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According to The Motor Report Renault will continue to focus on all-electric vehicles for its 'green' line-up, rather than pursue hybrid or plug-in hybrid models.

That's the word from Renault boss Stefan Müller in an interview with Germany's Auto Motor Und Sport, in which the CEO spoke about the French carmaker's future plans.

Mr Müller commented on incoming, all-new models for the Laguna and Megane range, saying customers would notice an improvement in quality when they arrive.

The CEO said both models would not feature "unnecessary, expensive things" in order to keep costs (and list prices) down, as Renault wants to be seen as an affordable brand.

As for Dacia, expect more of the same from the budget-priced carmaker as it also continues to focus on affordable models in new markets.

Dacia will aim to keep customer prices competitive, but Müller said the carmaker faces a "huge challenge" cutting manufacturing costs to ensure ongoing profitability.
 

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I know of one guy who refused a new Laguna at handover because of quality issues (it wasn't me), he ended up with a Senic but he's not happy, but at least the issue is noted.

As far as Electric Vehicles go there's a way to go, range is THE issue and although Tesla have "supercharged" dual chargers they don't work away from your home unless you run out of sparks next to a Tesla agent. Range with new batteries is around 260miles (3.5 hours up the motorway) then its 11 hours to refuel, and this gets worse as the batteries deteriorate with age, range reduces and recharging time increases. The normal refuelling rate is 22miles of range per hour from charge posts, and there's always the risk of a fire with Lithium batteries if you try and speed this up. The Renault/Nissan offering is a way behind the Tesla so they have a way to go, plus if you add in the additional pollution (+100%) caused by EV's assuming fossil fuel to generate electricity then they don't have any green credentials.

Their other strategy of producing more efficient petrol and diesel engines is in fact far greener but politicians don't see it. They look at the exhaust pipe of the car (or lack of one) and not the exhaust pipe of the power station.
 
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