Renault's grand plan

10 February 2006

  • 26 new models; four so far for the UK
  • Quality improvement promised for new Laguna
  • Twingo and new 4x4 here in 2007

Renault Egeus 4x4 concept

Renault will launch 26 new models between now and 2009, four of which are sure to be on their way to UK showrooms.

Company president Carlos Ghosn yesterday mapped out his plans to make Renault Europe's most profitable volume car manufacturing company by the end of the decade, which involves introducing a yearly average of eight new models between 2007 and 2009.

In 2007 the new Laguna family car, the Twingo city car and Renault's first true 4x4, a Land Rover Freelander-sized off-roader, are set to come to the UK. The next version of the Megane small family car is scheduled for 2008.

Ghosn has targeted the Laguna to be in the top three of its class in terms of quality and service.

Renault has struggled with the reliability of its models, coming 25th out of 30 manufacturers in last year's What Car? Reliability Survey and 23rd in the JD Power Customer Satisfaction Survey. The company claims that steps in terms of quality in the Laguna will filter through to the rest of the model range.

Renault also set out its stall in terms of environmental commitments, promising that by 2008 it will have sold one million cars emitting less than 140g of carbon dioxide per kilometre. By the following year, it says that 50% of its petrol engines and 30% of its diesel engines will have the ability to run on biofuels.

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