Next Laguna and Espace confirmed
The Espace replacement was postponed during the global economic downturn, but Norman claims that a new one is back on the agenda and will be a 'major innovation in what it looks like and what it will do'.
A new Laguna is also on the way – probably in 2013 - despite the current car not selling as well as the company hoped.
Norman admitted that Renault needed to 'restate its offer' in the family-car sector and that the current version 'needs a lot more attention as the design isn't edgy enough'.
He also revealed that the fourth-generation Laguna would not be a three-box saloon and that it would be powered by small-capacity engines, with some electrification to boost power. There may be a full electric version, too, as a bigger alternative to the forthcoming Fluence EV saloon.
Finally, Norman admitted that plans to bring back an Alpine sports car were also back on the agenda. It will be a 'high performance car, but not ecologically absurd'.
Renault ditched plans to make a new Alpine at the same time as the Espace. It was expected to be a mid-engined, rear-wheel-drive sports car around the same size and price as the Mazda MX-5.