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  Renault Zoe

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Country of origin:France
Produced in:2005
Introduced at:2005 Geneva Motor Show
Source:Company press release
Last updated:March 07, 2005
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Click here to download printer friendly versionRenault has chosen the 2005 Geneva Show to take the wraps off its latest concept car, Zoé, a diminutive upper-range urban vehicle which places the accent on genuine motoring pleasure. In response to the public's demand for compact, appealing, dynamic models, Zoé features a blend of clear-cut lines and rounded forms. Meanwhile, its luxurious, functional interior puts its innovative asymmetry to maximum effect to reveal a true three-seat layout and voluminous boot. Another Zoé innovation is its 'Pass' system which will automatically adjust interior ambience to match individual driver tastes. One click will modify the choice of music, settings and overall atmosphere.

A mere 3.45 m in length, Zoé is both practical and functional with innovative opening panels thought through for urban use, including kinematics engineered to facilitate access and loading, especially in situations where space is at a premium. The motorized passenger door features a two-hinge, three-axis opening system that offers extremely easy access. The travel of the door itself can be selected according to whether access to both the front and rear seats, or just the front seat is required. In this way, the space taken up by the door when open is kept to a strict minimum. Meanwhile, the glazed lateral part of the roof lifts up the instant one of the doors is opened. The hatch is raised by a twin opening system, with the rear window and tailgate sliding into each other to keep overall height to a minimum when open while at the same time providing easy access. A further practical feature concerns the rear left quarterlight which can be lowered so small items can be placed on the rear parcel shelf or in the boot.

Zoé's interior is exceptionally spacious for such a small vehicle. Its modular three-seat layout makes a number of combinations possible. A starfish-like switch located on the side of the driver's seat makes it possible to arrange the cabin layout in one of three pre-set arrangements to optimise the way interior space is used. The replacement of the 'fourth seat' by space for baggage allows the luggage of three people to fit comfortably inside the boot. The sliding front passenger seat and reclining seat back combine to form a platform for the transport of bulky loads. Special attention has been paid to ergonomics and comfort. The rear of the front right seat features a built-in footrest, while the rear seat can be likened more in fact to a comfy armchair in which the passenger can literally snuggle up. No preference has been given to any one occupant since all three seats offer the same level of comfort, while the cabin comes with numerous discreet storage bins that allow valuables to be concealed.

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