The focus at last week’s Geneva Motor Show was on alternative powertrains and, in particular, electric mobility with almost every brand pointing in that direction.
Renault presented the new Clio, the fifth generation of a car that has sold some 15 million units since it was first launched in 1990, and it has been careful not to throw away the traits that have made the model its mainstream model, for almost 30 years, so successful.
Designers say that it rewrites the rule book, with more mature body styling and an entirely revamped interior. This is a completely new model with 100% new parts and a more sculpted body and a more assertive front end.
Yet, Renault chiefs are happy that it is instantly recognisable and typical of the brand. The completely redesigned interior is inspired by higher-end segments, both in terms of perceived quality and available technology.
“The fifth-generation Clio is very important for us as it is the best-seller in its segment and the second best-selling car in Europe, all categories combined,” says Laurens van den Acker, Senior Vice President, Corporate Design.
“The Clio is an icon, and the latest features the very best of the previous generations. The exterior design of Clio IV won over our customers and continues to do so today, so we chose to keep that DNA while bringing modernity and elegance to the new model.
For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.
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