2017 – RENAULT ZOE

The new version of the Renault ZOE has just been presented at the Paris Motor Show and promises a revolution for electric lovers. Its most important new quality is undoubtedly the installation of the new ZE 40 41 kWh battery capacity that allows it to reach the 400 km range of zero emissions according to the European approval cycle NEDC, which means twice the mileage to go with each recharge compared to the first version. Now all versions of ZOE, except the basic line that will follow with the standard 22 kWh battery, will use the new 41 kWh battery that announces a 400-km electric range (NEDC). According to Renault, under normal conditions the small electric runs 300 km for real use with a single charge. The brand also reminds that with 30 minutes of a conventional recharge can be covered about 80 km additional, in addition to also have the quick charge function Quick Charge. All this to break with that anxiety of not having sufficient electrical autonomy and to be without load in the most inopportune moment.

This change takes place without changing the design of the ZOE. The new battery, developed in collaboration with LG Chem, increases its capacity by almost double, 41 kWh of the new one compared to the 22 kWh of the standard. However, this is not achieved by installing a larger number of modules, but with an improvement in the chemistry of the battery cells, which causes the increase in its energy density, hence its storage capacity and autonomy. This means that the new lithium-ion battery has the same size as the previous one, so it was not necessary to modify the structure of the vehicle to increase its autonomy, although its weight has been increased moderately. A new air circulation system keeps the ZOE battery at a moderate temperature. Renault adds new applications to the ZOE so that the driving experience and freedom of movement are more flexible:

  • The ZE Trip serves to locate public recharge points. This can be done from the steering wheel and from the R-Link navigation system. From the map you can find all nearby points, their availability and compatibility with ZOE. You can start a navigation route to the chosen recharging point and prepare the route in advance to go through recharging points during the trip.
  • The ZE Pass is a payment system integrated in the vehicle to be able to recharge at any accessible and compatible point, regardless of the terminal operator. This application is already available in Germany and will gradually reach other European countries.
  • The R-Link navigation system will be able to receive itineraries from our smartphone before entering the car for the next system update, as well as allowing remote vehicle recharging management from the mobile / tablet application.

What’s new in the ZOE line

The new ZOE is now available with two new body shades: Intense Red and Gray Titanium. The ZEN version comes with a new interior featuring a chrome frame on the R-Link console and the graycolor for the gear lever and the speakers. On the other hand, the INTENS finish receives folding exterior mirrors, 16-inch aluminum wheels in two shades, as well as the new black color in some parts of the interior, and the possibility of equipping a blue interior pack. Finally comes the special Edition ‘Edition One’, which is distinguished by its exclusive finish consisting of premium leather upholstery, heated front seats and toyota tundra car covers for outside protection, a high-performance audio system signed by Bose and the unique tone of body Gray Yttrium. The new Renault ZOE is now available for sale. The first units equipped with the new battery ZE 40 will begin to be delivered later this ye

2016 – RENAULT CLIO 25 YEARS

With 13 million cars marketed over four generations, the Renault Clio is a superlative car: the best-selling French vehicle of all time in the world, first to win twice the coveted European Car of the Year, the best selling car in France in 18 of the last 25 years, leader of its segment in Europe in 2014 and 2015 (among total passenger cars and light commercial vehicles). Since its inception, the Clio has affirmed itself as a small car that ‘has everything from a big one’. In Greek mythology, Clio is a muse, whose etymology – Klei? – means ‘who has glory, fame or reputation’: an auspicious name for the Clio, whose notoriety and success have been affirmed since the first generation of the vehicle.

Car of the year since its launch in 1990

Clio already carries a rich heritage as successor to the Renault 5, one of the biggest successes of the auto industry in its time. But it has no mission to be just a direct descendant of the Renault 5. Therefore, the Clio was officially presented as ‘a small car with features, designed and produced according to the same requirements as the big’. When comparing the Renault 5 with Clio, one perceives an assumed sophistication, to win a larger clientele, who wishes to benefit from attributes and equipment previously exclusive to vehicles of the superior category, but maintaining a compact format (3 , 70 m for Clio 1). Some customers even require high-end segment attributes and equipment. That’s why, in 1991, Renault launched the Clio Baccara, a sophisticated version, equipped with gray leather seats, gear lever knob and other walnut knot details, leather-trimmed door panels and chrome controls. Since 1998, the Clio Initiale replaces the Baccara version and maintains Clio’s top-of-the-line offering, generation after generation. The change from the Renault 5 to the Clio also marks another evolution: since then, the models are no longer designated by numbers, but by proper names, in order to facilitate the memorization of the names and assign greater human warmth to them. Since its release, the Clio has been awarded the 1991 European Car of the Year title. According to the jury’s words, ‘the new compact car has a surprising style, good level of quality, generous space and a profusion of equipment never seen in such a model’.

Devices superior to the upper segment

The first generation already offered ABS, air conditioning, electronic automatic transmission, anti-intrusion alarm, power steering, or electric mirrors with defroster. With this level of equipment, the Clio revolutionizes the segment of urban compact in Europe and positions itself as a car with features capable of rivaling the stars of the category. In 1998, the second generation was launched, with an additional 7 cm and 16-valve engines. It also puts safety within everyone’s reach, equipping the full range with ABS and airbags, including side airbags. The third-generation Clio hit the European market in 2005, while Clio 2 maintained its commercial career under the name of Clio Campus. Bigger (3.99m) and more comfortable, the Clio 3 is decidedly over-equipped. In addition to the hands-free starter, GPS or even the speed limiter, it also offers the best level of active and passive safety with up to 8 airbags. No wonder he was the first of its kind to get the 5 stars in the EuroNCAP tests. And he was also the first Clio to offer a turkey version.

All these qualities are rewarded again for the title of Car of the Year in Europe, won in 2006. It was an unusual event: in the 43-year history of the Prize, it is the first time that the same vehicle wins the reward twice. Launched in 2012, Clio’s 4th generation revives the flame and demonstrates its ability to seduce, all with a new soul. Directly inspired by the DeZir concept car, the Clio 4 is the first vehicle to adopt the new visual identity of the range. Displaying a body in red fire color and a new front, the Clio 4 arose to seduce and to ascend passions. It maintains the same requirement in terms of equipment, especially with R-LINK, the connected and integrated tablet, or a bass reflector sound system that appears at world premiere.

Celebrity on TV …

From the beginning, the Clio advertising saga accompanies its commercial success and marks an era. In 1992, with the end of the Cold War, a commercial takes us to the Kremlin, where it appears the favorite of the Russian president Leonid Komarov driving a Clio with the slogan “All this luxury for everybody? That is a communist paradise! If you can have a Clio, why have a big car? ” And the Clio goes from the Kremlin to the Middle East. An emir announces to his son that he will receive an immense inheritance, but asks him to renounce his Clio. Faced with the heir’s resistance, the emir triggers the response: “It is not expensive enough, my son.” In the UK, with the saga titled ‘Nicole &Papai’, Nicole becomes the second most remembered person in the country, ahead of John Major, then Prime Minister. And in the second advertising campaign, the expression ‘VaVaVoom’ used in the TV commercial ended up coming to the Oxford dictionary!

… and sports icon

If it has everything from a big commercial star, the Clio also has everything from a great sports model. A quarter of a century ago, new sports versions are often launched, seen both on the streets and in competitions, allowing Renault to appreciate its ongoing commitment to sports motoring. In 1998, a power monster is presented as a ‘show car’ at the Paris Motor Show. This is the Clio V6, which ended up being produced in limited series, to satisfy the interest aroused in the public. Equipped with a 3.0-liter 6-cylinder engine in the rear center position, the Clio initially ships 230 hp under the hood. In 2003, it starts to be powered by a fantastic 255 hp engine, which takes the car from 0 to 100 km / h in 5.8 seconds. With a progressive increase in the number of horses per liter of displacement, the new generations of the Clio are always accompanied by a sports version with the signature of Renault Sport, such as Clio 3 RS, equipped with 197 hp in 2006, Clio 4 RS in 2013, delivering 200 hp, or the Clio RS Trophy in 2015 and its 220 hp.

The history of the Clio looks like the history of Renault

In 1990, Clio 1 measured 3.71 m. It has been growing from generation to generation, and today it measures 4.06 m. Renault is also following a growth path. Between 1990 and 2016, the company changed its size. When Clio was born, Renault was selling 1.8 million vehicles worldwide. Today, the Renault Group comprises 3 brands, is associated with Nissan within the Alliance and sells 2.8 million vehicles in 125 countries. Clio’s history also reveals a car that has always made innovation affordable by delivering superior equipment and attributes to its customers with a broad and generous range of models including sporty and exclusive versions.

In this respect, Renault also resembles Clio. The brand wants to make sustainable mobility accessible to everyone by offering a very broad line ranging from Twizy to Espace, through Kwid and Duster. After selling more than 13 million units, Clio’s success story continues with the presentation of a new version of Europe’s favorite urban compact – coming soon.