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Renault targets city streets with reinvention of the Twingo

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Renault has unveiled the third-generation model Twingo aimed at city drivers
Renault has unveiled the third-generation model Twingo aimed at city drivers
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Renault is marking the launch of the new Twingo with a new advertising campaign
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Renault is marking the launch of the new Twingo with a new advertising campaign
Interior of the Twingo shown using two sumo wrestlers
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Interior of the Twingo shown using two sumo wrestlers
Renault Twingo's display
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Renault Twingo's display
Renault Twingo in Paris
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Renault Twingo in Paris
Twingo has a 45 degree steering arrangement
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Twingo has a 45 degree steering arrangement
The new Renault Twingo is five door
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The new Renault Twingo is five door
Renault Twingo is designed for the urban market
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Renault Twingo is designed for the urban market
Renault Twingo in Paris
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Renault Twingo in Paris
Renault Twingo interior space is the longest yet for the model
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Renault Twingo interior space is the longest yet for the model
The Renault Twingo III is taller than previous versions
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The Renault Twingo III is taller than previous versions
The Renault Twingo's wheels are set at the extreme corners
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The Renault Twingo's wheels are set at the extreme corners
Renault Twingo has a very narrow turning circle
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Renault Twingo has a very narrow turning circle
Renault Twingo has a rear-mounted engine
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Renault Twingo has a rear-mounted engine
The Renault Twingo emphasises cargo space
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The Renault Twingo emphasises cargo space
Renault Twingo is a hatchback
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Renault Twingo is a hatchback
The Renault Twingo has a choice of engines
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The Renault Twingo has a choice of engines
Renault Twingo has a blended bumper
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Renault Twingo has a blended bumper
Renault Twingo has a choice of personalization packages
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Renault Twingo has a choice of personalization packages
Renault Twingo aims at recapturing the spirit of the 1992 release
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Renault Twingo aims at recapturing the spirit of the 1992 release
Renault Twingo is a subcompact
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Renault Twingo is a subcompact
Renault Twingo has more interior room than previously
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Renault Twingo has more interior room than previously
Renault Twingo has retuned electric assist steering
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Renault Twingo has retuned electric assist steering
Renault has unveiled the third-generation model Twingo aimed at city drivers
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Renault has unveiled the third-generation model Twingo aimed at city drivers
Renault Twingo variants
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Renault Twingo variants
Renault Twingo in Amsterdam
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Renault Twingo in Amsterdam
Renault Twingo in Britain
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Renault Twingo in Britain
Renault Twingo has a restructured engine
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Renault Twingo has a restructured engine
Renault Twingo's engine is designed to fit under the boot
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Renault Twingo's engine is designed to fit under the boot
Renault Twingo was developed with Daimler
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Renault Twingo was developed with Daimler
Renault Twingo is aimed at the city market
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Renault Twingo is aimed at the city market
Renault Twingo has a strong shoulder line
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Renault Twingo has a strong shoulder line
Renault Twingo with roof option
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Renault Twingo with roof option
Renault Twingo with roof option
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Renault Twingo with roof option
Renault Twingo has a modular design
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Renault Twingo has a modular design
Renault Twingo has a rear spolier
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Renault Twingo has a rear spolier
Renault Twingo is based on 2013 concepts
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Renault Twingo is based on 2013 concepts
Renault Twingo on the road
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Renault Twingo on the road
Renault Twingo side view
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Renault Twingo side view
Renault Twingo has a high-set driving position
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Renault Twingo has a high-set driving position
Renault Twingo is made for urban parking
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Renault Twingo is made for urban parking
Renault Twingo has a 5-speed manual gearbox
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Renault Twingo has a 5-speed manual gearbox
The Renault Twingo is the thrid twingo model
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The Renault Twingo is the thrid twingo model
Renault Twingo variants
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Renault Twingo variants
Renault Twingo showing decal options
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Renault Twingo showing decal options
Renault Twingo showing decal options in side view
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Renault Twingo showing decal options in side view
Renault Twingo in choice of liveries
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Renault Twingo in choice of liveries
Renault Twingo in choice of liveries
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Renault Twingo in choice of liveries
Renault Twingo has very low overhangs
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Renault Twingo has very low overhangs
Renault Twingo has a 3-cylinder engine
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Renault Twingo has a 3-cylinder engine
Renault Twingo will offer an automatic gearbox in 2015
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Renault Twingo will offer an automatic gearbox in 2015
Renault Twingo is a five door
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Renault Twingo is a five door
Renault Twingo is built in Slovenia
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Renault Twingo is built in Slovenia
Renault Twingo seats four
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Renault Twingo seats four
Renault Twingo has concealed rear door handles
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Renault Twingo has concealed rear door handles
Renault Twingo in urban setting
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Renault Twingo in urban setting
Renault Twingo concept image
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Renault Twingo concept image
Renault Twingo with cargo net
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Renault Twingo with cargo net
Renault Twingo with cargo batten
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Renault Twingo with cargo batten
Renault Twingo with cargo net
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Renault Twingo with cargo net
Renault Twingo with bicycle rack
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Renault Twingo with bicycle rack
Renault Twingo has folding seats for more storage
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Renault Twingo has folding seats for more storage
Renault Twingo trim option
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Renault Twingo trim option
Renault Twingo alternative trim option
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Renault Twingo alternative trim option
Renault Twingo alternative trim option
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Renault Twingo alternative trim option
Renault Twingo alternative trim option
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Renault Twingo alternative trim option
Renault Twingo alternative trim option
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Renault Twingo alternative trim option
Renault Twingo alternative trim option
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Renault Twingo alternative trim option
Renault Twingo front
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Renault Twingo front
Renault Twingo front trim option
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Renault Twingo front trim option
Renault Twingo front trim option
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Renault Twingo front trim option
Renault Twingo cockpit
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Renault Twingo cockpit
Renault Twingo cockpit with interior trim
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Renault Twingo cockpit with interior trim
Renault Twingo cockpit with interior trim
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Renault Twingo cockpit with interior trim
Renault Twingo cockpit with interior trim
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Renault Twingo cockpit with interior trim
Renault Twingo rear seating
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Renault Twingo rear seating
Renault Twingo rear seating with alternative trim
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Renault Twingo rear seating with alternative trim
Renault Twingo glove box (open)
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Renault Twingo glove box (open)
Renault Twingo glove box (closed)
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Renault Twingo glove box (closed)
Renault Twingo glove box alternative
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Renault Twingo glove box alternative
Renault Twingo glove box alternative
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Renault Twingo glove box alternative
Renault Twingo storage bag
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Renault Twingo storage bag
Renault Twingo storage bag in alternative trim
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Renault Twingo storage bag in alternative trim
Renault Twingo storage bag in alternative trim
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Renault Twingo storage bag in alternative trim
Renault Twingo door trim
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Renault Twingo door trim
Renault Twingo alternative door trim
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Renault Twingo alternative door trim
Renault Twingo alternative door trim
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Renault Twingo alternative door trim
Renault Twingo cup holder
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Renault Twingo cup holder
Renault Twingo rear passenger area
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Renault Twingo rear passenger area
Renault Twingo console
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Renault Twingo console
Renault Twingo display
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Renault Twingo display
Renault Twingo is a joint project of Renault and Daimler
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Renault Twingo is a joint project of Renault and Daimler
Renault Twingo being assembled
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Renault Twingo being assembled
Renault Twingo on the assembly line
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Renault Twingo on the assembly line
Renault Twingo body being painted
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Renault Twingo body being painted
Renault Twingo has no exposed metal
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Renault Twingo has no exposed metal
Renault Twingo display
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Renault Twingo display
Renault Twingo smartphone mount
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Renault Twingo smartphone mount
Renault Twingo smartphone display
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Renault Twingo smartphone display
Renault Twingo smartphone display with alternative trim
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Renault Twingo smartphone display with alternative trim
Renault Twingo x-ray view
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Renault Twingo x-ray view
Renault Twingo x-ray view
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Renault Twingo x-ray view
Renault Twingo cutaway
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Renault Twingo cutaway
Renault Twingo engine mount
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Renault Twingo engine mount
Renault Twingo cargo option
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Renault Twingo cargo option
Renault Twingo in the country
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Renault Twingo in the country
Renault Twingo comparing front and rear
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Renault Twingo comparing front and rear
Renault Twingo comes in a choice of colors
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Renault Twingo comes in a choice of colors
Renault Twingo has a 1-liter engine
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Renault Twingo has a 1-liter engine
Renault Twingo is designed for easy parking
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Renault Twingo is designed for easy parking
Renault Twingo has hill assist
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Renault Twingo has hill assist
Renault Twingo has lane assist
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Renault Twingo has lane assist
Renault Twingo has smartphone connectivity
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Renault Twingo has smartphone connectivity
Renault Twingo has R 7 GO navigation
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Renault Twingo has R 7 GO navigation
Renault Twingo has 219 l of cargo space
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Renault Twingo has 219 l of cargo space
Renault Twingo has three types of glove boxes
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Renault Twingo has three types of glove boxes
Renault Twingo has door bins holding up to 3 liters
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Renault Twingo has door bins holding up to 3 liters
Renault Twingo has an energy-absorbing chassis
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Renault Twingo has an energy-absorbing chassis
Renault Twingo has reduced panel gaps
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Renault Twingo has reduced panel gaps
Renault Twingo has 50.50 split rear seats
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Renault Twingo has 50.50 split rear seats
Renault Twingo has a choice of two multimedia systems
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Renault Twingo has a choice of two multimedia systems
Renault Twingo mixes features of rear and front wheel driving
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Renault Twingo mixes features of rear and front wheel driving
Renault Twingo variants
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Renault Twingo variants
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Renault is taking aim at the urban car market with a major redesign for its third-generation Twingo, with the goal of recapturing the spirit of the original release in 1992. Based on last year’s Twin’Z and Twin’Run concept cars, the new Twingo was developed jointly with Daimler and is manufactured at the Novo Mesto plant in Slovenia as what Renault calls a fun, ultra-maneuverable city car.

The most obvious change to the four-passenger Twingo is that it’s now a five-door hatchback – though Renault is keeping it on the quiet by concealing the rear-door handles. The next is that the engine has been moved to a rear mount. The new 864 kg (1,904 lb) Twingo is also 10 cm (4 in) shorter despite its 2.49 m (8.1 ft) wheelbase, yet the interior is 22 cm (8.6 in) longer than the previous version.

The Twingo is designed for navigating tight city streets, with a turning circle of 4.3 m (14.1 ft) and steering that operates through 45 degrees, as opposed to the more conventional 30 degrees, along with an elevated driving position and short bonnet that puts an emphasis on visibility. Renault is also offering a high level of personalization through the choice of colors, trim, and interiors.

Renault is marking the launch of the new Twingo with a new advertising campaign
Renault is marking the launch of the new Twingo with a new advertising campaign

"Compact" would seem to be an understatement for the new Twingo with its short nose and the wheels set on the extreme corners, as well as extremely short front and rear overhangs. Like many subcompacts, it looks like it’s all cabin with the bonnet and boot as a bit of an afterthought, but Renault tries to make up for that with a strong shoulder line that becomes broader over the wheels. Renault is so keen on this touch that it even adds graphic decals to some Twingos to draw attention to it. However, this is upset by a puzzling rear spoiler that seems more for aesthetics than function.

Hidden under the boot floor is a choice of SCe 70 and Energy TCe 90, 1-liter, turbocharged naturally aspirated three-cylinder petrol engines mounted to take up as little space as possible and redesigned for the new rear mount. Depending on the engine, the Twingo can crank 70 to 90 bhp (52 to 66 kW) with 91 to 135 Nm of torque. This feeds into a 5-speed manual gearbox.

Since the Twingo is a city car, it isn't made for blistering performance, with a top speed of 93 to 102 mph (151 to 165 km/h), and an anemic acceleration of 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) in 14.5 to 10.8 seconds. However, there is a MacPherson-type front suspension and a De Dion-type rear suspension arrangement. Renault says that the electric assisted power steering is finely-calibrated for city driving compared with the previous Twingo.

Renault Twingo cockpit with interior trim
Renault Twingo cockpit with interior trim

A standout feature of the new vehicle is the interior that boasts as much passenger space as can be crammed into a subcompact, with a flat floor and 50/50-split folding rear seat allowing for a maximum load length of 2.31 m (7.57 ft). Even the engine is designed to fit under the boot for more space, while remaining clear of the wheel wells.

In the cockpit is a large central speedometer and display that draws focus thanks to the contrasting interior trim. There’s also a choice of two multimedia systems, a navigation system based on the R & GO system with smartphone connection capability, involuntary lane departure indicators, and Hill Start Assist for taking off on steep hills.

"New Renault Twingo was inspired not only by the original Twingo but also by the Renault 5," says Laurens van den Acker, Renault's Head of Industrial Design. "It is a modern take on the city car theme with the accent on innovation in terms of its lines and architecture.”

Source: Renault

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10 comments
Nairda
"an anemic acceleration of 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) in 14.5 to 10.8 seconds" To 100 in the 10s is not a slow car. Yes, not a fast car, but in this class fast enough. I dislike this pre-framing where small sub compact vehicles are shunned in countries with the luxury of wide open roads.
BigGoofyGuy
I think that is really nice. In a way, small seems to be the new big. There seems to be a trend in small cars; Smart Fortwo, Fiat 500, Scion iQ.
I believe the Smart Forfour - at one time - was going to be based on the Renault Twingo.
I hope Renault does better in the US than it seemed to have done in the past; assuming that the Twingo even makes it to the US.
Harvey
1. Is the yellow car above the old model? There seem to be 2 or 3 different model cars in the gallery. 2. Does the hood open? (I suppose that it might have a spare tire in there.)
I think my next car may be one of these or something similar.
BigGoofyGuy
I believe would open if the radiator and windshield washer fluid is in front; perhaps similar to the Smart Fortwo.
Hopefully it will have a spare, unlike the Smart Fortwo which has no room for a spare.
The Skud
Will be interesting to see what the price ends up "dealer floor". The accelleration sounds like most of the cars I have owned over the years so as long as it can merge from on-ramps, who cares if it is not a 1/4 mile sub 5 second drag car?
Michael Wilson
0-60 in in 14.5 seconds here would get you killed trying to merge onto the on-ramps here. Still, for those living in cramped cities, such a vehicle would be nice. Easy to park, cheap to drive and cheap to own. It would not work where I live, but I see its purpose.
@ the skud
0-60 in 5 seconds is slow for a drag car. :)
Cyndysub
I give this a Big FAIL because it STILL has a combustion engine. This is just another small car with a combustion engine and no imagination here just warmed over SSDD.
Don Duncan
A hybrid could give a short burst of acceleration for merging, and better overall MPG. Better aerodynamics would help also. Small does not have to be ugly, but for 60 years sexy has been reserved for sport cars. I have never understood why.
Slowburn
@ The Skud Merging into traffic is why I like a lot of power.
scooterdave
Looks a lot like my Fiat 500.