French brand says the move is part of a simplification of the range, but poor sales are also to blame

Renault will axe the Twingo city car from its UK line-up, citing a desire to simplify its model range.

A facelifted Twingo will go on sale in the next few months, but Renault has confirmed that a right-hand-drive version for the UK won't be introduced. 

A spokesman said: “Renault UK has decided to not commercialise the Twingo [facelift] in the UK right-hand-drive market when this vehicle launches across Europe in the first half of 2019.

He continued: “The decision is due to commercial reasons that align with Renault UK’s policy of having a simpler choice of versions for customers – as demonstrated with the recently introduced Easy Life specifications on Clio, Captur, Mégane, Scénic and Koleos models – and allowing a greater commercial focus to be placed on the range of all-new models and powertrains coming in 2019 and beyond as outlined in Groupe Renault’s Drive The Future mid-term business plan.”

Sales of the current Twingo peaked in 2015, with 5555 units sold in the UK. Since then, sales have declined dramatically. In 2018, just 877 Twingos were sold here. 

The Twingo is part of the declining city car segment, with rivals including the Citroën C1 and Volkswagen Up also having lost ground over the last couple of years. In Europe last year, the Twingo sold 77,326 units, while the C1 sold 53,292 and the Up 100,715. 

These entry-level cars are also notoriously hard to make profitable, and Renault is likely to perceive that UK sales aren't worth the return on investment.

The Smart Forfour, which shares its underpinnings with the Twingo, is unaffected, according to a Smart UK spokesman.

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22 January 2019

Oh dear. Interesting car but perhaps too flawed to compete with the ubiquitous Up.

22 January 2019

Give up. Seems to be a reoccurring theme with the weaker manufacturers

typos1 - Just can’t respect opinion

FMS

22 January 2019
xxxx wrote:

Give up. Seems to be a reoccurring theme with the weaker manufacturers

 

NO-ONE can accuse you of NOT recycling amd plagiarising from the very article that you post of. If you don't like to be rebuked, then vastly improve your post quality or...oh yes...as you ironically suggest...GIVE UP. TwIT, the w is silent, as you should be.

22 January 2019
FMS wrote:

xxxx wrote:

Give up. Seems to be a reoccurring theme with the weaker manufacturers

 

NO-ONE can accuse you of NOT recycling amd plagiarising from the very article that you post of. If you don't like to be rebuked, then vastly improve your post quality or...oh yes...as you ironically suggest...GIVE UP. TwIT, the w is silent, as you should be.

.. T W A or T.    

typos1 - Just can’t respect opinion

FM8

22 January 2019
FMS wrote:

xxxx wrote:

Give up. Seems to be a reoccurring theme with the weaker manufacturers

 

NO-ONE can accuse you of NOT recycling amd plagiarising from the very article that you post of. If you don't like to be rebuked, then vastly improve your post quality or...oh yes...as you ironically suggest...GIVE UP. TwIT, the w is silent, as you should be.

amd?  Come on FMS, you're supposed to be better than that.  That's the sort of simple stuff that makes you so angry with other posts.  Let's talk about your issues.  Is all this anger, hate and bizarre personal attacks because of the loss of your mother?  Has it made you so bitter you hate everyone?  Or are you just a mental twat?  Why do you believe you have superiority over others, is it some perverse fantasy, are some sick minded perv?  What's with the bullying attitude, were you bullied?  Is that why you're so angry?  Do you just sit there in front of your PC, anonymous, hidden, venting your anger at others over what happened.  Were you bullied because you're fat, ugly, or just one of life's oddballs that never really fitted in?  Does hiding being a keyboard now give you a feeling of power you never used to have?  You've questioned me before when I suggested you were a 'he', remember?  I would suggest you are a he.  A he who has serious mental health issues, probably in your 50's, no friends, family won't go near you because you're just too strange, you probably spend far too much time online, trolling sites like this venting anger at lesser folk, the rest of the time you're probably browsing porn sites , veiwing women that are a bit too young, that makes you angry with yourself, you need to vent that anger, that hate you have of yourself.  You're a sick man. 

22 January 2019

Weaker than what? Than who? This a Benz. Well, a Smart. Plus: Renault generates an annual operating margin of 6,5%. Up's mother barely 3,5%. So who's the weaker here?

Wheelman

TS7

22 January 2019

...Good name for another special edition of VW's smallest car.

xxxx wrote:

Give up. Seems to be a reoccurring theme with the weaker manufacturers

22 January 2019

Shame, but then their small car range seems quite crowded, the electric Zoe is probably a more popular choice for people just wanting a city runaround.

22 January 2019

I thought this was the 3rd phase of Twingos!

22 January 2019

No, its the Twingo Mk2 phase 2.

XXXX just went POP.

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