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The Alpine A110 made a comeback after 20 years at the Geneva Motor Show 2017

Finally, the Alpine A110 takes the stage! A week ago, Alpine finally showed the world what the new A110 is going to look like when it officially goes on sale later this year and now, following its full reveal at the Geneva Motor Show, we know if the car is all show and no go. Thankfully, it appears that the performance figures, like the exterior design, have been worth the wait. With their last A110 model produced more than 20 years ago, this new baby is sure to drive home the hearts of many car buffs.

From the start, Alpine’s owner, Renault has been suggesting that the new car — the first full Alpine of any description to hit the road for over two decades — has been built with the Porsche Cayman rather than the Ford Focus RS in its sights, so the presence of a little 1.8-liter engine calling the shots might at first sound like the company is being overly optimistic.

However, that little unit has a maximum output of 252hp and 320Nm of torque. And, once the car’s weight — just 1080kg — has been factored in, that optimism starts to sound like realism.

The low-slung car — it stands just 1.25 meters high and is just 4.17 meters long — uses a four-cylinder turbocharged engine sitting smack in its center. So as well as a very even weight distribution (44% over the front and 56% over the rear axles), it should be able to kiss the apex and hold the racing line going in and out of every racing circuit corner or country road bend.

With a power-to-weight ratio of 233hp per tonne, the car is capable of going from 0-100km/h in 4.5 seconds. So, faster than a Cayman, and thanks to a specially developed Getrag seven-speed DCT gearbox, it has an extra gear, too.

But best of all is that the first new Alpine has managed to offer all of this performance without diluting its aesthetic. Taking the original 1960s A110 as its starting point, the new car is a modern interpretation — think current generation Mustang — with unbroken lines thanks to clever underfloor aerodynamics rather than recourse to front splitters and huge rear fins to generate downforce.

The company hasn’t scrimped on the interior either, going for aluminium, leather and carbon fiber to dress the cockpit rather than textured plastics and rubber. When the price is factored in — the car will retail for a suggested €58,500 once the dealer network is established — the new Alpine is shaping up to be a bit of a steal.

5 Crowd-Pleasing Cars: Paris Motor Show

5 Crowd-Pleasing Cars: Paris Motor Show

Against all odds, the Paris Motor Show is managing more than a few high notes this year, as seen in these five superlative cars. This list includes a few prototypes because, well we just liked the look of them, but overall these are the buzz-worthy models. Before we get to those though, we do have to say that the Volkswagen I.D. concept car seems like a really great idea and Peugeot has done the unthinkable and (literally) elevated the 5008. These aren’t typically the sorts of cars we cover but we’ll expend a sentence here to give them props.

Returning to the main event for us, we ask once again that you bear with us as we revisit the Ferrari LaFerrari Aperta. It was either that or take another look at the Vision Mercedes Maybach 6, which we’ve seen quite a bit off (including the featured image, top).

5 Crowd-Pleasing Cars: Paris Motor Show

Alfa Romeo Giulia Veloce

Trust Alfa Romeo to name a car Giulia and then amp it up to hyper masculine proportions. Just take a gander at the lines on this sedan and tell us that doesn’t just scream testosterone-fueled muscle. The new high-end Giulia Veloce features all-wheel drive, and two different engine options: 210hp (diesel) or an all-new 280hp (gasoline). On the occasion of the show, the diesel version is being launched in France.

5 Crowd-Pleasing Cars: Paris Motor Show

Citroën CXperience

We can’t resist suicide doors and the Citroën CXperience helpfully obliges this silly tendency. The AFP reports that this concept car is almost certainly a forerunner to Citroën’s upcoming C5 generation. This 4.85-meter-long (16ft) sedan stands out with its two-box design, 22-inch wheels and, of course, those suicide doors, Seriously, if this gets made in this form, we look forward to reading about all the mishaps those doors will get the owner into. This hybrid vehicle (gas/electric) promises 300 horses in total. The front end also showcases what could be a future brand identity, with resigned daytime running lights.

5 Crowd-Pleasing Cars: Paris Motor Show

LaFerrari Aperta

Like its hardtop sibling, this new hypercar offers hybrid hyper performance (we just love this tongue-twister), thanks to an electric motor and V12 engine working in concert. The result is a sprint to 100km/h in under 3 seconds and a top speed of 350+km/h – all without a solid roof. It would have reportedly cost more than 2 million euros but Ferrari has saved you all that dough by not having any more models to sell.

5 Crowd-Pleasing Cars: Paris Motor Show

Honda Civic Type R

Ok so here is a concept that is so workable we aren’t even sure why Honda is bothering with parading about the prototype. Well, maybe the Japanese automaker just wanted to start rubbing it in rivals’ faces early – the full production model will hit the streets in the second half of 2017. The concept car stands out with its carbon fiber side skirts and splitter – it adds a triple exhaust pipe that makes us wonder what it sounds like. This mean machine also boasts smoked glass headlights and LED indicators.

5 Crowd-Pleasing Cars: Paris Motor Show

Renault Trezor

If we’ve never featured a car just because it was bananas (can you say Faraday Future), this will take care of that deficiency. Basically, the Renault Trezor is car-sized eye-candy with a hood and roof that lift up! That alone would have sold us on including this car here but that is not the end of the story. The exposed interior you can just make out here is futuristic and connected, full of ultra-high-definition touch screens. This GT concept has an entirely electric powerplant that Renault has developed directly from the world of auto racing (Formula E). It promises 0-100 km/h (0-62mph) acceleration in under four seconds.

Renault, Central St Martins Pair Up

Famed British art and design school Central St Martins and French automaker Renault have unveiled their collaborative collection produced in time for Clerkenwell Design Week. The collection of works will envision ways in which autonomous driving will impact on car interiors, as driver inputs become less and less necessary.

Designers on board Central St Martins’ current MA in Industrial Design certification course have been preparing entries for a competition whose winners will be revealed at Clerkenwell Design Week by Renault’s Vice President of Exterior Design on May 25.

The design event is held May 24-26 in the central London borough of Clerkenwell, with Renault its headline sponsor, and further support coming from a host of groups including mobile phone charger manufacturer AirCharge, Chinese interiors event Design Shanghai, the British Institute of Interior Design, and high performance folding bike firm Vello.

Renault Talisman

Renault Talisman sedan revealed [VIDEO]

Renault Talisman

Talisman is the name given to the new executive sedan from , and it takes the place of the Laguna, which came out some 20 years ago.

It will be available in a choice of two gas and three diesel models, all with very low CO2 emissions: the 110hp dCi engine should only emit 95g/km.

Seen from the outside, the Talisman has 3D-effect lighting that provides it with a powerful visual signature. These lights are always switched on, even during daylight, further reinforcing their visual impact.

Depending on the version, the car also offers all the driving aids one could ask for, including a 7-inch digital instrument display under the dashboard cowling, R-Link2 with 8.7 inch screen, color heads-up display technology, BOSE Surround Sound and hands-free parking.

The Talisman is also the only car in its class to combine 4Control four-wheel steering with active damping, allowing it to deliver unique road manners plus safe, dynamic, agile handling and outstanding ride comfort.

The Talisman will get the Initale Paris signature for its high-end version, including an exclusive metallic and amethyst paint job, 19-inch wheels, Nappa leather seats and steering wheel, “relax” headrests, adjustable front seats and a dedicated call center in case of emergency.

The sedan, and the station wagon version, which has even more space, will be presented at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

Renault Espace 2015

Renault Espace is the official car of Cannes 2015

Renault Espace 2015

A special edition of the Renault New Espace has been announced as official car of the 2015 Cannes International Film Festival.

The crossover’s Initiale Paris edition was a concept first shown at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2013, and 200 of them are being dispatched to the French Riviera city of Cannes on VIP duties.

In addition to the New Espace models, six Renault Capturs, four New Twingos, and 15 Renault Twizys will also be on site as test drive models for the general public. The Cannes Film Festival runs May 13-24.

Alpine Vision Gran Turismo photo

This is the Alpine Vision Gran Turismo concept

Alpine Vision Gran Turismo photo

The latest digital concept car created for the long-running PlayStation game franchise also offers a taste of things to come from Renault.

The Alpine Vision Gran Turismo boasts a virtual 5-liter 450hp V8 engine, which will push the carbon-fiber-clad car to a top speed of 320km/h.


Alpine Vision GT

It also offers next to no creature comforts at all, whatsoever — even the roof has been sacrificed for the greater performance-focused good.

However, though this car will exist only within the “Gran Turismo” game when it becomes available to download as a bonus vehicle in the coming days, the way it handles and performs will point to the characteristics of Alpine’s upcoming road car, its first for 20 years.

Alpine Vision Gran Turismo

“This virtual concept car bridges the gap between the Alpine A450 race car and the 21st Century Berlinetta. It was important to define this vehicle by imbuing it with the true Alpine genes. In terms of performance, it slots between the LM P2 endurance racing prototype and our forthcoming sportscar. If you look carefully, you may discern some of the handling characteristics of our future road-going model, while at the same time retaining features specific to the prototypes that compete at Le Mans,” said Alpine chassis development engineer Terry Baillon.

Alpine Vision GT cabin

And as well as a sense of performance, the virtual car also holds a number of clues as to how the upcoming road car will look.

So expect something sleek and angular but with a proper cockpit and room for a driver and passenger.

Alpine Vision GT back

Alpine will this week unveil a full-scale model of the video game car, but it isn’t expected to take the wraps off its new real-world sportscar until some time in 2016.

Renault Clio Costume National photo

Costume National designs new Renault Clio

Renault Clio Costume National photo

Costume National creative director Ennio Capasa was at the Triennale Design Museum in Milan Monday to unveil a new collaboration with Renault.

The companies showed off a commercially available version of the Clio, as well as a show car covered entirely in Italian luxury leather.

“Quality and innovation, values we share with Renault, have always been part of our tradition,” Capasa told WWD.

Baptized the ‘Clio Costume National’, the car will be available in white, gray and black color schemes and will range in price from €15,550 to €18,300.

Renault TwinZ concept interior

Renault Twin-Z Concept

Renault TwinZ concept

Renault’s new Twin’Z electric car concept will take part in the London Design Festival for the first time this month. The London Design Festival officially runs from September 14-22 and will be celebrated by a string of exhibitions, installations and events across the English capital.

Renault TwinZ

Renault unveiled a striking blue concept car by Ross Lovegrove, a British furniture and product designer, at the Salone Internazionale del Mobile di Milano furniture show on Monday.

Renault says that the Twin’Z is a fun, modern, artistic take on a city car that draws inspiration from some of the Renault’s most iconic models, such as the R5 and the Twingo.

Renault TwinZ interior

The Twin’Z is an all electric city car featuring rear-wheel drive and a rear-mounted electric motor.  The top speed is 81 mph and the vehicle has a driving range of 100 miles on a charge.

The Twin’Z’s glass roof is designed in layers and incorporates an array of LEDs which form animated patterns intended to enhance the overall experience of the driver and passengers.

Renault TwinZ concept interior

Inside, the seats have been upholstered in a 3D woven, self-cushioning, lightweight blue textile which is both waterproof and flame resistant.

The conventional dashboard has been replaced by a single tablet with a touch-screen display that controls everything from the vehicle’s heater systems to the roof.

Renault TwinZ wheel

A smartphone display’s the vehicle’s speed, range-related information and the principal warning lights.

Renault chose to reveal its concept car at the ‘Salone Internazionale del Mobile di Milano’, to prove its determination to reach out to a wider audience by targeting those who are more sensitive to design.


Infiniti plans to launch its supercar by 2018

Emerg-E concept

The premium car brand Infiniti, a joint venture between Renault and Nissan, plans to produce a supercar in the coming years, according to Fintan Knight, Infiniti’s Vice President for Brand Operations.

Infiniti will launch a supercar based on its Emerg-E concept, presented at the 2012 International Motor Show in Geneva. The concept, featuring a hybrid motor that goes from 0 to 100 km/h in just four seconds, represents the technology of the cars of the future, according to the brand.

“We are still evaluating the layout… It is still on the table for a decision. The same goes for the powertrain,” Fintan Knight told Autocar.co.uk. A decision should be made soon regarding whether the supercar will ressemble the Emerg-E or the Nissan GT-R, and production is planned for before 2018.

The project may even evolve with input from the F1 Red Bull Racing team. The team is Infiniti’s promotional partner and is also equipped exclusively with engines from Renault.

In any case, with Formula 1 world champion Sebastian Vettel stepping into the role of Performance Director, Infiniti has an exceptional opportunity on its hands to test and perfect the future supercar.

Renault concept car electric Fluence

Renault makes India comeback with luxury sedan

Renault concept car electric Fluence

French carmaker Renault marked its return to fast-growing India on Monday with the launch of a luxury sedan designed especially for the Asian market.

Renault India managing director Marc Nassif said the launch of the Fluence marked “the real first phase” of the carmaker’s entry into India.

Its earlier foray in the nation was the four-door Logan built with former local partner Mahindra and Mahindra, which was aimed at the mid-size segment.
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Renault F1 Team Collection Chess Set

This collection is a dream come true for the ultimate gamer, especially so for the gamer that shares passion for both the adrenalin rush of Formula 1 and the classical battle of chess.

The pieces of this beautifully crafted set are actually parts of the Renault car – the suspension, hubs, uprights, wings and cockpit sitting.

The genuine engine pieces of titanium, stainless steel, aircraft specification aluminium and carbon fiber have literally felt the heat of Formula 1, and sit coolly on 64 squares of sterling silver and leather.

A collector’s item for all the right reasons of exclusivity, uniqueness, luxury and delight, the Renault F1 Team chess set comes at a price of £21,000 (or approximately US$41,600) for the die-hard Renault fan who can boast of having a real piece of a Renault car gleaming on their coffee table.

We have the latest exclusive pictures of the chess set for you courtesy of the makers at the Renault F1 Team Collection.