Twenty-nine years after its creation, Renault’s famous Twingo will stop. The management of the French automaker announced Wednesday, January 27 that the Twingo would not have a replacement in the segment of small non-electric city cars, confirming magazine information Challenges.
The third generation of Twingo, which just won an electric version in December, will therefore be the last. “Renault will abandon the A segment”, that is to say the small city dwellers, explained the general manager of Renault, Luca de Meo. “It becomes very difficult to make profitable a gasoline model 3.60 meters long”, he estimated.
The first version of this economical and versatile mini-car was successfully launched in 1992. Archetypal of the smart and endearing little French car, this first car had been produced in nearly 2.6 million copies worldwide, in France, Spain and Latin America. Less extravagant and more modern, the Twingo II had had more limited success with 900,000 copies. The Twingo III sells around 50,000 copies per year in France. Its electric version got off to a good start, with 2,000 copies sold in December.
“Small thermal cars will disappear”
“It’s a shame to abandon this type of vehicle, but small thermal cars will disappear because of the rules of the game”, said Luca de Meo. These ” rules of the game “, questioned by the management of Renault, are those of the European Commission which could give a new brake to combustion vehicles with its future Euro 7 standard, from 2025. The French manufacturer is preparing for it: by presenting its strategic plan for the next few years, on January 14, the new CEO of the group indicated that Renault was targeting 65% of electric and hybrid vehicles in its range by 2025.
The Twingo is also suffering from the end of Renault’s partnership with Daimler, producer of the Smart: produced in Slovenia, the city car shares many components with the Smart Fortwo and Forfour. “We are not able to make such a model on our own”, explained Mr. de Meo.
Two small models could take over from the 100% electric Twingo: the Spring, the first electric Dacia scheduled for fall 2021, and the new R5, also electric, Renault confirmed.
Renault has also announced that in the coming years it will try to make progress in the more profitable segments, from compact wagons (C segment) to sedans (D), while maintaining its position in the compact market (B).