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Renault launches front swivel seat

Sun, 04 Apr 2010 00:00:00 -0700

The Renault Clio Swivel Seat Option - launches this month in France

Fortunately for me I’m not yet at the point where getting in and out of a car presents a problem. Hopefully I never will be. But with an increasingly ageing population it’s inevitable that many passengers will have problems getting in and out of a car.

Swivel seating is an after market option, and one that doesn’t exactly come cheap. The going rate is around £2k for a swivelling passeneger seat, and even then it doesn’t really match the rest of the interior. So Renault has decided to tackle the issue and has announced the first manufacturer-fit swivel seat option.

Starting this month in France, Renault will be offering the swivel seat option on the Renault Clio (Expression and Dynamique) and across other European markets later this year. Over time, they intend rolling the option out across the Renault Range.

The swivel seat is simple and easy to use. A lever rotates the seat by 750, allowing the passenger to sit on the seat as they would an armchair. Swivelling out the seat also presents a foot rest which then retracts when the lever is pulled to return the seat to the normal position.

A simple solution for a problem that is likely to become more prevalent as time goes on. And at an asking price of €1600 it comfortably undercuts the aftermarket options whilst maintaining a matching interior and without manufacturing delays.

A sensible option for an ageing population.

By Cars UK