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Renault - 2002 Twingo
Renault - 2002 Twingo

Renault - 2002 Twingo

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The Renault Twingo is a city car built by the French automaker Renault since 1993. The Twingo quickly became popular in Europe due to its unusual looks and its ease of use. The pr... More »
The Renault Twingo is a city car built by the French automaker Renault since 1993. The Twingo quickly became popular in Europe due to its unusual looks and its ease of use. The projectIt was designed under Patrick Le Quément, Renault's chief designer. Le Quément's belief was that it was a greater risk for Renault to take no risks at all, having seen its market share suffer from cars such as the Renault 9 and 11. It has been rumoured that the design of the Twingo was partially inspired by the ships from the Konami videogame Twinbee; however, Renault has made no statement regarding this. Another, a better documented design link is that to the Polish prototype Beskid.The Twingo featured revolutionary features (at the time of launch) of a centrally mounted instrument panel, consisting of a speedometer, fuel gauge and clock, with the odometer and trip recorder selected by pushing a button on the end of the steering column stalk. This left just a strip of warning lights in the area behind the steering wheel. It also had a sliding rear seat, which could be moved to either increase boot space or rear seat legroom. The boot parcel shelf was also unusual in that it was attached to the inside of the tailgate, and lifted up with the tailgate. It could also be clipped back against the rear window when not required.British marketWhen the car was launched, Renault's senior bosses said that the British market would not want a city car, so Renault did not produce a right-hand drive version. They were also concerned that it would take away sales from the recently launched Clio. Later entrants to this market and their incredible popularity in the United Kingdom, like the Fiat Cinquecento, Ford Ka, Opel Corsa and Smart Fortwo, proved that this decision was a mistake.Despite the car's sales success, it still lags behind the Ford Ka in the A-class segment.This article is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License. It uses material from Wikipedia. Hide -
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