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Nissan boss says next Micra will be a Renault – report

The next Nissan Micra will be a rebadged Renault, according to Nissan boss Ashwani Gupta. Nissan will ask Renault to take the lead on developing and building the next-generation Micra, according to an interview in French newspaper Le Monde...

Renault Formula One team to rebrand as Alpine, suggesting a big future

Renault has announced overnight its Formula One team will run under the Alpine flag for the 2021 season. Recently Renault F1 team principal Cyril Abiteboul was appointed as managing director at Alpine – a sports car sub-brand of Renault – helping to lead the company's future while he continues with his duties at the F1 racing team...

Renault makes five-year warranty permanent for commercial range

Renault has made a five-year/200,000 kilometre warranty permanent across its commercial range. The five-year warranty was offered as a promotion until the end of August, but Renault has now added it as standard for all petrol and diesel light commercial vehicles...

Electric car subsidies: how Australia compares to the rest of the world

Australian buyers pay substantially more for electric cars than motorists in Europe and the US, where generous government subsidies and strict emissions targets have forced prices down. While the financial incentives to purchase electric vehicles overseas can equate to as much as €12,000 ($AU20,000) per car, buyers in Australia get little to no taxpayer assistance...

Peugeot design boss Gilles Vidal leaves for Renault

Gilles Vidal, the former head of design at Peugeot, is set to join Groupe Renault in November, after a career spent entirely with the PSA Group (Peugeot, Citroen, DS and now Opel). The 48-year-old Frenchman started his career at Citroen in 1996, and served as Peugeot Director of Design between January, 2010 and July, 2020...

2022 Renault Trafic to get safety upgrade, but five-star rating unlikely

The Renault Trafic will finally adopt autonomous emergency braking two years from now – four years after the Toyota Hiace and Ford Transit – but the advanced tech may not elevate its crash rating from its current three-star score. Representatives for Renault Australia said the Trafic van was due to receive advanced safety aids in 2022...

2021 Renault Megane RS facelift due in the first half of next year

The 2021 Renault Megane RS hot hatch is on track to arrive in Australian showrooms in the first half of next year – with a streamlined range that will adopt the most powerful engine from the flagship Trophy edition. The 2021 Renault Megane RS will be the brand's sole passenger car offering in Australia next year, as the French brand joins the growing list of manufacturers pivoting to SUVs and commercial vehicles – and all but vacating the passenger vehicle market...

Renault Alaskan ute ruled out again, next generation a possibility

The Renault Alaskan ute has been on-again and off-again for Australia since it was unveiled globally four years ago. Now it’s officially off-again. The current-generation Renault Alaskan sold in Europe is based on the existing Nissan Navara ute – which also spawned the ill-fated Mercedes X-Class due to be axed next year, half way through its planned model cycle...

2021 Renault Arkana to headline rollout of three new SUVs for Australia

Renault will attempt to reverse a five-year sales slide with a trio of new or updated SUVs due in Australian showrooms from 2021 – and a renewed focus on vans. The French brand will drop the Renault Clio hatchback and Renault Zoe electric car, leaving the Megane RS hot hatch as the sole passenger-vehicle offering...

2021 Renault Zoe: Plug pulled on French electric car

One of Australia’s cheapest electric cars – the Renault Zoe – has had its plug pulled after just 63 were sold over the past three years. Indeed, over the same period, Australians bought two-and-a-half times more Rolls-Royces (158), seven times as many Lamborghinis (457), and 12 times as many Ferraris (818) than Renault Zoe electric cars...

Renault says it’s here to stay, as sales halve in five years

Renault says it is committed to Australia despite sales halving in just five years – after five years in a row in decline and its lowest market share in almost a decade. The French car maker will streamline its range, axing the Clio city hatchback and Zoe electric car – and keep the Megane RS hot hatch as the only passenger-car options – and instead focus on the fastest growing segments of the market: SUVs and vans...