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Townsville Bulletin - - Cars Guide -

FFOR­GET the badge, this is Re­nault’s new Koleos of­froader, which will go global next year. The new­est Re­nault, known as the Sam­sung QM5 in South Korea, was un­veiled last week by Re­nault Sam­sung Mo­tors CEO Jean-Marie Hur­tiger. The QM5 is the re­sult of a ven­ture be­tween Re­nault, Nis­san and Sam­sung. Hur­tiger says the ve­hi­cle was ‘in­vented by Nis­san, styled by Re­nault and built in South Korea, a di­rect re­sult of the al­liance’’. When it ar­rives here late next year, the Koleos will join the bulging off-roader seg­ment. It will com­pete against the pop­u­lar Honda CR-V, Subaru Forester, Hyundai Tuc­son, Holden Cap­tiva, Kia Sportage, Nis­san X-Trail and Toy­ota RAV4. Re­nault Aus­tralia spokesman Craig Smith says the QM5 is ‘the first true re­sult of the al­liance’. He says the car, with a Re­nault badge, will be launched at next year’s Syd­ney Mo­tor Show. Prices are tipped to start at $30,000. The QM5 is based on the Nis­san X-Trail. It will share its petrol en­gine and gear­boxes with the sturdy Nis­san of­froader. Lo­cal ver­sions will have a Re­nault-sourced, 2.0-litre, dCi turbo-diesel. The Nis­san 2.5-litre petrol four-cylin­der will also be avail­able in some mar­kets. How­ever, Aus­tralian spec­i­fi­ca­tions and prices are yet to be de­ter­mined. ‘‘We’ll be push­ing diesels,’’ Mr Smith says. The 2.0-litre dCi de­vel­ops 130kW/360Nm. In Europe, the 2.0-litre dCi is also avail­able in other Re­nault prod­ucts in two other states of tune, 96kW/320Nm and 110kW/ 340Nm. Mr Smith says Re­nault has not had a vi­able com­pact of­froader avail­able here since the Scenic-based RX4, which failed to ig­nite sales against the dom­i­nant Ja­panese of­fer­ings. The QM5 will be sold in South Korea as the Sam­sung QM5. About 65 per cent of the pro­jected 100,000 cars next year will be ex­ported. The al­liance has spent $684 mil­lion in the past 28 months de­vel­op­ing the QM5. Re­nault as­sumed con­trol of the now-de­funct Sam­sung Mo­tors in 2000 and holds an 80.1 per cent share. Sam­sung owns the rest. The car will go on sale in South Korea next month and ex­ports to Europe will start in June. Sam­sung Mo­tors Corp be­lieves the off-roader will help drive up its global sales to 200,000 ve­hi­cles next year.

The QM5 be­ing built by Nis­san, Re­nault and Sam­sung, which will go on sale next year as the Koleos

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