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September 10th, 2008
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CHAPTER 1
Distinctive, assertive styling for the first member of the new Renault Mégane family
"New Mégane's lines are the fruit of a desire to produce an immediately eye-catching design which is not only dynamic and sporty, but which also exudes robustness, quality and solidity," says Renault's Medium Car Programmes Design Director, Fabio Filippini. New Mégane paves the way for the renewal of Renault's offer in the compact vehicle segment. Like the Mégane Coupé Concept show car unveiled in Geneva last spring, New Renault Mégane's styling has been honed to appeal to car enthusiasts.

Designed to seduce
Renault's Design Department worked closely with the project engineers from a very early stage to incorporate styling cues suggestive of the world of sport into New Mégane's genetic make-up. The result is a family hatchback of 4.30m in length with a dynamic stance, thanks particularly to its short front and rear overhangs, a 2.64m wheelbase, steeply-raked roofline and wide track.

Its strong personality is instantly apparent through its racy frontal styling which features crown lines that sweep across the bonnet from the windscreen pillars to converge on the centrally-positioned logo. Meanwhile, the streamlined forms of the headlamps serve to prolong the fluid lines of the air-intakes to reinforce New Renault Mégane's determined expression and piercing gaze.

New Renault Mégane's strong personality is also apparent at the rear where the two-part light clusters continue the feature line and facilitate access to the boot.
The Latin influence of New Renault Mégane's elegantly sensual curves is especially visible when seen from the side. The proportions of its flanks are both harmonious and dynamic, providing an assertive character and the promise of genuine driving enjoyment.

Durability and quality
At first sight, New Renault Mégane exudes a sense of durability and quality. This impression is heightened by the generous surface area and curvaceous forms of the body panels. Viewed from the side, the feature line extends the crease of the slightly prominent front wings rearward to emphasise the car's broad, solid shoulders. The wide track dimensions (1.55m) ensure that the car sits squarely on the road, and this sense of stability is underlined by the steeply-raked rear screen and, indeed, by the entire rear end design. New Renault Mégane's proportions, the form of the waistline and the large door panels exude a feeling of protection.

This blend of fluid lines coupled with the generous proportions of the bodywork also maximises the visual effect produced by the light reflecting off the body, while the range of metallic paint finishes includes the all-new Spray Blue.

Particular attention has been paid to reducing the cut lines between the different body panels (e.g. windscreen pillars, fuel filler flap) and the front and rear bumpers discreetly incorporate the parking proximity sensors. New Renault Mégane's roofline also benefits from specific treatment thanks to the use of laser brazing which eliminates the need for roof trimming.

The interior, meanwhile, features an intuitive driving environment that makes extensive use of fluid forms. The impression that the dashboard is suspended is reinforced by the taut horizontal lines that highlight the curve of the decorative trim. All the controls have been carefully positioned and fall easily to hand both close to the steering wheel and on the centre console, with a view to freeing up as much space as possible for an even roomier cabin.

Great care has also gone into the quality and fit and finish of the materials used. The fully integrated dashboard cowl benefits from a finish which is not only soft to the touch, but also resistant to daily use and the ageing effects of sunlight. The windscreen wipers are aesthetically concealed beneath the bonnet line, a decision which also improves acoustic and aerodynamic performance.

The interior trim has been carefully thought through to produce a range of distinct ambiences depending on equipment level. Customers can accordingly choose between a light, elegant trim that exudes travelling comfort or darker upholstery with a sportier feel.

Last but not least, New Renault Mégane comes with a comprehensive range of accessories including body kits, comfort-enhancing equipment and stowage solutions.

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