Renault to Axe Several Models

Renault is about to drop several models from its line-up.  Poor sales have hit the company hard - annual sales have dropped by more than 50% over the last five years.


This has forced Renault to trim the fat from its British line-up.  From February the company will significantly reduce the number of models on offer.


At the top of the list are the Renault Sport Tourer and Coupe and the Laguna hatch.  The Grand Espace, Espace, Grand Modus, Modus, Kangoo and Wind roadster will also no longer be available after February 2012.


According to an inside source the company has no plans to replace the Espace, Laguna or Modus.  Renault is working on a number of crossover models to fill the gap these models will leave in their line-up.


The first new model with be a supermini-SUV that is due for release in 2013.  It will complement the new Clio model range.  The bigger crossover models will follow in 2014 and later.  Although the Wind was only launched 18 months ago, it had a dismal sales record and this model, as well as the Kangoo, will be dropped altogether.


If one takes into account that Renault sold 126,816 vehicles in the UK in 2006, the estimated figure of 51,000 for next year must have company bosses on the verge of a nervous breakdown.

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