Renault Twingo I 11992 - 2007
Model: Twingo (1992 - ...)
The original Twingo was launched in April 1993, was sold in Europe's LHD markets until June 2007 and received intermediate restylings in 1998, 2000 and 2004.
Designed under the direction of Patrick le Quément, Renault's chief designer, the original Twingo resembled the one-box or mono-box silhouette of the 1982 Polish prototype Beskid. Renault borrowed the design when the Polish company making the Beskid, FSM, didn't extend its patent. Renault had participated in the 1981-1984 'Mono-Box' ECO 2000 car project along with PSA Peugeot-Citroën and the French government. This inspired a mono-box design intended for the Citroën AX that didn't make production, after negative reactions in focus groups.
The Twingo I featured an electronic centrally-mounted instrument panel with a speedometer, fuel gauge, clock, odometer and trip recorder controlled via a stalk-located button. A strip of warning lights was located behind the steering wheel. The rear seat featured a sliding mechanism to enable either increased boot space or rear seat legroom. The boot parcel shelf was attached to the inside of the tailgate and lifted with the tailgate — or could clip back against the rear window when not required.
All first-generation models were equipped with straight-4 petrol engines. Initially available with an 8-valve 1.2-litre 55 hp (41 kW) engine, it was replaced with an 8-valve 1.15-litre 60 hp (45 kW) unit. A 16-valve 75 hp (56 kW) version was added in 2000.
Manufactured at the Flins Renault Factory from the time of its launch until June 2007, the Twingo I was also manufactured in Colombia and Uruguay from 1997 to 2003, remaining in production into 2012 in Colombia, by the Sofasa conglomerate, strictly for the South American market.
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