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2018 Renault Kadjar Review Is A Tale Of Two Diesels 23
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Film, renault, Renault Kadjar, Renault Videos, reviews, UK, video on 12 23rd, 2017

If you’re in the market for an affordable and feature-rich crossover, the 2018 Renault Kadjar can make a compelling case for itself.

According to Carwow’s review, the Kadjar, while not exactly the best car in its class, is still worth shortlisting before you set out to visit nearby car dealerships. Compared to rivals such as its close relative, the Nissan Qashqai, the Kadjar offers a bigger boot and you’ll fit better in the back if you’re an individual with above average height, even in the middle seat.

The car being tested here is a 1.6-liter dCi diesel with 130 PS. While on paper it’s quicker than the 110 PS 1.5 dCi, according to the reviewer you don’t really notice the power difference between the two and, what’s more, the dCi 110 is quieter, too.

Despite a few ergonomic hiccups, the Kadjar is still a very practical car for its size and worth taking a look into, which is quite an achievement considering that it belongs to one of the most competitive segments in the industry.


Renault Builds Symbioz Prototype, Says It’s The Future Of Mobility [w/Video] 8
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Autonomous, concepts, Electric Vehicles, Galleries, renault, Renault Concepts, Renault Videos, Tech, video on 12 8th, 2017

After unveiling the Symbioz concept at this year’s Frankfurt Motor Show in September, Renault is now giving journalists the chance to climb inside an actual prototype and go for a test drive.

According to Renault, this is the first rolling prototype built to be autonomous from the ground up, setting us up to experience the year 2023, in the present.

Aside from featuring Level 4 autonomous driving capabilities, meaning you can take your mind off the road, the Symbioz is also a zero emissions vehicle, powered by two electric motors, and fully connected.

“You cannot re-imagine the future of mobility until you’ve been in the SYMBIOZ demo car. Our engineering and design teams have pushed into the next decade with an autonomous car that lets you experience a new kind of mobility.”

“Electric and connected, this working concept car is designed from the outset to challenge old paradigms about getting from place to place. We’re excited to show the world our vision – and to let them sample the future of Renault,” said the automaker’s product engineering VP, Gaspar Gascon Abellan.

The demo car’s two electric motors are located on the rear axle, and work together with Renault’s 4Control all-wheel steering system, offering improved dynamics on the road. In terms of specs, the prototype delivers 360 kW (489 PS) and 550 Nm (405 lb-ft) of torque continuously, although the maximum power is rated at 500 kW (680 PS) and 660 Nm (486 lb-ft) of torque. The result of that is a 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) time of 6 seconds flat.

While the prototype features a 72kWh battery back, the architecture itself can accommodate batteries with a capacity of up to 100kWh. As for charge times, you can juice them up to 80% in less than half an hour.

The Symbioz measures 4.92 meters (16.1 ft) long, 1.92 meters (6.3 ft) wide and 1.44 meters (4.2 ft) high, with a wheelbase of 3.07 meters (10 feet). It’s quite a large car, and thanks to its styling (the vast glazed upper), it will let ample light into the cabin while optimizing exterior visibility.

Speaking of styling, the exterior has a wide range of aerodynamic features, such as the vertical air intakes, side wind deflectors and a roof spoiler (deploys automatically in Dynamic mode). Beneath the design, you’ll find Lidars concealed in the front headlights and rear bumper, radars and ultrasound sensors behind the bodywork, a front camera, rear camera and lateral cameras hidden in the door handles.

Inside, there is no center console and the air vent system has been designed to achieve a flat floor. Meanwhile, storage areas in the dashboard have been moved to free up space on the sides and the door panels have been optimized with built-in lighting.

The entire cabin layout of the Symbioz demo car changes automatically according to which driving mode you’ve selected. In AD mode, the steering wheel and dashboard move back 12 cm (4.7 inches), while Dynamic mode offers the driver additional lateral support for a bucket seat feel, while changing engine, steering and chassis settings. As for Classic mode, that’s the standard mode, where everything is positioned like in a conventional car.

If you want to let the car do all the driving, you can relax and use the Symbioz’s virtual reality experience. Just put on the helmet and go on a virtual journey. It’s important to note that the system makes sure to reproduce the speed, trajectory, position on the road as well as the surrounding vehicles in real time so as to provide a comfortable experience.

According to Renault, the Symbioz demo car was developed simultaneously alongside the concept car, with partners such as LG and Ubisoft providing technical expertise. The next step for the French automaker will be to offer Level 2 autonomous driving in one of their cars in the year 2019, while Level 4-ready models will appear starting in 2022, pending government regulatory approvals.



Renault Demonstrates All Features Of The New Megane RS In Official Film 3
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in new cars, renault, Renault Megane, Renault Videos, RenaultSport, video on 12 3rd, 2017

Renault is placing the new generation Megane RS under the microscope a couple of months after it debuted at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show.

The official film covers all aspects of the new French hot hatch, from its exterior design, which is described as “a beast about to devour the road”, to its cabin that’s adorned with carbon fiber trim and Alcantara, among others.

Renault’s challenger to the likes of the new Honda Civic Type R promises improved traction at any speed thanks to the new motorsport-inspired suspension, combined with the 4Control four-wheel steering. The automaker wanted to enhance the sportiness of the new Megane RS by offering a ‘Race’ driving mode aimed at drivers that use the car on the track.

Even the 1.8-liter turbocharged engine is brand new, as it comes from the Alpine A110. It delivers 280PS (276hp) and 390Nm (288lb-ft) of torque to the front wheels. Customers will have to choose between a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, a first for the French hot hatch, which can also be had with one of the two chassis settings, Sport or Cup.

Last, but definitely not least, Renault will attempt to steal the Nurburgring lap record for FWD production cars from the new Honda Civic Type R. To accomplish that, their range-topping Megane needs to complete the 20.7km (12.9-mile) long run in less than 7min and 43.8sec.


It Took 600,000 Lego Bricks To Build This Full-Size Renault F1 Car 30
Posted by Carscoops Staff in F1, Lego, renault, Renault Videos, video on 11 30th, 2017

Stop by Renault’s flagship showroom in Paris and you’ll not only see an array of the French automaker’s vehicles, but this full-size Lego replica of the company’s Formula One racing car.

The 17’8”-long model took some 600,000 bricks to fabricate, and was topped off by actual tires, seat, and steering wheel used by the real RS17 on track.

The display at L’Atelier Renault forms the first stage in a partnership penned between Lego and the carmaker, launched on the occasion of the latter’s 40th anniversary in F1.

Saturday, December 9 will feature a full day of festivities for the kids, including face-painting, photo opportunities, free balloons, and workshops to show fans how to make stop-motion movies with their Lego creations and even make a miniature F1 car to take home.

Further activities are planned throughout the next month and year ahead as Renault and Lego seek to make good on their new partnership.

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Crash Tests Reveal South Africa’s Most Popular Cars Are Worryingly Unsafe 26
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Chery, Datsun, Datsun Go, Datsun Videos, Global NCAP, renault, Renault Sandero, Renault Videos, Reports, south-africa, TOYOTA, Toyota Etios, Toyota Videos, video, VW, VW Polo, VW Videos on 11 26th, 2017

Combining for 65% of all new cars sold in South Africa last year were the VW Polo Vivo, Datsun Go+, Toyota Etios, Renault Sandero and the Chery QQ3, a group of five extremely popular models.

Thanks to Global NCAP grabbing the entry-level version of each of these cars and testing their safety, we now know just how well they could protect occupants in the event of a crash.

While talking about the first ever crash-worthiness test for cars sold in Africa, Global NCAP chairman Lauchlan McIntosh says that such programs have led to safer cars being delivered in markets such as South America, India and the ASEAN region over the past five years.

“Working closely with our partners at the Automobile Association of South Africa and with the welcome support of the FIA Foundation and Bloomberg Philanthropies, our new campaign is an important first milestone on the road to Safer Cars for Africa.”

David Ward, secretary general of Global NCAP, added that “It is good to see a four star result in these first ever African crash test ratings. However, it’s extremely disappointing that there’s a zero star car. Such a poor result shows why it is so important for countries like South Africa to fully apply the UN’s crash test standards.”

Let’s run through these results and start with the only car here which achieved a four star rating for adult occupant protection.

Toyota Etios

The Etios’ structure was rated at stable during its frontal crash test, which was conducted at 64 km/h (39 mph). This model also came with seat belts with pretensioners for both front passengers, and achieved a three star rating for child occupant protection when Toyota-recommended child seats where used.

It’s worth noting that only the Etios and the Renault Sandero offer standard ISOFIX anchorages for the outboard rear positions and three-point seat belt for all passengers.

Renault Sandero

Like the Etios, the Sandero’s structure was also rated as “stable” during its frontal collision test, offering acceptable adult occupation protection. It wasn’t quite as good as the Toyota, but it did do better in the child occupant protection test where it achieved four stars – the best in the group.

Volkswagen Polo Vivo

The Polo Vivo delivered similar results to the Sandero as far as adult occupant protection is concerned. Also like the Sandero, it did not come with seat belt pretensioners. However, using child seats recommended by VW, the Polo Vivo only managed a three star rating for child protection.

Datsun GO+

Here’s where this list shifts from acceptable to downright scary. The Datsun GO+ achieved a one star rating for its poor driver occupant protection, and a two star rating for child occupant protection using child seats.

The dummy inside the car suffered chest damage (impact with the steering wheel, despite the airbag) during the frontal collision test, and the vehicle’s structure was rated unstable overall. There was also no airbag for the passenger.

Chery QQ3

Like Mr Ward said, the Chery QQ3’s performance was extremely disappointing. It achieved a zero star rating and its structure was deemed unstable as it collapsed during impact – resulting in injuries to the dummy’s head and chest.

Aside from not featuring any airbags, this car also didn’t have a manufacturer-recommended child seat, which explains why it received a zero star rating for child occupant protection as well.



This Couple Got Engaged While Driving F1 Cars In France 21
Posted by Carscoops Staff in F1, renault, Renault Videos, video on 11 21st, 2017

There are certain memorable moments in our lives that stick with us forever. Getting engaged would be one of them, for most who’ve had the privilege. Driving a Formula One racing car would surely be another. This couple got to do both, all at the same time.

Our story stars when Matthew Creed, a workshop controller from Kent, England, test-drove a Renault Clio RS at a dealership in Maidstone back in August, and was automatically entered in a contest. The prize: a chance to drive one of Renault’s F1 cars.

Creed won the competition, earning him two tickets to the Paul Ricard circuit in the South of France for the opportunity. He took his girlfriend Hayley Melen along for the trip, and popped the big question while they were there.

That’d be enough to make for a day to remember for both of them, but they also got to learn the circuit – set to host the French Grand Prix next year – in a Formula Renault 2.0 racer before sliding in behind the wheel of the 800-horsepower F1 car, which to our eyes looks like the E20 that the Lotus-Renault team ran back in 2012 (albeit repainted to reflect the team’s current livery).

Oh, and she said yes, by the way: “The whole day was just perfect from start to finish. Hayley and I have always shared a passion for racing and Renault, and enjoy regular track days together in my Clio R.S. 200,” said Matthew. “She has always been so supportive of my dreams and I knew it was the perfect moment for her to make me the luckiest man in the world, and she agreed to become my wife. It is a moment we will treasure for the rest of our lives.”

“Without a doubt it was the best day of my life. I didn’t think that extraordinary things really happened to ordinary people,” added Hayley. “We have both had a soft spot for Renault since we have been together, and alongside our passion for F1, it was just the perfect moment.”

Now we can’t wait to see what their wedding will be like.

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Autonomous Renault Prototype Performs As Well As Human Drivers On An Obstacle Course 7
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Autonomous, renault, Renault Videos, Renault Zoe, video on 11 7th, 2017

Group Renault has developed an autonomous driving prototype that has an “obstacle avoidance capability as good as professional test drivers.”

Dubbed Callie, the prototype is based on a Renault Zoe and it has been taught by some of the company’s best test drivers. As the human drivers complete the course at ever increasing speeds, Callie learns how the drivers respond to obstacles and then mimics them. Thanks to this learning process, the prototype can perform just as good as human drivers on the obstacle course.

Renault says this is an industry first and is an “important next step in using autonomous driving to improve vehicle safety.” The avoidance technology could be useful in a number of situations including when a vehicle in front of the car suddenly stops and the only way to avoid a collision would be to swerve into an adjacent lane.

Groupe Renault intends to become one of the first automakers to offer “Mind off” technology on mainstream vehicles and the company has plans to launch more than 15 Renault models with different levels of autonomous driving capabilities by 2022.

According to Simon Hougard, the director of Renault Open Innovation Lab – Silicon Valley, “At Groupe Renault, we are focused on being an innovation leader in products, technology and design. Our innovation efforts aim at developing advanced autonomous driving technologies that consumers can trust will create a safer, more comfortable journey.”


YouTuber Drives Renault-Powered F1 Car At Circuit Paul Ricard 1
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in F1, Infiniti, renault, Renault Videos, video on 11 1st, 2017

It's not everyday that somebody who's not a professional race car driver or some type of celebrity gets to drive one of the quickest man-made road going vehicles ever built.
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2018 Renault Megane RS Wants To Be The New FWD ‘Ring King 29
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Nurburgring, renault, Renault Megane, Renault Videos, RenaultSport, video on 10 29th, 2017

The new generation Renault Megane RS was spotted lapping the Nurburgring, likely trying to set a new record for front-wheel drive production cars.
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New Renault Megane RS Falls Into The Hands Of Three Masters Of Cornering 15
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in commercials, new cars, renault, Renault Megane, Renault Videos, RenaultSport, video on 09 15th, 2017

Renault F1 driver Nico Hulkenberg, Freeride Mountain Biker Sam Pilgrim, and Vice World Champion 2016 of Big Waves Surf, Justine Dupont, took turns driving the new Megane RS.
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New Renault Koleos Review Crowns It Superior To The X-Trail 10
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in diesel, renault, Renault Koleos, Renault Videos, reviews, UK, video on 09 10th, 2017

In a highly competitive market, Renault's new Koleos SUV manages to separate itself from some of its rivals simply by being decent at everything it does.
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Front-Drive Super-Hatches: VW Golf GTI Clubsport S vs Renault Megane RS 275 Trophy-R 9
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in renault, Renault Megane, Renault Videos, RenaultSport, video, VW, VW Golf GTI, VW Videos on 09 9th, 2017

Hot hatches don’t come much more capable than these two: the VW Golf GTI Clubsport S versus the 2014 Renault Megane RS Trophy-R.
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Nico Hulkenberg Takes New Renault Megane R.S. For A Spin Before Sep.12 Reveal 8
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Frankfurt-Motor-Show, renault, Renault Megane, Renault Videos, RenaultSport, video on 09 8th, 2017

With Frankfurt Motor Show and its myriad debuts approaching fast, Renault reminds us with yet another teaser that they will also be there with the new Megane R.S.
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Renault Megane RS R26 Driver Totally Misjudges This Sequence 5
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Accidents, Nurburgring, Offbeat News, renault, Renault Megane, Renault Videos, RenaultSport, video on 09 5th, 2017

Conquering a track such as the Nurburgring usually means being familiar with all its corners and how fast, or slow, you need to go.
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Renault Tackles The Future Of Mobility With New Symbioz Concept 4
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Autonomous, concepts, Electric Vehicles, Frankfurt-Motor-Show, renault, Renault Concepts, Renault Videos, video on 09 4th, 2017

Renault has released the first teaser that previews an entirely new concept car, called the Symbioz, which will celebrate its premiere in Frankfurt, next week.
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