The Renault Clio is France’s best-selling car and a vehicle that has sold over 1.1 million units in the UK during the last 33 years. Renault has facelifted the fifth-generation Clio to give it a “bold, fresh style and added sportiness.” The UK-spec range includes three trim levels, Evolution, Techno and Esprit Alpine. These are distinguishable by their wheels, for which a total of three tyre brands and two dimensions are original equipment.
As reported on Monday, the Renault Group will distribute Leonard retreaded car tyres in France via the 4,900 points of distribution in its brand network. We reached out to Groupe Renault to find out more, and Christopher Le Coq, the company’s strategic partnerships & business development manager, told us a little about the line-up Renault will offer.
Half a year after producing the first car tyres under the Leonard brand name, Black Star has already entered into several agreements regarding the range’s distribution in France. The retreader, which is 60 per cent owned by automotive aftermarket group Mobivia, is now bringing the first vehicle manufacturer on board.
Renault has selected a range of Goodyear tyres as original equipment fitments on the new Mégane E-Tech Electric. Goodyear EfficientGrip Performance 2 is the summer fitment in size 195/60R18, while Renault has opted to equip the larger 215/45R20 specification with EfficientGrip Performance tyres. Goodyear Vector 4Seasons Gen-3 is also available as an all-season option in both dimensions.
Swapping its OE tyres for Enso-branded rubber meant a Mission Motorsport-backed Renault Zoe was able to drive 475.4 miles (764.9 km) on a single charge recently. According to the team, the Enso tyre fitment lead to almost 12 per cent more mileage than a separate Zoe with OE tyres fitted as standard. The successful hypermiling record attempt took place at the Thruxton circuit in Hampshire, UK on 10 June 2021.
The Formula Renault Eurocup, which runs on Hankook tyres, has begun its 50th season in Monza. Featuring prestigious racing tracks throughout the world, all vehicles of the series will be fitted with Hankook’s high-performing racing tyres, Ventus F200 and Ventus Z217. Ventus F200 is a dry racing tyre with excellent grip, handling performance, and durability, while Ventus Z217 is a highly stable wet surface racing tyre.
Following the news that the boards of PSA Group and Fiat-Chrysler (FCA) have signed off on plans to combine operations and create a leading global group; David Leggett, Automotive Editor at GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company, offers his view:
Renault’s best-selling SUV is fitted with Goodyear’s 215/55 R18 95H EfficientGrip Performance tyres, after being chosen as one of the main tyre suppliers. Goodyear will also supply 215/60 R17 96H EfficientGrip Performance tyres.
Jean-Dominique Senard, chief executive officer of the Michelin Group, became chairman of the Board of Directors of Renault effective 24 January 2019. According to the company, Senard’s acceptance comes with “the full backing of all participants in Michelin’s governance system”. He will continue to serve as Michelin Group CEO until his term expires in May 2019.
Groupe Renault has selected Hankook Tire as recipient of its Corporate Social Responsibility award for this year. The tyre maker was one of 12 awardees at this year’s Groupe Renault Supplier Award ceremony to be acknowledged in five sectors – Best Service, Design, Innovation, Purchasing sustainability, and Quality.
The 2018 Renault Mégane R.S. is available from dealerships as of this month, and Bridgestone is supplying original equipment tyres for cars delivered with 19-inch rims. The Mégane R.S. wears the Bridgestone Potenza S001 in size 245/35 R19 93Y.
Bridgestone Potenza S001 in size 245/33 R19 93Y.
Giti Tire has secured a second original equipment (OE) homologation fitment with Groupe Renault, and its first SUV placement for the Giti brand in Europe. The GitiPremium PX1 SUV, in size 215/65 R16 98H, is fitted to the new Dacia Duster, available in every major European market. The manufacturer states that the tyre’s key attributes include low noise and exceptional grip.
Giti Tire has won three Renault Group homologations. Its GitiSynergyE1, in size 185/65 R15 88H, will be fitted as original equipment on the Dacia Sandero, Logan and MCV which are available in every major market throughout Europe. The news follows Giti’s inaugural European placement with the Volkswagen Group.