Renault: with the “Renaulution” plan, everything is aimed at electric also for Alpine

Renault: with the “Renaulution” plan, everything is aimed at electric also for Alpine
The arrival of Luca De Meo at the top of Renault was expected as a possible turning point for the fate of the French group. Time to take office and the Italian manager has actually started a real revolution. In the (sympathetic) sense of the word: “Renaulution“. A neologism formed by the words Renault and Revolution.

It is a strategy that aims to project the lozenge brand towards the energy transition, a process that has now begun and which appears increasingly irreversible. This is not a simple addition to the model range, but a profound reorganization of the activities and brands, with the aim of offering the most sustainable product offer in Europe by 2025.

Five years during which the Renault group will change, integrating new service sectors and transforming itself from a car manufacturer into a much more complex and sophisticated reality. The specific areas of intervention will involve: technology, services and electric mobility. The first aspect will involve companies outside the automotive world which, in synergy, will try to develop key elements for the future of mobility.

Among these, a fundamental role will be played by electronics, artificial intelligence, big data and cybersecurity. The result should lead to a new generation of cars, connected and capable of responding effectively to the challenges of the near future. In 2022, the new My Link in-vehicle entertainment system will make its debut on Renault Megane eVision.

Developed on Google Built-in software, it will represent an important generational leap in car connectivity services. Through this new structure, Renault will extend the average life of each new model by taking advantage of remote updates. The electrification process remains fundamental: the e-tech range will expand, adding new hybrid models.

The electricity program will be strongly supported by two new platforms specially developed to host zero-emission power units. The commercial vehicle range will be strengthened with the arrival of hydrogen engines and the "Refactory" project will make it possible to re-evaluate over 100,000 used cars per year by replacing diesel commercial vehicles with electric or biogas vehicles.

concerns the product range, by 2025 the Renault group will present 14 new cars, 7 of which are fully electric. They will belong to all the brands under the lozenge and will be used to implement a repositioning within the market, with particular attention to the B segment which remains strategic. In support of the project, the Renault 5 prototype was presented: a strong reference to the past which thus becomes an inspiration for the future. An icon of the brand that could be re-proposed as an emblem of change.

The economy vehicle range will remain the prerogative of Dacia. Among the novelties, the probable rebirth of Lada which will develop in parallel with Dacia with which it will share platforms and technologies. The two brands will be perfectly integrated with a complete sharing of components and structures: the goal is to be able to reach the million units sold per year. The first fully electric Dacia should debut by the end of the year: Spring.

In Renault's future, Alpine will represent the high-performance division. All sports departments will merge into the Dieppe brand which will have a renewed product line as well as manage important activities in motor racing, including Formula 1. In the near future, three new models are planned, all battery powered.

It is therefore difficult for Alpine to have room for a replacement for the A110 with internal combustion engine. The heir will be developed in collaboration with Lotus and powered by an electric motor. The emotions will remain, but the sonic involvement will disappear. The other innovations concern a high-performance B-segment and a C-segment crossover, always with a satisfying but more versatile drive.

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