Renault Laguna Hatchback and Sport Tourer

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The first generation Laguna marked a step-change for Renault in the European D segment. Launched in January 1994, it took the place of the 21 in the model range and quickly gained Renault new pre-eminence in the competitive upper-medium market. By the end of 1995, its share had risen to more than 10%, placing it a strong third, competing against rivals such as the Passat, Mondeo and Vectra.

Market appeal was further boosted by the introduction of the estate version called Nevada on the Continent with the option of both five- and seven-seat configurations. Laguna’s performance held up well through a mid-life revision in 1998, when it claimed a 7% European market share, and even in 1999, its last full year of production, it remained Europe’s sixth most popular model in its class, retaining more than 7% of the market.

Laguna II progress continues

The competitive qualities established by Laguna provided the foundation for a new model that would push the boundaries of quality, style and safety even further. More than that, the development of Laguna II saw Renault adopting a new and highly efficient programme that yielded impressive savings in time and cost.

Codenamed X74, Laguna II was the first model to be designed and developed at Renault’s Technocentre in Guyancourt, near Paris. Bringing together teams representing all areas of the car’s design, engineering, production and marketing enabled the project to be turned around in just 42 months a full year-and-a-half quicker than the first generation model. Investment of €915 million marked a saving of 30%.

Major investment was also made at the Sandouville plant in Normandy, where €648 million was committed to renewing facilities for production of Laguna II.

One of the guiding principles for Laguna II was the intention to position the Hatch and Sport Tourer as two distinctive models with separate philosophies, rather than to build an estate that was simply an extension of the hatchback. In this way, Renault aimed to address the demands of a market where customers had more options, including a greater number of people carriers and recreational SUVs, squeezing the share claimed by more conventional models and making competition even tougher.

Laguna II first car to achieve five-star Euro NCAP crash test result safety was identified as a defining element in Laguna II from the outset and the car’s class-leading performance reaped great dividends. In March 2001, it became the first car ever to achieve the top five-star rating in independent Euro NCP crash testing, setting a benchmark that was subsequently matched by a series of new Renault models, endowing the manufacturer with an unmatched reputation for high safety standards.

Innovation was another a central theme, from the dynamic styling of the bodywork to a series of hi-tech features that made life on board safer, easier and more comfortable. Cruise control with speed limiter function, a tyre pressure warning system, further advances in satellite navigation technology and the introduction of the Renault Card for keyless entry and engine start-up, all helped define Laguna as one of the most technically advanced cars in its class.

The latest developments in engineering, too, were rolled out as the Laguna II matured, with new dCi common-rail diesel engines offering new benchmarks in efficiency and clean running, new transmissions and the development of more sophisticated handling control systems.

In 2005, Laguna II was updated with new styling details and a revised engine range, including a new GT version. In an increasingly tough market, it continued to achieve global sales volume of more than 100,000 units a year. When production ceased, the combined sales of first- and second-generation Laguna models had surpassed 2.3 million units.

The experience gained in both previous generations of Laguna, provided Renault with a sound basis on which to develop a new car that pushes the boundaries of quality, driving pleasure and environmental performance even further. New Laguna has a central role in the company’s ethos, as expressed in the Renault Commitment 2009 expansion plan. The objective is for New Laguna to rank in the top three in its class in terms of both product and service quality.

As such, throughout the development process, every aspect of the vehicle has undergone rigorous scrutiny and testing to ensure this aim is achieved.

Unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September 2007, New Laguna was a standard bearer for the qualities that define Renault and its products in the 21st century. Now the core elements of this breakthrough model have been further refined and enhanced with new powertrain developments and a simplified model range for the new Laguna 2010 Hatch and Sport Tourer.

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