It’s a Re­nault re­vival

The new Me­gane range may win new ad­mir­ers, writes Mark Hinch­liffe

Herald Sun - Motoring - - First Drive -

THE biggest loser is poised to be­come the biggest win­ner for Re­nault. The big-bot­tomed Re­nault Me­gane Hatch has gone on a diet and lost a lot of lard around the rear end. It’s also lost a lot of weight in cus­tomer’s hip pock­ets.

In his first new prod­uct launch since tak­ing over the reins of Re­nault Aus­tralia less than two months ago, Justin Ho­ce­var is bristling with ex­cite­ment at the re­lease of the Me­gane Hatch, Coupe-Cabri­o­let and RS250. ‘‘It’s a less po­lar­is­ing de­sign,’’ Ho­ce­var ad­mits. He be­lieves the new Me­gane range will lift flag­ging sales with its high level of equip­ment ‘‘but not in­flated price tags’’, sim­pli­fied two-trim vari­ants and charm­ing Euro styling.

Value

RE­NAULT has an­nounced a drive-away price of $25,990 for the Me­gane Hatch Dy­namique man­ual listed at $22,990. The new CVT auto adds $2000.

Com­pare that with the 2003 launch of the Me­gane which started at $ 31,990 for the

De­signed to please: the French mar­que in­tro­duces the Me­gane Cabri­o­let and the Me­gane Hatch (op­po­site page) to Aussie Fran­cophiles.

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