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Renault buys media company in preparation for autonomy

Groupe Renault has purchased a 40 per cent stake in Challenges Group, a publisher with five magazines in its stable. It's an interesting acquisition for the French manufacturer, motivated by the looming onset of autonomy...

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Renault Kangoo Maxi EDC arrives from $29,990
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Renault Kangoo Maxi EDC arrives from $29,990

The Renault Kangoo Maxi van lineup has been bolstered by the addition of a dual-clutch transmission, with the self-shifting diesel now available from $29,990 plus on-road costs. Available through the company's local dealer network, the Kangoo Maxi EDC joins the petrol-powered Kangoo EDC launched Down Under earlier this year, pairing Renault's Efficient Dual Clutch (EDC) shifter with an 81kW/240Nm 1...


Renault unveils new 1.3-litre turbocharged engine
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Renault unveils new 1.3-litre turbocharged engine

Renault has unveiled a new petrol engine, developed in tandem with Daimler and alliance partner Nissan. The new 1.3-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol mill will debut in the Scenic and Grand Scenic in Europe, with three separate trim levels offered: Energy TCe 115, Energy TCe 140 and Energy TCe 160...


2018 Renault Koleos review: Intens diesel
Rating: 7.510 /10
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2018 Renault Koleos review: Intens diesel

Does new-found oiler power justify the $3500 premium ask the new Intens Diesel commands at the top of the Renault Koleos tree?

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$46,990

Renault obstacle-avoidance technology "as good as professional test drivers"
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Renault obstacle-avoidance technology "as good as professional test drivers"

Renault has demonstrated its latest autonomous driving systems, including obstacle avoidance technology "as good as professional test drivers". The systems are a product of the Renault Open Innovation Lab, focused on improving active safety and autonomous driving systems within the broader 'Groupe Renault...


2018 Renault Captur Intens review
Rating: 710 /10
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2018 Renault Captur Intens review

The updated Renault Captur is still a looker, and is cheaper to own and run than you might imagine. The flagship Zen is an interesting Hyundai Kona/Toyota C-HR/Mazda CX-3 rival.

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$28,990

Renault to launch 21 new models by 2022
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Renault to launch 21 new models by 2022

The Renault Group has announced an ambitious five year plan to increase its electric vehicle offerings, reduce its reliance on diesel engines, and dramatically grow sales and profits. At the core of the company's new Drive The Future strategy are 21 new cars, including three "add-ons", due before the end of 2022...


Top driving roads around Melbourne: Reefton Spur

Top driving roads around Melbourne: Reefton Spur

Welcome to another instalment of our little Top Driving Roads series, intended to highlight some of the best, most challenging, and most fun roads we (occasionally) get to drive on. To clarify, driving isn’t always about going fast; we want to make that bit clear...


2018 Renault Clio RS Trophy pricing and specs
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2018 Renault Clio RS Trophy pricing and specs

The toughened-up new 2018 Renault Clio RS Trophy goes on sale locally today, priced from $42,990 (drive away). Packing a 1.6-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine that produces 162kW (220hp) of power and 260Nm of torque, the engine is capable of increasing torque output by 20Nm to 280Nm in fourth and fifth gears using an overboost feature...


2017 Renault Megane Zen sedan review
Rating: 710 /10
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2017 Renault Megane Zen sedan review

The 2017 Renault Megane sedan has a polarising style, but, it is packed with practicality and safety features.

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$27,490

Renault Sport crossover SUV on the cards
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Renault Sport crossover SUV on the cards

Renault Sport Cars makes no bones about its interest in developing a crossover SUV derivative that offers signature bang-for-buck, to expand its portfolio beyond the Clio and Megane. The French company’s sporty division - while fiercely proud of its track-honed performance offerings - simply faces the challenge of making one that doesn’t water-down its brand, says RS Cars managing director Patrice Ratti...


Renault Australia: Andrew Moore announced as Managing Director
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Renault Australia: Andrew Moore announced as Managing Director

Andrew Moore, only last week confirmed to be leaving his post at the top of Suzuki Australia's automotive branch, has been announced today as Managing Director of Renault Australia. Moore's move to Renault follows the announcement earlier this month that Justin Hocevar had left the French car maker's ranks, without explanation...


Renault Zoe, Kangoo EV pricing confirmed for Australia
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Renault Zoe, Kangoo EV pricing confirmed for Australia

More than seven years since it first hit the world stage, the all-electric Renault Zoe hatch is now officially confirmed for Australia - and its cargo-hauling buddy the Kangoo ZE will finally also be available to local buyers. This announcement follows the story that CarAdvice broke in early August, confirming Australian government approval for local sales of the Zoe - a sure sign that Renault had at last committed to bringing its popular little EV to Oz...


2017 Skoda Octavia RS wagon v Renault Megane GT wagon comparison
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2017 Skoda Octavia RS wagon v Renault Megane GT wagon comparison

Petrolhead parents on a budget are hardly spoilt for choice in today’s showrooms – especially if a hatchback is considered a bit too small and they prefer their driving experience, rather than outward view, to be elevated. In the circa-$40,000 price zone, there are just three members of the sporty compact wagon breed: the Renault Megane GT, Skoda Octavia RS, and Subaru Levorg...


2018 Renault Captur pricing and specs
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2018 Renault Captur pricing and specs

The refreshed 2018 Renault Captur range has hit Australian showrooms, bringing a raft of cosmetic and equipment upgrades to the little French SUV. Kicking off at $23,990 drive-away, the new Captur features a revised model range, with entry-level Zen and top-spec Intens names aligning with the Clio, Megane and Koleos line-ups...


Renault Kangoo dCi EDC here by year's end - UPDATE
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Renault Kangoo dCi EDC here by year's end - UPDATE

Update: Renault Australia has confirmed the launch of the Kangoo dCi EDC for our market "before the end of 2017. See bottom of article for details. The Renault Kangoo diesel is now available with the company's Efficient Dual Clutch (EDC) automatic transmission in Europe, after previously being a manual-only affair...


Renault Nissan Mitsubishi alliance outlines 2022 plan
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Renault Nissan Mitsubishi alliance outlines 2022 plan

The newly minted Renault Nissan Mitsubishi Alliance, complete with a new logo, has laid out its ambitious growth and cost reduction plans for the next six years. A major component of the new plans is to boost the use of common platforms. At the end of 2016, Renault and Nissan produced around two million cars per annum off two common modular platforms...


Renault Symbioz house and autonomous car concept unveiled
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Renault Symbioz house and autonomous car concept unveiled

The unique Renault Symbioz car and house concept has been revealed at the 2017 Frankfurt motor show. The Symbioz car is said to provide a clue about an autonomous electric vehicle going into production around 2023, as well as some of the company's thinking of about technologies and design elements it will employ up until around 2030...


Renault Megane RS about track times, not engine power, says boss
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Renault Megane RS about track times, not engine power, says boss

The just-revealed 2018 Renault Megane RS hot hatch concedes a horsepower advantage to rivals such as the Honda Civic Type-R, Ford Focus RS and Volkswagen Golf R, but having segment-leading power is not relevant to the company’s goals. This is the line we received from Renault Sport managing director Patrice Ratti at the world premiere this week in Frankfurt, where he reiterated that the number one goal remained track-times, not straight-line speed...


2018 Renault Megane RS breaks cover
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2018 Renault Megane RS breaks cover

The brand new five-door-only 2018 Renault Megane RS has made its high-profile world premiere at the Frankfurt motor show today, and damn it if the company hasn't knocked the design out of the park... The third-generation, painted in lurid orange, gets a new turbocharged 1.8-litre engine with 205kW at 6000rpm and 390Nm of torque - not exactly Ford Focus RS or Honda Civic Type R numbers...