Clio first appeared on the market in 1990 and became Groupe Renault’s best-seller worldwide. it is the best-selling French car ever. Since 2013 it has been the leader of the B segment in Europe, also in Italy it has been attesting for years as the best-selling foreign car.
The strategic plan linked to Renault Clio
The mobility of the future is connected, electric and autonomous. The new Clio for Renault is:
- electrified, the first with E-TECH full hybrid engine, based on a technology developed by Renault;
- connected, perfectly expresses this characteristic thanks to the new EASY LINK connected multimedia system developed by the Alliance;
- autonomous, by 2022 Group Renault will market 15 models equipped with autonomous driving technologies. New Clio will be a pioneer.
Driving assistance technologies
The system Highway and Traffic Jam Companion is the association of 3 ADAS: adaptive cruise control, braking and restarting and Lane Centering (centering of the lane). Active from 0 to 160 km / h and available with the TCe 130CV FAP engine with EDC transmission, it regulates the speed of the car and maintains safe distances with the vehicles in front, also ensuring maintenance in the lane.
The device works with a front camera and a radar, on roads where the road markings are correctly visible. If there is no lane, it activates only the adaptive cruise control. The Highway and Traffic Jam Companion system (level 2 autonomy) provides a significant improvement in driving comfort, while requiring you to keep your hands on the wheel and your eyes on the road.
Renault Clio, safer city car according to Euro NCAP
Autonomous driving is synonymous with safety and precisely the combination of technology, safety systems and ADAS has allowed Clio to obtain 5 stars in Euro NCAP tests, becoming the 22nd Renault Group vehicle to receive the highest score. In addition to level 2 autonomous driving, the best driver assistance systems (ADAS) are available on the new Clio.
Based on the CMF-B modular platform, Renault Clio can count on a body with an optimized structure, revisited seats and seat belt fixings designed to ensure optimal containment for all occupants. The brand is an ambassador of Fix4sure technology for the excellent containment of occupants. The excellent roominess makes it easy to install any child seat and to protect the head of the rear seat passengers in the event of a side impact.
The range of standard equipment is very rich: 6 airbags, ABS with emergency braking assistance, camera and radar, Cruise Control, seat belt alert and emergency call in case of an accident. The standard Full LED headlamps, together with the automatic switching on of the lights and the electro-photochromic interior mirror increase visibility in the car.
For this the Clio proposes maximum safety, reaffirming Renault’s know-how in safety for all occupants and road users. With a renewed design, highly technological content and all its innovations, it inaugurates the new era of the Renault Group’s product strategy and offers the best in safety.
Renault Clio, history
Who does not know Renault Clio? The car that has accompanied us on trips for decades. From the first launch in 1990 has sold more than 15 million units worldwide. It also represents the story of a car that wanted to make innovation accessible and offer its customers equipment and performance at the height of the upper segment, offering a wide and rich range, which includes sporty and exclusive versions.
Immediately in 1991 Clio was elected Car of the Year 1991 in Europe. The jury wrote: “The new little one has a fine design, a good quality level, a generous space and a wealth of equipment never proposed in the past on vehicles of this size”. There second generation it was launched in 1998, with 7 cm more in length and the new 16-valve engines, maintaining high standards of habitability and comfort.
In 2005 we arrive at the third generation of Clio, with the Easy Access card, GPS, cruise-control, placing itself at the best level in terms of active and passive safety, with 8 airbags. Clio III changes dimensions in terms of perceived quality, and will be the first car in its category to obtain 5 stars in the Euro NCAP tests and the first Clio to offer a Station Wagon version.
We then arrive at fourth generation in 2012inspired by the DeZir concept car, it is the first model to adopt the range’s new aesthetic identity. It has always inherited a strong design by offering more technology, including R-LINK, an integrated and connected multimedia tablet and a bass reflex audio system. The fifth generation brings with it all the advantages and distinctive elements of the previous four, but still with a leap high: it is the most technological ever.
New Renault Clio: the design
The aesthetics of the exteriors evolve towards one greater maturity, while the interior design is completely revisited. With more sculpted lines and a more incisive front, Clio today gains dynamism and modernity, always remaining recognizable at first glance, despite the presence of renewed components.
Inside, the revolution is evident. The cockpit has been totally redesigned and is inspired by the higher segments, both in terms of perceived quality and available technologies. The car inaugurates the modular CMF-B platform unprecedented in the Alliance. Developed since 2014 at the Technocentre in Guyancourt, it features 85% new parts compared to the previous generation Clio platform.
The current Clio V continues the tradition of safe vehicles in step with the times, as demonstrated by the 5-star Euro NCAP. For 30 years, Clio has embodied the everyday car, and today it goes even further by writing a new page in its history with the innovative E-TECH Hybrid technology presented last year.
The new Clio E-TECH Hybrid
Renault Clio today electrifies everyday life and adapts to the mobility needs of as many people as possible thanks to its known versatility. E-TECH represents the synthesis of the experiences and skills gained by Renault in electric vehicles. The new Renault E-TECH hybrid technology with two electric motors, a thermal engine and the innovative Multi-mode transmission, offers maximum efficiency in use, responsiveness and a unique driving pleasure. The battery recharges itself, without plugs, and quickly, during the deceleration phases. The energy yield in use is surprising. Starting is always 100% electric and you drive in full electric up to 80% of the time in urban routes with reduced fuel consumption up to 40% compared to thermal vehicles in the urban cycle.
The prices of the new Renault Clio start at 16,300 euros for the petrol variants, up to 27,700 euros for the 140 horsepower E-TECH hybrid model.
Source: Virgilio Motori by motori.virgilio.it.
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