Sunday July 17th, 2011 13:52 Renault Reveals the Price of the Wind Gordini

 

After being unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in March, Renault‘s limited edition Wind Gordini made it to UK showrooms this week. Limited to just 200 vehicles, the Wind Gordini comes with a choice of two petrol engines, the entry level 1.2-litre engine and a 1.6-litre engine. While the 1.2-litre version is capable of producing 100bhp, the 1.5-litre engine can produce 133bhp.

Although the limited edition Wind Gordini is virtually identical to the standard version of the car, there are a few cosmetic changes that set it apart. Along with 17-inch silver alloy wheels and Gordini badging on the car’s side pillars, customers have the choice of three paint colours – blue, black or white – to go along with the distinctive stripes that adorn the car’s exterior.

The car’s interior features two-tone leather seats embossed with Gordini badges, blue and white door straps and a sport steering wheel. The car’s gear stick is also adorned with the Gordini badge. Drivers are also given a reminder of the exclusivity of their car, as the Wind Gordini’s interior also features a numbered plaque.

The limited edition model also comes with Bluetooth, climate control and USB connectivity as standard. On top of these features, a Thatcham alarm is also included.

Prices for the limited-edition Renault Wind Gordini stand at £15,195 for the 1.2-litre version and £16,095 for the 1.6-litre version. Both are available to order now.

As the prices for the Wind Gordini were announced, Renault also revealed a reduction in the price of the standard version of the car. The 1.2-litre Dynamique model will now cost customers £12,995.

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Saturday July 9th, 2011 14:16 Renault unveil the concept Frendzy

 

Renault has unveiled its latest environmentally friendly concept – an electric car-based van called the Frendzy. Designed by Laurens van den Acker, the Frendzy is the fourth in a series of six designs that are based on the different stages of the human life cycle. According to Renault, the Frendzy represents your professional working life.

The French car manufacturers will debut the new green car at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September. Renault are pitching the vehicle as the solution for those drivers who need to use a vehicle for business purposes during the week and for family transportation at the weekend.

With its full width grille and oversized badge, the Frendzy is unmistakably part of the Renault family. The passenger side of the vehicle has a fully sliding door, so work materials can be stored or removed easily. This sliding door incorporates a 37-inch screen that is capable of displaying messages – early pictures of the Frendzy show it displaying the slogan ‘Happy Culture’ – or, for the salesperson in you, advertising. This screen is controlled by a BlackBerry PlayBook. In contrast, the driver’s side of the vehicle is more focused on the needs of a family. Access to the cabin is aided by a rear-opening door.

The car’s interior has a large cargo area which includes rather low-tech magnetic fixings and a fabric roof. This roof adapts to the shape of large, bulky items and objects. A nicely concealed compartment holds a fold-out rear bench seat for when you are wanting to take the family on a trip.

The Frendzy is powered by the same all-electric drivetrain that was used in the Kangoo Z.E. This means that it should have horsepower of 59bhp, coupled with a range in the region of 100 miles. As was mentioned earlier, those looking for a closer inspection of the Renault Frendzy will have to wait until September, when the vehicle debuts at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

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