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  Renault Twingo Concept

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Country of origin:France
Produced in:2006
Introduced at:2006 Paris Motor Show
Source:Company press release
Last updated:October 09, 2006
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Click here to download printer friendly versionRenault has chosen the 2006 Paris Motor Show to unveil Twingo Concept. Powered by the new Turbocharged 1.2 16V TCE (Turbo Control Efficiency) 100 engine, the car also boasts a host of multimedia features and a high level of equipment.

At only 3.6 metres long, Twingo Concept appeals to customers who have a taste for both attractive, sporty small cars and new communication technologies. Its compact, squat shape and assertive styling give it plenty of character, while its sports pedigree is apparent in the design of its lively, expressive front end. The well proportioned bumper and motor sport inspired grille hint at the presence of a well-tuned engine and driving pleasure.

The shape of the indicators in the headlamp units echo the chequered flag-based graphics of the bodywork which flow along the car's pearl-blue sides to subtly suggest speed. The foglamps are flanked by air intakes to cool the powerful disc brakes. Riding on 17-inch, dark chrome wheels picked out in Renault yellow, Twingo Concept communicates a punchy, dynamic feel. The profiled sills and wing extensions emphasise its sporty lines and athletic curves.

At the rear, the chromed twin exhaust tailpipe and air extractor take their inspiration from Clio Renaultsport 197, while the new Renault badge nestles on the wide hatch, the lower part of which is flanked by "high-tech" rear lights.

Underneath the short but stylish bonnet is the new TCE 100 petrol engine chosen to power Twingo Concept. This 1.2-litre Turbocharged engine delivers maximum power of 100hp at 5,500rpm and maximum torque of 145Nm at 3,000rpm, while its exceptional efficiency combines response, power and environmental-friendliness. Twingo Concept's low fuel consumption is equivalent to CO2 emissions of less than 140g/km - a remarkably low figure for such a powerful performer.

Twingo Concept's sophisticated, young and high-tech cabin marks a stark contrast with its sporty exterior and takes occupants into a world of mobile sound. Its wide panoramic glass sunroof and two pillarless doors ensure a bright interior that brings out the qualities of its uncluttered, high-tech dashboard. The cabin's simple and ergonomically effective 'Touch Design' approach is a statement in intuitive understanding.

Twingo Concept has found inspiration in youth culture and its love of music and freedom. The centre console features a USB port as well as sockets for devices like Apple's iPod and the Nokia Smartphone, with a mixing deck built into the dashboard, ideal for partying with friends.

The musical focus is also reflected in the highly visual graphics of the dashboard, the upper part of which features a pattern based on the graphic equalizer bars with which music-lovers are naturally familiar. It is evocative of the bass rhythms that will pound from the door-mounted speakers and contrasts with the matt finish of the lower part of the dashboard.

The central part of the dashboard has an analogue speedometer which sits above a 15-inch retractable, folding monitor which, for safety reasons, can only be deployed when the car is at a standstill. Behind this screen are all the functions of a computer that permit passengers to log on to the Internet, while a web cam is incorporated into the screen to remain in visual contact with the outside world.

In an assertion of personality and originality, Twingo Concept's interior comes with its own "light show". With the car at rest and the multimedia mode activated, the cabin is bathed in a blue, high-tech glow. When the driver presses the start button and the engine kicks in, the dominant hue automatically shifts to Renault yellow to energise the cabin with a sportier feel.

Twingo Concept accommodates its four occupants in independent bucket seats with built-in headrests that provide first class comfort and support. The night-blue fabric of the upholstery contrasts with the sophisticated white of the seats' structure which echoes the cabin's colour scheme by emitting shafts of yellow light. All seats have individual jack plugs so that each occupant can listen to his or her favourite music.

The small steering wheel with flattened lower section falls naturally to hand. It bristles with technology, including an array of controls for mobile systems, as well as a microphone for e-conferencing over a Bluetooth connection. The large, ergonomically designed rev-counter is located on the steering column in the driver's line of sight. Its unique graphic design ensures optimal clarity.

Passengers can stow and chill cans of energy drinks in a purpose-designed compartment in the boot. Twingo Concept is a trendy car conceived for enjoying and sharing music. When the rear hatch is open, its built-in speakers face outwards so that when the DJ gets mixing on the deck the partying can continue well into the night.

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