Parents of daughters called Zoe rise in protest
26 November 2009

Renault's decision to call it electric supermini Zoe has caused uproar in France.

Press reports suggest parents of children named Zoe are reported to have flooded the company with complaints and launched online petitions demanding the name be changed.

See more Renault Zoe pictures

Full details - Renault Zoe

"Our daughters have a beautiful first name that must not be associated with a car, so let us unite to bring pressure on a multinational which s going to destroy this pretty name for a children," says a petition launched by Sebastien Mortreus, from Auby.

"It's a scandal that they are able to use common first names for products."

Zoe is the 17th favourite girls name for newborns in France.

But Renault is unimpressed by the arguments.

"It is a name that evokes values of femininity, of youth, a playful spirit and vivacity," a spokesman told The Times newspaper. "It is also a reference to the concept of zero emissions."

Twitter - follow autocar.co.ukSee all the latest Renault reviews, news and video

Our Verdict

Renault Zoe

Bespoke battery-powered supermini aims to advance the EV’s case

Join the debate

Comments
20

26 November 2009

Zoe is Greek for life. the only ones who should at least have the slightest right to complaint are therefore the Greeks and I don't see any of them much bothered about it. why make such a fuss about a car's name?! the Elise never had such problems....

26 November 2009

Could have been worse, they were going to call it Muhammad.

26 November 2009

haha that could've made for a very interesting turn of events

26 November 2009

The Renault Kevin - sounds much more dynamic and modern ...

26 November 2009

I personally think Butch is a pretty cool name for a car, very masculine, hardcore, just like those zero emission vehicles Renault will try selling.

26 November 2009

How about Brenda?

26 November 2009

This is funny - just had a look at what the 17th most popular girl's name is in the UK and for the most recent year I can find (2007), it is - wait for it - Megan!

26 November 2009

[quote Autocar] "It's a scandal that they are able to use common first names for products." [/quote]

And just last week someone named their child 'Kia' ...

[quote RobotBoogie]This is funny - just had a look at what the 17th most popular girl's name is in the UK and for the most recent year I can find (2007), it is - wait for it - Megan![/quote]

Lol!!!

 

- Follow your own star -

26 November 2009

Well people are naming their children after cars here - look at Kia! Besides, Renault used the Zoe name back in about 2004 for the little Zoe concept which was supposedly meant to preview the Twingo. There are tons of products around that have human names - look at the Henry, Hetty and Charles vacuum cleaners! Mercedes! Mind you, Renault might not even end up calling it Zoe.

"The creative adult is the child who survived."

26 November 2009

Renault should leave the "Z" cars to Nissan , and name it something else ( Elle ? )

Pages

Add your comment

Log in or register to post comments

Find an Autocar car review

Driven this week

  • Citroën C3 Aircross
    First Drive
    17 October 2017
    It's got funky looks and a charming interior, but it's another small SUV, and another dynamic miss. Numb steering is just one thing keeping it from class best
  • Skoda-Karoq 2.0 TDI 4x4
    First Drive
    16 October 2017
    Diesel version of Skoda’s junior SUV is unobtrusive and undemanding, but we’d still go for the silkier petrol version of the Karoq
  • Audi Q7 e-tron
    First Drive
    16 October 2017
    Expensive and flawed but this understated diesel-electric Audi Q7 has a lot to offer
  • Citroën C3
    First Drive
    16 October 2017
    Is the third gen Citroën C3 ‘fresh and different’ enough to take on its supermini rivals? We spend six months with one to find out
  • BMW X3
    First Drive
    15 October 2017
    A satisfying rework of the X3 that usefully improves its handling, cabin finish, space and connectivity to make this BMW a class front-runner again