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2010-05-12 07:45
Following the launch of the latest generation Renault Clio in August last year, Renault has released an automatic model to the line-up.

The launch of the Clio 1.6 Dynamique Auto, Renault said, is in response to market demand.

“Our research indicated that there is a definite niche for a contemporary, well-equipped subcompact hatchback with an automatic gearbox,” said Xavier Gobille, managing director of Renault SA. 

“Our target audiences for this car include older users who are downsizing from larger cars, but don’t want the inconvenience of using a clutch, as well as urban commuters who have to cope with stop-start traffic and congested roads, where manual gearboxes can be a nuisance.”

The familiar 1.6-litre 16-valve engine with outputs of 83 kW at 6 000 r/min and 151 Nm at 4 25 r/min, is mated to a four-speed automatic transmission. Fuel consumption on the combined cycle, according to Renault, is 7.5 l/100 km.

This Clio accelerates from 0 - 100 km/h in 12.2 seconds and has a claimed top speed quoted of 186 km/h.

The automatic Clio is identical to its manual siblings and with the Dynamique spec comes standard with Carminat TomTom satellite navigation, cruise control with speed limiter, cornering lights, automatic climate control, rain and light sensors and heated electric folding mirrors. The audio system is MP3 and Bluetooth compatible and allows for the connection of various devices.

It also comes standard with a three-year/60 000 km service plan and a five-year/150 000 km warranty. Services are at 15 000 km intervals.

Renault Clio 1.6 Dynamique Auto costs R209 900.

As an aside, in its statement, Renault also mentioned that the Clio line-up will be further expanded later this year with the introduction of sporty Clio “S” and Renault Sport versions.

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