Also referred to as the model NN1, the Renault 40CV of 1924 was designed by Louis Renault and replaced the Renault types KJ and MT. It was powered by a large 9.1-litre straight-six engine mounted in the front of its extremely long chassis and it drove the rear wheels through a three-speed manual transmission. This engine developed 104 kW and drove the car to a top speed of 145 km/h. The NN1 was produced from 1924 through to 1928 as the successor to the Renault KJ and MT and it… Read more


The all-new Renault Arkana effectively replaces the short-lived Kadjar in Renault’s three-model SUV range, sitting between the compact Captur and the medium-large Koleos. It’s slightly larger than Kadjar in all exterior dimensions but with almost identical engine outputs. Renault Arkana comes in three variants: Zen, Intens and R.S. Line with the first two on sale now and the sportier looking R.S. due early 2022. There’s a single drivetrain combining a 1.3-litre four-cylinder turbo-petrol engine with seven-speed dual-clutch transmission and front-wheel drive. STYLING With its smoother sloping rear profile Renault is… Read more


The all-new Renault Arkana SUV Coupe has been launched in Australia in three variants: Zen, Intens and R.S. Line. The R.S. Line won’t be here until January 2022. Arkana sits in size between Renault’s other two SUVs, the compact Captur and the medium-large Koleos, and effectively replaces the previous Kadjar model. A fully-opening sunroof is optional on the Intens and standard on the R.S Line. Inside, there’s leather and suede upholstery in the Intens and R.S. Line. The driver and front passenger in these models have electrically adjustable, heated and… Read more


Renault has published details of specifications for the new Captur small SUV. This is the second Renault model to be built on the advanced CMF-B platform. It’s more spacious and refined with the latest in driver assistance and infotainment systems and will be sold in the usual Renault Life, Zen and Intens variants. The Captur’s stylists were given the instruction to give it, “even stronger SUV identity”. The result is tough-looking front and rear protection ‘skid’ plates, chunky protective mouldings that run the entire length of the lower body and… Read more


Renault Australia has released details of the 2021 Koleos and Megane ranges which are due to arrive Downunder in March. Update sees the safety provided by LED headlamps and automatic high/low beam added to Life and Zen. The range-topping Intens has black Nappa leather upholstery, driver’s seat with memory and massage function, new headrests and cushion length adjustment for driver and front passenger, side-mirror tilt feature when reversing, dynamic turn signals and LED reversing lights. Hill descent control is installed in the all-wheel-drive models. Recommended retail pricing for Koleos Life… Read more


Renault Australia offers ABN holders a 3.9 per cent interest rate from Renault Financial Services on every model in the Renault LCV stable sold till 31 March 2021. The Renault Trafic is now available from just $142 per week for the short wheelbase manual version. The automatic starts from just $169 per week. Every model in the Trafic range comes complete with a rear-view camera, automatic headlights and wipers, leather-wrapped steering wheel, front fog lights with cornering function, foldable insert key, and under-bench seat storage. Renault Kangoo now comes standard… Read more

RENAULT KOLEOS 2008 – 2019

Launched in Australia in September 2008 it followed the increasingly common feature of being offered in 2WD (front wheels) or 4WD. It’s as much an on-road station wagon as an off-road machine and with all four wheels being driven it can get onto moderately rough roads. Koleos has good ground clearance and the approach and departure angles aren’t too bad. But is certainly no bush basher. The transmissions have Hill Assist Start, and Hill Descent controls. The cabin is well insulated from road and mechanical noise is heavily muffled. In… Read more


Renault is making quite an impact in the Australian van market with its three vehicles providing a range of sizes to suit a variety of commercial purposes. The little Kangoo (the similarity in name to our favourite marsupial is purely coincidental) is a compact urban van that’s much loved by florists and the like. Next up is the mid-sized Trafic which appeals to tradies and at the top is the Master, a serious delivery vehicle. This week’s test vehicle is the Trafic, pronounced Trafique in its Gallic homeland, which has… Read more

RENAULT MEGANE 2010 – 2019

2018 Renault Megane Sport

Renault Meganes offer a wide selection of cars for those who are looking for a stylish French machine rather than simply a sensible but not particularly exciting one from Asia or Japan. Megane is offered as a five-door hatchback, five-door station wagon – and even a coupe-cabriolet for a while. Renault Megane leans in the direction of sportiness, with some very hot models at the pinnacle of their range. Gen-four Megane arrived Downunder in November 2016. It’s longer and lower than the outgoing one and has wider front and rear… Read more


In ‘olden days’ we kids would hitch a ride on the Co-op milkman’s float as he did his rounds in northern England. My driving the new Renault Kangoo ZE van recently jogged the old memory – smooth and silent running. Add to this zero nasty tailpipe emissions and it makes you wonder why it has taken so long for modern light commercial vehicle operators to cotton on. The Kangoo ZE (for zero emissions) is totally electric – plug in, plug out and push off. It’s only when you come to… Read more