New Renault Laguna not confirmed for UK

* New Laguna and Espace may not come to UK * Dealers do want bigger cars, though * Standalone premium brand will launch in Asia...

New Renault Laguna not confirmed for UK

Renault is still not committed to bringing the next-generation Laguna family car and Espace MPV to the UK.

Company boss Carlos Tavares told What Car? that 'the decision to bring in the new Espace and Laguna has not been made, but it will be a decision for the UK'.

The next Laguna and Espace are due to go on sale in 2015, built on the companys new modular platform, using technologies shared with Nissan. That means that both cars are likely to use the same architecture as the next-generation Nissan Qashqai and X-Trail SUVs.

Tavares wouldnt be drawn on the fate of the new big Renaults for the UK but did admit that he wanted to restrict the number of cars in the range. 'We dont want too many cars in the portfolio, otherwise it fragments what we can spend on marketing and they become invisible,' he said.

Renault removed the existing Espace and Laguna models from the UK because of their poor sales performance. However, Tavares claimed that 'there is demand from our UK dealers for bigger cars'.

Tavares also revealed that Renault is committed to launching a standalone premium brand, set to be called Initiale. That said, it may just be restricted to China and Far Eastern markets. 'Our premium brand wont start in Europe it may come from China and Korea,' he said. 'French elegance is valued in China, much more than in Europe'.

By Chas Hallett