Less than 50 per cent chance of big new saloon being launched in the UK
17 June 2010

Renault UK is unlikely to launch the new Latitude as a replacement for the Vel Satis, because it can’t assemble a robust business case for the new big saloon.

The Latitude was revealed last week and will appear at the Moscow and Paris shows this year before its launch in mainland Europe.

“There’s a less than 50 per cent chance of the Latitude making it to the UK,” said a well placed source.

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The 4.9-metre-long, Korean-built four-door is a rebadged Samsung SM5 and is based on a hybrid front-drive platform derived from the front end of the Laguna and an independent rear axle from Nissan.

Given the poor sales record in the UK of non-German, £20k-plus large saloons, the Latitude would face an uphill battle to win sales, hence Renault UK’s caution.

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17 June 2010

Normally when i read we are not going to get something i think its a shame. i am all in favour of choice. But this is so wilfully dull i cant imagine anyone will miss it.

On another note however, its good to see Renault using independent rear suspension again. lets hope they can incorporate it into some of their more Euro friendly products

17 June 2010

[quote artill]Normally when i read we are not going to get something i think its a shame. i am all in favour of choice. But this is so wilfully dull i cant imagine anyone will miss it.[/quote]

I agree its nothing like a Renault should be unfortunatly they will probaly try sell it here in Ireland . I hope not never wana see 1 in this country its horrible .

17 June 2010

Oh what a shame

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