10 years of the Renault Avantime, innovative and resounding failure
How happy is the promising Renault back in 2001 when they ventured to launch the bold and innovative Renault Avantime, a minivan with features coupé which for many it was ahead of his time. Spain reached in 2002, exactly ten years ago, and as they arrived went just a year later, but not before publicly acknowledging the failure of a concept that failed to permeate the customers to whom it was intended.
Without going any further the success of the Renault Espace for nearly two decades made Renault the future of a generation of young people who had grown up under one of the pioneers of the concept minivans and mini-van would raise Europe is. The mistake was undoubtedly think that those new drivers for huge and spacious three-door minivan but chose to ultimately it was not nearly as sporty as a coupé, and as practical as an Espace.
Did you know ...? In almost simultaneously it launched the Avantime Renault Vel Satis and a compact luxury also ended with a really poor sales.
The Renault Avantime enjoyed quite attractive, innovative and quirky details. Had a structure aluminum roof which he differed from the rest of the body by the chrome finish of bare aluminum. This structure was also part of a complete panorama roof conferring rigidity to a vehicle lacking central pillar to provide it with a completely open windows to the outside line.
accessibility and livability were taken seriously. The Renault Avantime though he was only two side doors these were quite long and left a generous space to access the rear seats that the rest were slightly higher to achieve similar to the stands of a football stadium layout.
Before canceled their production, the factory in Matra just attended the assembly of 15 units a day.
Today a Renault Avantime is a rarity, exquisite and exclusive rarity, since just one year in production They were not manufactured more than 8,557 units. Renault commissioned its manufacturing Matra, a French company engaged in various industrial activities, but the failure of the Avantime made this had to close the factory that manufactured in Romorantin (France) and your business will see integrated into the emporium Pininfarina SpA.
We do not know the success that could accompany similar to the Renault Avantime concept nowadays, still many manufacturers who have taken many risks plunging into new and risky market niches and have come to succeed. Was it the Renault Avantime ahead of his time?
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