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2014 Renault Twingo the new generation: Rear-engine, rear-wheel-drive

Renault is preparing to play hot in the city car segment with a new generation that has a platform built together with Mercedes, and has a rear-engine and rear-wheel-drive: 2014 Renault Twingo.

2014 Renault Twingo

2014 Renault Twingo

After some speculations and a website that clocked up its world debut till the last second, the 2014 Renault Twingo was unveiled officially by the French manufacturer. It’s fighting in the mini segment with Opel Adam and Fiat 500 – based on forms similar to those of the French rival.

2014 Renault Twingo – Design & Engine

As expected, 2014 Renault Twingo goes further with the design philosophy inaugurated by Laurens van den Acker, head of Renault design. The front adopts new optical blocks coupled with a second set of lights, round and slightly smaller. Everything is separated by a honeycomb grille in the middle of which the designers have placed a large Renault logo, in order to give value to the brand. The grille is accompanied by a longitudinal bar red, meant to contrast with the white body. The lower part of the bumper accommodates the projectors.

The red lines continue on the side, and to the posterior. The alloy wheels also have some red elements. The rear comes with a full glass tailgate, black, again a contrast with the white bodywork. It has a false deflector and a spoiler mounted on top of the tailgate, two aesthetic details emphasizing the sporty character of the car.

An extremely important novelty is the bodywork configuration. 2014 Renault Twingo comes with five doors and not with three as the previous generations were. The second doors come with handles hidden in the last row of pillars. The windows will have a lateral opening, just like the current model.

2014 Renault Twingo

The new Twingo was created from a simple piece of white paper, designers creating a totally new model inspired by the forms of the first Twingo and the legendary Renault 5.

The exterior will be offered with four “pop” colors, including light blue, white, yellow and red. They can be customised with different color inserts, found on the side mirrors, the side protection moldings, front grille and the entire body decors. Basically, the 2014 Renault Twingo relies on a lot of customisation possibilities, just like its Fiat 500 and Opel Adam rivals.

Although they not released details with the interior, Renault has gave the impression that the interior will be cheerful and colorful, designed completely from scratch to provide a friendly interface and versatility.

2014 Renault Twingo

The third generation of Twingo is built on a completely new platform, born in a partnership with Mercedes, as part of the deal that Daimler made it with Renault-Nissan. the work on the new rear-engine and rear-wheel-drive architecture started in 2010 and aiming to accommodate both the new Twingo and the future Smart with two or four seats.

Renault didn’t give any details about the 2014 Renault Twingo engine, but in the past, the Dacia plant (Romania) prepared a 0.9 Tce engine for the small Smart Fortwo.

Renault will provide more details about its future city car engine on March 4th at the opening of the 2014 Geneva Motor Show, where the cute Twingo will be the star of the French stand.

1992 Renault Twingo first generation

1992 Renault Twingo – The first generation

Twingo was born in 1992 when Renault introduced the series model at the Paris Motor Show. A few months later, in 1993, Renault entered in force in the mini segment. Twingo – a combination of the Twist, Swing and Tango words – quickly imposed as a desired product by the female audience.

At launch, the first generation proposed a lot of interesting features: an instrument panel mounted in the center of the dashboard, rear seats that slide for a bigger boot, more room for legs and a floor that rises at the tailgate opening.

The second generation was introduced in 2007 and never enjoyed the success of the first model. Developed on the Clio II platform, Twingo received many structural improvements, in order to obtain a good score in the EuroNCAP tests.

2014 Renault Twingo Video

 

2014 Renault Twingo Wallpaper [photo gallery]

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New Twingo: Renault’s fresh take on its popular city car

Two decades after it revolutionised the small car segment with the first-generation Twingo, Renault has taken a fresh look at its celebrated city car. The brand’s engineers and designers started from a blank sheet of paper and took their inspiration from the legacy left by the original Twingo and the Renault 5. The result is a new, innovative and agile car that is great fun to drive.

Today (February 14) sees Renault take the wraps off New Twingo, the appeal of which includes a choice of four striking colours and a truly assertive personality.

A project in association with Daimler

In 2008, Renault’s engineers and designers set out to create the next-generation Twingo with the aim of rekindling the innovative spirit that was such a hallmark of the original Twingo released in 1992. It was a challenging mission but they set their sights high, in keeping with the philosophy behind the iconic model which lost no time in becoming a symbol of Renault’s creativity.

The aim was to create an even roomier and more agile city car, despite its smaller footprint, and this is how the idea of switching to a rear-mounted engine took form, in spite of the higher development costs this entailed. Renault’s thoughts found an echo in those of Daimler which, at the same time, was exploring ideas for the next-generation two- and four-seat versions of the Smart. After early talks, a strategic cooperation agreement was concluded by the two firms in 2010, marking the official green light for the joint-development of New Twingo and the next versions of the two- and four-seat Smart.

A rear-mounted engine for agile handling and extra cabin space

Positioning the engine at the rear is a significant plus for a small city car since it frees up the front end and considerably improves the turning circle. Indeed, New Twingo is surprisingly manoeuvrable in built-up areas and parking calls for only a few turns of the steering wheel.

Combined with the use of a smaller block and the positioning of the wheels at the car’s extreme corners, the rear-mounted engine also frees up extra cabin space, while New Twingo also boasts the sort of wheelbase and roomy interior more generally associated with models in the next segment up.

Thanks to its pleasantly agile handling, spacious cabin and small front end, New Twingo delivers all the fundamentals that made the initial Twingo such a hit when it was unveiled at the 1992 Paris Motor Show.

A colourful personality

Mirroring the Twin’Z and Twin’Run concept cars that Renault presented in 2013, New Twingo oozes personality. 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!

Other cues are heavily inspired by the Renault 5, including the rake of New Twingo’s rear screen and its prominent shoulders which are redolent of the rear-engined Renault 5 Turbo that proved so popular with the public in its day.

The front end features the brand’s new trademark styling, including a prominent Renault logo set to a black background. New Twingo’s expressive gaze is reinforced by its big head lights, which are topped by the direction indicators, as well as by its LED daytime running lights which combine a hi-tech feel with an echo of the model’s predecessors. New Twingo’s lines give it a cheery yet robust air, while the small car’s sprightly personality is further underpinned by its readily recognisable lighting signature.

The originality of New Twingo’s wide glass hatch makes an important contribution to the modernity its rear-end styling, while the rear lights are a natural prolongation of the tailgate.

Meanwhile, the new city car’s five-door architecture – a first in the history of the model – makes it even more versatile than ever.

Indeed, New Twingo carries over some of the keys that are behind the success of its sibling, New Clio, including a sleek profile, concealed rear door handles and plenty of scope for personalisation thanks to the range of body colours and customisable exterior trim features like the door mirrors, side protective mouldings and decals. The four body colours and customisation options mean that New Twingo can take on a host of stances, from urban to sporty, feminine and masculine.

“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 genre with the accent on innovation in terms of its lines and architecture. New Twingo is a fun, playful and vibrant city car.”  Laurens van den Acker, Head of Industrial Design, Renault

New Twingo… the ‘inside’ story

On March 4, it will be the turn of New Twingo’s interior to be revealed at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show. Just as they did when penning New Twingo’s exterior lines, the design team drew inspiration from the model’s héritage to propose a colourful and cheerful cabin which has been ingeniously thought through to deliver user-friendly, everyday versatility.

At last, New Twingo is revealed

This is the first official image of New Twingo.

–          Other official images

–          The press release

–          A short video of New Twingo

Over the coming months, the story will continue on New Twingo via the hashtag #NewTwingo

Renault Drive The ChangeRenault achieves its free cash flow objective and is ready to accelerate its growth plan

  • Renault exceeded its 2011-2013 objective and delivered € 2.5 billion in cumulative free cash flow.
  • The group has set new ambitious yet realistic targets to be reached by the end of the plan “Drive the Change” to be measured in 2017:
    • To generate 50 billion[1]euros in consolidated turnover 
    • To reach an operating margin greater than 5% of turnover with a positive free cash flow each year

Our strategy laid out in the first part of our plan Drive the Change has delivered results. Thanks to these achievements, the Renault group is well prepared to deploy a second ambitious, yet realistic phase of the plan”,said Carlos Ghosn, Chairman and CEO of Renault.

2011 – 2013 Achievements

  • Success of new Renault and Dacia models
    • The renewal of the Renault model line-up is off to a strong start: New Clio is number 1 in France and number 3 in Europe. Captur is the leading-selling cross-over in France and segment leader in Europe. Pioneering in zero-emission mobility, Renault delivered its commitment to launch a comprehensive range of electric vehicles.
  • A better balanced geographic footprint
    • The Renault group increased its market share outside Europe. The mix of non-European sales increased from 38% in 2010 to 50% in 2013. Brazil and Russia became respectively the second and third largest markets for the company. Led by Duster, the company’s most-sold vehicle in 2013, the unique M0 range has been the driving force behind the strong growth in emerging markets.

2014 – 2016 action plans

  • A sustained renewal and expansion of the product line-up
    • The Renault group is going to accelerate the renewal and expansion of its product line-up starting in the fall of 2014 with the launch of an all-new Twingo and Trafic van. These will be followed by the successors of Espace, Megane, Scenic and a new D sedan which will all share the new alliance 3 million CMF C-D platform.
    • Simultaneously, the group is going to extend its market coverage with a complete line-up of cross-over vehicles, an A-entry vehicle designed for India and South America as well as new pick-up trucks for emerging markets.
  • International expansion and renewed growth in Europe
    • Following a successful first phase, the group is aiming at capturing more than 8% market share in Brazil and Russia and 5% in India.
    • China will become a top priority in the coming years with the construction of a new plant in Wuhan with an initial capacity of 150,000 units, designed to produce C and D segment cross-overs.
    • In Europe, Renault is aiming at recapturing second place among the mass-market brands with a renewed line-up of connected, user-friendly and environmentally responsible vehicles. At the same time, the Dacia brand will sustain its undisputed leadership in its category.
  • Improved competitiveness
    • The Renault group will enjoy the benefits of scale and improved competitiveness as a result of sharing alliance platforms and modules (CMF) on which more than 80% of future vehicles will be based. Standardized modules will account for two thirds of the value of future vehicles, up from one third today.
    • The localization of parts and components will increase in order to make better use of the company’s global manufacturing footprint and contain costs.
    • During the period, the company will also benefit from the effects of the competitiveness plans signed in France and Spain as well as manufacturing vehicles for partners.
    • By completion of the plan, the group will reach a capacity utilization rate of 100% in Europe (based on 2 shifts/day standard definition).
  • Alliance synergies
    • Increase synergies from the Alliance will contribute to improving Renault’s profitability. The convergence projects recently announced in purchasing, engineering, manufacturing and supply chain, and human resources will generate a minimum of € 4.3 billion by the end of 2016.
  • Cost containment
    • The strategy of sharing costs across the Alliance and with partners will allow Renault to sustain a high level of upstream development, while maintaining a ratio of R&D and CAPEX below 9% of group turnover.

Action plans to deliver two critical objectives

By the end of the plan, the Renault group aims to deliver two critical objectives [2]:

  • Deliver € 50 billion[1] in consolidated group turnover at the current scope of consolidation. Group turnover includes sales of vehicles and parts, associated services and business with partners.
  • Deliver a sustained level of profitability by achieving an operating profit margin of at least 5% of group turnover, while achieving a positive free cash flow each year.
2013 financial results

Renault meets its annual guidance.

  • Registrations increase: +3.1%. Group revenues at €40,932 million, up 0.5% vs 2012[1].
  • Positive Automotive operating profit: €495 million, compared to €34 million in 2012 [1] for a Group operating profit of €1,242 million (3.0% of revenues), compared to €782 million(1.9% of revenues) in 2012 [1].
  • Positive Automotive operational free cash flow: €827 million (including a positive contribution of €790 million from the change in the working capital requirement).

Commenting on the resultsCarlos GhosnChairman and Chief Executive Officer of Renault, said: “The commitment of all Renault employees enabled the Group to meet its 2013 objectives in an unfavorable environment. Strengthened by this result, the Group can begin the second part of its strategic plan with confidence”.

Group revenues in 2013 came to €40,932 million, up 0.5 %1. Automotive contributed €38,775 million to revenues, an increase of 0.4% vs 2012[1], from a rise in registrations and despite a highly negative foreign currency impact. At the same time, the Group posted a positive price effect, reflecting its pricing policy aimed at improving the value of the Renault brand and offsetting the weakness of certain foreign currencies.

Group operating profit stood at €1,242 million, compared to €782 million in 2012 [1], representing 3.0% of revenues (1.9% in 2012).

Automotive operating profit increased €461 million1 to €495 million, representing 1.3% of revenues. This improved result was achieved despite a negative foreign currency effect through pricing and cost controls.

Sales Financing contributed €747 million to Group operating profit, compared to €748 million in 2012 [1]. The cost of risk (including country risk) remained under control, at 0.42% of average performing loans, compared to 0.38% in 2012.

Other operating income and expense items came to -€1,276 million, mainly due to a provision of €514 million to cover the Group’s entire exposure to Iran (already recorded in the first half), €488 million in provisions and impairment of assets, and €423 million in restructuring costs, primarily related to the competitiveness agreement signed in France. As a result, earnings before interest and taxes came to -€34 million, compared to €183 million in 2012 [1].

The contribution of associated companies, mainly Nissan, came to €1,444 million in 2013, compared to €1,475 million in 2012 [1] (which included a contribution from AB Volvo until September 2012).

Net income came to €695 million and Group share to €586 million (€2.15 per share compared with €6.43 per share in 2012 [1]).

Automotive operational free cash flow in the period was positive at €827 million, including a positive €790 million change in the working capital.

At end-December 2013, total inventory (including the independent dealer network) represented 63 days of sales compared to 65 at end-December 2012.

The Automotive division’s net cash position came to €1,761million, up €229 million vs December 31, 2012 [1].

RCI Banque continued to diversify its refinancing through its retail savings account business, with net collected savings totaling €4.3 billion in France and Germany at end-December 2013.

dividend of €1.72 per share, unchanged vs last year, will be submitted for approval at the next Shareholders’ Annual General Meeting.[/learn_more]

2014 Renault Twingo via Renault

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