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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...

Nissan and Renault press pause on merger – report

MORE: All COVID-19 coverage here Car makers Nissan and Renault have pressed pause on their plans of a merger as both brands struggle to weather the COVID-19 pandemic. According to news agency Reuters, Nissan and Renault will hold off on the merger to instead focus on repairing their alliance, with the brands set to make a joint-announcement later today...

Renault could disappear without a bail out – report

MORE: All COVID-19 coverage here French car maker Renault “could disappear” if its €5 billion (AU$8.3 billion) government bail out application is not approved, according to the man in charge of signing off on the sum. France’s finance minister Bruno Le Maire made the prediction while speaking to Europe 1 Radio last week about Renault’s future...

‘SUVs here to stay’: Renault design chief

The proliferation of SUVs on our roads is not going to subside anytime soon. That’s the message from Francois Leboine, the head of concept car design at French auto giant Renault, who spoke to Australian media during a phone conference last week. In addition to their popularity due to a taller driving position – and more flexible cabins and cargo areas – SUVs also provide close to the ideal platform for electrification, he said...

Tesla Cybertruck: 'Iconic. Brutal. Perfect,' says rival designer

One of the world’s leading car designers has called the Tesla Cybertruck a "perfect design". François Leboine, the boss of concept car design at French auto giant Renault, bestowed the accolades on Tesla’s striking and revolutionary design for a ute during a video conference with Australian journalists...

Electric cars in Australia: Every model available (and some nearly here)

As Australian sales of electric cars continue to rise and industry bodies urge the Federal Government to make charging infrastructure a national priority, it appears EVs (electric vehicles) have progressed beyond buzzword status to present-day reality...

Mitsubishi Express details released ahead of July showroom arrival

A Mitsubishi Express van will return to Australian showrooms after a seven-year absence as a rebadged version of the Renault Trafic. It has been made possible thanks to the recent joint venture between the Japanese and French brands. Prices, warranty details, and service intervals are yet to be announced, but most other details of the 2020 Mitsubishi Express have been released ahead of its arrival in Australian showrooms in July...

2014-2015 Renault Clio recalled for defective front windscreen wipers, faulty fastening of rear spoiler

Renault Australia has issued two recalls for its 2014-2015 Clio hatchback due to a defective front windscreen wiper component and faulty fastening of rear spoilers on some variants. Recall: windscreen wiper Renault Australia has issued a recall of 5881 of its model-year 2014-2015 Clio IV due to a defective front windscreen wiper component...

2015 Renault Trafic III recalled for exhaust issue, 2019 Trafic III for brake fix

NOTE: Due to an error in the recall notice, this story originally referred to the second-generation Trafic II alongside the newer Trafic III. In fact, the recall applies only to the Trafic III, as detailed in our updated article below. Two build runs of Renault's popular third-generation cargo van have been recalled this week for separate issues, impacting owners of 2015 Trafic III and 2019 Trafic III models...

2020 Renault Koleos gets seven-year warranty through April - UPDATE

UPDATE: Renault Australia confirms the deal described here is available on all Koleos SUVs sold in April, with no stock limitations in place. Renault Australia has announced it will offer a seven-year warranty, with unlimited kilometres, across its Koleos SUV range for all examples sold in April...

2012-2013 Renault Trafic II recalled over possible steering wheel failure

Renault Australia has issued a recall of 409 of its model-year 2012 and 2013 Trafic II vans affected by a faulty steering component. Affected vehicles were sold between 24 September 2012 to 4 November 2012, 10 December 2012 to 20 January 2013, 12 April 2013 to 26 May 2013 and 6 November 2013 to 15 December 2013...