Wednesday, November 14, 2018.

Renault kicks off sales of its ZOE EV to end consumers at the 2018 edition of the São Paulo Motor Show

  • - SYMBIOZ: electric, autonomous and connected car represents Renault’s vision for mobility of 2030
  • - Kwid Outsider and Captur Bose to be introduced in the domestic market in the first half of 2019
  • - Renault celebrates 20 years of local production with a record market share in Brazil

Renault is showcasing its all-electric range with zero tailpipe emissions at the 2018 edition of the São Paulo Motor Show. Pioneer and leader in the sale of electric vehicles in Europe, the brand is kicking off sales of its ZOE to end consumers as of November 6.  Up to now, the EV was only sold to business customers developing zero emission mobility projects in Brazil. Customers willing to pre-order the all-electric vehicle can do so through the website, by visiting the manufacturers’ booth at the São Paulo Motor Show, or the Sinal (São Paulo) and Globo (Curitiba) dealerships.
“Renault’s leadership in the European EV market results from our pioneering spirit, but we are also the top-selling all-electric brand in Brazil, with over 150 EVs sold. In order to kick off our sales of zero emission vehicles to end consumers, we have chosen the ZOE, the best-selling EV in Europe”, said Luiz Fernando Pedrucci, Chairman at Renault Latin America.
Renault SYMBIOZ epitomizes Renault’s vision of the car and its role in society looking ahead to 2030. “After an initial series of concept cars based on Renault’s ‘Cycle of Life’ design strategy which sought to prefigure the styling of our upcoming models, our new concept cars set out to explore what mobility might resemble in the future. No longer can we think of car design in isolation from the ecosystem surrounding us. Renault SYMBIOZ truly is a unique project that allowed us to work with planners, designers, engineers and architects”, explains Laurens van den Acker, Senior Vice President Corporate Design.
Renault’s successful models in Brazil are also on display to introduce novelties. Kwid, the SUV of the compact segment, has been given the new Outsider trim version, and it will hit dealerships nationwide in the first half of 2019. It comes with specific styling features, such as (front and rear) bumper skid plates, side stripes, fog lamp moldings and an “Outsider” body sticker, among others.
Captur Bose is an exclusive limited series featuring seven speakers and a booster manufactured by the brand famous for its automobile sound systems, with the purpose of enhancing the driving experience. The new series is planned to hit dealerships in the first half of 2019.
Those visiting Renault’s booth may also check the sportiveness zone showcasing the Sandero R.S. Formula One Team, a special series featuring the iconic Sirius yellow paint especially made for the Speed Drive sweepstake that will see two lucky winners receive a unit of the sports car each. Visitors will also have an opportunity to see the Renault Sport Formula 1 Team’s racecar R.S.18 at close quarters, in addition to experiencing a pit stop tire change using virtual reality headsets.
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In addition, the Renault's booth will also feature the Studio Renault Instagram, an exclusive space that will serve as Renault's content creation platform in collaboration with Instagram.
Renault Institute will also stand out in the show, with an area dedicated to “The Road and Me” program channeled into road safety education of kids. Moreover, at the booth’s Renault Boutique, visitors can shop branded products and other items handcrafted by Borda Viva Association and UNILEHU, the two nonprofits backed by Renault Institute.
Renault will be also present at the New Mobility Zone of the São Paulo Motor Show, with its own booth and EVs available for test drive: two ZOE and two Twizy. Visitors can both test-drive the Kwid, Sandero, Duster or Captur on a special test track, and buy any Renault model.
Best-selling all-electric compact car in Europe, the ZOE starts to be sold in Brazil on November 6 through the website. The Intense trim version will be offered at a MSRP of R$ 149.990. Sinal, in São Paulo, and Globo, in Curitiba, will be the two dealerships offering test drive soon after the São Paulo Motor Show and will also sell the ZOE.
Thanks to the new Z.E.40 battery, the ZOE has a driving range of 300km (WLTP cycle). Charged from a 22 kW three-phase power outlet, it takes just 1 hour and 40 minutes to recharge 80% of its full battery capacity.
The energy density of the Z.E. 40 battery has been boosted – a major innovation that involved increasing the battery’s storage capacity without making it bigger or a lot heavier.
The ZOE boasts a highly energy-efficient motor and an improved electronic management system for the battery, which caps the car’s energy use during operation while delivering the same power. The R90 is an all-Renault motor that was released in early 2015.
The ZOE embodies the group’s excellence in electric vehicle design, and it has spearheaded Renault’s Z.E. technology since its launch, benefiting in particular from regenerative braking and heat pumps to maximize the driving range.

All the group’s mass-market electric vehicles are designed and developed by designers and engineers working out of the Renault Technocentre in Guyancourt, near Paris. Its EVs are also all produced at group plants. Renault’s expertise in electric vehicles is mainly based in France, home to the make’s high value-added design and production operations. Renault is responsible for the design, development and production of the ZOE, as well as most of its mechanical components.
  • ZOE was the first car in Europe designed exclusively to accommodate all-electric technology.
  • ZOE is manufactured at Renault’s Flins plant, near Paris.
  • 95 patents were filed for the ZOE’s new 100-percent Renault R90 motor. One of the motor’s major innovations is the miniaturization of its Power Electronic Controller, a unit which is 25 percent smaller than the previous model and which includes the junction box, the power electronics unit and the Chameleon charger.
  • The R90 motor is manufactured at Renault’s Cléon plant in Normandy, a production facility specializing in high value-added engines and gearboxes (Energy engines, Renault Sport engines, etc.).
  • ZOE’s battery housing, front and rear suspensions are also 100-percent Renault components. They are produced at Renault’s Le Mans plant in central France and were designed and developed by Renault Group’s Chassis and Electric Vehicle Engineering Department.
Driving a Renault electric car is a surprising blend of punchy performance and peace and quiet. Acceleration and pickup are brisk from low speeds and there is no engine noise or vibrations.
The ZOE is responsive, easy to handle and enjoyable to drive, with a chassis tailored to the specific characteristics of electric vehicles and specially tuned steering, tires and shock absorbers.
  • The R90 electric motor instantly delivers a maximum torque of 22.9 kgfm, producing brisk acceleration and pickup from low speeds. The car effectively accelerates from a standstill to 50kph – the normal speed limit in city driving situations – in just four seconds.
  • Acceleration is smooth and linear with no gearshifts. Drivers feel like they have the best automatic transmission on the market. Because the ZOE is an electric car, it is quiet and restful to drive, with no engine noise or vibrations.
  • The noise levels measured inside the ZOE’s cabin at speeds of between 40 and 75kph range from 60 to 65dB. That is two to three times quieter than an equivalent internal combustion engine car.
Renault has already sold more than 150 all-electric vehicles in Brazil to a number of business customers, such as Itaipu, FedEx, Patrus Transports and Natura.
Electric, autonomous, connected and designed to be fully integrated in the human ecosystem. The SYMBIOZ concept is Renault’s vision of the car and its role in society looking ahead to 2030. Renault’s new concept car actively explores the future of mobility and offers a completely new travelling experience as an extension of the home on the road with features, technology and design that interact with its ecosystem.
The Renault SYMBIOZ concept car is 4.70 meters long, 1.98 meter wide and 1.35 meter high. This futuristic one-box car boasts D-segment dimensions. The vehicle’s spacious modular cabin design is worthy of that of an E-segment model.
The upper section resembles an architect-designed house while still blending in with the lines of the car, and lets ample light into the cabin. The aim is to travel in a bright space that is much like a large living room in a house, with wide glazed contours.
The design of the lower section perfectly matches Renault ‘French Design’ styling: it is sensual and warm, with fluid lines and a dynamic stance.
SYMBIOZ’s carbon fiber bodywork features two shades of copper. The matte copper hue at the front symbolizes authenticity and calm, while a glossier and more satin-finish color at the rear conveys elegance and refinement.
The car boasts Renault’s C-shaped lighting signature both front and rear. While SYMBIOZ’s lighting signature is larger and more tapered and stylized, a link is established between the concept car and the current model range.
  • The taillights produce a variety of dynamic visual effects thanks to small-lit fins that deploy as a function of how hard the driver is braking.
  • The third stop light is built into the aerodynamic wind deflector located at the back of the roof. Its linear graphic effects continue all the way to the fog light positioned under the bumper.
  • SYMBIOZ’s wheels are reminiscent of the spokes of a bicycle wheel, alluding to aerodynamic performance and lightweight design. The car uses Michelin tires with a special narrow construction developed by the French firm to maximize SYMBIOZ’s energy efficiency.
  • The Renault logos at the front, rear and sides of the car light up in autonomous drive mode.
  • The sensors and cameras used in the autonomous drive system are built into the rear wind deflectors, like two control towers.
The Renault SYMBIOZ concept car was conceived as an extension of the home on the road. The split door opening system – rear-hinged rear doors for the lower part and butterfly doors for the glazed upper part – functions like a flower opening its petals. Combined with the absence of a B pillar, the system invites occupants to climb on board just as as they would walk through the doors of their home. There is no need to bend down or hold on to the side; just sink right into the automatically pivoting seat.
The interior of SYMBIOZ has been carefully styled to guarantee maximum wellbeing for passengers so they can take full advantage of the autonomous drive system when it is operational. Travelling quickly becomes an easier and more enjoyable experience.
  • The Ultra-High Definition OLED (Organic Light-Emitting Diode) display located in front of the driver consolidates in its length all dashboard and multimedia system information.
  • When the autonomous drive system is switched on, the steering column and steering wheel fold away into the dashboard and the pedals and dashboard retract automatically by about 15 centimeters. The seats contract to convert into genuine armchairs.
  • A small screen with the main indicators remains visible on the lower edge of the steering wheel and is still in the driver’s line of sight once the steering wheel retracts.
  • The cabin arrangement can be radically transformed when the driver is not travelling alone. The driver and the front passenger can turn to face the other occupants as their seats pivot 180 degrees and the armrests fold away to make the whole process easier.
  • Meanwhile, a mini steel frame table with a marble top opens out between the seats. This encourages occupants to interact with each other and engage in shared activities as they would in a living room.
  • Small wristwatch-like touch screens are integrated in the seat belts. Occupants have the controls for the air conditioning, music, etc. close at hand even when the seats are turned around. The driver also has access to all the driving controls for switching off the autonomous drive mode.
The Renault SYMBIOZ concept car is powered by all-electric motors as Renault continues to pursue its Zero Emissions strategy.
  • The two permanent-magnet electric motors powering SYMBIOZ deliver high power-to-weight and torque-to-weight ratios. They are located on the rear axle, with each motor driving one wheel. This layout varies the torque transferred to each wheel to improve the car’s agility and stability when cornering.
  • This rear-wheel drive system also ensures that power is fed to the road more efficiently to enhance driving pleasure.
  • On the performance front, the SYMBIOZ delivers maximum power of 500kW and 67.34 kgfm peak torque. It provides acceleration from standstill to 100kph in less than six seconds, and the range of the batteries is more than 500 kilometers in real-world driving conditions on motorways. The 72kWh batteries can be charged 80 percent of their capacity in just 20 minutes.
Sales of the Kwid’s Outsider version are planned to start in the first half of 2019. The new trim version will expand the lineup of the SUV of the compact segment, with an outstanding look featuring a roof rack, side stripes, (front and rear) bumper skid plates, fog lamp moldings and an exclusive Outsider sticker, among others.
On the inside, the Outsider trim version comes with a new seat trim enhanced by touches of orange – the same color seen on the gearshift knob, air vents, doors and MediaNav multimedia molding.
The Kwid is ranked first in the entry segment, with 50 thousand units registered this year.
In addition to standing out in terms of fuel economy, safety and roominess, an innovative selling strategy gave the Kwid an outstanding position as to registrations. The K-Commerce is not only innovative but also the most comprehensive online car retail platform, with over 13 thousand units sold since it was put online, in January.
The K-Commerce has made the car buying process simple: consumers just have to register on the website and configure the trim version and body color of the car they want to buy, in addition to informing the payment method and the dealership where they intend to take delivery of their all-new Kwid. During the buying process, customers can view information on down payment, installments, and expected date of delivery, as well as request valuation of the pre-owned model they are willing to trade-in.

Captur Bose is an exclusive limited series with the purpose of enhancing the driving experience. It features seven speakers and a booster manufactured by the brand famous for its automobile sound systems. The new series is planned to hit dealerships in the first half of 2019 and was given exclusive items that differentiate it from other trim versions, such as the Bose logo seen on the body and an exclusive Silver color used for the first time to paint the roof of dual-tone versions.
On the inside, front speakers will also show off the Bose logo, and the refined interior will be enhanced by new leather-appointed seats with touches of grey, paired with analogous side vent trims and a black roof trim.
With design as its strong point, the Captur range includes the Zen and Intense trim versions, with plenty of versatility delivered by the 1.6-liter (118/120 hp) and 2-liter (143/148 hp) engines coupled with either a manual, CVT or automatic transmission.
Since 1976, Renault Sport has been designing the brand’s hottest models, from racecars to a minivan that delivers incredible 820 hp, the Espace F1. The first model to be given the R.S. badge in Brazil was the Sandero R.S., a project developed by 75 engineers three years ago.
In order to turn the Sandero into an authentic sports car, the R.S. division overhauled the car’s soul. The list of items changed goes far beyond stickers attached to the bodywork. The suspension has been lowered by 2.6 cm, the springs have become more rigid, the tailpipe was given dual-tip outlets and the brake disks on all four wheels are bigger, while the steering system was recalibrated. Paired with a six-speed transmission, the 2-liter 16v engine was given a couple of changes to deliver respectable 150 hp, which results in an enthralling car for use on tracks while remaining practical for everyday use.
Featuring the iconic Sirius yellow paint, the Sandero R.S. Formula One Team is a limited serie especially channeled into the Renault Speed Drive sweepstake. Customers willing to enter the promotion shall either test drive a Renault car or buy the brand’s after sales services, spare parts, accessories, or car. Visitors of the São Paulo Motor Show who test-drive a combustion or electric vehicle can also enter the sweepstake.
With a local production since 1998, Renault is posting consecutive market share records, which culminated with an all-time record in the period from January to September this year, when it reported 8.6% of market share. Renault Brazil’s footprint expansion is strongly connected with the success of the latest models it introduced, the Captur and the Kwid, which is the top-selling model in its class, with over 45% of market share among entry models in the compact segment, in the January to September period.
The brand currently manufactures seven models locally: Kwid, Sandero, Logan, Duster, Duster Oroch, and Captur – all of them seen at the brand’s booth at the São Paulo Motor Show –, as well as the Master van. In 20 years of innovation in Brazil, Renault has made approximately 3 million cars and 4 million engines.
“Renault maintained its investments in Brazil, even during periods of economic instability. This have allowed us strengthen our industrial footprint and introduce models that meet the needs of local consumers. We have exceeded 8% of market share and we intend to achieve 10% by 2020. The high level of customer acceptance makes us confident that we are following the right path”, said Luiz Fernando Pedrucci, Chairman at Renault Latin America.
Renault Brazil’s Ayrton Senna Complex comprises four factories in the state of Paraná: a passenger car plant (CVP), a light commercial vehicles plant (CVU), a powertrain plant (CMO) and the aluminum die casting plant (CIA), which started to operate this year. Today, the Ayrton Senna Complex operates in three shifts, with 7,300 employees. In order to manage its societal and environmental operations, Renault established its Renault Institute, in 2010. Approximately 700 thousand people in Brazil benefited from the Institute’s activities focused on two pillars of activity – Sustainable Mobility and Inclusion.
Renault Institute was created in 2010, with the purpose of combining Renault’s social and environmental actions in Brazil, with a focus on two pillars: Sustainable Mobility and Inclusion.
Key activities related to the inclusion pillar include:
  • The Renault Experience program, which is channeled into fostering university students’ innovation and entrepreneurship following the incubator-type business model. Approximately 37 thousand students have been impacted by the program implemented in 2010.
  • Teaming up with the Borda Viva Association, a nonprofit targeted at sustainable development, food security for children, and empowerment of women through entrepreneurship and generation of income. Approximately 90 thousand people have been impacted by the actions carried out by the Association in collaboration with the Renault Institute.
  • As regards the Sustainable Mobility pillar, ‘The Road and Me’ program stands out. Focused on road safety education of children, the program has been implemented with permanent centers in eight Brazilian cities: Curitiba, São José dos Pinhais, Maringá and Arapongas (state of Paraná); Pelotas (state of Rio Grande do Sul), as well as in São Bernardo do Campo, Santa Bárbara D’Oeste and São Paulo (state of São Paulo). Renault Institute also organizes a number of itinerant actions in parks, shopping malls and events. Approximately 230 thousand children have been impacted by the initiative.
  • In addition, Renault has already sold approximately 150 all-electric vehicles to businesses customers for the development of zero-emission mobility programs.

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