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Renaultsport tricks out the Megane N4 for tarmac rallying

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Times are still tough in the automotive industry, prompting several automakers to cut back their racing programs over the past few years. Renault is the latest to join them, selling their F1 team to Lotus. But the French automaker’s motorsport division is still glad to sell you what you need to go racing or rallying yourself. They’ve retasked the department to provide engines to a growing array of F1 teams, and while they were at it, have put together a new rally package as well.

The Megane RS N4 is a tarmac rally machine built to Group N specifications and available to privateer rally teams. Its 2.0-liter turbo four has been upped from 247 horsepower to 265 and packaged with an Ohlins suspension, Sabelt racing buckets, upsized brakes and a limited-slip differential – all of which makes for a compelling package. Check out the full details in the press release after the jump and the images in the gallery below for a closer look.

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Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by dailycar - December 11, 2010 at 9:45 pm

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The Triumph of Zoe: Renault cleared to use Zoe Z.E. name

renaultzoewins 450x254 The Triumph of Zoe: Renault cleared to use Zoe Z.E. name

Renault had ideas of giving its new electric vehicle the name Zoe Z.E., but a French lawyer, David Koubbi, sued to stop that kind of obvious lunacy. Koubbi represents a group of parents who have daughters named Zoe, none of those children having anything to do with the Renault family or company. Fair enough, we suppose. But Koubbi’s rationales have made everyone go “Zut alors!” with one quotable being, “Can an industrialist swoop in and steal our names so as to sell his products?”

A French judge says yes (at least in this case), agreeing that the term “Zoe” is a common noun not specifically reserved for humans. Renault said it is “very happy” with the result of the case and we imagine it plans to keep the name. Koubbi and his clients, on the other hand, plan to appeal.

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by dailycar - November 14, 2010 at 7:08 pm

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Renault-Raikkonen negotiations grind to a halt as team shifts management

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After weeks of back-and-forth negotiations and media speculation, former F1 world champion Kimi Raikkonen has ruled out the prospect of returning to the sport with the Renault team. The Finnish driver who left F1 for the World Rally Championship last year has left a big question mark over if he would ever return to the series he conquered in 2007, stating that he’d consider it only if he could drive for a team with a serious chance of winning.

Renault won two back-to-back world titles with Fernando Alonso (who, incidentally, took Kimi’s seat atFerrari, prompting his departure) a few years back, and has been showing considerable promise this season with Robert Kubica at the helm. The team’s form reportedly prompted Kimi’s people to contact Renault about a potential drive, but in a recent interview, the Finn objected to the manner in which the French outfit publicly handled the negotiations, accusing them of using the prospect as a marketing ploy and negating the possibility of his joining the team for next season.
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Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by dailycar - October 8, 2010 at 9:11 pm

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Paris 2010: Renault Latitude ready to carry the flag for French automaker

leadrenaultlatitudeparis2010 450x298 Paris 2010: Renault Latitude ready to carry the flag for French automaker

Earlier this year, the 2011 Renault Latitude was unveiled at the Moscow International Auto Show. The European version has now made its debut in front of the crowd at the Paris Motor Show. The Latitude is considered a business-class saloon and Renault is positioning it to become the automaker’s flagship vehicle.

The styling of the Renault Latitude somehow evokes images of the Chyrsler Sebring, new Volkswagen Jettaand any Lexus vehicle – yet it’s done in a stylish manner. When it launches in Russia, the Latitude will be available with either a 139-horsepower, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine paired with a CVT or a 2.5-liter V6 mated to a six-speed automatic that’s good for 177 hp. The four-cylinder unit is rated at 34 miles per gallon while the V6 gets just under 30 mpg. As the car expands into other markets, it will feature an expanding lineup of engine and gearbox choices.

Inside, the Renault Latitude is all about comfort. The power-adjustable driver’s seat features a massaging function with five pneumatic rollers and four different settings. In order to keep everyone else happy, the Latitude has a climate control system with triple-zone adjustability.

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Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by dailycar - October 2, 2010 at 11:05 am

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Renault Latitude debuts in Moscow

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Renault does well in Russia, and the market is important enough to the French automaker that it’s unveiled its latest car in Moscow. The Renault Latitude is described as a “business class” sedan, which translates to a crisply-styled, generously-sized car carrying luxury and tech features. The Latitude will spread into other markets this fall, and the European version will debut at the Paris Motor Show, carrying powertrains and some altered styling details from the Russian-spec versions that just bowed.

Powering the Latitude are a 2.0-liter, 139-horsepower four-cylinder backed by a CVT, or a 2.5-liter, 177-horse version of Nissan’s VQ V6 mated to a six-speed automatic. Drivers are attended to by massaging seats, and niceties like three-zone climate control, sound systems by Arkamys and Bose, and a Carminat TomTom navigation system are some of the equipment details. Chassis bits are borrowed from both Renault and Nissan cars; the front reportedly comes from the Renault Laguna and the rear multi-link setup is from the Nissan side of the family.

Buyers can start lining up to buy the Latitude at the end of September in Morocco and Algeria, and the car will be rolled out in Russa, Ukraine and Africa shortly thereafter. The Latitude is definitely coming to continental Europe, and a decision on whether to offer the Latitude in the United Kingdom will be forthcoming. Want to know more? The press release is posted after the jump.

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Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by dailycar - August 30, 2010 at 10:28 am

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