Tuesday, October 23, 2012.

Renault releases New Clio and Fluence GT at the Sao Paulo Motor Show

Sandero and Logan equipped with the new Media Nav are among the interactive attractions on display

On the rear, the sporty appeal is highlighted by a dark glossy spoiler matching the side view mirrors, black rear lights and bumper-integrated exhaust tips, exclusively designed for this version.
 
The interior is highlighted by the presence of red on safety belts, for example. Dark trimmed seats contrast with red stitches and embossed patterns. Front headrests have a “GT Line” imprint. A leather-appointed steering wheel and gear lever complete the ensemble.
 
Duster Show Car
The DCross is a Renault Design Latin America’s (RDAL) creativity exercise to draw attention to the main features of the Duster, the country’s best-selling SUV.
 
Boldness, functionality and robustness are integrated to the AWD base of the mass produced Duster by means of elements such as a two-colored body work (green on the front and black on the rear), 18” diamond wheels, roof bars with factory-fitted spare wheel carrier and a taller step-in height. Side view mirrors integrate indicator lights and both headlamps and sidelights incorporate LED technology.
 
The dark interior trim highlighted by green safety belts, seats and dash emphasizes the adventure, bold style connected with technology. The DCross also includes the new Media Nav system, with in-dash GPS, Bluetooth and radio.
 
Some of the elements shown at the Sao Paulo Motor Show may function as a test in order to evaluate consumers’ acceptance.
 
Captur
The modern Captur, which follows DeZir concept car style, has no angles, corners or lines, but sensuous and natural forms, for a light and warm style.
 
Captur does more than simply stir emotions: it is also a practical and versatile vehicle. Fitted with a hard convertible top, which, that once removed, reveals a carbon fiber framework, Captur can morph into a coupe or a convertible, go from an urban vehicle to an off-roader.
 
Its sporty appeal is underlined by its butterfly doors and big tires fitted to 22-inch black and white rims.
 
Twizy
The two-seat commuter integrates a comprehensive lineup of electric vehicles made available by Renault in Europe, together with the Fluence Z.E., Kangoo Z.E. and Zoe.
 
With only 473 kilos, 2.34m length, and 1.23m width the Twizy has less than half the weight of a regular car and will appeal to busy, car-owning city dwellers.
 
At the front of the Twizy, a flap hides a spiral recharging cable and it can be fully recharged in 3 ½ hours from a domestic socket for a range of 100 km over a standard urban cycle.
 
Two occupants seat in tandem, one behind the other, with comfort and safety. The steering wheel is identical to the one found in a car and the automatic transmission only shifts forwards and backwards. The digital dashboard provides information on battery autonomy and time. 
 
Renault Twizy ships with a 13 kW electric motor, equivalent to 17.6 horsepower and with a top speed of 80 km/h. With a rear wheel drive, the model has 13” (Continental EcoContact) tires, slightly narrower in the front and with slightly superior inflation pressure in order to reduce friction. Driving is made easy with two large side mirrors that allow complete view of what is behind the vehicle.
 
The Renault-Nissan Alliance is investing 4 billion euros in the horizon of 2015 in its electric vehicle program. Today, Renault is the European leader in electric car sales.
 
Fluence Z.E.
The sedan is telling the world that an electric car is not necessarily small, with limited range and performance. The “Z.E.” initials stand for “Zero Emission”.
 
The electric version of Renault Fluence is 4.75m long – 13 cm more than the internal combustion engine version – to make space for the batteries behind the rear seats. The side panels were therefore redesigned to maintain the overall balance of the original version.
 
The Renault Fluence Z.E. is distinguished by its two recharging flaps located on the front fenders. Moreover, the lower part of the rear bumper has a black diffuser to improve aerodynamic performance. Specially designed wheels also minimize aerodynamic turbulences. Seven body colors are available, including the “Blue Energy”.
 
The electric motor on Renault Fluence Z.E. is of the wound rotor synchronous type. Maximum power of 70 kW (equivalent to 95 hp) is obtained from 3,000 rpm with maximum torque of 23.1 kgfm, providing unprecedented driving sensations with no need to change gears.
 
Power to the motor is supplied by a lithium-ion battery consisting of 48 four-cell modules. It is inside these cells that the electrochemical reactions take place, enabling electrical current to be produced or energy to be stored. Modules are similar in size to a laptop computer.
 
Sandero and Logan
As of this month, the Privilège and Stepway versions of the Sandero, as well as the Logan Expression 1.6 will have the new Media Nav system as an option, recently introduced with the Duster Tech Road limited series. The in-dash 7” touch screen display provides a user-friendly system with integrated GPS, Bluetooth and radio.
 
The Sandero is offered with three engine options: 1.0 16V Hi-Flex for the Authentique and Expression versions, 1.6-8V Hi-Power for the Expression, GT Line, Privilège and Stepway versions and 1.6-16V Hi-Flex for the automatic transmission versions.
 
Duster
Robustness, interior room, versatility and design are Duster’s strong points. Manufactured in Brazil, it offers six versions, two different engines (1.6-16V Hi-Flex and 2.0-16V Hi-Flex) and two drivetrain options (2WD or 4WD). In addition to exterior and interior design facelifted by the Renault Design Latin America (RDAL), the local model benefits from several systems specially developed for our market by the Renault Technology Americas (RTA), such as suspensions, engines, transmissions and acoustic comfort.
 
The 1.6-16V Hi Flex engine is fitted in the staple Expression and Dynamique versions, with a front drivetrain. The 2.0-16V Hi-flex powerplant equips the Dynamique version with either a 6-speed manual or automatic transmission, or a 4WD.
 
The Media Nav system, first introduced with the Tech Road limited series, based on the Dynamique 1.6 and 2.0 versions with a 2WD, is now available as an option for the 4WD top-of-the-range version. 

Renault in Brazil
Renault is a multinational corporation whose history stretches back over a century. It is present in nearly 120 countries of the five continents. It was the first French carmaker to have faith in the Brazilian automotive potential and the first newcomer to announce the construction of a local plant, in the late 1990s. Since then, it is blazing a winning trail.
 
With its Ayrton Senna Complex, located in Sao José dos Pinhais, State of Paraná, Renault Brazil employs 6 thousand employees and has three plants: the passenger car plant (where the Duster, Logan, Sandero and Sandero Stepway are produced), the light commercial vehicles plant (which produces the models Master, Nissan Livina and Nissan Frontier), and the engine plant. The lineup is completed by the New Clio, Fluence, Symbol and Kangoo Express, manufactured in Argentina.
 
The quality of its comprehensive lineup was acclaimed by the consumers, thus allowing Renault to set successive production and sales records in the country. From January to September year-to-date, while the total market reported a 5.5% growth, Renault has already posted an expansion of 36.2% compared to 2011. The brand benefits from the largest growth in Brazil.
 
At the 27th edition of the Sao Paulo Motor Show, the Renault booth will neutralize its carbon footprint. Under the command of the Renault Institute, now celebrating its second anniversary, the CO2 emissions generated by the booth will be offset by the planting of indigenous Atlantic Forest trees in a protected area in the State of Paraná.
 

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