Thursday, 22 March 2018

2018 Renault Duster replacement

The new Dacia/ Renault Duster SUV has been revealed at its official launch at 2017’s Frankfurt Motor Show in September. It doesn’t look drastically different to the outgoing model but represents an improvement in terms of interior quality, passenger space and performance.

Check out the Renault Duster for sale, if you don’t want to wait for the new model.

StylingDacia is owned by Renault and, at one point, the Duster was the best-selling out of all Renault models, so it’s no surprise that the styling has only been slightly tweaked for this new generation. The front lights are slimmer, while Dacia says the bonnet has sharper creases to make the car look more assertive. There’s new body cladding at the front and rear to enhance the chunky, off-roader image.
At the rear, the old lights have been binned in favour of squarer lights that look similar to the Jeep Renegade’s, while the boot lid has been redesigned to make the Duster badge more prominent. The wheel arches are just as square as on the outgoing car but have been integrated into the bodywork more smoothly. The vivid ‘Atacama Orange’ paint shown in these photos is also new, helping the Duster to stand out from the crowd.

InteriorThe new Duster’s styling is still square and boxy, but now has a more steeply raked windscreen to add to the already impressive cabin space. Side impact protection is said to have improved in the upcoming car, so the Duster should be safer than ever.
Inside, the Duster’s interior will still be basic and functional with chunky controls and hard-wearing plastics. These photos show parking sensors on the rear of the car which will be an option on higher trim levels while an infotainment system is likely to be standard on more expensive versions.

Engines and driving
​It’s based on the same platform as the outgoing Duster, so the new car’s driving experience won’t be significantly different. It’ll still need to work as a family car, however, so Dacia will hopefully ensure it has good levels of comfort and refinement. To achieve this, the Duster will probably feature fairly soft suspension so it’ll be easy to drive around town and over rough surfaces.

If you’re interested in the available Renault Dusters on offer - visit Group 1 Renault here or find a dealership near you. Find the Renault Duster for sale that suits your driving and budget needs.

2018 Renault Sandero Review

The automobile production is generally the homogeneous combination of different brains. Some act as the performance producers while the others work for the design. Among those, there are some who appoint the interior.

Well, there are some cars that are designed by two or more than two automobile producers. And one such present-day car is the Dacia/ Renault Sandero. It is the production of the renowned Renault and Dacia. This car was introduced in 2007 for the daily rides. It featured small factor powertrain with lower maintenance cost and higher mileage. Well, this car was introduced for the South American, Mexico, Russian, African and the South Asian market.
This car has been famous as the Renault Sandero. The first generation ended up in 2012, giving chance to the second generation Sandero. And the second generation earned more fame and response than the previous generation. During this second generation, a sporty version was even designed which was later introduced as Renault Sport.
Through its life, the Sandero has earned numerous awards and recognition. Since 2013 till 2015 it was awarded as the Best Supermini. Later some performance testers rated the performance of the Sandero as 4/5. Further, for a long time, the Sandero remained the Reasonable Priced Car in Britain. Ahead of that, it remained the discussion of various car channels.
Well, the present day Sandero is available in three different models. The base version is notable as Access. The Ambiance is the mid-level trim. While the Laureate is the finest model of the whole series. Further, the design and the structure is simple. But the whole emphasis in on the performance.


0.9 – 1.5 L
5 – speed manual
4 and 5 – speed automatic
72 – 89 hp
72 – 162 lb – ft
0 – 62 MPH
Top Speed
Body Style
107 mph
37 city/ 42 highway


The Dacia Sandero features the gasoline, LPG and the diesel drivetrains. The gasoline is the standard drivetrain for this car. Well, the base version comes with the 1.0 L 3-cylinder gasoline engine. This is the pet version of the Sandero with 72 ponies making 72 lb-ft of torque.

If you want to go wild, then go for the 0.9 L 3-cylinder turbocharged gasoline engine. This powertrain gets a good set of 89 horses revving at 103 lb-ft of torque. And nevertheless, this is the performance version of the Sandero series. Well, this powertrain loads from 0-62 mph within 11.8 seconds. And unexpectedly she makes 107 mph. Certainly, that is because of its less weight and agile structure.
The 4-cylinder Sandero comes with the 1.1 L gasoline engine. This is yet another daydreamer in this series with 74 hp of power with 79 lb-ft of torque. And if you are looking for the liquefied petroleum gas version, then Dacia can offer you the 1.1 L 4-cylinder underpowered Sandero. This is a 73 hp powertrain making 77 lb-ft of torque at 5,500 rpm.
This is not just all. The Sandero gets the diesel engine as well. It is the 1.5 L 4-cylinder engine available with two tuning levels. The base version comes with 74 horses making 148 lb-ft of torque. And the upscale version gets 89 horses with 162 lb-ft of torque.
Well, you get the 5-speed manual stick as standard. While the 5-speed automatic gearbox with manual shifting is optional. The 4-speed automatic is available for the LPG models. Ahead of that, the Sandero is the front-wheel-drive car, just like the other urban hatchbacks.


The Sandero carries a decent shape. But it is certainly a basic design with common cosmetic ingredients. Well, the design features halogen headlamps, steel wheels, manually adjustable mirrors and a basic rear. The upscale version features some modern-day cosmetic. Like it gets the electronically adjustable and heated side mirrors, DRL and fog lights. Further, the Dacia narrates that Sandero has the aerodynamic application on it. While that stuff is just fine enough to keep the Sandero on road.


The Sandero gets some basic ingredients for the interior setup. The base model gets the cloth seats and the carbon fiber for the accent and trims. The same goes for the mid-level version. While the upscale model comes with the Aspira leather accent trim and the Indite cloth seats. Further, the Sandero has sufficient space for four people including the driver. While in the rear seats you would not prefer fitting in 6-feet tall adults. In addition to that, the cargo offers 11 cubic feet of space with the seats up. And when you put the rear seats down space goes up to 42 cubic feet.


The base model Sandero comes with a basic radio and music player. While the upper trim versions get the touchscreen infotainment system. This system features telephony, multimedia, Bluetooth connectivity, and streaming. Further, 2 front speakers are included in this package. Well, the upscale version comes with the performance monitor. The system displays drive range, mileage, traveling, speed, and navigation.


The Dacia Sandero comes with the frontal driver and passenger airbags. The passenger airbag is to be disconnected manually when the front passenger is a child. Further, the Sandero has some active safety features as well. It features the electronic stability control, hill start assist, tire pressure monitoring system, braking assist, and anti-lock braking system.


We have the Ford Fiesta as the competitors of the Dacia Sandero. The Fiesta is a bit powerful car. And it has the enhanced definition of exterior and interior setting. But the scope of Fiesta is limited to certain markets.

While the Sandero is available in some major developing territories. Well, the low price and cheap maintenance make the Sandero an ideal family car. On top of that, the performance makes it an enjoyable ride.
If you want more information about the Renault Sandero, or want to test drive a  Renault Sandero - contact a Group 1 Renault dealership and their staff will assist you in finding the perfect fit.
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Sunday, 25 February 2018


The Renault Kwid is now also available in a Limited Edition, the Kwid Xtreme, which boasts enhanced design by means of an exterior styling pack.
There are chrome exterior accents which include an insert for the front grille, fog lamp surrounds, front bumper garnish and a tailgate strip.
Apart from being aesthetically pleasing, the distinctive detailed bumper protectors are designed to protect the corners of the bumpers against scuffs and scrapes.
The SUV look is enhanced by black rails fitted on the roof and a set of black plastic mud flaps added to protect the body of the Kwid Xtreme against mud and water.
It is further distinguished by 14" rims and tyres plus funky bespoke decals.
The standard Kwid technology such as air conditioning, electric front windows and on-board navigation, is complemented by rear parking distance control to guide the driver into even the tightest of parking spots. Peace of mind is added by a Lock-On Drive system which automatically locks the doors at 20km, for added security.
The Kwid features bold exterior styling, with a high ground clearance of 180mm, that offers a high driving position and greater visibility, making it ideal for zipping around in urban traffic or cruising down the open highway. Its longer wheelbase, at 2 422mm, allows for a spacious cabin plus greater rear legroom. Boot space is a handy 300 litres.
At first glance, the boldly structured front grille design highlights Renault's diamond-shaped logo, while the vehicle's C-shaped headlights incorporate the brand's new lighting signature.
The Kwid's subtly sculpted sides provide a fluid, dynamic touch. The rectangular form of the black cladded and flared wheel arches is another pointer to its SUV breeding while also offering additional protection.
While the lower door decor underlines the Kwid's robust character, the forward-positioned windscreen and large windows ensure good visibility for the driver and play a big part in travelling comfort, while the sharp creases on the bonnet give it a muscular look.
At the rear, the lower part of the bumper comes with a black trim and the body-coloured tailgate spoiler adds to the car's dynamic stance.
The interior of the Kwid offers style and practicality, featuring intuitive technology to ensure that driver and passengers stay connected. This includes a MediaNav navigation and multi-media system complete with large 7" touch screen display, radio and Bluetooth connectivity housed in an attractive piano black centre console with chrome finishing.
The height-adjustable front seats are generously sized, offering superior comfort, while the electric power steering and one-touch lane change indicator make driving a breeze.
Electric front windows add to driver and front passenger convenience while the powerful air-conditioning with heater functionality ensures driving pleasure irrespective of the weather.
An open storage space faces the front passenger, with lower glove box plus upper glove box space. Both the driver and passenger have in-door storage space with a 1-litre bottle holder and rear parcel tray for practical and convenient stowage.
The Kwid model range is powered by a new 1,0 litre Smart Control efficiency (SCe) engine mated to a five speed manual gearbox that ensures smooth driving.

The interior of the Kwid offers style and practicality, featuring intuitive technology to ensure that driver and passengers stay connected.

If you are in the market for a Renault KWID - view Group 1 Renault’s available range here or visit a Group 1 Renault dealership and test drive the Renault KWID!

Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Renault Trafic automatic confirmed at last

Better late than never. The Renault Trafic mid-sized van will get a much-needed automatic transmission in current-generation guise, the company has confirmed.
A firm timeline is not clear because it’s a bit of a moving feast internally, but Renault Australia light commercial line manager Lyndon Healey says the self-shifter has at least been green lit.
A time time frame of about 18 months from now has been mooted, however.
The automatic question has long been asked by Renault Australia, but given the company sells vastly more Trafics into manual-heavy markets such as France, it’s been a low R&D priority.

But with growing demand for autos in the big-volume UK market too, the decision has been made in Australia’s favour at last. The availability of an automatic is vital for Renault here to stop its market share stagnating.
It expects 50 per cent more direct Trafic sales, as well as greater retention of Master or Kangoo owners set on staying with a one-brand fleet once the auto comes on stream.
The automatic in question will be a reworked version of the dual-clutch semi-auto ‘box used in the Euro-market Talisman and Espace, and not a more conventional robotised manual as with the old model, and matched to the familiar 1.6-litre turbocharged diesel engines.
“We can say for certain we are getting an auto Trafic, but it’s hard to pin down an exact date,” Healey said, though confirming it’d be in the current car’s life cycle, which began in 2015 and will go well beyond 2020.

These comments prove the veracity of those given to us back in September 2015 by Renault’s global executive vice-president Jerome Stoll, who said: “Frankly I think we have to reconsider… the auto gearbox is becoming more and more a part of the life of everybody”.
The manual-only Trafic, alongside the Ford Transit, has been losing out to some rivals with automatics like the Toyota HiAce, Hyundai iLoad and Volkswagen Transporter. Autos are especially favoured by tradies in congested areas.
Not that Trafic sales are stalling — yet. It managed 1730 sales in 2016, giving it 8.6 per cent share. But an auto would, by the company’s projections, put it beyond the Transporter (1960 sales last year). The leaders are the HiAce (7478 in 20167) and iLoad (5467).
Renault is this week launching a six-seater Trafic crew van derivative. Expect a review on that car soon.
If the Renault Trafic has caught your attention - book a test drive at Group 1 Renault or view the Renault Trafic online for more specs and information.

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Monday, 8 January 2018

New Renault Duster in SA: Revamped, revitalised

WINNING FORMULA: Renault builds on the local success of it Duster with design and interior tweaks as well as revised diesel engine.

• More than 8000 units sold in SA
• New production factory in Romania  
• Revised diesel engine

• Revised exterior and interior

Revamped and revitalised, facelifted Renault Duster has arrived in South Africa. Enhanced inside and out, Renault builds on the local success of its Duster with refreshed styling, new features and improved turbo diesel.

Since its launch in 2013, Renault has sold more than 1.3-million globally and 8000 units locally.
According to Renault: "The first Renault model designed to meet stringent European standards - yet be capable of conquering international markets where usage and road conditions are considerably more rugged - two years down the track, Duster continues to be a formidable contender in South Africa’s B-SUV segment."
The Duster line-up remains unchanged; two specification levels (expression and dynamique), two engine options (petrol and diesel) and two variants (4x2 and 4x4)
The 1.6 normally aspirated petrol (Expression and Dynamique 4x2) is capable of 75kW/148Nm and is mated to a five-speed manual. Fuel consumption is rated at 7.6 litres/100km with emissions of 181g/km.
The 1.5 dCi turbo diesel engine (Dynamique 4x2 and 4x4 models) is capable of 80kW/240Nm. The revised diesel outperforms its predecessor in terms in terms of fuel efficiency, with a claimed consumption of 4.8 litres/100km (down from 5.5 litres/100km) with emissions of 127g/km (4x2) and 135g/km in 4x4 guise.

What's new
 • Two chromed horizontal grille strips (instead of three) and re-designed Renault diamond logo   
 • Less chromed trim at the front
 • New roof bars with Duster moniker etched into the aluminium insets.
 • Body coloured side-mirrors
 • New alloy rims.
 • Parking distance control (standard)
 • Patterned fabric replaces plain seat and door panel design.
 • 7” touchscreen satnav (Dynamique variants only)
 • Cruise control now standard
 • Leather trim and seat optional on all three derivatives

Sure the new diesel is refined with, Renault says, reduced consumption but can it walk the talk? Renault SA pitted journalists against each other in its Duster eco challenge (part time-trial, part economy run). In reality, it was more akin to a 300km off-road rally as we took on tar and dirt roads throughout Parys.
During the run I kept an eye on the fuel gauge throughout, while my navigator observed a stopwatch to make sure we reached our check points on time.
I achieved 4.8 litres/100km but due to time penalties was relegated to second place. The winner achieved 5.03 litres/100km without receiving a single penalty.  
Overall, an impressive improvement by Renault.
At moderate speeds on smooth surfaces, the ride is adequate and with the addition of slick cruise control for its entry-level units, road trips are made that much more pleasurable.
Renault maintains its Duster is quite adept as an off-roader in 4WD guise. It’s no Land Rover but considering its price and performance the Duster is accomplished off-road.
In terms of practicality it ticks all the right boxes for space and comfort with a spacious boot and plenty of head- and legroom.
Production of the 2015 Duster has been moved from Chennai, India to Pitesti in Romania and is now manufactured at the same factory as its Sandero sibling.
Product manager at Renault SA Jeffrey Allison said: “Moving production to Pitesti provides us with the opportunity to refresh Duster within a sharper turnaround time - good for the brand and good for our customers here in SA.”
The Duster is a bargain compared to other SUVs with similar talents. It’s not perfect but if you’re looking for space and practicality, the Duster could be the car for you. If you're in need of a something more upmarket you could consider the Renault Captur.
The Renault Duster takes on the likes of Nissan Juke and Ford EcoSport in South Africa.
The Duster is sold with a five-year or 150 000km mechanical warranty, a three-year or 45 000km service plan (service intervals at 15 000km) and a six-year anti-corrosion warranty.
Test drive the Renault Duster at a Group 1 Renault dealership near you.
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Tuesday, 28 November 2017

The New Megane Is Renault’s Latest Attack on the Golf

Renault is launching an all-new Mégane at the Frankfurt auto show. The bulbous, slightly overwrought four-door hatchback will be powered by fuel-efficient diesel and gasoline engines; Europe is likely to be the model’s biggest market.
The next Mégane will be the nameplate’s fourth model generation; the first one, designed in-house under Patrick Le Quément, was launched in 1995 as the successor of the Renault 19, which had replaced the Renault 11 (a.k.a. Renault Encore) in 1988.
While the Mégane comes to market as a four-door hatchback, it will soon be joined by a station-wagon version, as well as a low-slung two-door coupe. The proportions of the new models benefit from a new chassis with a far wider track, and the car is lower than its predecessor.
In the teaser release, Renault is touting the sporty GT model, but there is no doubt that the brand will ultimately launch a higher-performance Renault Sport version that should produce around 300 horsepower.
In global markets, the new Mégane competes with vehicles like the Ford Focus, the Opel Astra, the Peugeot 308, and the Volkswagen Golf. Will it come to the U.S.? Highly unlikely. But a lot of Renault parts are shared with Nissan, and we expect to see more technological overlap down the road.
The Mégane is available from a Group 1 Renault dealership. Test drive the Renault Megane and see why it’s the car for you!
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2017 Renault Captur Goes Under The Knife, Gets New Face And Features

Having been on the market for four years, Renault decided to give the Captur small crossover a mid-cycle facelift.

On display at the brand's stand at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, the small SUV comes with a new grille, inspired by the Kadjar, a chrome side strip, new skid plates on both bumpers, and fresh wheel patterns in 16- or 17-inches.

Three new body colors - Desert Orange, Ocean Blue and Amethyst, along with the new Mercury Silver option for the roof, and full-LED headlights on higher grades round up the list of exterior updates.

Inside, the facelifted Renault Captur is said to benefit from higher-quality plastics, chrome trim, more upmarket materials used on the steering wheel, or full-grain leather on certain versions, revised door panels and gear lever, LED roof light, and tweaked seats available on several variants.

For the first time, Renault added a new Signature S Nav/Initiale Paris trim level to the Captur, which features a metallic grey finish for the front and rear skid plates, around the windows and drip seals, and a specific range of colors.

The interior of the new addition brings heated Nappa leather seats, leather-trimmed steering wheel, and door panels, aluminum pedals, and aluminum door sills. Standard features include keyless entry and push-button start, Easy Park Assist, and Blind Spot Warning, and are complemented by the latest version of the R-Link infotainment, Android Auto, and premium Bose sound system.

Visit a Group 1 Renault dealership and take the Captur for a test drive. Speak to a Group 1 Renault consultant or view the full specs and prices of the Captur, online.

Story has been updated with photos from the Geneva show