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New Renault 5 could become Australia’s cheapest electric car, slashing prices by a third

Renault has detailed a new compact electric vehicle platform that could be capable of bringing Australia its first $33,000 European electric hatchback. Known as CMF-BEV, the new platform will be used for city hatchbacks (classified as ‘light cars’ in Australia), and promises to reduce the cost of the vehicles it underpins by 33 per cent versus Renault’s sole electric passenger car still on sale, the Zoe hatchback...

2022 Renault Megane E-Tech Electric small SUV – UPDATE: First images and tech specs revealed

UPDATE, 9 June 2021: The upcoming 2022 Renault Megane E-Tech Electric has been shown off in pre-production guise, albeit still partially camouflaged. Underpinned by the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance’s CMF-EV electric platform, the all-new car will derive power from a single 160kW motor on the front axle...

2018-2019 Renault Master van recalled with fire risk

Renault Australia has recalled 266 examples of its Master van, citing a potential fault with a potential fire risk. The affected vehicles were sold between 2 January 2018 and 31 December 2019 (Model Year 2018 and 2019). The recall notice, lodged with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), says: “The fuel hose may come into contact with the engine...

Carlos Ghosn scandal: New book lifts the lid on the entire ordeal

The Carlos Ghosn scandal – the story about the auto executive jailed for 130 days before fleeing Japan hidden in a box on a private jet – has the hallmarks of a Hollywood blockbuster, except every word is true...

Dacia sizing up Australia: New budget brand around the corner

Australians could soon have a choice of a new and relatively unknown budget brand – Dacia, the low-cost offshoot of French giant Renault – initially with a small car and an SUV.  At this early stage it is unclear whether the vehicles will be sold through a dealer network or sold online at fixed prices...

Electric encyclopaedia: Every car brand's electric vehicle plans – Part Four: Ram to Volvo

It's safe to say the automotive industry is currently undergoing the greatest shift since its very inception, with electrification and autonomy widely agreed to form the basis of the future of the new-car market. It can seem almost daily that a major car maker unveils a new electric vehicle, or announces plans to go all-electric in the coming years and decades – so often so that it can be a challenge to keep track of and stay on top of every brand's plans...

Renault 4 electric SUV leaked in new patent filings

Design renders for the upcoming retro-styled Renault 4 electric SUV have been revealed, unearthed by Dutch outlet Autovisie. Sitting on the same CMF-B architecture underpinning the Renault 5 (so far only seen in concept guise), reports suggest the model could be offered with the option of dual motors and all-wheel drive...

VFACTS April 2021: French car sales plummet to historic low, as Citroen shifts just three vehicles last month

Just 490 French cars were reported as sold during April 2021 in Australia – representing 0.53 per cent of total deliveries – according to the most recent figures from the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI). Throughout the month Renault reported 298 vehicles as sold, Peugeot reported 189 vehicles as sold, and Citroen reported just three vehicles as sold...

Renault ceases development of new diesel engines – report

French car manufacturer Renault has confirmed that it will no longer invest in the development of all-new diesel engines. According to a report from Automotive News Europe, Renault CEO Luca de Meo told shareholders that it will instead adapt existing powertrains for its "last generation" of diesel powered vehicles. It remains unclear how the decision affects other brands...

Protesting Renault factory workers take management team hostage

Angry workers at a Renault factory in northwest France took seven managers hostage overnight for approximately 12 hours. Around 350 workers are continuing to blockade the Fonderie de Bretagne in Brittany, in an attempt to prevent the closure of the foundry that makes car parts for the French car giant. However, the aforementioned hostages were released at approximately 10:30pm local time...

All Renault and Dacia cars will be speed-limited to 180km/h from 2022

All Renault cars will be speed-limited to 180km/h from next year, the French manufacturer has confirmed. The cap will also reportedly apply to cars built by Renault’s budget Romanian subsidiary Dacia (although this is unlikely to inconvenience many people as, even in flagship 2.0-litre guise, the top-selling Duster SUV maxes out at just 181km/h)...