Clio ‘IV’ to lead Renault back to its stylish, original best, says senior official

The next Renault Clio will bring sensational, daring design back to the French firm’s model ranks.

That's the view of Steve Norman, Senior Vice President of Global Marketing for Renault, who gave Autocar inside information on the forthcoming supermini recently, describing it as “a car with the makings of an icon”.

"Clio IV has the potential to do two things for us: to make us the leading player in Europe’s biggest market sector, and to show a new generation of buyers how fantastic our cars can look," said Norman.

“I can’t describe just how amazing it looks. It’s a real masterstroke of design. You have to see it for yourself to believe it.”

Those outside of Renault will get a sneak peak of the next Clio at the Paris motor show this coming September. The car will be previewed by an advanced Clio concept.

"It’s quite a far-fetched show car, nothing like a conventional supermini," said Norman. "But it’ll gives you a flavour of what to expect.”

Company insiders suggest that the new Clio takes several cues from the Zoe concept – a similarly-sized, all-electric hatchback headed for production as one of La Regie’s ‘Z.E.’ electric vehicles.

It’s also rumoured that, while design work on the Clio IV was already underway in early 2009, new Renault design boss Laurens van den Acker ordered several changes to the car when he arrived in May of last year.

Van den Acker recently told Autocar that the new Clio “has the McDonald’s ‘Big Mac’ factor: it’s a very pretty car - good enough to eat!”

 

Our Verdict

Renault Clio

A multi-talented contender that can stand comparison with the best

Join the debate

Comments
33

4 May 2010

oh dear the show was going so well until the big mac comments. thats really put me off, who does he think McDonalds are? some kind of aspirational dream of design and desire?

big macs are neither good for eating or pretty to look at.

was this comment aimed at an american audience, do they like mcdonalds in their home country? its certainly not liked in france.

Renault design boss Laurens van den Acker should be looking for a new job shortly.

4 May 2010

[quote beachland2]

big macs are neither good for eating or pretty to look at.

was this comment aimed at an american audience, do they like mcdonalds in their home country? its certainly not liked in france.

[/quote]

I think that's the prob, McDonalds or "McDoe" has a much better rep in France. Pretty ill judged remark for the UK though

4 May 2010

i have heard that the french despise fast food in general, are very proud of their nations cuisine. maybe thats changed then?

4 May 2010

It's changed a bit. They've taken McDonalds as their own.Traditional little Bistro's are closing at a pretty steady rate. There's even a McDonalds in the Louvre. I think the French were surprised it caused such a furore outside of France lol

4 May 2010

thats a demo of child power if ever one was needed. the control of adult civilisation by kids.

its also a confirmation that renault market to teenagers.

4 May 2010

You see plenty of Clios at the Drive Thru (I hate the bastardisation of the word "through" as well) maybe he thinks its a good thing.

Last time Renault redeined a market, they made the Vel Satis and Avantime

4 May 2010

[quote beachland2]oh dear the show was going so well until the big mac comments. thats really put me off, who does he think McDonalds are? some kind of aspirational dream of design and desire?[/quote] +1 Agreed, could not have put it better myself.


Enjoying a Fabia VRs - affordable performance

4 May 2010

Forget the BigMacs and all that mentioned above...

Really hope its not even close to that Zoe-thing. No Iconozation there! Chinazation maybe.

4 May 2010

I love bold statements like 'it's going to be an icon' if an iconic car was that easy to make every marque would have one! Somehow I cant see us in 25 years time talking about the Clio in the same breath as Jaguar E-type, Aston DB5, Lancia stratos etc

Here's to the crazy ones......

4 May 2010

[quote iamthestig]Somehow I cant see us in 25 years time talking about the Clio in the same breath as Jaguar E-type, Aston DB5, Lancia stratos etc [/quote] But we talk of the original Mini as an icon, a car voted the most significant of last century.

Anyhow, the headline is misleading, the Renault executive said the car has the "potential of becoming an icon." Hype it might be, but it's less a boast, more a personal observation.

Pages

Add your comment

Log in or register to post comments

Find an Autocar car review

Driven this week

  • Jaguar E-Pace P300
    First Drive
    19 November 2017
    Jaguar’s second SUV faces up to the Audi Q3, BMW X1 and Mercedes-Benz GLA. Tough task, so is the E-Pace up to it?
  • Jaguar E-Pace D180
    First Drive
    19 November 2017
    Not the driver’s car many would hope from any car wearing the Jaguar badge, but the E-Pace is an attractive and interesting addition to the compact premium SUV ranks
  • Subaru Impreza
    First Drive
    17 November 2017
    The fifth-generation Subaru Impreza is much improved from top to bottom, but a poor engine and gearbox keep it trailing in this competitive class
  • Ford Fiesta Vignale
    First Drive
    17 November 2017
    We get a first taste of Ford’s poshest Fiesta in turbocharged diesel form
  • Seat Arona
    Car review
    17 November 2017
    Seat is on a roll but can the Arona, its new junior SUV, cut it in such an ultra-competitive class?