GENEVA MOTOR SHOW
March 4, 2014
GENEVA MOTOR SHOW 2014
RENAULT REINVENTS TWINGO
THINKING BIG WHEN IT COMES TO ITS SMALL CARS
Renault has taken a fresh, bold look at Twingo. Twenty years after the introduction of the original, Renault is
proud to take the wraps off the third generation of its small city car which has undergone an in-depth
transformation. In addition to its cheerful expression, New Twingo is available in a choice of four body colours and is
packed with innovations. Extensive personalisation opportunities are naturally part of the programme.
Thanks to the positioning of the engine at the rear:
New Twingo is agile and boasts a turning circle of 8.65m, which is an average one metre less than that of
its direct rivals.
New Twingo is particularly roomy thanks to the 13cm that have added to its cabin length, even though
the newcomer’s overall length has been shortened by 10cm.
New Twingo is practical, thanks to its five-door architecture, clever stowage solutions, totally flat floor and a
surprisingly long maximum load length of 2.20m. It is the only city car capable of carrying a boxed
Swedish book shelf...
New Twingo’s best-in-class forward vertical field of view and high-up driving position are particularly
appreciable when driving in built-up areas.
The boot conceals either a normally-aspirated or a turbocharged three-cylinder petrol engine. Both powerplants
are fuel efficient and deliver punchy performance.
New Twingo is connected and is the only city car to offer a choice of two multimedia systems: the R & GO radio
(in conjunction with a smartphone) and R-Link Evolution®.
Inspired by the legacies of the innovative Renault 5 Turbo and the original Twingo, New Twingo good humouredly
illustrates Renault’s small car expertise.
In addition to the unveiling of New Twingo, Renault has chosen the 2014 Geneva Motor Show to present other new
developments in its small car range, with the focus on some of the fields in which the brand enjoys extensive
expertise, namely the world of sporty cars, electric vehicles and engine innovations.
On display for the first time are:
- Clio R.S. 200 EDC Monaco GP: this limited edition targets a sporty and refined clientele. It is instantly
recognisable by its black roof, black exterior flourishes, Pearlescent White or Platinum Grey metallic finish
(depending on market) and richly equipped interior.
- Renault’s new Flexi Charger, a cable which allows ZOE owners to plug their electric vehicle into an ordinary
household power socket. Renault has also introduced a new Z.E. Access battery lease plan with prices starting
from €49 per month for low-mileage motorists.
- The new Energy dCi 160 Twin Turbo is a showpiece of downsizing and twin turbocharging. This 1,598cc
Diesel engine delivers the driving enjoyment of a two-litre powerplant, but with fuel consumption reduced by 25%.
The fuel efficiency of the Energy dCi 160 Twin Turbo makes it ideal for larger vehicles. It will notably be available
for the brand’s upcoming top of the range models.
NEW TWINGO: FUN TO DRIVE, ULTRA-MANOEUVRABLE AND SPACIOUS
Colourful and vibrant… the Twingo spirit is back!
New Twingo: roomy, practical and ultra-manoeuvrable
A fun-loving, energising and connected interior
A Twingo for all tastes: exterior and interior personalisation
Renault’s small-car success story continues…
Technical data in brief
A NEW LIMITED EDITION IN THE SPIRIT OF GENTLE(WO)MAN DRIVERS:
CLIO R.S. 200 EDC MONACO GP
Clio R.S. 200 EDC treated to the Monaco GP touch
Style, a stunning specification and sporty elegance
RENAULT, NUMBER ONE
FOR ELECTRIC VEHICLES SALES IN EUROPE
ZOE offers charging on a domestic plug
Z.E. Access – a battery lease plan for €49/month for low-mileage owners
TWIZY Cargo – making utility vehicles fun
98% of ZOE customers report that they are “satisfied”
Renault electric vehicles conquering the world
RENAULT, ENGINE MANUFACTURER PAR EXCELLENCE, RISES TO
THE CHALLENGE OF ENERGY EFFICIENCY IN 2014
The new Energy dCi 160 Twin Turbo: the feel of a 2-litre engine, plus a 25% fuel-consumption saving
Renault Energy F1 Power Unit: a 35% reduction in fuel consumption for the same level of performance
Renault’s expertise and the new FIA Formula E Championship
Performance, efficiency and reliability: motorsport at the service of production engines
NEW TWINGO: FUN TO DRIVE, ULTRA-MANOEUVRABLE AND SPACIOUS
COLOURFUL AND VIBRANT… THE TWINGO SPIRIT IS BACK!
True to the spirit of its predecessors, not only is New Renault Twingo colourful and fun to drive, but it also combines a
dynamic stance with a particularly endearing expression. The four body colours revealed at the Geneva Motor Show echo
those that were available for the first-generation version, while New Twingo’s personalisation programme will also enable
owners to express a wide range of personalities, from sporty or ‘vintage’, to feminine or masculine. Colour is everywhere
inside the cabin too, even down to the numerous stowage areas.
“New Renault Twingo was inspired not only by the original Twingo but also by the Renault 5.
It is a modern take on the city car theme with the accent on innovation in terms of its lines
and architecture. New Twingo is a fun, playful and vibrant city car. It is ultra-manoeuvrable,
roomy and immensely practical. You’ll be itching to get behind the wheel and take it out for a
Laurens van den Acker, Head of Industrial Design, Renault
PLAYFUL, ENERGETIC STYLING
Like its forebear, New Twingo comes in a choice of four vibrant ‘pop’ colours (light blue, white, yellow and red), an
unmistakable sign that the Twingo spirit is well and truly back!
New Twingo fits with Renault’s new design strategy and represents the ‘Play’ petal of the brand’s lifecycle-based
plan, building on ideas previously explored by the Twin’Z and Twin’Run concept cars which were presented in the
first quarter of 2013.
New Twingo’s highly original architecture ensures exceptionally agile handling, along with a cheery expression, a
unique profile thanks to its short bonnet and a roomy passenger compartment.
At the same time, it features compact proportions and measures just 3.59 metres from bumper to bumper. Yet
thanks to its short front and rear overhangs and the positioning of the wheels at the car’s extreme corners, its
wheelbase is 2.49 metres – a record for the class and a pointer to its spacious interior.
“New Twingo’s layout, and in particular the positioning of the engine at the rear, has resulted in original, interesting
proportions. The challenge for the designers was to come up with nicely balanced forms that are perceived as
compact yet suggest a roomy cabin. The very short nose and the positioning of the wheels play contribute
significantly to this impression.”
Kenneth Melville, Small Car Design Director (Twingo, Clio, Captur)
New Twingo’s font end features the brand’s trademark
styling cues, including a prominent Renault logo set to a
black background. The new city car’s distinctive
personality is emphasised by its ribbed bonnet and big
headlights topped by direction indicators shaped like
eyelids. New Twingo’s assertive expression is further
enhanced by circular daytime running lights marked out
by four points of light. A broad air inlet set into the lower
portion of the bumper provides the finishing touch to New
Twingo’s expressive face.
“We wanted to ensure that New Twingo was instantly
recognisable, both day and night.”
Raphaël Linari, Lead Exterior Designer, Renault
The shoulder line stretches the full length of the sides,
from the front indicators to the tail. This signature feature
line, which is more prominent where it passes over the
wheel arches, especially at the rear, plays an important
part in the solid, robust feel that New Twingo exudes.
The handles for the rear doors are concealed, giving the
impression of a three-door car, yet New Twingo – for the
first time in the model’s history – has five doors.
Depending on version, the car’s proportions are
highlighted by decal graphics which emphasise its
dynamic yet robust silhouette.
Flush-fitting rear lights follow the profile of New Twingo’s shoulders and appear to form an integral part of the broad
glass hatchback which characterises the rear of the car.
A MODERN DESIGN
INSPIRED BY A RICH HERITAGE
“We were heavily inspired by the unique legacy of
the Renault 5 and the original Twingo. Thanks to
their unique personalities and enchanting
expressions, these two models influenced our
approach to the design of our new city car which is
nonetheless solidly grounded in today’s thinking.”
Kenneth Melville, Small Car Design Director
(Twingo, Clio, Captur)
The shape of the headlights, the pronounced
shoulders at the rear and the design of the hatch are
all reminiscent of the Renault 5 Turbo, the R5’s
emblematic rear-engined sporting derivative. Some
of the graphics envisaged for personalising New
Twingo pay tribute to this heritage.
NEW TWINGO: ROOMY, PRACTICAL AND ULTRA-MANOEUVRABLE
Thanks to the bold decision to locate the engine at the rear, New Twingo is able to offer far greater agility and a
bigger cabin than would be expected from a car with an overall length of just 3.59 metres.
Outstanding agility and a turning circle of just 8.65 m
Agile handling is the foremost benefit of this architecture. The positioning of the engine at the rear gave the
designers more freedom to work on the front end. New Twingo’s turning circle of 8.65 m helps it to turn easily in
cramped spaces. Indeed, compared with its competitors, it needs a metre less space to perform a U-turn.
A COMMANDING DRIVING POSITION
Ease of access, the sensation of cabin space and allround visibility all benefit from New Twingo’s high-up
driving position. Indeed, thanks to its short bonnet and
large windscreen, New Twingo offers best-in-class
visibility, with a forward vertical field of view of 12
EXTRA SPACE FOR OCCUPANTS
Although New Twingo is 10cm shorter than its
predecessor, the distance from the dashboard to the
tailgate is 22cm longer.
The shorter bonnet frees up space at the front to provide
extra space for occupants.
The 2.49m wheelbase (an increase of 13cm) ensures
generous cabin space both front and rear – especially
when it comes to knee room, which is best in class at
FEEL THE LENGTH: THE ONLY CITY CAR CAPABLE OF CARRYING A 2.2-METRE LOAD – WITH AN ADULT SAT AT
New Twingo’s flat floor, 50/50-split folding rear seat (which houses additional stowage opportunities) and forwardtipping front passenger seat back ensure a highly modular interior which adapts easily to the user’s needs of the
With the engine tucked underneath it, the
boot (219 dm ) is particularly practical thanks
to its rectangular floor and the fact that the
wheel arches do not intrude on the available
space. The flat sill is at the ideal height for
loading, while the 50/50-split rear seat bench
folds easily to reveal a flat boot floor of 1.35
m in length. The front passenger seat back
also folds forward to enable New Twingo to
carry loads of up to 2.20 metres in length.
That’s 22cm longer than the outgoing Twingo
and quite a feat for a car that is only 3.59
“We had been thinking about a rear-engined
architecture for some time. It takes courage
and creativity on the part of the design teams
to completely rethink how a car’s volumes
can be used. New Twingo is particularly
innovative and is notable for several attributes
that are vital for a city car, namely
manoeuvrability, visibility and space for
Christian Steyer, Chief Engineer,
INSTALLING THE ENGINE AT THE REAR: AN INNOVATION MADE POSSIBLE BY
THE EXPERTISE OF RENAULT’S ENGINE SPECIALISTS
The choice of a rear-engined architecture for New Twingo brings a rich variety of benefits. The crucial
step forward was finding a way to fit a modern engine into such a small space. This entailed an
innovative re-think of the engine configuration so that it could be angled at 49 degrees in order to reduce
its overall height and thereby free up space for a spacious boot.
New Twingo is available with two of Renault’s latest-generation engines:
- The brand new SCe 70, a normally-aspirated derivative of the TCe range. The responsive
performance of this 70hp and 91Nm, normally-aspirated 999cc petrol engine makes it ideal for motoring
in built-up areas, especially since torque is available from very low engine speeds. Inexpensive to buy
and run, this latest-generation powerplant will be available with or without Stop&Start, depending on
- The Energy TCe 90: dynamic and fun to drive. Not only is this 898cc turbocharged petrol powerplant
responsive at low engine speeds but it also delivers refined performance thanks to a power output of
90hp and peak torque of 135Nm. It was redesigned specially for New Twingo and the turbo is equipped
with an electric waste gate to provide the optimal balance between performance and fuel consumption.
The Energy TCe 90 engine incorporates Stop&Start as standard and complies with Euro 6 emission
A FUN-LOVING, ENERGISING AND CONNECTED INTERIOR
“Our mission was to create a cheery cabin
that was fun to be in, with a host of
opportunities for personalisation – right
down to the different stowage solutions. The
idea was to reimagine the iconic interior of
the original Twingo. The driving position is
enticingly sporty and we gave it a cockpitlike feel that makes you want to climb in and
take it out for a drive.”
Laurent Negroni, Interior Designer,
The passenger compartment has generous glazed areas, along with a high-up driving position and a large
windscreen providing a record forward visibility (vertical field of view: 12 degrees). The driving position is sporty
and fun, with a dynamic feel driven by the steering wheel and instrument hood (referencing the PLAY petal of
Renault’s design strategy).
The dashboard features uncluttered forms, with all the instruments housed in a console surrounded by a broad
white trim which comes with either a ‘golf ball’ or smooth painted finish. The instruments themselves include a large
speedometer located in the driver’s line of sight, plus a centrally-positioned display with a surround that matches
that of the instruments and available in blue, white, black or red.
The seats have integrated head restraints and employ simple graphics – coloured piping in red, blue or grey – to
highlight their shape and the continuity between the cushion and the backrest.
A CHEERFUL, COLOURFUL INTERIOUR
The interior trim plays on a contrast between black and white. The cabin is essentially black, but the instrument
panel surround, steering wheel inserts, air vents and door panels are picked out in white, echoing one another to
create a vibrant ambience.
New Twingo gives buyers the choice of three different themes for the seat fabric and armrests: blue, grey or red,
with flecks of colour.
Also available is a sportier trim which features a black ambience combined with red highlights and mixed fabric
Two connectivity solutions: R & GO for use with a smartphone, or the latest generation R-Link
The R & GO application is a free download for New Twingo owners and enables smartphones to link
automatically to the vehicle’s radio. Drivers are presented with a menu of clear icons provide access to four userfriendly, intuitive functions:
1 - 3D Navigation (Copilot Premium),
2 - Telephone (numbers, Bluetooth , etc.),
3 - Media (internet radio, display of artist’s name and track title),
4 - Trip computer (Renault eco-driving eco , additional information to that provided by the dashboard instruments,
The R & GO radio is supplied with a universal mounting to allow a smartphone to be mounted on the dashboard
at eye level.
The R & GO application is compatible with the Android and iOS operating systems and also functions with a
Also available for the model is the latest version of the in-dash R-Link multimedia system: R-Link Evolution. This
system features a capacitative display (giving zooming and scrolling capability) and DAB digital radio (depending on
A TWINGO FOR ALL TASTES: EXTERIOR AND INTERIOR PERSONALISATIONS
“New Twingo’s interior features several
distinct zones that are ideal for multiple
personalisation permutations. New Twingo is
designed to rekindle the ‘voitures à vivre’ spirit
that has long been championed by the brand
and which continues to underpin the work of
Renault’s designers. The spirit of the original
Twingo was a major inspiration for us when it
came to colours and materials, and we have
built on our experience with Clio and Captur to
develop an ambitious personalisation
Kenneth Melville, Small Car Design Director
(Twingo, Clio, Captur)
Thanks to a wide choice of colours, graphics and interior themes, New Twingo can be ordered to match the
owners’ individual tastes, from sporty to ‘zen’, masculine or feminine, or even ‘vintage’, with graphics inspired by the
This personalisation programme enables customers to customise their New Twingo with co-ordinated exterior and
interior decor elements colour-keyed to the exterior bodywork:
- Exterior decor elements: door mirror housings, grille trim, side protective mouldings.
- Interior decor elements: instrument housing surround, air vents, steering wheel inserts.
New Renault Twingo can also be personalised
with 15- or 16-inch alloy wheels.
Renault’s latest city car can be ordered with a
large electric fabric sunroof for al fresco
“Our intention was to rekindle the colourful,
fun-loving spirit that the original Twingo brought
when it was launched in 1993. At the same time,
we wanted to show how the world of small
Renaults has moved on.”
Nathalie Granger, Designer, Colour and
PERSONALISABLE STOWAGE SOLUTIONS
Thanks to an innovative concept known as Flexicase®, New Twingo can be equipped with a range of special
stowage features depending on the different types of use to which it is to be put, from nets underneath the rear seat
and rear door bins complete with bag hooks, to a console between the front seats, a removable bin at the bottom of
the centre console and even a choice of glove boxes! Together, these solutions provide an additional stowage
capacity of 52 litres.
RENAULT’S SMALL-CAR SUCCESS STORY CONTINUES…..
Renault’s secret when creating great small cars has always been to have the courage to deliver in-depth
innovations, versatility and appointments associated with models in the next segment up.
New Twingo takes a fresh approach to the small car in keeping with the spirit that inspired the bold styling,
innovations and cheeriness of the Renault 5 in 1971 and the original Twingo in 1993.
“Today, it is New Twingo’s turn to contribute to the renewal of Renault’s small-car range. This revitalisation process
is founded on warm, sensuous styling, innovations that are practical in everyday use, versatility and quality
performance, especially in terms of fuel consumption and refinement. The ingredients of this recipe are emotion,
rigorous engineering and originality, and that is what appeals to customers – as the remarkable sales results for Clio
and Captur clearly demonstrate.”
Ali Kassaï, Vice President, Small Car Programmes
RENAULT’S NEW MODELS BRING THE EMOTION BACK TO MOTORING
The success of Clio, Captur and ZOE shows that
customers are drawn to Renault’s new styling identity
and the products that embody it. Renault’s small cars
have won numerous design awards and media
accolades, proof that emotion is well and truly back
on the agenda at Renault.
Renault’s small-car expertise runs in its blood
and is founded on:
- Ongoing improvements to existing products: for
example, Renault reduced the fuel consumption of
the current Twingo by almost 25 percent between
2007 and 2012 thanks to ongoing work on its engines
- Rewriting the rulebook: Renault boasts a long and
proud history of innovation and has never shirked
from introducing revolutionary vehicles based on
advanced ideas that have gone on to become the
norm a few years down the line. Examples include
the Renault 5 in 1972 and Twingo in 1993.
This bold approach is widely acclaimed and clearly appreciated, since Renault is the European market leader for
small versatile cars (B-segment passenger cars) with a market share of almost 11% in 2013.
338,370 Renault Clios (latest generation) were sold worldwide in the 12 months of 2013.
A year and a half after its launch, Renault Clio is:
- Europe’s second best-selling B-segment model (passenger cars and LCVs),
- Europe’s third best-selling model all segments combined, with 274,741 units sold for a market share of 2%.
93,841 Renault Capturs were sold worldwide in 2013.
The most recent registration data for the last few months shows Captur heading for European market leadership,
ahead of the 2008 and Juke.
RENAULT AND DAIMLER: A PRODUCTIVE PARTNERSHIP FOR AN AMBITIOUS RENEWAL
In 2008, Renault’s engineers and designers started from a clean sheet of paper as they set out to create the
next-generation Twingo. It was a challenging mission but they set their sights high, in keeping with the
philosophy behind the iconic original which symbolised both Renault’s spirit of creativity and its ability to come
up with game-changing concepts. Despite the newcomer’s smaller footprint, the aim was to produce an even
roomier and more agile city car than the current Twingo, and this is how the idea of switching to a rear-mounted
engine took form. The cost of development was initially deemed to be too high, but Renault’s thoughts found an
echo in those of Daimler which was also in the process of exploring ideas for the next-generation two- and fourseat versions of the Smart. In April 2010, a strategic cooperation agreement was signed by the two firms,
marking the official green light for a joint development programme which promised a wealth of synergies.
“By sharing the costs with Daimler, we were able to design New Twingo with a rear-engined architecture – a
breakthrough in its segment.”
Carsten Krapf, Deputy Vice-President, Small Car Programmes
NEW TWINGO – TECHNICAL DATA IN BRIEF
Length: 3.59 m
Width: 1.64 m
Height: 1.55 m
Forward vertical field of view: 12.1 degrees
Turning circle: 8.65 m
Wheelbase: 2.49 m
Rear knee room: 13.6 cm
Maximum load length: 2.20 m
Boot capacity: 219 litres
Stowage capacity: 52 litres
SCe 70: 3 cylinders, petrol, 999cc, normally aspirated, 70 hp, 91 Nm
TCe 90: 3 cylinders, petrol, 898cc, turbo, 90 hp, 135 Nm
NEW TWINGO ON THE INTERNET …
The public will be able to enjoy an innovative, fun and interactive online experience at
which goes live on March 4. Visitors will be able to interact with New Twingo, learn about its agile handling in a
‘hands-on’ way and discover an exclusive 360-degree visit of the cabin. The website also reveals the two
multimedia solutions that will be available for New Twingo, namely R & GO and R-Link Evolution.
A NEW LIMITED EDITION IN THE SPIRIT OF GENTLE(WO)MEN DRIVERS:
CLIO R.S. 200 EDC MONACO GP
CLIO R.S. 200 EDC TREATED TO THE MONACO GP TOUCH
A few years ago, Renault paid homage
to the Monaco Grand Prix by creating
successively applied to Laguna Coupé,
Mégane Coupé and Mégane R.S.
Following in the successful wheel tracks
of its forebears, Clio R.S. 200 EDC has
also been embellished with the spirit
associated with the Monaco GP
appellation. The new car makes its
debut at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show.
With its forceful character, sporting
appearance, Clio R.S. 200 EDC has
many advantages in addition to its
friendliness. That’s why it will have even
greater appeal to a new breed of
customer, particularly female, who will
specification and cabin refinement.
A numbered limited edition will be on sale in about 20 markets, including Japan and Australia, from the end of
STYLE, A STUNNING SPECIFICATION AND SPORTING ELEGANCE
Clio R.S. 200 EDC Monaco GP is
recognisable thanks to its exclusive
Pearlescent White paintwork. In some
markets, Platinum Grey – another
metallic finish – will be available as an
option. The black roof is optional.
flourishes, too, on the front blade,
rear diffuser, side protective strips,
door handles, 17-inch Tibor or 18-inch
Radicale alloy wheels and door
mirrors. The rear spoiler is also
finished in black, as is the hatchback
shroud when a reversing camera is
specified). Finally, a Monaco GP
badge adorns the bodywork’s lower
- Clio R.S. 200 EDC Monaco GP also features a refined cabin dominated by complementary black and grey hues.
Dark Metal decorative signatures can be found on the steering wheel, gear lever knob and gaiter, steering wheel
boss, loudspeaker surrounds and the internal door handles. The seat belts are finished in Technique Grey.
- Christened Riviera, the leather upholstery incorporates grey stitching. The numbered door sills feature Monaco
GP branding and the Renault Sport mats come with a grey border.
- The comprehensive list of standard equipment includes extra-tinted glass (rear side windows and rear screen),
heated front seats and Renault’s connected R-Link tablet.
- The potent R.S. Monitor 2.0 telemetry system is available as an option. This provides access to the R.S. Replay
function, the only system of its kind, which allows users to create and download racing circuits, to watch and review
all the data logged during a track day and to share this information via social media networks.
- Clio R.S. 200 EDC Monaco GP has a 1.6 Turbo engine developing 200hp mated to six-speed twin-clutch EDC
MONACO AND RENAULT: A PRESTIGIOUS PARTNERSHIP
The ACM (Automobile Club de Monaco) is one of the world’s most distinguished and famous motoring
organisations. It embodies a genuine passion for automotive endeavour and sporting governance. Such
are the values that have bonded Renault and the ACM in a strong partnership that has lasted more than
The sporting, elegant Monaco GP limited edition of Clio R.S. 200 EDC launched at the 2014 Geneva Motor
Show reflects the exclusivity and prestige that characterises the Monegasque world.
RENAULT – NUMBER ONE FOR ELECTRIC VEHICLE SALES IN EUROPE
“Now that many automakers are
embarking on electric vehicle
programmes, Renault offers a full
range of electric cars. With a market
share of 37% in Europe, Renault is
leading the field in this promising
technology for the future of the
automotive industry. Sales are
increasing worldwide and have even
got off to a stronger start than hybrid
vehicles did when they were launched
Philippe Klein, Executive Vice
President, Product Planning &
ZOE OFFERS CHARGING ON A DOMESTIC PLUG
At the end of the first quarter of 2014, Renault will start marketing the Flexi Charger, a new charging cable which
extends ZOE’s charging options by enabling the vehicle to be charged from a standard household power socket.
Initially scheduled for launch in France (March 4), Germany, the Netherlands, Austria and Luxembourg, the Flexi
Charger will gradually become available across the rest of Europe in the course of 2014.
The Flexi Charger: flexible in two ways…
1/ When connected to a specially-designed socket such as Legrand’s
Green’up Access socket, installed by a certified electrician at the
place where the customer generally parks, the fully-compliant Flexi
Charger will completely charge the vehicle in between 8 and 10
hours. By way of comparison, the Wall-Box can charge the vehicle
in between 6 and 9 hours (3kW version), or between 3 and 4 hours
2/ The Flexi Charger can also be used to plug ZOE into a standard
230-volt household power socket for top-up charging . “Imagine
you’re having dinner at some friends’ house and you’re worried you
won’t have enough charge to get you home. The Flexi Charger will
give you a range of about 25 kilometres if you plug it into a standard
230-volt socket for three hours,” says Aurélien Subsol, ZOE product
The Flexi Charger will also be available as an accessory for current
Proper functioning of the Flexi Charger is only guaranteed if the electrical installation is of a high quality and compliant with standards.
«Z.E. ACCESS – A BATTERY LEASE PLAN FOR €49 PER MONTH FOR LOW-MILEAGE
In January 2014, Renault rolled out a
battery lease plan designed for ZOE
customers who drive around 5,000
kilometres a year. Available in all the
countries where ZOE is marketed and
reserved for retail customers buying a
new ZOE, the plan is priced from €49 a
month with a minimum contract term of
36 months. Mileage is restricted to
1,250 kilometres per quarter, which is
equivalent to an average daily homework commute of 20 kilometres.
Z.E. Access rounds out the Z.E. Flex
plan – available since the launch of
Renault ZOE – which is priced from
€79 a month over three years and
includes 12,500 kilometres per year.
For customers who do annual mileage
of up to 6,800 kilometres (i.e. 27
kilometres per day), Z.E. Access is
more affordable than Z.E. Flex.
RENAULT ZOE – A RAFT OF INNOVATIONS AND 60 PATENTS TO MAKE ZERO
EMISSION* DRIVING AFFORDABLE FOR ALL
Renault ZOE is a readily affordable all-electric city car designed for everyday use. Boasting more than 60
patents filed in the course of its design and development, ZOE features the most advanced electric vehicle
technology to promote user friendliness and extend range.
Using the Chameleon charger, ZOE is the only electric vehicle that can be charged in between 30
minutes and 10 hours depending on the power available at the socket (between 3 and 43kW) via a single
plug on the car. Using a standard 230-volt socket (2.2kW), ZOE can also get a top-up of approximately 25
kilometres in three hours with the Flexi Charger.
ZOE has a best-in-class range of between 100 and 150 kilometres depending on driving style and
weather. It is also the first mass-market electric vehicle to achieve an NEDC** range of more than 200
kilometres (210 kilometres) thanks to its Range OptimiZEr system, which improves range whatever the
Safety is also a core focus. According to the independent European safety assessor Euro NCAP, ZOE was
the best supermini in its class in 2013, ahead of its internal combustion-engined rivals.
To date, more than 10,000 customers have been won over by Renault’s 100% electric hatchback.
* During road use, excluding wear parts.
** New European Driving Cycle. Standard driving cycle used by type approval authorities to assess the fuel economy and range of
passenger cars. NEDC range data is indicative and provides a base for comparison between vehicles.
TWIZY CARGO – OFFICIAL
The LCV variant of Twizy, dubbed
Twizy Cargo, is being officially unveiled
at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show. The
result of a partnership between Renault
Tech and Renault Sport Technologies,
Twizy Cargo boasts a watertight boot
with a capacity of 180 litres (payload:
75kg), accessible via a lockable rear
door that opens to 90 degrees. This
conversion was made possible by
adapting the cut-out of the rear end and
doing away with the passenger seat.
The front seat is still adjustable.
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98% OF ZOE CUSTOMERS REPORT THAT THEY ARE “SATISFIED”
Some 38,000 electric vehicles from the Z.E. range have been registered in Europe over the period between the
commercial release of Kangoo Z.E. on November 28, 2011, and ZOE’s first anniversary, celebrated at the Château
de Versailles in France on January 27, 2014, with 50 owners and media representatives in attendance.
According to a survey conducted among the first ZOE buyers by IPSOS Loyalty, 98% of ZOE owners said they
were satisfied and 95% would recommend the car to family and friends. ZOE’s quiet operation, driving
enjoyment and design were the top reasons for satisfaction. Kangoo Z.E. also scored very highly in another survey
– 95% of customers were satisfied with their vehicle (Source: survey conducted by Maxiphone in 2012).
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RENAULT ELECTRIC VEHICLES CONQUERING THE WORLD
Z.E. vehicles popular in car-sharing programmes in Europe
In Switzerland, Mobility Carsharing bought 19 Renault ZOE superminis at the end of 2013 to extend its range of
electric vehicles. The company now boasts one of the largest electric vehicle fleets in Switzerland. More than
105,000 customers can now car-share a ZOE thanks to Mobility Carsharing.
In Germany, Cambio-Carsharing and Hamburg’s Sparda bank have introduced an innovative car-sharing
programme as part of a small property development project. Two electric vehicles, including a Renault ZOE, have
been available for car-sharing since late 2013 by the 14 tenants of a recently renovated apartment block in Hamburg.
In Italy, two car-sharing services using Renault electric vehicles have started up in Naples:
Bee-Green Mobility Sharing has a fleet of 40 Twizys to meet the needs of local residents and tourists alike.
The vehicles can be reserved by phone or on the web and then picked up from one of the 35 Bee Points
located in the city’s car parks. They can then be dropped off at any other Bee Point.
Ci.Ro (City Roaming), set up by the non-profit organisation Napoli Città Intelligente, provides individuals or
business users with eight ZOEs, three Kangoo Z.E.s and a Fluence Z.E.
In France, 11 Novotel hotels have made Twizys available free of charge to guests who stay for more than four
consecutive nights. Featuring ultra-compact dimensions and open bodywork, Twizy is ideal for city driving. In Lyon,
the Bluely car-sharing programme, funded by the Bolloré group, will include 50 Twizys. Production of the vehicles
has just started. This car-sharing programme is the Bolloré group’s second, following on from Autolib’ in the Paris
region. The Lyon service provides electric vehicles other than Bolloré’s Bluecar. Renault is offering its Z.E. retail
customers a free annual subscription covering the 4,200 Autolib’ bays until February 28, 2014. Customers are then
billed €1 per hour for using the service, which also includes parking. Parking is free for electric vehicles in Paris.
Electric vehicles are perfect for a broad
spectrum of business uses, including home
deliveries and car rentals for tourists. Following
in the footsteps of the French postal service,
which ordered 10,000 Kangoo Z.E.s due to be
delivered in stages up until the end of 2015, the
Austrian postal service has just signed a
contract to buy 40 Kangoo Z.E.s. In England,
Eco Travel Network rents out seven Twizys to
residents, tourists and businesses so they can
explore the local countryside. Winner of the
Green Transport Prize, they intend to purchase
a Kangoo Z.E. to round out their fleet.
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Renault electric vehicles win followers outside Europe
To date, the Renault Z.E. range – in part or in full – is marketed in 23 countries around the world. In early 2014,
electric vehicles went on sale outside Europe, in Turkey, Morocco, Brazil and the United Arab Emirates.
SEVERAL CONTRACTS SIGNED IN SOUTH AMERICA IN 2013
In June, the State of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil and the Renault-Nissan Alliance signed a multilateral
memorandum of understanding with major partners, including Petrobras Distribuidora, Light, Ampla and Rio
Negócios, in order to evaluate the possibility of producing electric vehicles in the State of Rio de Janeiro and
setting up the necessary infrastructure for electric vehicle use.
Over the northern-hemisphere summer, also in Brazil, power utility CPFL said it would acquire 42 Renault
electric vehicles under its electric mobility programme. The contract covers Kangoo Z.E., Fluence Z.E. and
ZOE, which was released in the country just a few weeks after the announcement of the new contract.
A few months later, on October 7, Renault and the Itaipu hydroelectric dam signed a technological
cooperation agreement in Sao Paulo. The first key step of the agreement is the acquisition and assembly of 32
Twizys by Itaipu’s EV Research, Development and Assembly Centre (CPDM-VE/IB). Other vehicles in the
Renault Z.E. range may be included in the agreement.
In late 2013, the world’s largest express transportation company FedEx announced the arrival of the first six
Kangoo Z.E.s in the streets of São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, starting January 2014.
Other countries in South America have also shown an interest in Z.E. vehicles. Renault’s all-electric range was
a big success in Mexico when it was presented to the media and the public in October. Kangoo Z.E. and Twizy
are now sold throughout Renault’s Mexican network.
RENAULT, ENGINE MANUFACTURER PAR EXCELLENCE, RISES TO THE
CHALLENGE OF ENERGY EFFICIENCY IN 2014
THE NEW ENERGY DCI 160 TWIN TURBO ENGINE: THE FEEL OF A 2-LITRE POWERPLANT,
PLUS A 25% SAVING IN FUEL CONSUMPTION
As a successful engine maker in the world
of F1, Renault makes full use of its
experience by continuously refining the
energy efficiency of its road car engines to
deliver even greater driving enjoyment. The
latest fruit of the firm’s downsizing strategy
is the Energy dCi 160 Twin Turbo, the
first 1.6-litre diesel powerplant to benefit
This 1,598cc block delivers 160hp and a
generous 380Nm of torque, which catapults it
into the domain of 2-litre engines in terms of
performance. This important breakthrough
combines with fuel consumption and CO2
emissions savings of 25%.
IMPROVED PERFORMANCE COURTESY OF TWIN-TURBOCHARGING EXPERTISE
The use of ‘Twin Turbo’ technology for this diesel engine ensures a blend of low-end torque and high power at
higher revs, the obvious knock-on effect of which is enhanced driving enjoyment.
The system comprises two sequential turbo-compressors:
- The first is a very low inertia turbo which provides high low-end torque for crisp pull-away and mid-range
acceleration. To guarantee sprightly pick-up response at low revs and incisive acceleration, 90% of peak torque is
available from 1,500rpm.
- The second turbo assumes the reins at the higher-end and produces high power (100hp per litre) at faster
engine speeds to ensure smooth, linear, dependable acceleration right the way up to maximum revs.
The engine always works within its range of optimum efficiency, which naturally yields benefits in terms of fuel
consumption and CO2 emissions.
A HI-TECH UNIT BOASTING TECHNOLOGY BORNE OUT OF RENAULT’S F1 EXPERTISE
This expertise in the field of sophisticated turbochargers is not the only link between the 1.6-litre Renault Energy F1
Power Unit and the Energy dCi 160 Twin Turbo block which takes advantage of a number of technologies borne out
of Renault’s know how in F1, notably in terms of cooling and friction reduction:
The transverse water flow system permits faster and more efficient cooling of the combustion chamber.
‘U’-section U-Flex piston rings adapt to changes in the form of the cylinder walls resulting from fluctuations in
temperature and pressure to yield the optimum compromise between efficiency and friction.
Super-finishing also reduces friction.
The fuel injection system of the Energy dCi 160 Twin Turbo operates at a pressure of 1,800 bars to function with the
twin turbocharger. It complies with Euro 6b emissions legislation and incorporates a NOx Trap and particulate
filter regeneration system.
By dint of its efficiency, this engine is comfortably capable of powering larger vehicles, and will notably be available
for Renault’s forthcoming top of the range models.
The Energy dCi 160 Twin Turbo will be manufactured at Renault’s Cléon plant in Normandy, France, which
specialises in the production of the company’s technologically-advanced engines.
RENAULT ENERGY F1 POWER UNIT: A 35% REDUCTION IN FUEL CONSUMPTION FOR THE SAME
LEVEL OF PERFORMANCE
In accordance with the new FIA regulations,
Formula 1 is in the midst of an engine
revolution that is bringing the sport more inline with mass-production requirements, with
the most notable upshot being the reduction
by more than one third of the cars’ fuel
consumption. A double restriction will apply,
relating to the consumption of fuel during
races and the total amount of fuel that can
be carried on-board. The new engines will
consequently count amongst the world’s
most efficient with regard to their level of
As one of the three engine manufacturers
having risen to the FIA’s challenge, Renault has
produced the new Energy F1 2014 Power
Unit. Developed thanks to the expertise boasted
by its F1 engine engineering headquarters in
Viry-Châtillon, near Paris, France, this electrified
1.6-litre V6 Turbo delivers 750hp, which is the
same level of performance as its 2.4-litre V8
predecessor, despite a one-third reduction in
The Renault Energy F1 Power Unit represents a substantial technological breakthrough. It is an extremely
sophisticated unit that combines a turbocharged internal combustion engine with two powerful energy recovery
systems which recuperate the energy contained in exhaust emissions (heat energy) and in the movement of the
crankshaft (mechanical energy). The race cars will consequently be powered by a combination of fuel and electrical
Renault has been able to rise to this technological challenge thanks to:
- its expertise in downsizing,
- its knowledge of energy management through KERS (Kinetic Energy Recovery Systems), a method of recovering
kinetic energy under braking,
- and its head-start in electric vehicle technology through the brand’s Z.E. programme.
Known as the Renault Energy F1 2014 Power Unit, this new engine illustrates the existing synergies with
Renault’s innovative range of Energy powerplants which is already available for the brand’s road cars. These
downsized engines deliver driving enjoyment, responsive pick-up and acceleration, whilst at the same time
being more economical in terms of CO2 emissions and generating fuel consumption savings of up to 25%. The
decision to use this name underlines Renault’s determination to make its F1 technology available to all motorists.
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RENAULT’S EXPERTISE AND THE NEW FIA FORMULA E CHAMPIONSHIP
In addition to being Europe’s number one
manufacturer of electric vehicles,
Renault has boasted a unique level of
expertise in motorsport throughout its
history. It was therefore only natural that
Renault should become a technical partner
in the development of the 100% electric
SRT_01E single-seater for the new FIA
Formula E Championship.
The contribution from Renault’s engineers
and motorsport experts had a direct
impact upon the overall design of the
powertrain. They were in charge of the
specification and integration of the electric
power systems based on the experience
acquired through the development of the
new Renault-Energy-F1 2014 Power Unit.
Renault worked with Spark to improve the performance and safety of the powertrain for the Spark-Renault SRT_01E.
Renault Sport Technologies, in partnership with Renault Sport F1, faced three challenges:
The successful integration of the battery’s components into a single-seater frame,
Ensuring the required level of battery life and performance,
The guarantee of safety (crash test + fire).
‘’ The battery of the Spark-Renault SRT_01E forms an integral part of the chassis, something that is totally
unprecedented in a single-seater race car. In tandem with our partner, we have developed a battery pack that forms
part of the car’s structure, thereby increasing its rigidity.It is isolated electrically and protected from fire by composite
materials which also contribute to the vehicle’s light weight.’’
Patrice Ratti, CEO, Renault Sport Technologies
PERFORMANCE, EFFICIENCY AND RELIABILITY: MOTORSPORT AT THE SERVICE OF
The success of Renault engines, whether designed for motorsport or mass-produced road cars, is founded on three
cornerstones: performance, efficiency and reliability…
Performance: Renault’s motorsport engines provide first class performance, while the units designed for the brand’s
road vehicles benefit from specific power levels that rank amongst the most competitive of any volume manufacturer.
Efficiency: Squeezing the very most out of every last drop of fuel is essential in motorsport. At the same time,
Renault’s production engines stand out for their efficiency and figure amongst the market’s very best in terms of their
power output-to-fuel consumption ratio. As an example, New Clio Energy dCi 90 returns fuel consumption of just 3.2
litres/100km. That’s equivalent to 83g of CO2/km, a figure which rivals with that of the best-performing hybrids.
Reliability: Consistency in its results has played a fundamental part in the success achieved by Renault in
motorsport over the decades, and that has been made possible by the durability of the brand’s engines in extreme
conditions. Renault’s production powerplants, too, benefit from excellent reliability, as recognised in surveys
conducted by independent motoring organisations and the company’s partners.
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