Next Renault Laguna "possibly a crossover saloon"
6 January 2012

The Renault Laguna will only be sold in the UK again if the next generation model, due in around three years time, is radically different from the current car.

In February, Renault will drop from sale in the UK the current Laguna range, the Wind roadster, both variants of the Modus and Espace and the Kangoo and Trafic passenger versions. Following that announcement, it was revealed that a decision on the styling direction of the new Laguna is due to be taken in the next three months. Renault UK boss Thierry Sybord revealed he favours switching Renault's family sized car to a crossover format to give it a distinct position in the market place, but conceded the UK market was not strong enough to dictate the car’s styling.

"If the next-generation Laguna is the same as the current one, then there’s no way it will be a success in the UK," he said. “My view is that, in Europe, there is not enough opportunity to sell this kind of saloon. There are the two German actors in Europe, and the two big fleet operators in the UK, Ford and Vauxhall. We can’t compete.

Sybord said Renault’s alliance partner Nissan was a good example of how innovation away from traditional segments could lead to sales successes.

“Therefore we are still thinking of a new kind of car, possibly a crossover saloon,” he said. “Look at what the Qashqai has done for that market, it is a success. It would be a new kind of car for the market, but it would be very hard to do. The decision is whether we want to carry on with what we’ve done before; if we build the same car again, the situation will stay the same.”

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6 January 2012

[quote Autocar]“Therefore we are still thinking of a new kind of car, possibly a crossover saloon,” he said. “Look at what the Qashqai has done for that market, it is a success. It would be a new kind of car for the market, but it would be very hard to do. [/quote]

Can anyone say Vel Satis or Avantime?

 

 

It's all about the twisties........

6 January 2012

Renault have a history of canning cars that are underperforming. The killed the Avantime very early, the Vel Satis and Koleos have both been withdrawn early too. One thing links all these cars and the current Laguna. Under investment.

The Avantime was a brave idea, very badly made. The Vel Satis was a luxury executive car with supermini rear suspension. The Koleos a left over Korean car.

If Renault had invested properly in a new model rather than a face lift last time maybe the Laguna would still be selling well enough for them. It may have made it a lot more reliable, but as so few people bought it who would know. The market is so competative anyone trying to sell a half baked idea will fail miserably. Renault should have learned by now.

The same will happen to a Renault Crossover if they dont invest, but i suspect they will just take the next generation Qashqai and modify it.

7 January 2012

The Avantime may have been a brave idea but selling the premise of a coupe MPV never made any sense whatsoever.

7 January 2012

it just seems a bit strange for a company with such a poor history of electrical reliability to be depending on electric cars to fill its range out

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