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by Matt Campbell

The Renault Twizy is coming to Australia. Well, one of them is, anyway.

Renault Australia has confirmed it is planning to bring a single Twizy electric quadricycle to the country as part of a familiarisation campaign that could potentially lead to the commuter vehicle being offered locally.

Renault Australia corporate communications and events manager Emily Ambrosy revealed the news to CarAdvice, though she was noncommittal on the quirky two-seat, four-wheel model – which is about the size of a large motorcycle – making it here en masse.

“It’s to look at it, the Twizy in Australia. For people to understand Twizy they need to see it and sit in it,” Ambrosy said.

“It’s an option at the moment for us to bring one out – but just one to start.”

There are significant issues to overcome for the Twizy to make it on sale here. The biggest is ensuring the plug-in urban vehicle – which isn’t classified as a car in Europe due to its unorthodox seating layout, lack of doors and odd sizing – will meet Australian Design Rules, though it’s expected the Twizy would fall into a category of its own.

“We haven’t given up on bringing Twizy here at all,” Ambrosy said. “All of these things are a slow burn.”

However, she admitted the brand is focusing on boosting sales of its more mainstream models – such as the Clio city car – as a priority.

“There are other objectives at the moment,” she told.

Tell us below if you think the Renault Twizy would be a welcome addition to the Australian landscape.




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