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Renault planning an ultra-efficient plug-in

9th September 2014

Renault is currently developing a new breed of ultra-efficient plug-in hybrid car, which is expected to be revealed at the Paris Motor Show in October 2014. Speaking some time ago, the French carmaker's head of research, advanced studies and materials, Remi Bastien, confirmed that a concept car would arrive in 2014. That appearance is now believed to be the upcoming event on the brand's home territory.

The concept would display Renault's latest clean powertrain developments, and is expected to return a superb 141mpg. This technology will no doubt be developed further following the Paris debut, and could therefore make its way into future production models in the near future.

Rival manufacturers have already produced ultra-efficient plug-in cars for the road, such as Volkswagen with the 313mpg XL1. Renault's own iteration would be far more affordable than the £100,000 asked for by the German carmaker.

“The concept is a B-segment car with Clio-type features in terms of practicality and space," commented Bastien on the new plug-in. “If we were to make a production version it would be affordable."

The Renault boss has also in the past confirmed that more budget is being allocated to reducing CO2 emissions across the model range, and continuing to refine its hybrid powertrain technology.

The concept is expected to make a big impression at the Paris Motor Show alongside further innovations from Renault, and all current-generation cars can be explored here in the UK with Lookers. Enquire with our Chester, Colchester or Stockport Renault dealerships to book a test drive soon.