Renault Twingo compact model to be discontinuedJanuary 31, 2021
Renault has decided to discontinue production of the city car Twingo. The current generation will be the last for the model. The Renault Twingo’s successor will be the electric Renault 5.
Renault decided to revive the previously produced model, which had the laconic name Renault 5. The compact car, which was also known in the United States as the “Le Car” before being discontinued in 1996, has returned as an electric vehicle.
But the return of the Renault 5 brought sad news. Although around 43,000 Renault Twingo units were sold in 2020, the French brand confirms that after the current generation, the model will be dropped from the automaker’s lineup. This was stated by the head of the company Luca de Meo.
In a statement, Mr de Meo said Renault is ditching the A-segment (Renault Twingo).
He believes that small cars with internal combustion engines will disappear due to strict European standards. The restrictions on the amount of harmful emissions into the environment make it difficult to obtain profitability from small cars, especially given the additional taxes levied on non-electric vehicles.
Moreover, after German Daimler ends its partnership with French brands for the production of Twingo and Smart Forfour in Slovenia, development and production of the next generation compact Renault will be costly.
With that said, the future of Twingo is set for this decade. Without Twingo, the company could focus on the Renault 5, which is more or less in the same segment in terms of size.
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