Get set for Renault’s Twingo, a baby car from the group’s funky designer famous for his colourful footwear
A TIDDLER tease has reignited speculation about an Australian future for the Renault Twingo.
The French baby car is set for renewal in late 2014 and Renault is tickling the world with a couple of concepts before revealing the real car later this year, most likely at September’s Frankfurt motor show.
The first preview car is called Twin’Z and looks remarkably close to how the Twingo could become next year, provided you strip the concept back to its basic shape.
The second preview will come at the Monaco grand prix later this month.
‘‘ The idea is to show two different treatments of a small car. The first has an environmental focus and the second is a sporty focus,’’ says Renault Australia spokeswoman Emilie Ambrosy. ‘‘ These are concept cars. But in recent times Renault’s concept cars have been close to production cars, such as the Captur.’’
The new look and new approach to the Twingo is giving Renault, under its aggressive new leadership, the chance to reassess its potential for Australia. And the early pointers hint at an overdue goahead as sales of baby cars continue to grow.
‘‘ We’re looking at the next generation of sub-light category cars because we see the Twingo has potential,’’ says Ambrosy.
‘‘ But it has to be the right car, with the right specification, at the right price.’’
The Twingo concept cars are part of a new design drive at Renault that’s coming from funky style leader Laurens van den Acker. At Mazda, he created the current Mazda3, and is well known for his crazy range of custom-made sneakers in outrageous styles and colours.
He has laid out a lifecycle for Renault and the fifth petal of the flower-shaped program is fun-play, which sits well with the Twingo teasing.
The new Twingo is part of a joint development program with Daimler.