French brands have style and panache, and the proud make with the lozenge makes no exception. Originally they had planned the venue at the newly refurbished salons at the Schaerbeek railway station, but finally this did not work out, so they reverted to their traditional place at Smets Bowery.
Both the Bowery restaurant and flagship store with their stylish clothes and furniture provide a very suitable setting for the brand and its products. Of course the newly presented Mégane was the talk of the day, and will make its debut on the Brussels show.
Hans Knol ten Bensel
We like the dynamic styling of the new Mégane. Laurens van den Acker and his team succeed wonderfully in creating a strong, bold and quite pleasing styling signature across the range, and this latest Megane is again a good example of this.
We also like the rear treatment and the cockpit styled cabin. The Mégane inherits of course both the technology and infotainment technology from its larger sisters, and we are looking forward to get a closer look at this car and have a stint behind the wheel.
Remarkable is also the GT version, which inherits all the "savoir faire" of the Renault Sport division, and includes also the unique 4CONTROL system, bringing four wheel steering technology to the segment of the Mégane for the first time.
We are also looking forward to the Talisman, which we saw already "in the flesh" but have not driven yet.
This Renault will also make its Belgian debut at the show. In a special Talisman Lounge you can have a peek at the Talisman Grandtour, which will be on sale in May 2016 in our country.
The Talisman has also very good looks, and besides that also bristles with new technologies like the Multi-Sense feature which captures even the mood of the driver(!).
It steers on all four wheels through its 4CONTROL system, which is combined with electronically controlled dampers.
Needless to say that the Talisman promises to be a fine handling car, we are certainly curious to find this out soon. As can be expected, the array of modern power units warrant excellent economy combined with good performance. Consumption starts as low as 3,6 liters/100 km and emissions go from 95 g CO2/km onwards.
The Talisman is quite spacious, with a boot size of not less than 602 liters.
Gallic comfort is offered too, with a host of comfort enhancing items such as massage functions, for instance.
Of course the occupants also enjoy technologies which make life easier, such as an online tablet with the R-Link 2 technology we already saw on the Espace, with a 8,7 inch touchscreen. One can also delight in a BOSE sound system. A colour head up display and Easy Park Assist are also available.
Renault continues to expect very much from EV technology, and continues to invest itself in bringing EV technology to the masses. It has raped recently a significant success here. Indeed, In the 29th Family Car of the Year Awards run by the Belgian automobile association VAB, journalist and family juries voted Renault ZOE R240 top in the electric vehicles category.
Karl Schuybroek, Director Communication of Renault Belgium Luxembourg, commented on the Renault prersence on the fortcoming Brussels show...
For the 2016 edition of its Family Car of the Year Awards, the Belgian automobile association VAB specified a 30-kilometre increase in the minimum “electric power” range required for vehicles in the “electric” category.
As well as running against other all-electric vehicles, Renault ZOE R240 was also competing with plug-in hybrid vehicles and electric vehicles with range extender.
With both juries (25 motoring journalists and 78 families) giving the car top ranking, the ZOE R240 finished with 159 points in all, ahead of the Mercedes B250e (with 154 points) and Kia’s Soul (with 147).
Renault expects good results from the recent initiatives taken by the Flemish government in promoting EV's by granting a subsidy of not less than 5000 Euros for the purchase of an electric vehicle.
Renault increases customer satisfaction with C@re 2.0…
In his speech, Jean-Paul Renaux, Director General of Renault Belgique Luxembourg, (see photo here above) turned the spotlight on initiatives to further increase customer satisfaction. Indeed, the modern customer is well informed through internet and social media, and looks for a personal, enhanced experience when coming to a dealers’ showroom.
Indeed, an impressive 79 pct of the customers use the internet for information and makes purchases through the web.
Renault sees seven “moments of thruth” in the dealer-client relationship: a great welcome, helping the customer make a choice, making a fair purchase, managing well the first “honeymoon” weeks of ownership, provide help when things go wrong, provide an easy and trusted service, and last but not least, the art of keeping in touch…Renault makes great efforts here in its C@re 2.0 program.
The voice of the customer tells it all of course. Here one sees that 67,8 pct of the Renault customers are promoters of the brand, with Dacia scoring a shade lower at 67,3 pct.
Ambitions for 2016…
Renaults wants to improve further its position on the retail car market, having achieved a market share of 9,8 pct in 2015. Dacia worked itself up to a share of 3.2 pct. Renault wants to make a “come back” to the passenger car segment of the fleet market, and consolidate its leadership on the commercial vehicle market. For Dacia, it wants further to maintain its present market position…
The venue was concluded with an excellent lunch at the Bowery restaurant, and we look forward to see the stylish Renault products at the next Brussels Salon…
Hans Knol ten Bensel