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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...

Renault van range gets five-year warranty for limited time, may become permanent

Renault has added a five-year/200,000km warranty across its entire van range through to the end of August 2020 – and is aiming to make it a permanent offer beyond that deadline. The French car maker normally has three-year warranty coverage on its vans, versus five years on its SUVs – though some SUVs currently have seven-year coverage for a limited time...

How to get a 'free' electric car

Fancy an electric car for free? There's only one catch: you will need to move to Germany. Tax exemptions for electric cars in parts of Europe are now so generous it is possible to lease a brand-new zero-emissions vehicle at almost zero cost. German dealership Autohaus Koenig has begun advertising Renault Zoe leases for “free” – after a deposit of €3100 ($AU5060) – thanks to new government rebates...

Renault Koleos axed in the UK, but remains on sale in Australia

Renault’s top selling passenger car in Australia, the Koleos medium SUV, has had a cloud cast over its future locally, with news the model is to be dropped in the UK. Autocar UK reported the Koleos will be discontinued due to falling demand, with just 1007 registrations in the UK during 2019. Renault UK’s press office confirmed the Koleos would be cut from the line-up...

Renault vans get five-year capped-price servicing to match warranty

Renault Australia has announced it will offer five-year capped-price servicing for its Kangoo, Trafic and Master vans, an increase from the three-year plans previously offered. The Kangoo small van – with its 15,000km servicing interval – is covered for 75,000km, while the larger Trafic and Master – with 30,000km intervals – are covered for 150,000km...

2020 Renault Kadjar SUV: July drive-away prices announced

Renault Australia has announced drive-away pricing across its Kadjar SUV range for July. Kadjar Life trim starts from $28,990 drive away, with Zen and Intens grades priced at $31,990 and $36,990 drive-away respectively. These represent a further $2500 discount on June drive-away pricing for the Kadjar. The 2020 Renault Kadjar line-up uses a 1...

Australia's most affordable hybrid and electric cars

The list of electric car and hybrid car options in Australia expands with every passing year, but their often prohibitive cost – particularly in the case of EVs – remains a major barrier to their uptake. Hybrid drivetrains are complex, while batteries for hybrid or electric cars are expensive to manufacture, which bumps up the price of hybrid and electric cars across the board...

Struggle street: the cars yet to pass 25 sales so far this year

The new-car market has been competitive and cutthroat for a while, but the first half of 2020 increased the pressure to perform. With production delays due to coronavirus, a raft of exciting new models on the horizon, electric and hybrid cars upping their game and buyers facing financial limitations, every new vehicle on the market had to fight harder than ever to succeed...

Electric car sales surge in the first five months of this year

Private buyers are the driving force behind an unprecedented surge in electric car sales in Australia. Demand for electric cars among private individuals – rather than business or government fleets – increased by a staggering 56 per cent in the first five months of this year – at the same time as the overall market slumped by 24 per cent, figures obtained by CarAdvice show...