Renault Revisits the Twingo

March 6, 2007

The Twingo has been an icon in the econo-class for more than 13 years now. At first the little Renault was controversial, because of its shape, its three-door-only body, and its electric range of colors — pink, bright green, blue, and lemon. Not surprisingly, Renault said the Twingo’s interior was designed by a team of women, which instantly tagged the little Twingo as a “chick car.”

 

After two facelifts, the city car was ready for a major change. Although the new design is clearly more contemporary, it still looks like a Twingo, with only the rear stance showing its family ties with the larger Clio. Staying true to its formula, the new Twingo is not much longer than before, will not get a five-door version and will be as affordable as before. It will stick with a digital odometer in the middle of the dash, too, but the candy colors have been washed away.

 

Renault does promise bright colors and even a sport edition for the new Twingo. The newest edition also gets improved safety, with airbags and anti-lock brakes made standard. Renault expects the new Twingo to score four stars in the EuroNCap safety rating.

 

So how can Renault make money on the Twingo? By shifting production fromFrance to Slovenia .

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