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50,000 Production Milestone For The Renault Kiger

Posted on 01 Aug 2022 under Renault Kiger

50,000 Sales And Climbing – The Renault Kiger

50,000 Sales And Climbing – The Renault Kiger

The Renault Kiger was launched in India last year and has just hit the important 50 000 production milestone. This is a significant achievement in the highly-competitive sub-compact SUV space.

Renault achieved this despite the ongoing pandemic at launch, the semiconductor crisis, and the general chaos in global logistics.

The Kiger is a sub-four metre SUV that comes with a choice of a 1-litre naturally aspirated or turbo petrol engines, and manual, automatic and CVT transmissions.

The Kiger is one of the first global cars that was launched in India first before entering world markets. It is now sold in South Africa, of course, and Indonesia, Nepal and Sri Lanka among others.

Lifestyle Choice

Apart from offering excellent value for money, the Kiger appeals to the younger market because of its distinctive design, appealing features, proven safety, quality and nippy drive. The frugal 5.0 to 5.4L/km fuel consumption is a major plus at the current fuel prices as well.

Although primarily aimed at the urban market, the Kiger is equally at home on dirt roads for that weekend away.


The sub-compact SUV segment is the most contested part of the global automotive market. The SUV body shape has proven to be the most popular configuration over the past decade, eclipsing even the hatchback.

At under four metres long is nimble and easy to navigate through even the tightest traffic. The lighter body means it can achieve great performance with a smaller engine, which means a cheaper car to drive.

Yet the height of the SUV shape means the Kiger has generous space for passengers and a 405-litre boot.

Spoilt For Choice

In South Africa, the Renault Kiger is available in six trim levels, starting at only R224 900. You can choose between 52kW and the more powerful 74kW turbo engines.

The base-level Kiger is already full of features, including LED daytime running lights and indicators, a 3.5-inch LED instrument cluster, electric window all round, audio systems with Bluetooth and USB, electrically adjusted mirrors, rear parking sensors, front driver and passenger airbags, ABS and EBD, among others.

Peace Of Mind

The Renault Kiger comes with a generous 5-year/150 000km mechanical warranty and a 6-year rust warranty.

More Than The Sum Of Its Parts

The reason the Kiger is so popular is that it is a compelling motoring package that is more than the sum of its parts. Everything about the car is pleasing, every feature compliments the next or makes the drive just that much better. It gives you the lifestyle of an SUV at the price of a hatch.

The best option is to check out the choices, and then take your ideal Renault Kiger for a test drive.

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New Renault Captur: A Light SUV’ With Só Much Heart

Posted on 26 Jul 2022 under Renault Captur

Discussing The All-New 2022 Renault Captur

Discussing The All-New 2022 Renault Captur

The launch of the 2022 Renault Captur brings about some mixed emotions as it looks mightily impressive but the Captur range has been and is currently discontinued in South Africa. Whether it will be reborn with renewed impetus remains to be seen and one can only hope. For now, let’s marvel at this new, stylish, fully loaded and affordable compact SUV that seems to have attracted a lot of attention on the global stage.

Review Of The New Renault Captur Range

Earlier this year, more than 20 cars were on display at the CarExpert Experience Centre at Sydney’s Warringah Mall, one of which was the new Renault Captur. Known in Australia as the ‘Intens’ model, it features a stylish exterior with Atacama Orange and Diamond Black roof. This particular model stole most of the limelight and had a large number of test drives.

Considering the amount of interest in the new compact SUV, the local Renault dealer sold the display car on the spot. It’s not surprising since many automotive fans will agree that the car not only looks stunning but it also has a full house of features. The new Renault Captur offers class-leading all-round performance, equipment and space in the ‘Light SUV’ sector.

A Well-Refined And Stylish Light SUV

The Renault Captur is the company’s most affordable and smallest vehicle on sale. Now in its second generation, the Renault Captur shares its CMF-B heritage with the Nissan Juke light SUV.

Unlike other carmakers that often try too hard to stand out, the 2022 Renault Captur seems well-proportioned and nicely rounded without any unnecessary frills. It has a young and sporty feel with shapely LED lights, two-tone 18-inch alloy wheels and big windows with privacy glass at the rear.

Any Renault Captur Intens produced from January 2022 receives a few add-ons, including adaptive cruise control with stop/go, wireless phone charging and a shark antenna instead of a screw-in version. Remember, this is added extras on top of an already generous list of standard equipment.

Interior And Technology

If the exterior is anything to go by, the inside is where the Renault Captur Intens comes to life and easily outshines its rivals. It has a luxurious, tech-laden cabin with all-leather upholstery, and a generous list of features you might struggle to find in many luxury, more expensive vehicles.

There is a brilliant blend of stitched leather upholstery, polished metal accents and soft-touch materials and that includes the dashboard. As it is a more affordable car, there is still some hard plastic finishes but they don’t look cheap which is always a good sign.

Since space always seems to be an issue with compact vehicles, the Renault Captur offers the most room and versatility in its class. Boot space is 422 litres with the rear seats in place and 536L including under-floor storage and the rear bench slid forward. When you fold down the rear seats, you will get an impressive 1275 litres of space.

The steering wheel is also perfectly round and wrapped in leather, featuring paddle shifters and appropriately sized dials for climate control. However, they also have digital temperature displays, so it’s almost like having the best of both worlds. Here are some of the interior highlights:

  • 9.3-inch iPad-style infotainment display with wired Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Wireless phone charging
  • Adaptive cruise control with Stop/Go
  • 7.0-inch colour trip computer with built-in SatNav
  • Eco LED headlights (claimed to be 1.5x brighter)
  • 3D-effect LED tail lights
  • Satin grey roof rails
  • Automatic brake hold
  • LED cabin lighting
  • Auto-dimming rear-view mirror
  • Dual rear USB ports
  • Black leather upholstery
  • Ambient lighting – 8 colours
  • Rear privacy glass
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • Remote smart card with push button start
  • Auto ‘walk away’ door locking
  • Heated leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Rain-sensing wipers

New Renault Captur Safety Features

The 2022 Renault Captur received a five-star ANCAP safety rating based on Euro NCAP testing conducted in 2019. It scored 96% for adult occupant protection, 83% for child occupant protection, 75% for vulnerable road user protection, and 74% for safety assist.

You will find some of the standard safety equipment below:

  • Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB)
  • Pedestrian and Cyclist detection
  • Blind-spot monitoring
  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • Lane departure warning and Lane-keep assist
  • Traffic sign recognition
  • Rear-view camera
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • 6 Airbags

Renault Captur Engine Specs And Performance

All Capture models get a 1.3-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine that produces 113 kW and 270 Nm of torque which is mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox. This particular turbo petrol engine will also soon feature in the next-generation Nissan Qashqai destined for overseas markets.

The steering is responsive which allows you to drive with confidence while the soft suspension makes the Renault Captur substantially more laid-back than many of its competitors. There may be a little body lean but any roll is well damped with the payoff being a pleasant and comfortable ride even on rougher roads.

In terms of performance, the Renault Captur is a class leader in combined power and torque output. Going from 0 – 100km/h takes just 8.6 seconds which outshines all its rivals. It’s also quite economical if you don’t keep your foot down with a claimed combined fuel economy of 6.6l/100km.

Anyone looking to buy a new car in this class will be pleasantly surprised by the styling, flexibility and value for money of the new Renault Captur. With a complete overhaul, it now stands out even more in what appears to be an increasingly competitive market.

While the Renault Captur range has been discontinued in South Africa, you could still find some good quality used Renault Captur models if you act fast.

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3 Hatchbacks: Renault Clio vs VW Polo vs Suzuki Swift

Posted on 14 Jul 2022 under Renault Clio

Which Is Best - Renault Clio, VW Polo Or Suzuki Swift?

Which Is Best – Renault Clio, VW Polo Or Suzuki Swift?

The SUV is supposed to be king of the road right now, but the hatchback is very popular and many serious drivers prefer the lower centre of gravity, better fuel consumption and nippier handling of the hatch.

There are a number of popular hatchbacks – you will see a Polo every time you come around a corner, while the Suzuki Swift is becoming evident on our roads. The Renault Clio has been a perennial stalwart in this segment as well, so let’s compare the three. Just for fun.


Of the three, the Clio is definitely the best looking, with its stylish curves and swooping lines. It looks ready to go. The Polo is a very smart-looking car, but perhaps it has been looking the same kind of smart for a bit too long. The Swift has understated good looks, neat lines and a well-balanced body, but perhaps one can take understatement a bit too far?


The Polo gives you a very nice facia with a digital instrument cluster and an 8-inch infotainment system with Apple/Android. The Clio has the same, but its screen is bigger at 9.3-inch. The Swift’s screen is smaller and offers fewer features.

A big thing about a hatch is the size of the boot, as anyone going away for a weekend will confirm. The Clio is the leader there with 391-L, followed by the Polo with 351-L and the Swift with 286-L.

The Clio has digital climate controls, compared to the Polo’s more analogue offering. The Swift has a traditional aircon which works very well as well.

Under the bonnet

Both the Clio and Polo offer a 1.0-L three-cylinder turbo, while the Swift has a naturally aspirated 1.2-L four-cylinder petrol. The latter offers lower kW than the turbos, but this is mitigated somewhat by the Swift’s very low kerb weight which means a 0-100km/h in 12 seconds. . Both the Polo and Clio will do this in just under 11 seconds. Fuel consumption for all three cars is under 6L/100km, depending on the weight of your foot.

Price and warranty

  • The Renault Clio starts at R324 900 and has a 5-year/150 000km warranty.
  • The VW Polo turbo starts at R353 600 and has a 3-year/120 000km warranty.
  • The Suzuki Swift starts at R189 900 and has a 5-year/200 000 warranty.


The Renault Clio and VW Polo are very much in the same ballpark, with the Clio shading the Polo in price, warranty and some features. The Suzuki is almost in a different league, much cheaper, but offering less of a car.

The Clio and the Polo both have a 5-star Euro NCAP safety rating, while the Swift gets 3-stars.

Our verdict is that the Renault Clio is the best of the three, although the Polo comes a close second. The Swift should not really be in this comparison, as it is a completely different level of vehicle with a different buyer than the others.

Images: VW Polo image by alexwiersma  |  Suzuki Swift image by DaraKero_F  |  Licensed under CC BY 2.0.

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Automated Parking Almost A Reality Thanks To Renault And EasyPark!

Posted on 06 Jul 2022 under Electric Vehicles, Renault Megane

Automated Parking Almost A Reality Thanks To Renault And EasyPark!

Renault And EasyPark Partner On Megane E-Tech Electric

Whether you are a super confident driver, or someone who breaks out in a cold sweat every time they need to merge on a highway, one thing is for sure – it would be great if parking wasn’t such a big hassle. Because be honest, even pro drivers would probably like to let the car do its thing in a tight parallel spot on a busy Friday afternoon on payday around knock-off time.

This is why we are so excited to announce that Renault and EasyPark have partnered on the innovative new Megane E-Tech Electric! While fully-automated parking is still a way off, the amazing EasyPark technology that is already available will enable Renault Megane E-Tech Electric drivers to manage the parking process via the car’s display without any physical machine engagement or smartphone involvement.

This is all facilitated by means of an app that is directly uploaded into the car’s infotainment system and allows Renault drivers to experience several new features and possibilities to further improve their intuitive driving experience.

According to Cameron Clayton, CEO of EasyPark Group, the main aim behind this technological shift is to make parking and overall e-car mobility as easy as possible for the end consumer. By using the app to run their tech through the OpenR Link Renault infotainment system, its functionalities become integrated with the vehicle so drivers don’t have to refer to or engage with their smartphones while driving.


  • Global statistics show that one in five vehicle crashes occur in parking lots
  • This accounts for about 50,000 car accidents per year
  • Most fatal parking lot accidents occur because of a car backing into pedestrians (often children or older adults)
  • Many of these occur because drivers are digitally distracted

As such, technology that lessens distraction while providing clear parking guidance is a boon for drivers and pedestrians alike. This is especially true in a country like South Africa, where urban congestion is at a high rate and parking lots can often be busy and bustling with hawkers and informal traders aside from drivers and pedestrians.

There you have it – the short and sweet skinny on the new partnership between Renault and EasyPark on the Megane E-Tech Electric. We will share more news on this exciting development as it becomes available. In the meantime, feel free to get in touch with our expert sales team at our Group1 Renault dealerships in Johannesburg and Stellenbosch.

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Renault E-Tech Engineered Special Edition Comes To Life

Posted on 28 Jun 2022 under Blog, Electric Vehicles, General, News, Renault, Renault Arkana, Renault Captur, Renault Clio, Renault Megane

Renault Kiger SUV and Renault Triber MPV

Renault’s Kiger and Triber are among top cars in SA

With electric and hybrid vehicles growing in popularity across the globe, Renault has introduced the E-Tech-engineered special edition for the Clio, Captur, Arkana, and Megane electrified derivatives. Unsurprisingly, they’ve used design and style cues of the 100% electric Megane E-Tech for the new E-Tech-engineered special editions.

What Is The Renault E-Tech Engineered Special Edition?

E-Tech is the term for the innovative and exclusive technology of Renault which is protected by 150 patents. Renault relied on their immense expertise in electric vehicles and developed the system in collaboration with Renault F1 teams.

The E-Tech Hybrid drive system has a combustion engine, two electric engines, a battery and an automatic gearbox to create a more refined driving experience. As a result, the energy management of Renault’s hybrid cars is more efficient and intelligent which means extended range even in full electric mode.

E-Tech Engineered Special Edition Clio, Captur, Arkana and Megane

Renault’s E-Tech engineered special edition adds a modern feel to the four existing passenger vehicles already available in Europe and other international markets. The E-tech-engineered special edition benefits from all the impressive equipment that made the R.S. Line trim so popular but that’s not all. It also gets a new, high-end look with sporty colours and materials in accordance with current trends.

Starting with the exterior, the E-Tech engineered special edition design features Warm Titanium highlights on parts. This includes the F1® blade on the lower front bumper, the side and rear lower-body trims and rim markings. Another distinctive feature is Renault’s iconic diamond-shaped logo and lettering in shiny black on the vehicle’s front and rear.

Its overall appearance is topped off by a new E-Tech Hybrid or Plug-In Hybrid badge on the rear hatch door which is common for all Renault’s electrified vehicles. The final exterior feature on the special edition models is a bold but stylish graphic label on the driver’s door. The E-Tech Engineered Renault Clio, Captur, Arkana and Megane vehicles are available in various body colours.

Interior Design And Features

To complement the sporty exterior of Renault’s E-Tech-engineered special edition models, the interior needed to be special and it certainly is. The same desire that went into creating the beautiful exterior also resulted in a design that screams visual unity and character. This is largely due to the Warm Titanium stitching on the upholstery and gold decorative accents on the dashboard and air vents. The steering wheel features the letter ‘E’ as the E-Tech signature while the doors also feature a visual design reflecting the exterior door label.

Renault Leading The Charge In Electric Vehicles

For more than 10 years, Renault has been a pioneer in electric vehicles and continues to share its expertise with as many people as possible by providing universally available mobility solutions. Renault has two types of engines: E-Tech Hybrid and E-Tech Plug-In Hybrid, both of which were developed to fulfil the demands of a growing market. The E-Tech Engineered Special Edition models are as follows:

  • Arkana – E-Tech Hybrid
  • Renault Captur – E-Tech Hybrid and E-Tech Plug-In Hybrid
  • Renault Clio – E-Tech Hybrid
  • Megane – E-Tech Plug-In Hybrid

E-Tech Engineered Special Edition Delivers The Best Of Both Worlds

Designed to give occupants a more efficient and enjoyable driving experience, the Renault E-Tech special edition model combines an electric motor with a petrol engine, delivering the best of both worlds while the interior is luxurious, spacious and comfortable.

Through continued research and development, the E-Tech Engineered special edition models are economical, environmentally friendly and seductive in appearance. Starting in June, the E-Tech Engineered models will be available in France for the Clio, Arkana and Megane but the Renault Captur will only be released at a later stage.

There is no confirmation yet whether any of the E-Tech Engineered Special Edition models will be available in South Africa but we certainly hope so. To read more about new vehicle launches, motoring advice, and hybrid and electric vehicles, simply read our blog and follow us on Facebook.

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Top Ten Ranking For The New Renault Kiger And Triber

Posted on 20 Jun 2022 under Blog, General, News, Renault, Renault car reviews, Renault Kiger, Renault Triber

Renault Kiger SUV and Renault Triber MPV

Renault’s Kiger and Triber are among top cars in SA

South Africa’s car market is dominated by SUVs. South Africans love the style and flexibility, the practical dimensions, and the ability to fit in at the mall or out on the country roads. We love our hatchbacks as well, but not as much as an SUV. The result is a very crowded market with fantastic newcomers added almost monthly. Yet in this crowded space, two new Renault SUVs are solidly in the top ten seller list.

The Renault Kiger and the Renault Triber are both in the most popular B-segment, SUVs under 4m in length and both are exceedingly well priced. Both are very safe, and offer all the luxury features as standard. Both are new on the market and feature modern good looks and well-appointed interiors. Yet for all their similarities, the Kiger and the Triber are totally different cars that offer specific lifestyle benefits and will appeal to different buyers. So let’s have a look and compare the Renault Kiger and the Renault Triber.

Renault Kiger

The Kiger is a spacious five-seater with three trim levels, naturally aspirated 52kW or turbo 74kw engines and manual or CVT transmission – giving you six options in all. Boot space is a very generous 405L that will extend to 879L with folded rear seats. The most affordable option starts at under R220 000 while the top trim turbo CVT is still just above R314K. It comes with a 5-year/150 000 mechanical warranty and 6-year corrosion warranty.

Model dependent, the Kiger will give you LED DRL, Parking sensors, ABS and EBD, 16” wheels, steering wheel controls, 8” touchscreen, rear view camera, front and side airbags, and much more.

The Renault Triber is a spacious, funky, fun SUV, ideal for a young professional or a young family.

Renault Triber

Although more or less the same dimensions as the Kiger, the Triber is an entirely different car and will be bought for different reasons by people with different needs. Although it has an equally impressive range of features as the Kiger, there is a more utilitarian feel to it, probably because of its incredible flexibility.

The basic Triber is a 5-seater with a massive 625-litre boot. Click in the easy-fit seats and it becomes a seven-seater for the school run or to cater for a larger family. Or fold everything in the back flat to make a two-seater with a massive flat space you can literally camp in or carry really bulky stuff. Or fold down the seats on one side of the back to make a four-seater that can carry something awkward like a surfboard.

The Triber starts at a slightly lower price point than the Kiger and even the top of the four options are well under R250K. It comes with a naturally aspirated 1-litre petrol that gives you 52kW. It comes with a 5-year/150 000 mechanical warranty and a 5-year corrosion warranty.

Spoilt for choice

These are two great cars, and each offers several trim levels and different lifestyle solutions. Best have a look at what is what and book a test drive of the one you like.

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Prototype Electric-Hydrogen Renault SUV Promises 800km Driving Range & More

Posted on 08 Jun 2022 under Electric Vehicles

Prototype Electric-Hydrogen Renault SUV Promises 800km Driving Range & More

Renault Shares First Look At E-Hydrogen SUV

In the next step towards making electrical vehicle use more convenient for everyday users, Renault has revealed its new electric-hydrogen hybrid concept car. Once completed, this beauty will have a range of a whopping 800 km!

If everything goes to plan, the next-gen SUV will be partially powered by a 2.5 kg tank located on the front of the vehicle, and make use of a rather intricate propulsion system featuring a hydrogen engine, fuel cell, hydrogen tank, electric motor, and battery.

Here are a few interesting facts about this vehicle that will only be launched in its fully-fledged entirety beyond 2030:

The E-Hydrogen Tech is Still Being Perfected

The 40-kilowatt-hour battery will be produced by a French facility by 2024 and will be recyclable. On the other hand, the electric-hydrogen powertrain component is still being developed and will likely only be fully operational later in the decade.

Future Hydrogen Station Networks Will Be Instrumental

In order for the Renault SUV to reach its 800km-per-trip potential global hydrogen station networks will need to grow large enough to support this type of vehicle between electric charges. The hope is that by 2030 this will indeed be the case in most countries around the globe as nations seek to embrace energy technologies beyond oil and fossil fuels.

Hydrogen Can Be Produced in a Sustainable Way

Currently, most hydrogen generation processes require the use of fossil fuels, which defeats the purpose somewhat. However, hydrogen can also be produced by means of electrolysis, whereby an electric current splits water into oxygen and hydrogen. This can be done in a sustainable way if the electricity used comes from a renewable source like wind- or solar power.

We look forward to sharing more information about these exciting developments as it becomes available. Renault keeps innovating on a daily basis, and drivers around the world stand to benefit from these amazing leaps in greener auto design.

Check back soon for more insider insights on Renault models that are in the pipeline, as well as those that are currently available in South Africa. In the meantime, feel free to get in touch with our teams in Stellenbosch and Johannesburg to learn more about the exciting vehicles on our showroom floors, and how we can help you to make it super simple to arrange a test drive (we’ll even come to you!).

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How Renault Is Leading The Charge With Electric Vehicles

Posted on 02 Jun 2022 under Electric Vehicles

Why Renault Are Experts In Electric Vehicles

Why Renault Are Experts In Electric Vehicles

The world is changing and so is the way we get around in it. Electric vehicles are becoming increasingly popular as people look for more sustainable and environmentally friendly transport options. Renault has been a pioneer in the electric vehicle market and continues to lead the way with its innovative E-Tech technology.

With a large network, more than 10 years of experience selling and maintaining electric vehicles and 1,000 E-Tech expert centres with highly experienced, qualified and expertly trained staff, Renault customers are in exceptional hands. Since the share of electric vehicles has grown steadily since 2019, Renault had to be at the top of its game and they’ve certainly delivered.

Meeting The Increased Demand For Electric Vehicles

We can all agree that the electric vehicle market has grown significantly and Renault’s electric vehicle sales prove that. In 2021, 9.8 % of new passenger car registrations in France were electric vehicles which is up from 6.7 % in 2020 and 1.9 % in 2019.

Being a pioneer in electric vehicles, Renault has sold 213,869 electric vehicles in France since 2011. This includes 156,743 Renault ZOE cars and 33,687 Kangoo E-Tech vehicles. Already in the first quarter of 2022, Renault electric passenger car registrations increased by 16% in France compared to 2021. During this period, the ZOE and Twingo E-Tech electric vehicles accounted for 13% of Renault passenger car sales.

The Renault network is also leading in the number of sales of used electric vehicles in France. Selling 11,000 ZOE EVs in 2021, the Renault Used Vehicle Network saw a 60% increase in sales of used electric vehicles compared to 2020. The company has stated that the switch to electric vehicles will increase with the arrival of the electric Renault Megane E-Tech which comes at a time when higher fuel prices are making the cost of using EVs even more feasible and attractive.

Renault’s E-Tech Expert Centres Give Them The Edge

For more than a decade, Renault has been helping customers switch to electric vehicles. They have the largest network of experts in France to assist customers in terms of selling, maintaining and repairing electric vehicles. Aside from making the switch to EVs easier, they also wanted an expert centre no more than a 20-minute drive for any Renault customer.

Today, there are more than 450 dealerships and nearly 600 Renault agents which means electric vehicle owners are guaranteed to find a Renault E-Tech expert anywhere in France. Each centre will have highly trained, qualified and well-equipped personnel to assist with just about anything service-related. To fulfil its purpose, the E-Tech expert centre will have the following:

  • special E-Tech electric vehicle corner in the showroom
  • technical coordinators and electromechanical engineers who specialise in electric vehicles
  • bodywork specialists who are qualified and trained to perform the necessary work on electric vehicles
  • relevant workshop equipment and specialist tools for EVs
  • charging points for electric and electrified vehicles

Overcoming Obstacles To The Adoption Of Electric Vehicles

With their tremendous experience in EVs, Renault and its large network provide innovative solutions to help eliminate the obstacles preventing the widespread adoption of electric vehicles. The goal is to make everyday mobility simple and pleasant for everyone with mobility solutions including the following:

  • Mobilize Power Solutions and Mobilize Smart Charge for home charging
  • For travelling – Mobilize Charge Pass, Mobilize Visa Card, Mobilize Business Pass
  • Switch Car and Battery certificate for more specific occasional requirements

In Europe, Renault is already active in this segment with the Twingo E-Tech Electric and ZOE. The automaker is also expanding its range of electric vehicles with the Megane E-Tech Electric.

Mobilize Power Solutions

Mobilize Power Solutions enable new EV owners to order their charging station or the reinforced socket from their Renault dealer and have it installed at their property. Based on an innovative tool using Google Maps, the dealer can provide a fixed price based on the location of the installation point without an in-person technical visit.

A Mobilize Power Solutions professional will contact the client to schedule a virtual visit and schedule the home installation before the vehicle is delivered and no more than 45 days after purchase. It also simplifies and accelerates the transition to sustainable mobility for companies.

This includes aspects from designing to the installation of charging points, supervision and energy optimisation services to maintenance. Customers get personalised support for recharging fleets of electric vehicles whether they’re on-site, at their homes or while travelling.

Mobilize Smart Charge

The free Mobilize Smart Charge application means new owners of Renault electric vehicles can optimise their home charging costs while greatly reducing their carbon footprint. This program takes into account spikes in energy generation and consumption where it can automatically adjust the motor’s charge based on grid energy availability.

It stops charging once the energy consumption exceeds energy generation, and will resume when there is a surplus of energy on the grid. This implies that Mobilize Smart Charge can help balance the electricity grid which indirectly facilitates the introduction of renewable energies.

The Mobilize Smart Charge application is available on the new Renault Megane E-Tech electric, Renault ZOE E-Tech electric and the Renault Twingo E-Tech electric. In order for it to work, vehicles must be equipped with the OpenR Link or EasyLink multimedia system.

Mobilize Charge Pass

The Mobilize Charge Pass is available with the new Megane E-Tech Electric as both an application and a card for accessing public charging points. Drivers simply log onto their “My Renault” account to find the nearest public charging point and whether or not it is available. They can also check the compatibility with their vehicle by filtering the results based on charging power and type of plug.

Finally, the Mobilize Charge Pass application provides the price as well. That means customers can recharge the vehicle knowing what it will cost them, and they also get a receipt via e-mail after each transaction. The Mobilize Charge Pass is accepted in 25 countries and provides access to more than 36,000 public charging points in France and more than 260,000 in Europe.

Mobilize Visa Card

The Renault Visa credit card is now the Mobilize Visa Card and contains many new features. Customers can apply through the Renault network without having to purchase a vehicle or enter into a vehicle financing agreement. With Mobilize Visa Card, customers can finance the installation of their home charging solution provided by Mobilize Power Solutions.

Once the recharging solution has been installed at the customer’s home, they can pay for it using the Mobilize Visa Card. There is a choice to pay in cash or on credit for over 36 months. The Mobilize Visa Card also offers a 1% cashback function in euros which accumulates credit over time and can be deducted from payments on future purchases. The Mobilize Visa Card is a credit card with revolving credit so customers can use it for cash or credit, in shops, online and for ATM withdrawals.

Switch Car

Renault’s Switch Car service for the new Megane E-Tech electric enables customers to use another vehicle with unlimited mileage for occasional needs. These can be longer-distance journeys for family holidays, weekend getaways or extended business trips.

For private and businesses, the Switch Car service on the new Renault Megane E-Tech is even more cost-effective than traditional short-term rentals. To switch a car, customers call the booking service 72 hours before they wish to collect it. From there, the booking service will contact rental companies, mostly Mobilize share, which will make the vehicle available at the customer’s nearest branch.

Battery Certificate For Electric Vehicles

The “Battery Certificate” is a reassurance factor where owners of Renault E-Tech electric vehicles can get certificates to indicate the remaining battery capacity. This certificate comes with every Renault Megane E-Tech to reassure owners about the battery’s condition throughout the vehicle’s service life.

The Battery Management System (BMS) in the vehicle provides the necessary data or it’s calculated externally using driving and charging data. This helps vehicle owners gain a better understanding of the battery’s state of health (SOH), which refers to the ratio of the battery’s current capacity to its initial capacity.

New Renault Megane E-Tech

The new Renault Megane E-Tech Features two batteries compatible with all charging infrastructure. It comprehensively meets customer needs where they can choose the finish, battery and charging solution that best suit their needs. The two batteries are as follows:

  • EV40 (40 kWh) which offers 300 km of range (WLTP standard)
  • EV60 (60 kWh) which delivers between 450 and 470 km of range (WLTP standard, depending on the model)

If you’re looking for more sustainable transportation solutions, Renault may be the perfect electric mobility partner. With their extensive experience and service offering, it’s not surprising they’ve sold so many electric vehicles. Unfortunately, the South African EV market is not nearly as advanced as it is in Europe, the Americas or Australasia.

Whether South Africa will build the charging infrastructure it needs or see any new Renault electric vehicles remain to be seen. To read all of our articles on new vehicle launches, motoring advice, ICE, hybrid and electric vehicles, read our blog and follow us on Facebook.

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The Ultimate Family Crossover – The ’22 Renault Duster

Posted on 16 May 2022 under General, Renault car reviews, Renault Duster

2022 Renault Duster

The new Renault Duster crossover is for the whole fam

The 2022 Renault Duster has been the belle of the crossover SUV ball for a while now, and it’s easy to understand why – it’s very rare that you find a vehicle that straddles the divide between trustworthy family car and keen offroader with such inimitable style. This segment has plenty of great sports utility vehicles in the mix, including the KIA Seltos and Ford EcoSport, but none have the exact combination of must-have features that the 2022 Duster brings to the table.

Naturally, the features of the 2022 Renault Duster differs slightly from one model to the next, so for the purpose of this article we have cherry-picked the 1.5dCi Intens to share what you can expect when you get behind the wheel of this sought-after crossover.

First of all, it’s extremely good looking. Think 17-inch wheels, gleaming roof rails, and front- and rear skid plates that really make a statement alongside the sleek daytime running lights. The addition of these little details makes it stand out from the ‘soccer mom’ cars that are quite prevalent in this segment, giving it a little more edge, as well as the visual reassurance that it will be able to accompany you on a Cederberg hiking trip as easily as it tackles the daily commute.

The interior is also exactly as contemporary as you’d expect, with split-fold seats that can be folded down easily to create more boot space, alongside all sorts of handy storage nooks and crannies to stash must-haves on inner-city jaunts and offroad adventures alike. The infotainment system is also top-notch, featuring an ample 8-inch multimedia display that connects seamlessly with both Apple and Android devices.

Of course, the Duster is also built for optimal performance, with a 1.5l four-cylinder turbo-diesel that brings 80kW and 250Nm to the table. Four-wheel drive models benefit from an extra 10Nm of added oomph.

And this, folks, is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the many (MANY!) wonderful aspects of the NEW Renault Duster. To get the full experience, our recommendation would be to check it out in person!

Check back soon for more insider insights on Renault models in South Africa. In the meantime, feel free to get in touch with our teams in Stellenbosch and Johannesburg to learn more about the Renault models that are currently available, and how easy it is to arrange for a test drive. We can even bring the 2022 Duster to you so you can take it for a spin…

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Renault’s Hydrogen Concept Car: A Vision of Sustainability

Posted on 26 Apr 2022 under Blog, Concept Cars, News, Renault

Renault logo

Renault to reveal their hydrogen concept car

The 2022 ChangeNOW summit is the biggest event in the world dedicated to sustainable and positive impact solutions. Renault will be part of it with plans to unveil its new hydrogen concept car on May 19th, 2022. The new hydrogen concept car is the latest from Renault following a busy couple of years with the impressive Renault Morphoz, all-electric Renault 5 hatchback and the AIR4 flying drone. With such interesting developments in sustainability and Renault’s concept car of the future making a World Premiere, the ChangeNOW 2022 is certainly an exciting prospect for all automotive fans.

New Hydrogen Concept Car From Renault

Following an earlier teaser image showing a fairly slim headlight line and front grille, a substantially lower front bumper, accentuated by tall daytime running lights, new images have appeared from CEO Luca de Meo.

While the new hydrogen concept car was confirmed at Renault’s 2021 financial year-end, the latest images reveal a little more of the front end with a new Renault badge illuminated on the side window. Judging from the available photos and renderings, the hydrogen concept car will be taller than the new electric Renault Megane and could most feature a full-blown SUV profile.

In February 2022, De Meo said: “We will soon launch a concept car. We wanted to materialise our vision of sustainability, based on the three pillars – safety, inclusion and environment – on one product. This concept will announce a future product. When we do concepts at Renault, we want to turn them into real cars.”

It appears that Renault is putting more effort into building a more efficient hydrogen-powered car. According to the French automaker, the new unique hydrogen concept car will “embody the group’s sustainable development vision and commitments”.

Considering Renault is a historic mobility brand and pioneer of electric vehicles in Europe, especially, the automaker is leading the charge in developing more innovative, sustainable vehicles. As part of the ‘Renaulution’ strategic plan, The Renault brand has launched an ambitious, value-generating evolution towards a more competitive, balanced, and electric range. The goal of the company is to provide cutting-edge technology and innovation in transportation, energy, and mobility services.

What Is The ChangeNOW Event?

The ChangeNOW story started in 2015 on the back of France hosting COP21 and following the signing of the Paris agreement. At the time, many sustainability solutions were emerging as entrepreneurs from around the world were working on ways to address some of the world’s major global issues. Most of these initiatives remained isolated and unknown with little chance of scalability.

Unlike more mature sectors, the impact sector did not have a global gathering of sorts. With that, the idea behind the ChangeNOW summit materialised as the impact ecosystem needed a major global event. The objective was to unite investors, entrepreneurs, corporates, communities and talent across the industry to accelerate sustainable development and ensure visibility at scale.

The 2022 ChangeNOW event will take place between 19 and 21 May at the Grand Palais Ephémère and the Eiffel Tower. Renault will reveal its new sustainability-driven hydrogen concept car at 8:00 am (CET) on the 19th of May.

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