Renault is taking drastic measures in order to remain profitable in the United Kingdom, with no less than four significant models to be eliminated from its lineup.
Starting in February 2011, Renault UK will stop selling the Laguna range (coupe included), the Wind, Modus, Espace and the passenger versions of the Kangoo and Trafic. “We have a corporate target to be profitable in all the countries that Renault sells cars and that demands tough action in the UK,” the company announced. Renault’s UK subsidiary has been losing money in recent years. The move applies only to the UK, with the rest of European markets to continue to sell their existing ranges.
On the other hand, Renault plans the introduction of three electric vehicles in the UK in 2012: the Twizy (March), Fluence (May) and Zoe (October). New conventional models also to be launched next year include the facelifted Twingo expected in January, the new Scenic in February and the refreshed Megane in April. The new Clio will be launched in November.
Renault will also shut down around a third of its mainstream UK dealers and will modify its standard aftersales offer, including four-years/100,000 mile warranty, four-years/48,000 mile servicing and four-years roadside assistance.