Showing posts with label renault. Show all posts
Showing posts with label renault. Show all posts

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Renault Kwid crash test

Think you'd like to buy a Renault Kwid?
Well, first, you can't. Unless you live in India.

Maybe you live in Europe and thought this would make a really cool small Dacia model.
Or here in the US, maybe Nissan could import it and finally make your dream of a $6000 Nissan come true.
None of these will happen.
For your own good.

Here is what happens when the Kwid crashes at 39MPH: you die.

So once again, poor people get screwed. Nobody is asking for a Volvo safety standard here.
But you would think Renault would make this at least as safe as the cars they sell in Europe.
The Kwid actually got a ZERO star rating in theses tests.

So basically, Indian drivers are getting screwed by the car makers, as well as their own government who isn't asking for better safety standards.
( I bet without any regulations we still wouldn't have seat belts here)

Of course, right after the results, Renault has said they have been working on a revised model that will get better results.
Which means they know they are selling death traps.

(To be fair to Renault, other cheap cars were tested and also got a zero star rating.
They are from Suzuki, Hyundai and India's own Mahindra)

Everyone knows there might be problems when you buy something as soon as it came out.
But it looks like being an early adopter in India could actually cost your your life.

This is really sad.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

2016 Renault Megane

 We saw this car a few days ago. But I thought i'd post a few more pictures of it.
It looks really nice! I mean this isn't a luxury car. It is from a mainstream brand.
Competing with the Golf. Nothing super fancy.
Just something looking really good, classy, solid and tasteful.

Meanwhile, in Toyotaworld, we have this...

Sunday, September 06, 2015

2016 Renault Megane

The Megane was always intended to be a "Golf fighter" in Europe.
This time it seems more serious about it. Looking more upscale, and more conservative at the same time. Just like the all new Talisman going after the Passat.

This will also go against the (aging?) Ford Focus and the all new Opel Astra.
Looks like a really big year for Renault....

Monday, July 06, 2015

2016 Renault Talisman

The all new Talisman replaces the Laguna sedan.
A new name, for what looks to be a more upscale model.

It almost looks German. 

Saturday, June 20, 2015

2016 Renault Alpine?

 These pictures were sent to me by a European reader.
They are supposedly showing the production version of the upcoming Renault Alpine.

Which, if true, would be great. As they really take advantage of the Alpine history.
Just like the Mustang and Camaro have done lately. (And of course the Beetle and Mini)

Here is the concept we saw just a few days ago.
If real, the production model shown above would be really close.

And here is the inspiration for all this: The old Alpine A110.
Designed by Michelotti, and produced from 1961 until 1977.
(A 1969 model is pictured here)

Michelotti was the genius who also designed cars like the Triumph TR4 and Stag, as well as the BMW 2002!

So, what do you think?
Are these pictures above the real thing???

(I mean, the tiny door handles and super thin rear view mirrors still say "concept" to me...)

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

All new Renault Kwid

The tiny and super cheap Kwid is based on a "new platform common to Renault and Nissan".
So this could become a new cheap Nissan somewhere in the world.

Right now, its market ins mainly India. Where it starts at around $4800 .
I repeat, that's $4800!!!!  (A fancier model starts at $6300)

To put things in perspective, the famous (or infamous) Yugo was $4000 in the US back in 1986.

Considering this, I think it looks amazing.
Sure, the whole interior is probably covered with cheap hard plastics. But... $4800!

And the power comes from a tiny 0.8 Liter engine.
But its only about 4 inches longer than a Fiat 500. (Itself offered in Europe with a 0.9 Liter 3 cylinder engine)

I say why not!!!!

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Denza EV VS.Renault 16

I know, they don't actually look the same.

But I had just seen an old French film on Hulu, where the main character drives a Renault 16.
So that car was on my mind, strangely enough.

The Denza is a joint venture between Daimler and BYD. It is all electric and they claim the range is over 185 miles. Which sounds really good.
(Except it costs at least $60 000. )

I still see a little bit of the old Renault in it...