadjar, while LED daytime running lights round off its upmarket look.
Unsurprisingly, the 2017 Captur keeps the previous car's recognisable two-tone body colour option, but buyers now get another three colours to choose from, as well as a new roof colour. A fixed glass roof is also available, depending on the trim level you choose. Unfortunately, though, there are no mechanical changes.
What's the 2017 Renault Captur like to drive?
Dynamically, the Captur has never been the most engaging car in its class, and sadly, that hasn’t changed here. On fast and flowing roads, it's nimble enough through the corners, but a shortage of feedback from the steering and a surprising amount of body roll robs the driver of any real enjoyment.
Instead, it’s best to stroke the Captur along at a more relaxed pace. In fact, it’s at low speeds, in an urban environment where this small SUV feels most at home. Renault has made good use of the Captur's increased ride height with its longer suspension travel compared with the Clio its based on allowing for a comfortable ride over ruinous surfaces. Combined with a high-riding, sit-up-and-beg driving position, threading the Captur through tight city streets couldn’t be easier.
Engine options are carried over from the outgoing model, so there's a 0.9-litre petrol, 1.2-litre petrol or 1.5-litre diesel that produce between 89bhp and 118bhp. The latter has a pleasing amount of low down shove, and is a good option if you do lots of motorway miles thanks to its impressive frugality – the Captur pretty much matches the eco-focused diesel Vauxhall Crossland X Ecotech
Blueinjection, with an official combined fuel economy of 76.3mpg, versus the Vauxhall's 76.4. Just be aware that you pay a big premium for a diesel Captur over the reasonably-priced 0.9-litre petrol engine version in the first place.
Ultimately, for private buyers, the 0.9 is the best option. Not only do you benefit from a reasonable entry-level price, but the engine’s power delivery makes the Captur ideal for driving around town, feeling grunty at low revs and far more refined than any of the diesel units. The only downside is that you’re restricted to a manual gearbox, which could be frustrating if you find yourself commuting in heavy traffic.
What's the 2017 Renault Captur like inside?
At first glance, there doesn’t appear to be a huge difference inside, but look closer and you start to notice small yet significant changes. The interior benefits from higher-quality plastics throughout, the steering wheel and gearstick come trimmed with full-grain leather (in our range-topping Signature S Nav trim test car, at least) and the door panels have been reprofiled to give a sleeker appearance.
That said, there is only so much that can be done to lift what is essentially a redesigned Clio. Compared with the Karoq, there’s no doubt that the Captur is starting to show its age both in terms of materials and design. Even the once class-leading R-Link infotainment system - which now comes with Android Auto smartphone mirroring - lacks the responsiveness and clarity of the Volkswagen Group’s latest systems.
Where the Renault still impresses, however, is in its interior flexibility. A sliding rear bench comes as standard, and is particularly useful because it can be adjusted either by those sitting on it, via a lever underneath the seat, or by someone leaning in from the boot, via a lever that protrudes from the seatbacks.
The Captur’s load space is equally practical. There’s a variable-height boot floor on all models, which in its lowest position brings the floor flush with the rear seats when they're folded down - ideal for maximum storage. The boot opening is also of a practical square shape.
Renault Captur review verdict and specsThe Renault Captur receives an aesthetic update that, while welcome, does little to keep it ahead of the pack.
Should I buy one?
There is good reason for the Captur being Europe's best-selling small SUV. With a competitive starting price, an attractive aesthetic and a flexible interior, the Captur sticks to the formula well.
And yet this updated-for-2017 model doesn’t feel quite as accomplished as its newer, fresher rivals. The variety of engines on offer feels restrictive, interior quality isn’t quite up there with its best rivals' and the driving experience leaves us slightly cold. A practical, cheap to run small SUV, then, but one that's also a tad underwhelming.
Article source: https://www.whatcar.com/news/renault-captur-review-2017/
Renault's fast-selling budget offering, the Sandero, has been facelifted and the range rejigged to focus more on the popular Stepway derivative. We drive it.
In many ways the sales success of the Renault Sandero was predictable. Originally launched in 2009 and offering great value for money through its practical packaging, big-car features and good warranty, the first-generation (and locally built) Sandero sold briskly.
If anything, the second-generation car (imported from Romania), has been doing even better. Since its launch in 2014 more than 17 000 have been sold, with a significant percentage opting for the crossover-inspired Stepway derivative.
Now, Renault South Africa has introduced a mildly facelifted version, and also took the opportunity to rejig the model line-up to be more in tune with current trends. Consequently, the previous higher-specification Sandero (called the Dynamique) has been dropped in favour of an additional Stepway derivative in Expression trim.
Small, but stylish upgrades
For the launch drive, we were offered the popular flagship Stepway model (Dynamique), which is priced at R189 900 (correct at time of publishing). The pre-facelift car was hardly in need of aesthetic attention, being one of the better-looking budget offerings on the market, but the changes have certainly given the Renault a more upmarket look and feel, and also brings it into line with some of the newer models in the Renault arsenal. Tweaks to the grille, bumper and lights have been subtle, but very effective.
You’ll have to step inside to be able to differentiate the 2 Stepway derivatives. The Dynamique adds a smart leather-wrapped steering wheel, an armrest between the front seats and the neat 7-inch touch screen that we’ve already experienced in the Duster and Kwid, among others. These additions, along with subtle trim changes contribute to a cabin ambience that can hardly be described as “budget”.
Lots of features
As far as standard features go, the Renault Sandero continues to be a market leader with the French brand going for a full-house offering where the only optional (cost) extra is metallic paint (R2 500) and, on the flagship model at least, leather upholstery (R10 000).
In addition to the Sandero Expression’s front electric windows, remote central locking, remote audio controls, Bluetooth connectivity and music streaming, as well a comprehensive safety package (ABS + EBD, EBA, ESP, dual front airbags, Isofix, hill start assist), the Dynamique adds side airbags, cruise control, rear park assist, rear electric windows, electric mirrors, and the aforementioned touchscreen etc.
As opposed to the situation in the Duster, the touchscreen is conveniently positioned higher and is consequently easier to use. The controls for the front windows have also moved to the (more obvious) door panels. A comprehensive trip computer is included, too.
Comfortable on "real" roads
One of the main benefits of the turbocharged 0.9-litre engine under the bonnet is its combination of torque and efficiency. Compared with its naturally-aspirated rivals, the Sandero Stepway has excellent torque (135 Nm), with the maximum being available at 2 500 rpm. It is also very efficient, with a claimed consumption figure of only 5.4L/100 km (for Stepway models).
I still encountered some lag on my drive (in Gauteng), which coupled with a somewhat tricky clutch, did make for a couple of slow and “lurchy” getaways during the early phases of the drive, but one soon gets used to the delivery characteristics, and once in the meat of the power band, the Renault Sandero is not only powerful enough but also refined.
Besides its good looks, features, space and efficiency, one of the biggest attractions of the Stepway package remains its ride quality on roads of… shall we say… varying quality. The extra ground clearance, comfort-tuned suspension and plump tyres combine to make the Stepway feel very comfortable on roads where driving normal passenger cars would lead to gritted teeth.
With a strong warranty (5-years/150 000 km) and standard service plan to support what is, in many ways, a class-leading offering, the Sandero Stepway Dynamique is likely to continue to sell up a storm. If you’re in the market for a budget car, the inclusion of air-conditioning as standard on the Expression model (priced just below R160 000) makes it a very strong contender. And if you want some crossover style, then you now have two excellent Stepway offering to choose from, with your selection largely dictated by budget. Either way, you’ll be stepping into a very good vehicle. Test drive the Sandero and find out for yourself if a Sandero is the right car for you.
Article source: http://www.cars.co.za/motoring_news/renault-sandero-stepway-dynamique-2017-first-drive/43127/
It wasn’t the 0.9-litre turbocharged engine which attracted us to this particular Clio, nor its comprehensive specification. No, we chose this model at a recent Renault driving day because we liked the colour – French Blue.
There’s much more to the new Clio than its colour choices, but vivid yellows, luscious metallic reds, classy blacks and this particular shade of blue all seem to exude Renault’s confidence in its new car.
Even in more subdued hues, the Clio’s distinctive styling immediately puts it ahead of most others in the class for appeal – in the metal, the new Clio has real presence. That it does is hardly surprising – its styling is directly influenced by 2010′s DeZir sports concept car, one of the most striking vehicles to emerge from a French studio in decades.
Our Dynamique MediaNav-specification car rolls on a choice of 16-inch alloy wheels, while gloss black exterior trim and chrome strips differentiate it from lesser models.
Francophiles will love the colour-coded interior, with blue gloss inserts on the wheel, gear gaiter, door trims and air vent rings, while the touchscreen-touting centre console has a neat gloss black finish. Opt for Dynamique S trim, and the whole dashboard can be turned blue if you wish, though naturally, the colour depends on your exterior choices. It’s far more imaginative than previous Clios, and feels more expensive.
It drives well, too. Our car thrummed to the tune of Renault’s 0.9-litre, three-cylinder turbocharged TCe engine.
The TCe is quiet at startup, and out on the road the 90 PS unit is eager. Despite having only five gears it’s happy enough to settle down to a hum at a cruise, and there’s adequate overtaking poke when you need it. For those who need more, a 120 PS model will arrive in due course.
You’ll notice wind noise from the A-pillars at higher speeds, and those structural elements also cause fairly large blind spots – a little disappointing, but sadly not unusual for the class these days.
The Clio rides and handles well though. We’d even call it fun, with quick steering and plenty of grip, leading us to believe that Paris will soon be full of new Clios traveling at even greater speeds than their forebears.
The airy cabin proved comfortable too over our short drive. As one of the larger cars in the class there’s plenty of space front and rear and a decent-sized 300-litre boot, while the driver’s seat and wheel offer plenty of adjustment.
Combined MPG: 62.8
CO2: 104 g/km
Renault is hoping to regain a market it once had a large slice of, and subsequently lost with the tepid last generation Clio. For Renault’s sake, we hope it succeeds, and the bold new look alone should win many fans.
Those that venture deeper will find a real feelgood supermini and one which should prove inexpensive to run. All in all, there’s very little to dislike about the new Renault Clio.
For more information on the Renault Clio visit a dealer website, such as Group 1 Renault’s for more.
Article source: https://www.carwow.co.uk/blog/renault-clio-tce-review-417
Renault’s revival continues with a new generation Megane which could reboot the brand's fleet penetration.
The arrival in showrooms of the fourth-generation Renault Megane is one of the brand’s most significant launches following its product and dealer cull back in 2012.
After that low point Renault dealers are enjoying strong sales on the back of the latest Clio and all-new Captur and Kadjar crossovers. However, success in the C-segment is crucial to Renault’s continuing
The new Megane is built on the Renault-Nissan Alliance CLF platform, which also underpins the brand’s other two C-segment contenders: the Kadjar and forthcoming Scenic MPV. Visually the Megane continues the design language of Renault’s most recent launches, in profile being both longer and lower than the outgoing third-generation car, with wider tracks and distinctive edge lighting signatures both front and rear.
Inside, the recipe was, to create a cockpit-like feel, with all controls arranged around the driver, while the most notable element is the 8.7 inch portrait style touchscreen. This is offered as standard from the Dynamic S trim level and allows the easy selection of satellite navigation, audio or car settings without resorting to numerous sub menus.
The Megane also features new technology elements plus the quality finish, cascaded down from Renault’s larger models such as the D-segment Talisman.
This includes the availability of Multi-Sense, which allows owners to personalise a range of elements in the car from the driving modes to the engine sound, interior lighting and even the speed of the climate control fan.
“We will promote the Megane mostly on the technology available across the range,” said Megane product manager Yann Le Graet.
Indeed, the advanced technology played a crucial part in Renault’s pre-launch dealer training.
“A highlight of the training was four-control; our rear-wheel-steer system (available on GT models). Dealers were able to experience what it does while they also spent a huge chunk of time learning about the various driver aids. You don’t have to sell such technology because the customer will already know about it, but it is important the dealer knows what it does.”
This technology and the availability of the best-selling dCi 110 diesel amongst the initial four-strong engine line-up are also regarded as crucial to rebuilding Renault’s fleet presence, effectively abandoned in the 2012 restructure. Mike Dickens, appointed head of fleet in 2014, has been rolling out a new fleet strategy to the dealer network in readiness for the brand’s new C-segment models.
“Dealers with the opportunity to sell more than 150 local fleet units a year must now have a dedicated salesperson fully in tune with all fleet requirements such as selling business finance, and fully knowledgeable of the product,” he said.
“Those selling up to 150 units must have a nominated person, who may be a retail salesperson but will receive the same training.
“We are giving the whole network the professionalism to sell the products and effectively doubling our fleet network. We’d taken our foot off the gas in this area in the past because we didn’t have the products coming through.”
Renault expects the new Megane will return a 60/40 fleet/retail sales split despite the previous model never making a significant impact in the company car sector.
The brand, however, is less willing to predict future overall volumes for the Megane, arguing that it is difficult to compare likely sales to the launch years of the previous version as the segment has changed so much since.
“It’s a far better car than the Megane 3, a better package that will appeal to a wider audience, and especially the fleet sector – it has improved our credibility,” said Le Graet.
Behind the wheel
At first glance the new Megane is far more striking visually than its predecessor, with a low, purposeful stance and bold front-end design emphasised by the edgy signature of the LED lights.
Inside there has certainly been a step up in fit and finish. The seats are comfortable, the controls well-placed. The highlight, however, is the Volvo XC90-style portrait-oriented centre console touch screen, standard on Dynamique S Nav models, an option on lower trims. It’s easy to use and even easier to read.
We drove the dCi110 model expected to both be the range best seller and revive the brand’s fleet presence. It’s a familiar engine, already in the Kadjar, and does not disappoint in this environment, offering excellent levels of refinement whether on urban roads or at speed on motorways.
The steering is light and easy in use, though with not quite enough feel to be as fun to drive as class leaders such as the Ford Focus. But once one includes an impressive standard equipment list, the Megane will certainly find its way onto consideration lists both retail and fleet. Find out more about the Renault Megane in South Africa from a Renault dealership near you.
Article source: http://wheelwonderings.postach.io/post/renault-megane-review
Renault South Africa (SA) has launched a new method for consumers to explore the French manufacturer’s vehicle range. Operating between 09h00 and 17h00, Monday to Friday, customers can connect to Live Showroom, which offers an online, real-time, no-pressure, virtual dealership experience that enables potential buyers, from the comfort of their chairs, access to the A to Z of each Renault model.
“A growing trend amongst South Africans is to research products online prior to going in-store,” says Renault SA digital manager Yosheen Govender. “I believe that we have been successful in creating a virtual experience that is second to none within the automotive industry in South Africa.
“Virtual experiences are the future of advertising and marketing and the rationale behind the creation of Live Showroom is to ensure that individuals logging in to our site will enjoy a real-time experience with none of the pressures attached to an actual visit to a dealership.” Renault SA marketing and communications VP Brian Smith says US research shows that car buyers spend an average of 13 hours researching a vehicle online before they buy a new car.
“The video content related to car shopping has doubled from 2014 to 2015, with 69% of users saying that they are influenced by what they see.
“Our data shows that average [physical] dealer visits have dropped from 1.8 dealers to 1.1 dealers prior to the purchasing decision. This means most people visit one dealer before they buy a car.” Smith says dealerships remain key, however, as consumers will do their research online, but still prefer to buy the vehicle at the dealership.
How it Works
Access to the website is via http://liveshowroom.renault.co.za. Navigate to the Follow A Call link.
A new call is broadcast every 20 minutes and once the user has selected Follow A Call, he or she selects the live call and enters their name to gain access to the live video stream. Customers can join an existing live call at any time, experiencing the interactive vehicle demonstration in real time. Models are rotated on every call. While viewing the online vehicle demonstration, the user is able to type in questions to the promoter, who will then address these on completion of the demonstration. Once the call has terminated, at the click of a button, the user can opt to Book A Test Drive, or click on Find a Dealer or download a brochure. “Since going live at the end of November, Renault’s Live Showroom has yielded positive results,” says Govender. Around 11 000 people have visited the website, with an average of 24 live video broadcasts a day. Calls have lasted an average of five minutes.
With all that can be said for online shopping and the convenience, some people still feel more comfortable walking into a Renault dealership, Johannesburg dealer principal, George Stegmann, commented.
The latest Renault Clio is not to be trifled with. The Fourth generation Renault Clio has been revamped with new engines, some design changes and a wide range of new creature comforts. Other hatchback manufacturers should be cautious as this car might just take South Africa’s favourite hatchback title in 2016. There is also a new Renault Clio GT line that has been introduced this year. This model aims to make a sporty Clio that won’t cost you as much as the RenaultSport but it will give you a better driving experience.
The inside is seductively French
Inside the Clio is a much improved cabin that oozes French flair. You are met with black gloss upholstery and soft finishes. An aeroplane wing design has been used for the dashboard which has very accessible panels, a new digital speedometer and adjustable steering columns and head rests.
You will get a host of convenience like cup holders and door storage panels. There’s a 1/3-2/3 splitfold bench in every Clio and a category leading boot capacity of 300dm³.
There are three normal trim levels which have been named Authentique, Expression and Dynamique. Renault Clio has also introduced a new Renault Clio GT line which we will discuss later in the article.
The standard trim level is the Authentique trim. All classes have what this trim level has which include electronic stability control (ESC), anti-lock brakes, hill-start assistance, cruise control, AUX ports with Bluetooth and USB ports too.
The Expression has a Clio 18cm Touch screen with a special multimedia system that makes use of satellite navigation, USB, Bluetooth and allows for audio streaming. The Expression comes with fog lights, sixteen inch alloy wheels, leather on the interior gear shift and gear lever.
The top end Clio model, the Dynamique, comes with a wide range of handy features like a hands free keycard, power windows, light sensors and auto rain sensors. There are seventeen inch alloys with black/chrome interior and exterior styling. As optional extras, you can get auto climate control, rear parking sensors and a fixed sunroof.
The outside is dripping with flair
The Renault Clio is only available in a five door configuration. The gorgeous body is wider, longer and has a much longer wheel base than the Clio predecessors. The handles on the doors are integrated into the panels themselves and the very small rear quarter windows melt seamlessly into the sleek look of the new Renault Clio. The car has a very shapely profile with chrome trim on the grille and stylish front and rear bumpers.
The purr of the new Renault Clio
Renault has started downsizing its engine line up. The Renault Clio has a 55kW, 1.2, sixteen valve, turbo engine under its hood. This might now sound like a lot of power but if you look into the technology that has been used here, you won’t be lacking any acceleration.
When you actually drive the car, you won’t feel like you are driving a 1.2 engine. In fact the new Clio feels more powerful than the old one, even though the engine is smaller. 55kW of power will produce 107 Nm of torque with a very impressive fuel consumption of just 5.5 litre per 100 kilometres and a 0 to 100 kilometre per hour in just 15.4 seconds. Your top speed is a healthy 167 kilometre per hour.
Then you also have a choice of two other engine variants, the 66kW Turbo and the 88kW Turbo EDC. The 66kW Turbo has a top speed of 182 Km per hour and a 0-100 km/h time of 12.2 seconds. The 88kW Turbo EDC has a top speed of 199 kilometres per hour and this engine variant will get you from standing still to 100 kilometres per hour in just 9.4 seconds.
Safety in the Renault Clio for sale
The Clio has a five star rating and a Euro Ncap best-in-class status. All Clio’s have ESP, ASR traction control, ABS, EBD and EBA. The steering wheel is electronically varied and there is a speed limited cruise control function.
The Clio has two airbags in the front and two in the back with pre-tensioned seatbelts and load limiters.
Renault Clio Blaze Limited Edition
The Blaze is a limited edition form of the new Renault Clio. The Blaze features colour coded mirrors with LED driving lights and fancy Blaze badges on the vehicle. The engine is the same 66kW Turbo Petrol Engine and the interior gets the same colour coded treatment as the outside of the car. The steering wheel, air vents, door panels and gear gaiter are all colour coded.
In terms of technology, the Blaze comes with new Renault Bass Reflex® sound system which has acoustic nozzles and indoor integrated speakers and a massive 30 litre sub-woofer. You will also get the MediaNav® Just Touch system which is Renault’s onboard touch screen tablet that operates as navigation, radio, Bluetooth integration and a telephone.
Renault Clio GT line
As we mentioned before, the Clio GT is for those who want more from their Clio but aren’t willing to fork out the cash for a RenaultSport.
So what’s the difference between the GT and the regular Clio? Let’s start with the dazzling GT blur paint that comes with the Clio GT and the stunning seventeen inch rims with a much more aggressive looking front end bumper. The GT has its LED lights closer to the bottom edge of the car, the GT gets a rear diffuser and there is a shiny chrome tip on the exhausts. Lastly, you will find scuff plates and the body kit from the RenaultSport. This particular Turbo Petrol Engine claims to be the best compromise between driving enjoyment and fuel economy on the market.
In terms of more performance, the engine has been tweaked a bit. There isn’t much of a speed change but the economy tweaks are very evident. The engine has been given an over boost function which increases the performance in the 2nd and third gears but 4 extra kW and 15Nm of extra torque. This results in a 40 second drop in 0 to 100 kilometres per hour from the standard Renault Clio.
Feature wise the Renault Clio GT line is jam packed. Very few cars in the same class as the GT can even come close to the price you pay for the features you get. The GT has all of the things you would expect from a top end sports car; there’s a speed limiter, cruise control, satellite navigation. Auto wipers that have rain sensors, an infotainment system with touchscreen functionality, and head lights that also have sensors to detect if its dark or not, hands free car access and starter. Then you get all the same safety features that the regular Clio has like EBD, ASC, ABS and airbags.
Feel true French flair in a new Renault Clio and make a bold impression wherever you go. Experience the wide range of features that have been loaded into the Renault Clio. If the Clio isn’t enough for you then have a look at a Renault Clio Blaze or the Renault Clio GT line. Browse through Group 1 Renault Dealership Johannesburg’s extensive collection of online vehicles and find a Renault Clio today.
Cars.co.za’s Consumer Awards is among the most credible and significant awards programmes in the South African motor industry.
Esteemed judges allocate scores, in each category, based on back-to-back comparisons of finalist vehicles, comprehensive feedback from an Owner Satisfaction Survey, and statistics supplied by leading automotive industry data specialists – Lightstone Auto.
Efficient, Economical and Awesome
In order to be eligible for Budget Car of the Year, contender vehicles had to cost R150000 or less, and include the following features: ABS, dual front airbags, and a service plan. The most important judging factors were: fuel economy, value for money, practicality and brand strength.
Ashley Oldfield claims that “The Renault Sandero is modern and solid offering. Despite its keen price, it still manages to maintain excellent levels of standard safety equipment and in-car entertainment.”
The Cars.co.za Owner Satisfaction Survey incorporated feedback from South African vehicle owners who rated their vehicles for reliability, after-sales service, cost of ownership and general satisfaction. Judges’ final scores reflected the consumer experience, as well as each brand’s market performance.
“There are many awards programmes out there that claim public participation, but what we mean when we talk of consumer input, is not a popular voting mechanism,” said Cars.co.za Consumer Experience Manager Hannes Oosthuizen. “We didn’t want a ‘beauty pageant’… we wanted real, credible input, and the only way to do that is for the public to give us their views on the cars they know best — the ones they own”.
The results of the Cars.co.za Consumer Awards were verified by respected auditing firm KPMG, and reflect the true experiences of South African vehicle owners.
For more information on the Renault Sandero and the Renault Sandero price, visit a reputable dealer such as Group 1 Renault in Stellenbosch.
One of the best (and most distinctive) SUVs for the price.
This is the average score given by leading car publications from 10 reviews.
The Renault Captur is a small SUV that competes with the Ford EcoSport, Vauxhall Mokka and Nissan Juke.
Although it’s very similar to the Renault Clio under the skin, the Captur’s tall body means it has a lot more space. There’s plenty of room up front for adults and the rear seats can slide backwards to give rear passengers more legroom. The Captur’s 450-litre boot is also significantly bigger than the Clio’s. Plastic quality isn’t great, but reflects the Captur’s relatively cheap price.
Aside from its raised driving position, which gives the driver an excellent view of the road ahead, the Captur feels much like the Clio to drive. Its light steering means it is easy to manoeuvre at low speeds, but makes it feel a little nervous in corners – it leans more than the Clio when cornering too.
Petrol engines come in 0.9 and 1.2-litre forms, but the latter’s fitted as standard with an automatic gearbox, which restricts performance and lowers fuel economy. Instead go for the 1.5-litre diesel that can return more than 75mpg and is free to tax.
Kit includes air conditioning, cruise control and a Bluetooth phone connection. Keyless entry is also standard – rare for a car in this price bracket.
Cheapest to buy: 0.9-litre 90 Expression Plus petrol
Cheapest to run: 1.5-litre 90 Dynamique S diesel
Fastest model: 1.2-litre 120 Dynamique S petrol
Most popular: 1.5-litre 110 Dynamique MediaNav
Roomy and contemporary, but a few last-decade plastics.
Reviewers say the interior is fresh-looking, modern and neat, marred a little by some harder plastics that testers do suggest should be easy to keep clean. Higher-spec models get useful zip-off seat covers (making it ideal if you work outdoors) and generally snazzier cabins. It’s comfortable though, and has a good driving position.
Renault Captur passenger space
A priority for cars like the Captur is space and it does fairly well here. It’s 60mm longer than the Renault Clio that it is based upon so there is space for adults in the back as well as in the front, and rear-seat passenger space can be increased by sliding the seats back on their runners.
Renault Captur boot Space
Those sliding rear seats mean boot space can be increased from 377 to 455 litres as long as you don’t mind sacrificing some legroom. Total boot capacity, with the back seats folded down, peaks at 1,235 litres – 89 litres more than you get in the Clio.
Like Renaults of old, the Captur is more comfort oriented than it is sporty, but the supermini underpinnings make it an easy car to drive. Light and quick steering makes the Captur feel at home in town, as does its raised ride height that gives the driver a better view of the road ahead.
Out of town the steering’s too light, though, so the Captur seems a little nervous in corners and there’s precious little feel to tell you when it is losing grip. Its soft suspension and tall body sees to it that there’s also quite a lot of body lean, which makes the car feel like it could tip over, although the stability control system will stop this from ever happening.
The Captur usually rides well and feels secure enough on the road, but can be easily unsettled by big bumps and its tyres transmit a lot of noise into the cabin. Trim levels with larger wheels can make the car decidedly jiggly on bumpy roads.
There are four engine options in the 2016 Renault Captur. Two are dinky petrol units – a three-cylinder 0.9-litre TCe and a 1.2-litre four-cylinder TCe – while the third is the 89hp 1.5-litre dCi turbodiesel that you’ll find in just about any of Renault and Nissan’s smaller offerings. From mid-2015 the Captur was available with a 110hp version of the 1.5-litre diesel too.
Renault Captur diesel engines
Of these, the diesels are best-suited to carting people and stuff around, with a good chunk of low-down torque, a slick gearbox and enough smoothness at cruising speeds. It can get a little noisy though, making the more refined petrols a better choice for a quieter life.
Renault Captur petrol engines
Unfortunately the 118hp 1.2 TCe engine, is combined with a dim-witted dual-clutch auto box that isn’t quite as quick as the best units. It’ll reach 0-62mph in 10.5 seconds though and fuel economy is decent, at 52.3 mpg.
The 89hp 0.9 TCe doesn’t really offer anything to compete with either of the other engines, not matching the diesel’s in-gear performance or 76mpg fuel economy. It’s a lovely little engine, but perhaps not best suited to cars bigger than the Clio.
An easy five stars, with all the expected gear.
There are six airbags, stability control, hill hold control and emergency brake assist as standard, with three Isofix mountings and anti-whiplash headrests thrown in too. That lot helped the Captur secure a five-star safety rating when it was crash tested by Euro NCAP, although rivals tested after 2013 (when the Renault was evaluated) have been exposed to even tougher testing.
Renault Captur motability
Because of its raised suspension the Renault Captur is easier to get in and out of than a normal car – you don’t have to lower yourself into the driver’s seat and you simply slide off when getting out. The driver’s door is also large and opens wide to give excellent access.
Value for money
Cheap to buy, cheap to run and a good warranty too
Air-con, cruise control and hill-start assist are standard on all Capturs, but Renault’s four-year servicing, warranty and roadside cover package is better than some others offer. It suggests Renault is more confident about its reliability these days, too.
As well as the main trim lines – Expression, Dynamique etc. – Renault also offers a series of American-themed styling packages which lend the Captur much of its character. Called Arizona, Manhattan, Miami and New York, they offer different combinations of exterior colour and gloss and interior features. Your best bet is to raid the Renault website to see which styles you prefer! To help you choose the right shade for your new Captur we have prepared a guide that examines each colour in detail.
The Captur is a talented crossover that’s worthy of its impressive sales figures. It’s a little more carefree and spacious than the Juke or 2008, and cheaper than rivals like the Skoda Yeti, Vauxhall Mokka or MINI Countryman. Slightly bumpy ride aside it drives reasonably too and it’s one of the more stylish options in the class.
Throw in economical engines and a dash of extra practicality compared to the Clio and it comes recommended.
In South Africa and wanting to know the specs and price of the Renault Captur?. Visit Group 1 Renault Western Cape branch or website at http://www.group1renault.co.za/
Article source: https://www.carwow.co.uk/Renault/Captur
Image source: https://photos-2.carwow.co.uk/models/1600x800/CHR1536.jpg
Author: David Motton
I've been wondering what the Renault Kadjar does that the Nissan Qashqai doesn't. The two cars are mechanically very similar, so why would you choose one over the other?
Colleagues who have driven the two cars back to back report that the Qashqai is sharper to drive and a touch more refined. However, from my recollection of the Nissan, there's really not that much in it from the driver's seat.
The Kadjar does have one definite advantage over the Qashqai: more generous luggage space. The Renault is 7cm or so longer than the Nissan, largely thanks to a longer rear overhang.
Instead of the 430-litre capacity of the Qashqai's boot, the Kadjar has 472 litres with the rear seats upright. That's enough extra space to make a noticeable difference.
Folding the rear seats down is a quick and easy job, with levers either side of the tailgate, which increases the capacity to 1478 litres.
There are some neat touches, too. There's a false floor, with extra space underneath - handy for stashing some engine oil out of the way, for example. The floor is in two parts, and can be taken out and slid back in place vertically to act as a divider - clever thinking that helps make the most of the space.
Renault Kadjar dCi 110 Signature Nav
P11D price £24,140
Forecast/actual cost per mile 48.9p/50.5p
Our average consumption 54.8mpg
Official combined consumption 72.4mpg
Article source: http://www.businesscar.co.uk/tests/long-term-test/renault-kadjar/our-fleet-test-drive-renault-kadjar-4th-report
"The highly versatile Renault Sandero Stepway. Just as comfortable in the city and in nature!
If you are a Renault fan, you will love the Renault Duster. A stunningly designed SUV, the Renault Duster is not only a great family car, but also a very capable off-road vehicle.
Fun and versatile, the Duster SUV features perceptively designed technology, a stunning range of accessories to meet your needs, and four different equipment packages that will take your Duster to the next level.
Technology in the Duster SUVThe Renault SUV boasts some cool technologies. The 1.5 dCi Dynamique 4×4 features a 4WD control system. The image of addictiveness, this system has three modes you can choose from:
The Duster was invented with the European market in mind, but it's played a crucial role in developing markets like Russia, India or Brazil. The Clio-based crossover is probably the most popular and profitable car Renault has got, so it's not surprising updates are frequent.
Renault Brazil has just revealed its 2016 Duster model, which appears to have a new set of cosmetic touches. From the front, we notice a new silver bumper insert at the bottom, a different grille to the 2014 Duster facelift and tinted headlights with LED accents.
At the back, the 2016 Duster has similar changes, so we quickly move our attention to the interior. There, the door panels are said to have been revised with much better materials. The instrument cluster has new lighting, and the Media NAV Evolution brings upscale touches by integrating GPS navigation and real-time traffic information for major Brazilian cities.
The 2016 updates were brought about as an answer to the launch of the Honda HR-V and Jeep Renegade in Brazil. Renault engineers have worked with both engines available on the Duster to increase power output slightly while reducing fuel consumption.
The base unit is a 115 hp 1.6-liter petrol available only with a 5-speed manual on the Dynamique and Expression trim levels. Renault follows this up with a 2-liter 16-valve unit which is mated to either a 6-speed manual or an optional 4-speed automatic. The unit delivers 148 hp and 18.1 kilogram-force meter (177.5 Nm) of torque on ethanol, or 142 hp and 17.1 kgfm (168 Nm) on gasoline.
Editor's note: our sources within the French automaker say a new Duster will come out by 2017 and will be visibly larger, but the Brazilians will keep this one for the foreseeable future.
New international models always take some time to reach other countries, so if you are looking for a 2016 Renault Duster in South Africa, contact a reputable dealer, such as Group 1 Renault.
As you know, we love cars, and more specifically French cars and if they are favourite cars of the French people, all the better. We share a piece out of this delightful Photo Report on Cars of the South of France, by Matt Gasnier.
Citroen 2CV and Renault Captur in Cannes, France.
Today I can share with you a Photo Report on the car landscape of the South of France, covering the French Riviera from Cannes to Monaco via Nice but also the hinterland with towns such as Grasse, Gourdon, Cipières, Gréolières, Coursegoules, Escragnolles and Mons. For those of you readers familiar with the area, these names will evoke sounds of cicadas and scents of lavender. For those of you who aren’t, welcome, and this is part of the reason why I’m publishing this Photo Report! I had the privilege to return to this area often over the past few years, and one of the most striking elements as soon as you leave the Riviera and reach the hinterlands is the outstanding performance of low-cost brand Dacia. This year, as it has been the case for many years now, Dacia is extremely well represented in the area as you will see in the photos.
Renault Clio in Coursegoules, France.
But first things first and to the biggest difference in the car landscape in 2015 compared to 2014: the very high frequency of Renault Captur. The blockbuster crossover from Renault has managed to snap the French #2 spot away from the Peugeot 208 a couple of times already, and observing the car landscape in the South of France it makes total sense. An account of cars zooming past on the highway between Cannes, Nice and Monaco gives the following figures for the current Top 5 best-sellers nationally in France (note some models such as the Renault Mégane appeared more often so this is not an actual ranking):
Frequency of Top 5 best-sellers Cannes-Nice:
Model Total Launch Months Adjusted
Renault Clio IV 91 Sep-12 36 253
Renault Captur 51 Mar-13 30 170
Peugeot 208 62 Mar-12 42 148
Peugeot 308 II 31 Aug-13 25 124
Peugeot 2008 13 May-13 28 46
The total number of cars surveyed was 248 belonging to the Top 5 best-sellers (5.000 cars total) over a period of one month in August 2015. The adjusted frequency is calculated based on the launch date by dividing the gross total of cars by the number of months since launch x 100. At this little game the Renault Captur overtakes the Peugeot 208 to rank 2nd overall, a reflection of my observations here. A couple of explanations: the Captur is particularly popular with private buyers in the region, but also short-term rental companies, as evidenced by cars in circulation here but registered in the 01 and 60 departments which are located at the opposite end of the country but offer more advantageous taxation.
Notice also the particularly low score of the Peugeot 2008, obliterated by the Captur in the South of France, traditionally a Renault-buying region more so than Peugeot, as evidenced by the numerous older Renaults spotted in the hinterlands such as the Renault 4 and 19 pictured below. Other rental successes include the Hyundai i20 – very frequent but 100% rental – the newly launched Renault Kadjar and Espace and the Fiat 500X. Particularly successful with private buyers are the Dacia Duster and, interestingly, Opel Mokka.
Renault Kadjar in Gourdon, France.
An element I hadn’t noticed in my previous visits is the high prevalence of one tonne-pickups, a category otherwise doing rather poorly in the French sales charts. I spotted more than a few Nissan Navara, Mitsubishi L200 and Toyota Hilux of various generations. An observation that has to be linked to the potential success in these regions of…
Which one of these French favourites would you prefer driving?
Orginally posted on: https://thepetrolheads.github.io/2016/02/04/2016-02-04-excerpt-from-a-photo-report-the-cars-of-the-south-of-france.html