New vooms make UK debuts

Posted on 21 Oct 2008 by The Manufacturer

Last night, several weeks ahead of their official launch, the new Renault Mégane Coupé and Laguna Coupé made their UK debuts in London at the French Chamber of Commerce Business Club Cocktail.

Over 150 members and dignitaries were in attendance at the evening sponsored by Renault UK at the Royal Garden Hotel in Kensington. Fresh from their world unveilings at the Paris motor show, it was the first time in the UK that the new Mégane Coupé and Laguna Coupé have been seen alongside the new Mégane Hatch. Also on show was a Renault C-Type. Built in 1900, it’s one of the earliest cars from Renault UK’s collection.

Roland Bouchara, Renault UK Managing Director, said, “Even from the early days, with such cars as the C-Type, Renault has produced innovative and stylish designs. These stunning new cars herald a new era of chic, French automotive beauty for us and I am delighted to be hosting the evening.”

Ranging in price from £20,995 to £27,995 and in power from 148bhp 2-litre diesel to a 232bhp 3-litre V6 diesel, the Laguna (pictured top-right) is said by automotive analysts to be aiming to take a cut of the market exploited by the latest BMW 3 series. The Megane Coupé (pictured front page) is cheaper at £13,995 to £18,975 and, according to a leading car review website, “offers significantly better value than key rival, Ford Focus 1.6 Zetec”.

The new Mégane Hatch goes on sale in the UK on November 26th with the new Mégane Coupé and Laguna Coupé due in January. Orders for the latter two can be placed from mid-November.