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Nissan contributes €134 million to Renault’s earnings

Nissan released the results for the first half of its fiscal year 2009/2010 (April 1, 2009 to March 31, 2010) today. After restatement, the profit reported by Nissan for the second quarter of fiscal 2009/2010 (July 1, to September 30, 2009) will result in a positive contribution to Renault’s second half net income estimated at €134 million (AUD$219 million)...

2010 Renault Megane CC spy pics

Though we don't know a great deal about next year's Renault Megane CC, these renderings, received this morning, point to a stylish newcomer set to challenge rivals such as VW's Eos and BMW's 1 Series. The Renault Megane CC will no doubt share many of the same driveline specifications of its sedan sibling which will mean both petrol and diesel engine options...

Renault Megane Renaultsport 250 specifications

Renault’s spanking new track inspired Megane Renaultsport 250, and Megane Renaultsport 250 Cup, are guaranteed contenders for the world’s best hot hatch title, if the specifications just announced are anything to go by. Renault know how to build a proper hot hatch, they did that with the Megane R26, which was a cracker of car, both on the road and on the track...

Renault Mégane Renaultsport 250 released

Renault has officially launched its new Mégane Renaultsport 250 which will continue the legacy of blistering front-drive performance hatches from the French carmaker. The new model is powered by an extensively revised 2.0-litre turbocharged engine which boasts peak power of 184kW and 340Nm from 3000rpm coupled to a six-speed manual gearbox...

Spied: 2010 Renault Megane sedan

Our spy photographers have spotted the next Renault Megane Sedan being tested on the hot roads of southern Spain. The car is a very important seller in South American, Southern European and Eastern European markets. The new Renault Megane hatchback was launched at the Paris Motor Show last year and is a revolution in car design...

Renault, Mercedes-Benz discuss new Smart model

Mercedes-Benz and Renault are said to be collaborating on a deal that is aimed at bolstering the German brand's underdeveloped Smart division with a new four-seat model. The new Smart, due in 2013, will replace the ForFour (as pictured) that was killed off in 2006 due to poor sales and is planned to sit on a lightly modified version of the Renault Twingo's underpinnings...

Renault-Nissan plan four EU battery sites

The Renault-Nissan alliance plans to build up to four factories in Europe over the coming years to produce lithium-ion batteries for its upcoming electric vehicle range. Renault-Nissan believe localising battery production will be pivotal in driving European interest in the brand's EVs which are due to go on sale across the EU from early 2011...

Renault ZE Concept makes Goodwood appearance

Feeling a little out of place to most of the 135,000 strong crowd at this year's Goodwood Festival of Speed was the surprise appearance of Renault's ZE (Zero Emissions) Concept Vehicle. The futuristic electric car, which we remember from the Paris Motor Show some months back, joined two other ultra-rare Renaults a Ondelios and a 1959 electric Dauphine from the brand’s Paris museum...

Special edition Clio and Mégane World Series by Renault for UK

Renault has unveiled the new special edition World Series Clio and Mégane which are soon to be available exclusively for the UK market. Due to be unveiled at the World Series by Renault spectacular at Silverstone, the World Series by Renault special editions add aggression to the more frugal models in the range...

Renault to feature three EVs at Frankfurt

Renault will feature no fewer than three Electric Vehicles (EVs) at this year’s Frankfurt Motor Show. With plans to have its first all-EV on the road by 2012 Renault will not reveal which of the three will go in to production but did say it will be a five-door hatch back roughly the size of a Nissan Cube (similar to the Renault ZE Concept shown above)...

2011 Renault Clio illustrated

The new generation Renault Clio is set to receive a facelift to bring it into line with the new design direction introduced with the 2009 Renault Megane. While these illustrations may seem quite far-fetched, their design should be rather accurate as they have been based on a set of allegedly official renderings leaked last month...