RENAULT AT THE GENEVA MOTOR SHOW 2012
• World debut of ZOE – final instalment of Renault’s initial four-strong Z.E. range, priced from only £13,650 on-the-road (UK) (after Plug-in Car Grant deduction) • ZOE features six world firsts and 60 patents • Announcement of new three cylinder turbo 0.9-litre TCe 90 petrol and 1.5 dCi 90 diesel engines • Facelifted Mégane 2012 range (Hatch, Coupé and Sport Tourer) on show
Renault has chosen the 82nd International Geneva Motor Show for the first public appearance of ZOE, the first affordable car for everyday use, from just £13,650 , to have been designed from the ground up as an electric vehicle. ZOE packs the industry’s most advanced technology, including no fewer than six ‘world premiere’ features designed to deliver user-friendliness, range and connectivity.
ZOE comes in the wake of the status-enhancing Fluence Z.E. saloon, Kangoo Van Z.E. (both launched in 2011) and the innovative urban runabout Twizy to make Zero Emission mobility a reality for ordinary motorists – one of the pledges of Renault’s ‘Drive the Change’ signature. Through its ‘Renault 2016 – Drive the Change’ plan, and thanks to its growing range of electric vehicles, along with work on its internal combustion engines, Renault has made a commitment to reduce its global carbon footprint by 10 per cent by 2013, and by a further 10 per cent between 2013 and 2016. The fruit of this strategy can now be seen on the street.
In terms of its internal combustion engines, Renault has chosen the Geneva Motor Show to reveal the latest phase of its powertrain strategy. Its Energy range sees the addition of two new internal combustion engines: the petrol Energy TCe 90 and the diesel Energy dCi 90. All the powerplants that feature in the Renault Energy range deliver a raft of innovations aimed at enhancing powertrain performance while at the same time returning low fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.
Meanwhile, the Mégane Collection 2012 line-up, which stands out as the flagship of Renault’s quality drive, includes three new engines that all combine driving enjoyment, fuel efficiency and hallmark reliability for even greater appeal. The model embodies the Renault group’s expertise in the realm of quality, which extends from the design to the sale of all the vehicles it markets. Last but by no means least, after an initial series of four concept cars, Renault’s new design strategy is now visible in its showrooms. Indeed, New Twingo and ZOE both feature the brand’s new front-end styling signature, not to mention Twizy which creates a class of its own… “ZOE will be the spearhead of the Renault Z.E. range and the version on show at Geneva represents the model’s final design. In addition to its compact size, attractive styling and affordable price tag, it showcases Renault’s technological excellence when it comes to electric vehicles. ZOE also heralds the beginning of a new era of electric mobility for all and confirms our commitment to electric vehicles. It marks an important step for Renault which has a 110-year history of making major innovations a concrete reality for ordinary motorists. Our range of Energy engines is a further illustration of our ‘innovation for all’ drive. This range of eight engines – two of which are being unveiled today – benefits directly from our success in Formula 1 and combines performance, driving pleasure, and low fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.” Carlos Ghosn, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Renault