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The harbinger of a new Era for Renault

While the international car fairs with difficulties have to fight, because more and more manufacturers abandon this traditional Format, and the budget prefer to stay in other advertising channels are stuck, reported as the largest national car exhibition in Switzerland News: the 33. The output of the Auto Zurich, could BMW be won over major brands back in the last few years – including, Mercedes-Benz or Mini.

The result is a new record on Swiss premieres. If today at the exhibition grounds in Oerlikon open the gates, will be shown 40 models for the first Time in Switzerland – many of them celebrated in September at the Frankfurt motor show its world premiere. One of the new Renault Captur, which was upgraded around. Shortly before his Swiss Premiere of the second Generation of the compact Crossovers had a first test drive in Athens.

unrest in the group

No light-hearted, however, because there are troubled times for the French manufacturer: a few weeks Ago, Renault boss Thierry Bolloré has been relieved, surprisingly, of his office. Bolloré took over almost a year ago, the operational management, after the former group chief Carlos Ghosn has been pass due to the suspicion of various Financial arrested. Shortly after the expulsion of Bolloré, Renault announced a profit warning for the current fiscal year, because sales and revenue climbing as predicted, but is likely to go. And like most manufacturers, also Renault has to contend with the rigorous CO2 regulations, which will apply from next year.

the Latter also applies to the Swiss importer directly. "2020 will be a very exciting year for us," says Olivier Wittmann, managing Director of Renault Switzerland. "The CO2 issue is to put the industry under pressure." Even more important, the new models that were launched in the current year are: According to the new Clio, and the second Generation of the compact electric cars Zoe, the Captur, which arrives in December in the trade and for the French, the messenger of a new Era now follows. "An electric car we are selling for seven years, but with the Clio and the Captur, the electrification of the rest of the model range starts." The two as a Hybrid or as a Plug-in hybrid version on the market, a novelty for the French manufacturer to come.

Plug-in Hybrid 2020

With over 1.5 million units sold since its launch in 2013, the Captur is an important pillar in Renault's model range. In Switzerland, the Crossover is with 11500 vehicles sold, a popular model – the more important it is so that he remains at the height of the time. A critical success factor of the optic is. "42 percent of buyers opt for the design for a Captur," confirms product Manager Frédéric Arbogast.

According to the Compact SUV has been beefed up: The French have it stretched to almost eleven inches in length and almost two inches of expanded, and this makes much more athletic proportions. The Front and rear are marked by LED lights in brand-typical C-shape. Also the interior was brought up to the front man: The uncluttered Cockpit with digital Display and a high screen for the infotainment system looks high quality and modern. Thanks to a new production platform, the SUV is now with time assistance systems to semi-Autonomous highway wizard-to-date equipped.

The market launch in December of three petrol engines with 100, 130 and 155 PS, and a Diesel with 115 HP is not available for selection, which are each coupled to a variant of a manual 5 or 6 speed gearbox or a 7 - speed dual-clutch transmission, all-wheel drive, there are still. More exciting it will be in the second Semester 2020, if the Captur E-Tech will be available: The Plug-in Hybrid, whose drive motors consists of a 1.6-Liter gasoline engine and two E -, in can be electrically place at least back to 45 kilometers. The price for this variant has not yet been set, the models with conventional internal-combustion engines to start at a modest 19'500 Swiss francs.

Dave Schneider drove the new Captur on Einladungvon Renault Switzerland in Athens.

Created: 30.10.2019, 18:24 PM

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