It’s a Renault revival
The new Megane range may win new admirers, writes Mark Hinchliffe
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.
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.