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Cars that should be sold in Australia

Australia is one of the most diverse, fragmented automotive markets in the world. We have more brands to choose from than the US, where 15-times more vehicles are sold. Yet local product planners across the 60-plus car makers that sell their wares here regularly opt not to import and distribute certain models, usually citing a lack of projected demand or a difficult “business case” — code for “too bloody expensive”...

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

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

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...

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

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

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...

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

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

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 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...