These blurry images received this morning show Renault's new Twingo CC (coupe cabriolet) testing in Europe.

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The production model, which was due to make an appearance at the 2009 Geneva Motor Show, was a disappointing no-show. But these shots prove the idea has not been abandoned.

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The last time a picture of a Renault mule like this one surfaced, back in March 2009, it was heavily disguised. It’s not undisguised now, either, but our tele-lens shots actually do reveal a lot more of the car’s unique profile. The open-top version of the Twingo is preparing to do battle with the Opel Tigra and Peugeot 207 CC in the entry-level segment.

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The drop-top Twingo CC is a two-seater with a one-piece retractable hardtop, rather than the common cloth top, providing all-weather protection and safety as well as summer sun and fun. It'll share the Twingo's 1.2-litre four-cylinder engine, but get a boost in performance to about 120 horsepower. It'll also be one of the least expensive ways to go topless.