The Renault Twingo 2014 is the third generation of the city car that is manufactured by Renault, the French automaker and was premiered twelve years ago, in September of 1992. Its name, Twingo, is a combination of the three words: twist, swing, and tango.
The redesign is expected to have a styling theme similar to the Twin’Run concept, but without the racing details and with an extra pair of doors, that can only be called Renault 5-inspired. The shape and appearance is obviously heavily influenced by the Renault 5’s hatch.
The latest generation of the model is expected to have a five-door design, in order to appeal more to males since Renault has found that the majority of Twingo buyers are female. There have been reports that the three-door body style isn’t in any of Renault’s planned offerings, but that isn’t set in stone. The body will be measuring in at 3,700mm or 146inches long and will be able to accommodate more than two people comfortably.
Something new and exciting can be expected for this iteration since Renault has been collaborating with Daimler and Mercedes-Benz. The groups are developing the Smart ForTwo, Smart ForFour, and the Renault Twingo 2014 with a common platform that will have a rear engine and rear-mounted drive train, as opposed to the more traditional front engine and front-wheel drive combination found in most city cars.
It is reported that the two cars are going to be built in one factory in Slovenia.
Though there are no specific details about the new rear-wheel drive, it is believed that the Renault and the Smart cars are going to be offered three-cylinder mills that go with manual or dual-clutch transmissions. People can also expect that a purely electric drive is going to be developed sometime in the future.
Renault claims that this latest version will have more interior space since the engine is being moved to the rear, allowing for the dashboard to be moved forward some more. Extensive personalization options for the new Twingo can probably be expected since Renault itself has said that it is a bigger success than they expected it to be. Although, the company has also said that this success is relative and is not necessarily a good thing.
Expect the Renault Twingo 2014 to be debuted at the Paris Motor Show in October 2014 and for it to come on sale in early 2015.
We can definitely say that the Renault Megane is not a bad car at all. Unfortunately it is an ignored car if you compare it with the Volkswagen Gold, the Hyundai i30 or even with the Ford Focus, which are the main rivals that this car has. In order to win some battles, Renault ranged a facelift for their Megane which improved its aspect and made the car more attractive for buyers.
The exterior of the car is not the only one that was modified and the changes below the surface are definitely impressive ones, as well.
This car is a large hatchback and it always gets reasonable reviews. Its price is a correct one for what it has to offer and it comes with loads of standard equipment. The car is definitely well built and comfortable and it can easily please everybody.
Exterior and packages
As you already know, in 2012 Renault changed the car aspect and they created an improved car which can easily compete with more expensive vehicles when it comes to its design.
This served to neaten already pretty lines with a completely new front end. The car also has obligatory LED daytime running lights and even a smart gloss black insert.
They also added new colors when it comes to this car in order to ensure that they manage to create something that everybody would love.
Interior design and special features
The interior of the car is definitely a high quality one and it has not changed very much during its lifetime. The car has a spot on driving position and it feels very cramped in the back (especially the Coupe version).
Renault also added lane departure warning and even automatic main beam function which is now available as an option and you need to pay some extra money for it.
You can also enjoy a hill start assist function, optional rear parking camera and even air quality sensors for the climate control. If you buy a new Megane then you are going to receive USB sockets and Bluetooth as standard too.
The new Renault Megane is considered as being a safe car and it has obtained good result in all crash tests. It has collected 5 starts out of 5 at the ANCAP Crash test.
The car has a lot of airbags and it is perfect for you and for your entire family because it can transport you in perfectly safe conditions.
The Renault Megane is considered as being the safest car that Renault ever created and if you want to find out more details about this topic then all you have to do is talk to your car dealer.
There are three new engines available for the latest Megane and all of them are boasting stop-start.
The 1.2 TCe direct injection turbo one has 5 hp more than the 1.6 liter it replaced even if it may sound tiny and the best thing about this engine is that it is 25% more fuel efficient than its predecessor.
This engine can be easily compared with Ford’s smaller 1.0 liter turbo in the Focus and we cannot find many differences between the two of them.
The long running 1.5 liter dCi was also updated and its fuel economy increased by 15%. The car’s power delivery is also extremely improved and such a car worth every cent. We can definitely say that this car has become the most fuel efficient family hatchback on sale and it can reach 80.7 mpg. The CO2 emissions have a low level.
The 1.6 liter diesel engine is able to produce 130 bhp and even enough torque to compete with a 2.0 liter TDI Golf. This swift can average 70.6 mpg.
The chassis of the car remained unchanged and we cannot say that the latest Megane feels extremely different to the old one. You can enjoy a comfortable and firm ride.
It is a very good all rounder but unfortunately it is not very fun to drive. There are some critics that say the Megane has responsive, crisp steering and a nimble handling.
There are also other people that consider this car as being extremely easy to drive. After all, it is just a matter of preferences.
Advantages and disadvantages
The biggest advantage that this car has is its good value for money. You do not have to pay a lot of money and you will be able to enjoy a good quality car, which has an excellent build quality.
Another advantage is the fact that it is extremely comfortable to drive and all you have to do is relax and enjoy your ride.
What seems to disappoint most of the reviewers is definitely the ordinary stylish and its lack of fun. Also, the fact that it does not outperform in any one area is not something that people usually like when it comes to their cars.
As we look back on a year of the fabulous top hatchback cars of 2012 it’s first worth pondering what you want from your hatchback or rather what we would like.
Sporty, compact yet roomy inside – naturally. Cruise control, eco friendly, a pretty good mileage ratio to fuel spend, a little speed OK a lot! Some smooth corner action and the weekend away packaging requirement i.e. is there room in the boot for more than just a golf bag and a krankie.
Here follows a list of our top hatchback cars of 2012 with a little bit of everything thrown in for measure. An electric car from Mitsubishi – really? REALLY! A speedy Renault Megane and a quirky looking four door offering from Hyundai – yes I did say four door.
2012 Renault Megane
Renault Megane has been on our streets for seventeen years and each new model edition brings a more shapely figure on the market. Indents where there were once slopes, curves where they used to be lines and more speed, well kind of – more engine options anyway. Two diesels in fact.
The 2012 model of the Renault Megane while lacking in any real change than to the engine range and slight design specs the car that is loved by all continues to be loved by a few more with each model. Seventeen years is a long time for a car-acter to be around but it’s one that morphs ever so slightly with each release. A bit like an iphone only a bit more expensive on the upgrade.
The Megane reaches nought to sixty-two mph in 10.5 seconds and the 1.6 has more torque which is handy for those longer, heavier journeys. Will Renault run out of ideas for the Megane in the future? Possibly unless it fits wings…
Hyundai Veloster 2012
Despite the recent Hyundai Veloster sunroof and hand brake recall which could possibly see your car roll away before the end of this top hatchback cars of 2012 review and into the Renault Megane behind, this awkwardly beautiful looking machine impressed us so much that it still gets a mention.
Whether it’s the transformer like bonnet or the fact the Veloster has four doors, two on the passenger side and one elongated entrance on the driver’s side, we’re not too sure. However it has a 1.6-litre 4-cylinder engine and a 6-speed dual-clutch transmission. Top marks for a design lead hatchback in 2012.
Mitsubishi i (MiEV)
If you want to park in the door frame of a shop and avoid a parking meter then this Mitsubishi i (MiEV) will suit you down to the ground. It’s most certainly compact but is still with four seats. There are cars the thinness of a piece of card that have two.
So why is the Mitsubishi i (MiEV) in the top hatchback cars of 2012 review? Simply put, it may look as gormless as a politician with no chin but it is the Most Fuel Efficient car of 2012. In this eco frenzied world of ours, it has to be noted as being the electric car that can save the planet with 112 miles to the gallon. The equivalent of driving 12,000 miles for £223.
Ok, so you can’t really go from Birmingham to London in one day but it’s the perfect hatchback for the city and while wireless electric charging is a few years away, it is on its way. Meanwhile you can always opt for the Renault Megane on out of city journeys.
News about the Renault Alpine are flowing in as the French automaker released a few more details about its upcoming supercar. As you’ve probably heard before, the Alpine will be built in collaboration with Caterham and it could bear a price tag of around 60,000 EUR.
In an interview given to Autocar, Renault’s marketing chief, Mr. Stephen Norman described the car as being similar if not “less hardcore than a Mazda MX-5.” He also added that the Alpine will be light and it will look different, emphasizing on French DNA and technical innovations.
Set to rival the Porsche Boxter, the sporty Renault could boast a Renault engine under the bonnet, with 250 HP – 186 kW, while Caterham’s version is expected to feature a Clio RS-sourced 1.6-liter Renaultsport, turbocharged, direct-injection engine with 200 HP – 149 kW. Last but not least, the 2.0-liter, 265 HP – 197 kW from the Megane Cup is also a possibility.
Lotus has recently declared that Coca-Cola will be entering Formula One as its sponsor. After a long period of speculation and rumors over the possibility of Mclaren securing the deal, Lotus has finally unveiled its future sponsor to be none other than the iconic soft drinks brand.
Don’t expect to see a huge “Coca Cola” logo on the future Lotus vehicle though, as the contract between the two features the Swedish energy drink “Burn” logo to appear on the 2013 formula one car.
For those of you who might might not know (Burn is not available in the US), Burn is a high sugar, high caffeine energy drink that is, similar to Red Bull, involved in extreme sports marketing.
Lotus officials declared: “We are proud that The Coca-Cola Company has chosen Lotus as the best vehicle to represent the Burn brand in its most high profile partnership,”.
Source: Lotus F1 Team
Autocar has finally blown the cover on who’s going to be Renault’s partner on building the Alpine A110-50 concept. It seems that the French carmaker will work side-by-side with Caterham to bring the concept to the road.
After much speculation about a possible collaboration with Lotus and Mercedes, the British publication rushed to confirm, before any of the two companies have, that the deal is to become official within the next month.
The main connection between Renault and Caterham are the engines supplied by the French producer to Caterham’s F1 team. Another possible connection might also be Renault’s former deputy motorsport director Cyril Abiteboul who, as from last month, was appointed Caterham’s new CEO. It is possible that the 35-year-old CEO might continue his links with the French carmaker.
Caterham, on the other hand, has been more than eager to come up with an entirely new vehicle to join the Seven and the SP/300.R track car. The partnership might as well help out Renault turn the Alpine from a track concept to the first road-going Alpine in two decades.
The Clio is back and it’s sexier than ever. As expected, the design of the new Renault Clio RS 200 looks much more aggressive than the standard fourth generation Clio. The body kit features a new front fascia with a front F1-style blade, redesigned bumpers, a spoiler and rear diffuser, 17- to 18-inch alloy wheels and the omnipresent LED DRLs.
The interior has been fitted with sports bucket seats with contrasting stitching, Bluetooth and USB support, touchscreen navigation and the company’s new R-Link infotainment system. Optional, customers can include the parking sensors and automatic climate control on their new Clio RS 200.
Under the bonnet, the Renault Clio RS 200 comes with a turbocharged 1.6-liter engine, connected to a 6-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox. So there you have it, there will be no manual gearbox for the nasty little Renault.
The engine outputs the same 197 HP – 147 kW as the outgoing version but the torque is up by 26 Nm to 234 Nm. The new Clio RS 200 reaches it’s peak torque at 1,750 RPM instead of the old version’s 5,400 RPM. That dual-clutch transmission that we mentioned earlier is called EDC, which stands for Efficient Dual Clutch, and it can be manually controlled with the paddle shifters mounted on the steering wheel. The Renault Clio RS 200 will be offered with an optional Launch Control system so the fun never pauses.
Unfortunately, Renault did not release any information about the car’s performance figures but you may also want to know that the Clio RS 200 comes with an RS button that changes the driving mode between Normal, Sport and Race mode. The last one makes the Clio turn crazy. Everything starting from the engine parameters, gearbox mapping and even the throttle pedal and steering wheel combine to make the ride unforgetable. When in Race mode, changing a gear takes a mere 150 milliseconds and by the looks of the figures above, I guess it’s safe to assume that sprinting from 0 to 100km/h won’t take more than 6.5 seconds. The stopping power comes from the 320mm discs at the front which are 8mm bigger than the ones on the outgoing Clio RS.
There’s no word on the pricing though…
The RenaultSport Megane 265 Trophy is an awesome car. It’s small, agile and it looks like it’s going to punch you right in the face. K-Tec Racing didn’t even look twice and came up with an upgrade program for the little fighter. Known as the “Performance Pack 1″ the upgrade package takes every ounce of power from the car’s turbocharged 2.0-liter 261 HP engine and concentrates it on the road. They achieved this by remapping the ECU unit, so increasing the output of the engine by up to 40 HP at 6,000 rpm.
Details about the 0 to 100 Km/h sprint haven’t been released yet, n’or anything about its top speed but K-Tec Racing estimates a noticeable improvement after installing the upgrade kit. The tuning program will take a 414 pound (VAT included) bite out of your wallet but for that sum of money, 305 HP will be more than enough to make you jump for joy like an overenthusiastic bunny.
If you want to have MORE fun, for 234 pounds (includinf VAT), K-Tec will even give you the Renflash ECU remapping tool. This gives customers the possibility of storing the standard ECU file on a plug & play handset.
Back in the country I live in, there’s a special offer at a local pizza restaurant. If you buy one, you get one free and of course the restaurant is not complaining about customers. I’ve heard about this offer being metamorphosized and used in all sorts of domains, starting from food service, all the way to clothes and jewelry but never have I thought that I’ll be seeing it in the automotive industry. Renault has a special offer for the Spanish car market, especially for the clients that are looking to buy a Laguna or Espace. From the looks of it, for any of the two models purchased, Renault is offering the Twizy electrical car for free. It seems that sales for both the Laguna and the Espace are are reaching new lows for the French automaker and the “marketing bag” is out of
Behind this eye-catching deal there’s a 6,990 Euro discount that’s meant to cover up the sales for the four-wheeled electric car. I don’t know about Spain but I would definitely buy one instead of a Smart and boy would I have some fun with it. The “toy ca” is 2,3 m long by 1,2 m wide and stands around 1,5 m tall. It has a 20 HP – 15 kW electric motor with 57 Nm of torque and weighs just 450 kg ( battery included ). What’s not to love about it ?
The Renault Twizy even has a range of around 100KM with a full charge from a regular 220V 10A outlet. I would buy the Laguna just for the Twizy, afterwards I would give it to my grandmother and drive away with the little Renault. I don’t know about Spain but you get a huge thumbs up from me Renault !
Finally, the first details about the 2013 Clio have surfaced all over the internet. Way ahead of its debut at the Paris Motor Show, the Renault Clio looks sporty-fresh with a DeZir-inspired grille, sweptback headlights and muscular fenders. Amongst other things, as usual, we find the LED daytime running lights, the integrated rear door handles and a gloss black trim.
The interior looks much better than the plastic trash can we got used to seeing in the past Clio models. Officials say that the new Clio has higher quality materials, better technology, a digital speedometer, piano black trim and metallic accents. The car can even be equipped with an optional R-Link infotainment system which features a seven-inch touchscreen display with TomTom navigation, internet connectivity and access to the world’s first automotive app store.
If you ever get tired of the walkman engine trapped under the bonnet, Renault has even made an app to turn the cat into a tiger. Called the “Renault R-Sound Effect”, it can “simulate six different engine sound profiles, each with a specific, attractive signature and perfectly synchronized with driving parameters such as speed and acceleration.”
Under the bonnet we have a variety of engines to pick out of. First, there’s a turbocharged 900 CC three-cylinder Energy TCe 90 with an output of 90 HP – 66 kW and 135 NM of torque and a consumption of 4.3 L/100KM and CO2 emissions of 99 g/KM.
Secondly, a new 1.5-liter four-cylinder Energy adCi 90 which produces 90 HP -66 kW and 220 Nm of torque and an average of 3.2 L/100KM with CO2 emissions of 83 g/KM.
Lastly, there will be a 1.2-liter four-cylinder TCe 120 which develops 120 PS – 88 kW and 190 Nm of torque. Unfortunately, the engine won’t be available until the first half of 2013, but Renault says “it will be among the most powerful, yet most economical engines in its class.”
Great looking car, weak engines ! I can’t wait to write about the Clio RS…