Renault’s New Clio made a great impression on journalists from the world over, invited to put the new model under the closest scrutiny at a meet-up in France’s Bordeaux region. Like the best Bordeaux wines, Renault’s best-seller just keeps on improving with age. Style, performance and equipment are finely tuned down to the tiniest detail.
Two powerplants and three chassis: the new Clio R.S packs a host of technologies for immediate driving pleasure. The GT-Line pack provides the Clio with a smart sporty look, both inside and out.
Twenty-six years after the launch of the original Clio, a model that has sold 13 million units worldwide, Renault has today renewed its best-seller with the introduction of the new Clio.
Having achieved no fewer than 13 million sales across four generations, the Renault Clio is by any yardstick a quite extraordinary car: the world’s all-time best-selling French vehicle, the first contender to be awarded the prestigious European Car of the Year accolade on two separate occasions, France’s best-selling vehicle for 18 of the last 25 years and top of its class in Europe in both 2014 and 2015 (passenger cars and light commercial vehicles combined). Right from its roots, the Clio has stood out as a genuine small car with big car refinement.
Inaugurated on the Clio R.S. in 2005, the Trophy badge symbolises sharper handling and increased performance coupled with exclusivity and distinctive styling. In the slipstream of the Mégane R.S. Trophy’s 2014 launch, the Clio R.S. 220 EDC Trophy now features the same winning ingredients and joins this limited-edition series of high-performance models that reflect the passion of Renault Sport’s engineers… and fulfil their exacting demands.
Clio Initiale Paris was unveiled by Renault's head of industrial design, Laurens van den Acker, during a VIP evening at the Paris Motor Show. This is the first Renault to bear the new Initiale Paris signature.
Working for Renault tends to provide some quite exceptional experiences. The day I spent on the Guadix circuit in Andalusia with the New Clio R.S. 200 EDC was one of them. Being something of a novice and so before getting behind the wheel it was difficult to imagine eating up a track that features points at 165 km/h in a state of sporting beatitude. Packing a furious engine, flawless body and peerless on-board comfort, the latest jewel from Renault Sport is a joy for all the senses!
Dear readers, today we offer you two exclusive videos that should arouse your curiosity. When it comes to the automotive industry, it is always instructive to see what is going on behind the scenes. So we went to the Flins plant (Yvelines, France) in order to witness the main stages in the manufacturing process of New Clio. Let's remind the pattern: stamping, bodyshop, painting and finally assembling. Of course we also talk about quality and logistics. Enjoy!
A few weeks ago, Mark Webber from Infiniti Red Bull Racing Team introduced New Clio R.S. 200 EDC in Australia with an appearance in an exclusive video. While in Malaysia, Williams F1 Team pilots Pastor Maldonado and Valtteri Bottas promoted the hot hatch towards the local media. Yesterday was the turn of Lotus F1 Team pilot Kimi Räikkönen. During a side event of the Chinese GP, he unveiled the new phase of the Fluence sedan (built in Busan, South Korea).