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Renault CEO Luca de Meo is set to unveil a “Renaulution” plan on January 14th and it sounds like the automaker will be announcing a series of cuts.

Details are limited, but Automobilwoche is reporting the Renaulution plan is primarily focused on cutting costs. This will be achieved through a variety of measures including a reduced product lineup.

There’s no word on which models will be cut, but the publication says “de Meo wants to reduce Renault’s broad range of products and services by around 30 percent.” Slow sellers will undoubtedly be the first to go and that means the Talisman could be among the victims as sales have fallen by more than 50%, and totaled just 16,405 units in Europe last year.  Previous reports have also suggested the Espace and Scenic could be living on borrowed time.

Also Read: Renault Could Drop Scenic, Espace And Talisman

Besides eliminating models, the plan reportedly calls for avoiding “technology fields that are not immediately usable.” The company is also slated to adopt a more realistic global strategy as de Meo reportedly admits their current “geographic expansion has not produced the expected results.” As part of this, Renault’s Chinese efforts could become more reliant on local partners.

Speaking of partners, Renault is committed to their alliance with Nissan and Mitsubishi. de Meo contends breaking up the alliance would send all three to the “second league of car manufacturers” and noted a handful of “magical projects” are in the works.

It remains unclear what those projects are, but electrification is expected to play a big role in Renault’s future. This was previewed by the Megane eVision concept and Alpine officials have hinted at high-performance electric vehicles which could ride on the same platform that underpins the Nissan Ariya.


Kia introduced the facelifted Rio earlier this year and now the company has unveiled the US-spec model.

Looking virtually identical to the European variant, the 2021 Rio features a sportier front fascia with a revised grille.  The model also adopts a new central intake with a mesh-like pattern.

The changes extend to the cabin as there’s a larger 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility.

Also Read: 2021 Kia Rio Facelift Brings Subtle Styling Tweaks, Big Content Upgrades

Unfortunately, the upgrades come at a cost as the 2021 Rio starts at $16,050 which is an increase of $200. However, that’s still pretty cheap and the entry-level Rio LX comes equipped with air conditioning, power windows / locks and a four-speaker audio system. Other notable highlights include a 3.5-inch instrument cluster display and 15-inch steel wheels.

The range-topping Rio S begins at $16,690 and it’s a worthwhile upgrade as it adds cruise control, keyless entry and a car alarm. Buyers will also find a split-folding rear seat, a rear USB charger and a front center armrest.

More importantly, the Rio S can be equipped with a new technology package which costs $1,800. It adds 15-inch alloy wheels, a push-button ignition and an automatic climate control system. The package also includes LED headlights, Sirius satellite radio and a larger 4.2-inch instrument cluster display.

Last but not least, the package adds an assortment of driver assistance systems such as Forward Collision Avoidance with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Following Assist and Lane Departure Warning. That’s on top of High Beam Assist and Rear Occupant Alert.

The Rio 5-Door has also been updated for 2021 and it features the same upgrades as the sedan.  However, it’s only available in S trim which starts at $16,990.

Regardless of the trim, all Rios are powered by a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 120 hp (89 kW / 122 PS) and 112 lb-ft (152 Nm) of torque. It’s connected to a continuously variable transmission, which enables the car to return an EPA-estimated fuel economy rating of 33 mpg city, 41 mpg highway and 36 mpg combined.

Note: Prices exclude a $965 destination charge

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德國豪華品牌《Mercedes-Benz》在2020年7月下旬時曾對外宣佈將於2022上半年推出定位為Compact City Van級距的全新產品《Mercedes-Benz T-Class》,同時也公開了新車外觀的前導影像。隨著2020年即將告一段落,日前《Mercedes-Benz T-Class》原型車在進行測試時也被捕捉到偽裝更為輕薄的醉心間諜影像。

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事實上身為《Mercedes-Benz》品牌全新產品的《Mercedes-Benz T-Class》可以說是《Mercedes-Benz Citan》衍生產品。在2012年初發表的《Renault Kangoo》是《Mercedes-Benz》與《Renault》合作開開的小型商用產品,而為了滿足市場上消費者的多元需求,《Mercedes-Benz》決定趁著改朝換代的機會讓新世代《Mercedes-Benz Citan》主攻商用市場並衍生出《Mercedes-Benz T-Class》瞄準更為高階的乘用市場。

根據《Mercedes-Benz》先前所發佈的產品預告資訊指出,《Mercedes-Benz T-Class》將會延續與Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi聯盟合作開發的血統,也就是說同樣採用CMF-C平台的《Mercedes-Benz T-Class》將會市不久前才登場的新世代《Renault Kangoo》雙生兄弟,不過在最新曝光的間諜影像仍然可以發現在《Mercedes-Benz T-Class》身上包頭燈、水箱護罩等設計依舊保有鮮明的《Mercedes-Benz》家族特色。

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根據先前《Mercedes-Benz》原廠的規劃,新世代《Mercedes-Benz Citan》與《Mercedes-Benz T-Class》將會分別在2021下半年與2022上半年登場,不過最新消息指出兩者可能將於2021年初提前現身,不過實際上市可能還需要一段時間,此外因應時下車壇的綠能潮流,新世代《Mercedes-Benz Citan》與《Mercedes-Benz T-Class》確定都將會提供純電動力版本。

圖片來源:King Autos、Mercedes-Benz

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