Renault SymbolTue, 26 Aug 2008 00:00:00 -0700
As one of the fastest growing automotive markets in the world, Russia and the Moscow Motor Show is gaining its share of the spotlight, with an increasing number of major auto manufacturers choosing to debut new vehicles at the show, just as Renault is with the all-new Symbol/Thalia.
Jointly designed by Renault teams in France, Turkey and Romania, the C-segment three-box sedan was developed in 26 months. With a length of 4260mm and a height of 1430mm, the Symbol/Thalia is a no-frills design with abstained lines and surfaces and a larger DLO to body ratio when compared to other European-styled vehicles. This clearly indicates the French automaker is targeting Central and Eastern Europe, Russia, Turkey and the North African countries as its main sales sources.
The Symbol/Thalia will be powered be three petrol engines: a 16V 1.2-liter 75hp unit, a 1.4-liter ranging in output from 75hp to 98hp in 16V guise, and a 1.6-liter 105hp unit. A 1.5-liter common-rail dCi diesel will also be available with power outputs ranging from 65hp to 85hp. Renault claims these are the most fuel-efficient of this compact car's category. The Symbol/Thalia will go on sale in early 2009.