New Renault Coupe on the Way

If you were busy saving up for a new Renault Laguna, you will be disappointed to hear that Renault has decided to pull the plug on the Laguna and the company is working on a surprise new coupe.


The Laguna, destined to compete with the Mondeo, was not very successful and the company is now re-evaluating its strategy in this market sector.  In terms of the new approach Renault wants to develop a truly international large car using a modular platform in partnership with Nissan.


Quite interestingly though, the new platform will also give birth to a standalone coupe that will not directly replace the current Renault Laguna Coupe.  A Renaultsport model is virtually a certainty.


Beatrice Foucher, Renault's Vice President of Product Planning, said "There will be at least one coup© in the line-up.  It is necessary to have an emotional car like this to support our brand identity."


According to industry insiders the new car will be smaller than the present Laguna Coupe.  Apparently Renaultsport has been deeply involved in its development right from the start, although it was not in charge of development as with the Wind.


The Laguna replacement will be designed and developed in Europe, but marketed globally in markets such as Brazil, Russia, Korea and the United Kingdom.


The news of the new car seems to contradict recent statements by Steve Norman, Renault's marketing chief who said earlier "We're not going to do cars big in cubic capacity.  In fact there could be no cubic capacity at all."

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