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Renault Clio 20th

The French manufacturer is introducing the Renault Clio 20th edition, which is a special version celebrating 20 years of production.

The Renault Clio 20th displays the '20th' badge on the B pillars and has also received glossy black front bumper moldings and exterior mirrors plus 16 inch Lyria alloys.

Inside the Renault Clio 20th the automaker fitted the small hatch various zinc grey accents, the Carminat TomTom satellite navigation system, climate control ,cruise control, electric mirrors and windows and a upgraded upholstery.

A few optional features are also available for the Renault Clio 20th edition and powering options include the 1.2 TCe 100, 1.5 dCi 86, 1.5dCi 106 and 1.6 VVT 128 engines.

The Renault Clio 20th price starts at 14,671 GBP forthe 1.2 TCe and reaches 16,393 GBP for the 1.5 dCi variant.

Renault press release :

Clio, one of Britain’s best-loved cars and one of the most iconic small cars ever made, comes of age this year as it turns 20.

Throughout its illustrious career, spanning more than two decades,Clio has become one of the highest-selling superminis of all time,notching up more than 10 million sales worldwide in more than 100countries, including over one million in the UK alone.

To mark its birthday in suitable style, Renault has launched an upmarket special edition, badged fittingly as Clio ‘20th’.

Clio – a 20-year Anglo-French love affair

Curvaceous Clio debuted to considerable acclaim at

the Paris MotorShow in 1990, prior to launching in the UK in March 1991. Being able tomatch, and even exceed, the phenomenal sales success of the Renault 5,the marque’s sharply-styled new Clio instantly won over a demandingpublic.

With sales success through first, second and, now,third-generations, the trend-setting French model continues to blur thetraditional supermini boundaries by appealing to every type of buyerthrough its wide range of versions and body styles. From the first-timedriver with an easily insurable three-door Extreme, through to thesuburban parent with a diesel Sport Tourer, right up to the citydweller with a luxurious five-door Initiale TomTom and the performanceenthusiast with a Renaultsport 200 Cup, each Clio offers a large doseof inimitable French style and a certain ‘je ne sais quoi’.

Throughout its glittering career, Clio has continued to set newstandards for the supermini class, never more so than now, through acompelling package of affordability, comfort, practicality and style.

It has always been at the forefront of safety. In 2000, Clio was thefirst car in its class to secure a maximum four-star Euro NCAP crashtest rating, followed in 2005 with sector-leading five-star status.Last, but by no means least, exacting build quality has seen it emergeas one of the most reliable cars in its class.

Clio and the small screen – a winning combination

Of course it would be impossible to chart Clio’s success withoutrecalling its award-winning televisions ads, some of which are widelyregarded as the most memorable and successful car advertising campaignsever.

The Nicole and Papa story began on 1st April 1991,coinciding with the UK Clio launch. Over seven years and eightepisodes, the father and daughter stole British hearts with theiralluring French charm as they dashed around Paris, Provence and theAlps in their Clios. The series culminated in the final 1998 ad oneFriday night with 23 million Brits glued to their sets to see thecliff-hanger wedding of Nicole to comedian, Vic Reeves, only to haveher ‘elope’ with Bob Mortimer, the other half of the Reeves andMortimer double act.

At the time, the ad attracted six million viewers more thanCoronation Street. According to the independent Car AdvertisingResearch Study by Sofres Automotive, the Nicole and Papa saga was themost successful car advertisement ever.

Fears that Renault would not be able to replicate the same kind ofsuccess with future ads proved groundless when the immortal words, ‘VaVa Voom’, were uttered for the very first time in 1998. The nowlegendary phrase was heard as part of seductive French actress, HélèneMathieu’s ads in the ‘Size Matters’ campaign, for the launch of thefirst Clio Renaultsport, the 172. Just three years later, Frenchstriker, Thierry Henry, built on the phrase’s cult status in his seriesof ads which ran from 2001 to 2004. Still leaving people guessing as tothe true meaning of ‘Va Va Voom’, the series left a more indelibleimpression when the phrase entered the Concise Oxford EnglishDictionary in 2004.

The hottest of hot hatches

Of course, none of this would have had quite the same impact hadClio not kept pace with the times. Aside from the multiple awards,multi-award winning advertising campaigns and impressive sales, therange has continued to evolve.

The performance versions especially have been consistently honed toperfection over the years. The critically acclaimed Clio Williams wassucceeded by Renaultsport 172, 182, 182 Trophy, 197 and the current200. In between, two versions of the awe-inspiring, mid-engined ClioRenaultsport V6 continued to keep honest a whole host of exotic sportssaloons and supercars costing up to five times the price. The roadmight be its usual domain, but Clio also has a spiritual home on thetrack, and the Clio Cup race cars are still the biggest-sellingone-make motorsport cars of all time. At the opposite end of theperformance spectrum, there was even a successful Clio van.

Today, the Clio success story continues. The original three- andfive-door versions now share the limelight with the practical andstylish Sport Tourer, while the Renaultsport 200 versions continue toreign supreme in the supermini hot hatch category.

Bringing the story right up to date, the latest version to appear onBritish shores is the eye-catching and sporty new ‘S’, while a 98 gramper kilometre  CO2diesel version launches later this year in keeping with the brand’s environmental stance under its Renault eco²signature.

Clio 20th – a fitting special edition

To celebrate Clio's 20th birthday, Renault has released a fitting'20th' special edition. On sale in the UK now, the five-door modeloffers a wealth of luxury and style items in keeping with the car’srefined appeal.

This striking version of Clio is immediately recognisable throughits specific '20th' badging on the B pillars, as well as the glossblack finish of its front bumper mouldings, door mirrors and detail onthe body-coloured side mouldings which contrast with the body-colourdoor handles. On Pearl Black versions, these elements are finished inanthracite grey. They also benefit from stylish 16” Lyria alloy wheelsand extra tinted rear windows and tailgate.

Inside the plush cabin, the dashboard features zinc grey air ventsurrounds, dashboard inserts and centre console, in addition to '20th'badging on the front door sill kickplates. Based on the DynamiqueTomTom trim level, the luxurious '20th' limited edition versions ofClio come comprehensively equipped with fully integrated CarminatTomTom satellite navigation*, climate control, cruise control,electrically adjustable and folding door mirrors, front and rearelectric windows, Renault hands free card, speed limiter, ‘Sport’upholstery and 4x20W radio CD MP3 player with Bluetooth hands freesystem with fingertip controls, four speakers and USB connection.

Several options are also on offer, including fixed cornering lightswith black surrounds, electric panoramic sunroof and rear parkingsensors.

Clio 20th comes with a choice of four engines, the first three ofwhich come under the Renault eco² banner. 1.2 TCe 100, 1.5 dCi 86, 1.5dCi 106 and 1.6 VVT 128.

The new Clio 20th models are available on-the-road from £14,671 for the 1.2 TCe 100, rising to £16,393 for the 1.5 dCi 106.

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