Renault UK will swing the axe and kill off four significant models from its range, including the once strong-selling Laguna, next February. The drastic action will account for the complete Laguna range, including the coupe, plus the Wind roadster, both variants of the Modus and Espace and the Kangoo and Trafic passenger versions.
“We have a corporate target to be profitable in all the countries that Renault sells cars and that demands tough action in the UK,” says the company.
The UK operation is understood to have been loss-making for a number of recent years, possibly back to 2006.
Interestingly, the cutbacks only affect the UK — all other European markets will continue to sell their existing ranges — even though markets like Spain and Italy are hugely down in 2011.
The move will also clear resources and marketing funds for a major push in electric cars in 2012. Renault will introduce the Twizy urban runabout, the Zoe supermini and Fluence EV to the UK next year, although the Zoe won’t be in dealers until autumn.