Renault's boss says the next Laguna must have more appeal than the current hatchback

The next Renault Laguna will be a more adventurous model imbued with the ‘fluid and emotional’ styling seen in Renault’s latest small cars.

Chief operating officer Carlos Tavares said although he feels the current Laguna is fundamentally a good car, the bland design of the hatchback has turned buyers against the coupé and estate.

“It’s possible that because the rear of the hatchback is a little bit strange, this has damaged the potential of the other cars,” he said.

“We need to continue to work on appeal. If you look at the new cars — Zoe, Captur and Clio — you understand what I mean. It is about having character without being strange.”

The next Laguna is due in 2014-2015, although there is no news on whether it might return to Renault UK’s model line-up. 

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8 June 2013

Just copy the front of the DB9 this time on the coupe, not just the back. Add two more doors, done.

8 June 2013

Is it just the looks that have harmed sales of the current Laguna? There was certainly something that put off buyers whilst it was on sale here, I've never seen that many on the roads, whilst there still seems to be plenty of the previous generations knocking around. As for the styling of the new smaller models, I think it works on the Captur, and the Zoe looks appeallingly different, but I'm not impressed with the Clio at all.

 

8 June 2013

catnip wrote:

 but I'm not impressed with the Clio at all.

 

I quite like the Clio but when you see it in the metal it looks much longer and lower than any Clio previously - more a Megane replacement.  As for the Laguna, I'm glad there is acknowledgement that it looks strange - the styling went completely haywire.  Was the person who penned that swage line down the side drunk at the time?  The rear lights perched right up high on the tailgate never looked right either.  Most of Renault's styling has been off the boil for some time - the Espace lost its elegance with the current version - yet the Megane 3 door has never been appreciated for what I believe are great looks and things certainly look a lot more hopeful now with Mr Van der Acker at the styling helm.

8 June 2013

streaky wrote:

catnip wrote:

 but I'm not impressed with the Clio at all.

 

As for the Laguna, I'm glad there is acknowledgement that it looks strange - the styling went completely haywire.  Was the person who penned that swage line down the side drunk at the time?  The rear lights perched right up high on the tailgate never looked right either.

Agree, the wavy swage line and randomly positioned door handles and rubbing strips give the car an odd side profile. The hatchback's rear light positioning is a bit unusual - both the estate and coupe looked better. Nevertheless, the D-segment is a conservative one and the Laguna hatch's styling plainly wasn't. Probably the reason why it didn't sell well.

8 June 2013

The current Laguna is so clearly just a face lift of the old car, and also looks small compared to the Insignia and Mondeo, has stuck with a dead beam rear axel where all the altenatives have IRS.

The previous Laguna had an appauling reliability record, something they where supposed to have fixed, but as no one bought the current one, no one knows. Add to this the low residual values, and the lease rates where huge. Renault really had no choice other than to pull it.

If they come back with a new Laguna it needs to offer something special to stand out, and actually be affordable to the fleets.

I hope they do come back with something good, we need something to offer an alternative to the Germans

 

8 June 2013

It's not the rear of the hatchback, but that ugly front that ruinded the coupe. The too wide grille and those bland lamps on the coupe are at odds with the beautifully styled rest of the car.

8 June 2013

The problem with the Laguna and I guess with the other contemporary French cars as well,is that they fail to sell their propietary technology as succesfully as the Germans (E.G:"four wheel steering" vs ZF 8spd gearbox) and that nowadays shoppers only seem care about the badge their  car wears ,even if it's a poorly-powered diesel repmobile,than the qualities of the vehicle in general.

 

8 June 2013

The Laguna failed over here for a few reasons:

1) It was called Laguna, the previous one had an awful reputation for reliability, it was improved with the facelift in 05, so the UK fleet market was burnt, when asked what could improve its image Glasses said "don't call it Laguna" Renault France refused to change the name over here. 

2) It was bland, the previous one was very stylish, this one when launched in 07 wasn't, the styling was improved with the facelift however by then it was too late. There was nothing that hit you when you saw it, it was just another bland mid range hatch. 

3) In 07 when it was launched , it was launched into an already dying sector, unless the car was German; a dying sector coupled with a bad image does not a sales success make!

4) Awful residuals make them very expensive to lease, most people looking at this sort of car will be company car drivers , why take something like a Laguna when they could get a 3 series or A4 for less money. 

it's a shame as it is a good car, it's very reliable, built very well, refined, the interior at the time was better looking and better put together than the equivalent Ford or Vauxhall, they rode very well, the diesel engines were refined and punchy, far better than what Ford or Vauxhall offered, it's a shame however I'm not surprised it failed, however it didn't fail because it was crap, it wasn't. 

9 June 2013

it failed because it looked like crap. Everyone else could see it as soon as it was launched, so why didn't the designers? The previous generation was a stylish alternative to the bland Mondeo and Vectra of the time but it's reputation for unreliability meant that it's replacement was doomed from the start. Renault needs to pull something special out the bag for the next Laguna but I won't hold my breath. The new Clio is reasonably stylish but lacks a 3 door version for the hotter models. The Zoe looks promising, but I can't share everyone elses enthusiasm for the Captur.  

9 June 2013

Renault seem to be getting their mojo back after their cull of 2011, so whether there is a place in the UK for a new Laguna remains to be seen (though I doubt it) ... The problem Renault face is that their range appears paultry and uninviting compared to the competition ...

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