Troubled French automaker, Renault will look to its heritage in a bid to bolster a business turnaround strategy which could see a number of their classic models being revived as modern electric vehicles.
According to various reports the new EV plan is set to be revealed by Renault’s man at the top, Luca de Meo who is said to be calling on some of the company’s former classic heroes in a bid to turn the brand’s financial difficulties around.
Following an unprecedented year, the French marque will look to slash around 15,000 jobs as part of their £1.8bn streamlining of the business which has been significantly worsened by the virus pandemic. Reuters stated that the company would focus on its French heritage and would most likely include some of its classic big-hitters from the 1960s – 1990s.
Whilst any indication as to which of the classics models could be used has yet to be given, the most likely candidates are said to include the Renault 4, which celebrates its 60th birthday this year and, back in the day, hit sales in excess of eight million units across more than 100 countries.
Another prime suspect is the extremely practical Renault 5. The front-wheel-drive hatchback supermini sold around 6 million of its first-generation and would be a popular choice. Both vehicles could share the existing Zoe EV platform with its 54.7 kWh battery and a range of about 195 miles (achievable on a fully charged).
The luxurious column-change 16 was produced between 1965 and 1980 and one of the first successful hatchback body-styled cars that offered its prospective family buyers more space, a large tailgate and boot space than ever seen before in a car of its class. A fantastic car that would benefit from an EV conversion or reimagining.
Also cited by Reuters is that sub-brand, Alpine will receive three new electric models whilst others including the Espace MPV would be discontinued.
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