Arriving final July in the midst of a mannequin cycle, de Meo should wait a number of years for any radical product adjustments to take impact. However he stated in an interview with Automotive Information Europe in November that he had completely overhauled product planning in a swift, six-week evaluate, together with killing or revising six or eight tasks.
One fast change is the introduction this 12 months of a full-hybrid model of the Captur small utility automobile, which beneath Ghosn and his transient successor Thierry Bollore (now CEO of Jaguar Land Rover) was scheduled solely to have a plug-in hybrid powertrain. That would assist carry greater transaction costs for the Captur, as Renault’s second hottest mannequin.
De Meo additionally will transfer Renault away from a reliance on lower-margin small vehicles such because the Clio, the group’s best-seller, towards the compact phase, the place the Megane has languished. The unique Megane and Scenic variant had been key to reviving Renault within the 1990s — when de Meo began his first stint at Renault — and he has turned to that heritage with a near-production compact EV idea known as the Megane eVision.
That automobile will go into manufacturing by the beginning of 2022. It could be joined by different traditionally minded EVs, according to recent reports, together with new variations of best-sellers such because the Renault four and Renault 5.
Different new merchandise that may very well be introduced as early as Thursday embrace a brand new compact utility for finances model Dacia and several other EVs for underutilized sports activities automobile model Alpine.
A variety of fashions may very well be on the chopping block, too, as a part of an effort to streamline Renault lineups, together with the Espace minivan, Scenic/Grand Scenic minivans, and doubtlessly the Talisman midsize sedan. None of these fashions have full- or plug-in hybrid choices.