2011 JOHANNESBURG INTERNATIONAL MOTOR SHOW RENAULT SANDERO

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Revitalised Sandero range offers superior value, matched to class-leading space and features

  • Value-added 1,4-litre model breaks into crucial sub-R120 000 category
  • Well-equipped 1.6 Dynamique more competitive than ever in R120-130 000 bracket
  • Popular Sandero Stepway assumes flagship status
  • Unrivalled roominess and affordability, ideally placed to drive AB segment growth
  • Complete ownership peace of mind with Renault Confiance
  • Sandero 1.4 only model offering dual airbags and ABS in its price class

Renault South Africa is continuing its drive to offer affordable, value-driven motoring with the release of a revitalised Sandero range that places the emphasis firmly on unrivalled pricing, linked to peerless space, comfort and roominess.

The new MY 2011 Sandero line-up focuses on a simplified and carefully targeted model range that is perfectly in tune with trends in the entry hatchback segment – a sector that has seen unprecedented growth in recent years.

More than 24 new model derivatives have been added to this category in the past 18 months, making it one of the most competitive segments of the passenger car market. The 2011 model year Sandero is set to boost Renault’s determination to become a top contender in this market segment.

Along with the a renewed emphasis on the extremely competitively priced 1,4-litre derivative, the revised range adopts the standard Renault nomenclature, comprising Ambiance for the new entry-level model, a single well-specced 1.6 Dynamique derivative, and the trendy Sandero Stepway as the flagship of the range.

“The Sandero has been very well received since its launch in 2009, and we are exceptionally proud of what has been achieved with this locally manufactured model,” explains Xavier Gobille, managing director of Renault SA.

“It has certainly played an important role in the rapid growth of the entry hatchback segment, which has increased by over 60 percent between 2009 and 2010,” he adds.

“The launch of the revitalised Sandero range builds on our promise to deliver competitively priced and well-equipped cars that are relevant to the market. The 1.4 Ambiance, in particular, will drive this momentum with new vigour, while reinforcing the peerless levels of space, comfort and standard features that have been the hallmarks of the Sandero range since launch.”

Spaciousness is a key theme of the Sandero, which offers a roomy interior that is best in class as far as interior accommodation and luggage space is concerned. Despite its budget-beating status, it provides its occupants with a big-car feeling.

Renault Confiance makes the Sandero package even more appealing. This all-encompassing care package is standard on all Renault models and offers complete peace of mind – from the standard, best-in-class, five-year/100 000 km mechanical warranty to 24-hour roadside assistance, fixed price servicing and a three-year/45 000 km service plan on the Sandero 1.6 Dynamique and Stepway.

Renault currently ranks amongst the SA motor industry’s leaders in affordable parts pricing and availability. The 2010 Kinsey report, which compares the cost of a set basket of spare parts, rated the Sandero 1.4 Authentique tops in affordability in the sub-R120 000 category. This makes it South Africa’s most affordable car.

In the process, it beat seven other contenders in this category. The cost of the Sandero 1.4’s parts basket, which includes service parts, repair parts and crash parts, represented 29,15 percent of the car’s retail price.

Overall, the new Sandero range is more competitive and more attractive than ever. From the new 1.4 Ambiance through to the 1.6 Dynamique and the popular Sandero Stepway, it offers unbeatable style, space and sturdiness – all within reach of an even broader buying audience.

CLASS-LEADING SPACE

One of the Renault Sandero’s strongest attributes is its spacious interior execution, especially in a market segment where affordable pricing usually equates to compact size and limited interior space.

The Sandero, by comparison, offers best-in-class interior space, and is the largest car in the AB Entry sector. It’s price-to-space ratio is outstanding, delivering a big-car feeling despite its compact, budget-beating status. Its value-added standard features list is a further attraction.

Renault is so proud of the Sandero’s spacious interior that the Sandero advertising campaign showcases the concept of ‘Cramped Is NOT Cool’ as an overriding theme.

FRESH NEW MODEL RANGE

Best-in-class space, driving comfort, pricing and packaging are the defining traits of Renault’s compelling Sandero range, and the latest, recently revised model line-up further entrenches these core values.

1.4 Ambiance
These traits are clearly evident in the addition of a high-value 1,4-litre derivative. Priced at an unbeatable R104 900, the new 1.4 Ambiance introduces the Sandero to the crucial sub-R120 000 price bracket, and will play an important role in the remarkable year-on-year growth of the AB entry hatch segment.

It is expected to account for just over half of Sandero sales, making it an extremely important addition Renault’s local model portfolio. Indeed, the Sandero 1.4 Ambiance retains all of the exceptional virtues that make the locally manufactured model stand head and shoulders above the competition.

Offering breakthrough levels of roominess, comfort and boot capacity it is positioned well above the entry hatch segment norm, and even provides more generous space than several upmarket C-segment hatchbacks.

Although the 1.4 Ambiance is the least expensive model in the Sandero fold, it offers a feature-rich execution well above the class standard. Emphasising Renault’s unwavering focus on safety, it is the only contender in the category fitted with ABS brakes (assisted by electronic brake force distribution), as well as both driver and front passenger airbags.

Numerous other practical and comfort features are uniquely included in the generous specification, such as remote central door locking with selective unlocking, air-conditioning and power steering, a height-adjustable driver’s seat, engine immobiliser and 14-inch wheels with 185/70 R14 tyres.

Furthermore, the Sandero includes the most extensive warranty package in its segment as part of Renault’s industry-defining Confiance programme. This includes a five-year/150 000 km mechanical warranty, six-year anti-corrosion warranty, and five-year/150 000 km roadside assistance.

An optional service plan can be specifically tailored to suit the Sandero owner, and can be purchased at any stage during vehicle ownership to provide additional peace of mind.

The Sandero 1.4 Ambiance is powered by Renault’s trusty 1,4-litre eight-valve fuel-injected four-cylinder engine, designed to deliver robust performance, matched to impressive fuel consumption and low running costs.

It produces a solid 55 kW of power at 5 500 r/min, linked to a torque peak of 112 Nm at a low 3 000 r/min. This allows the Sandero to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 13,0 sec and attain a top speed of 161 km/h.

Average fuel consumption is a commendable 7,0 l/100 km in the combined cycle, dropping to as low as 5,4 l/100 km in out-of-town driving. The corresponding CO2 emissions rating is 164 g/km.

Priced at R104 900, the Sandero 1.4 Ambiance is the biggest passenger car for the price, underscoring the exceptional value for money this model represents.

1.6 Dynamique
Renault has consolidated the 1,6-litre Sandero range from the three previous derivatives (United, Cup and League) into one, in the form of the attractively positioned new 1.6 Dynamique.

At R124 900, it matches the cheapest outgoing model in terms of price, yet makes a very compelling choice by virtue of its high-end specification that outclasses all of its rivals. This is bolstered by the largest dimensions in its class.

The Sandero 1.6 Dynamique is the only car in the category equipped with 15-inch alloy wheels as standard, along with an on-board computer and the most extensive customer care programme on offer.

Indeed, the all-encompassing and industry-leading Renault Confiance package matches the 1.4 Ambiance, but also includes a three-year/45 000 km service plan included in the purchase price, where this is an added-cost option on most of its competitors.

Over and above the entry-level Ambiance, the Dynamique specification adds 15-inch alloy wheels, on-board computer, front electric windows, a four-speaker CD receiver with MP3 compatibility and a USB port, a split-folding rear seat, attractive white instrument dials with chrome satin surrounds and a wide array of storage compartments and binnacles.

The 1.6 Dynamique uses the 1 598 cc eight-valve multi-point fuel-injected engine that has proven immensely popular in the Sandero and several other models. It is credited with peak outputs of 64 kW of power at 5 500 r/min and 128 Nm of torque at 3 000 r/min.

This is sufficient for a 0-100 km/h sprint time of 11,5 sec and a 175 km/h top speed. Average fuel consumption is rated at 7,2 l/100 km with corresponding CO2 emissions of 173 g/km.

The substantially higher level of standard specification, and the larger, more powerful engine provided by this model would usually be valued at R25 000.

However, the price difference between the 1.4 Ambience and the 1.6 Dynamique is only R20 000 – further proof of the compelling value-for-money provided by this model in particular, and the Sandero range as a whole.

1.6 Stepway
The Sandero Stepway has proven a trendy and versatile addition to the Sandero range since its launch in March 2010. The realignment of the Sandero range further entrenches its outstanding qualities, such as roominess and robustness, with plenty of eye-catching style to boot.

Accordingly, it assumes range-topping status for the MY2011 Sandero line-up, which perfectly suits its alluring, rugged character.

At R149 900, the Sandero Stepway price tag remains unchanged, making it an affordable, practical and lifestyle-oriented choice that is totally unique in this category.

As before, the Stepway boasts an impressive list of features. Externally it is distinguished from the Dynamique by a 20 mm increase in ride height, large-diameter 16-inch alloy wheels, front fog lamps, black/satin chrome roof bars and rugged front and rear bumpers in a combination of black and body-colour highlights.

There are also satin chrome finishes for the door mirrors and handles, front and rear skid plates and the exhaust outlet. Stepway scuff plates add a further upmarket touch when you enter the cabin, and a leather-trimmed steering wheel rounds off the trendy ambience.

PRACTICAL, STURDY AND RELIABLE

The revised MY2011 Sandero range embodies the stand-out virtues of this crucial model better than ever. Locally manufactured at the Renault-Nissan Alliance plant in Rosslyn, Pretoria, it is specifically developed to suit the unique South African driving conditions.

Based on a model platform produced around the world, it provides exceptional levels of sturdiness and reliability, while confirming to Renault’s stringent quality standards.

Crucially, the Sandero is designed to cope with a wide range of driving conditions and, in particular, poor road surfaces. It is also highly resistant to corrosion, offers outstanding dust protection and relies on mechanics and bodywork that offer superb durability matched to low running costs.

Despite its commendably affordable pricing, the Sandero comfortably outclasses the AB hatch segment in terms of overall size, space and comfort. Indeed, in many cases it even outdoes competitors from the upmarket C-segment category.

This is evident in the impressive overall length of 4 020 mm and width of 1 746 mm. This translates into a class-beating interior rear width of 1 409 mm, thus allowing three adult passengers to be accommodate at the rear with ease.

Similarly, with an impressive boot capacity of 320 litres, it easily tops the AB segment, and competes head-on with the leaders in the C segment.

COMPLETE PEACE OF MIND WITH RENAULT CONFIANCE

Complete peace of mind is integral to the Renault ownership experience, and the Sandero is no different. All models come standard with the Renault Confiance care package, which provides industry-best levels of after-sales support.

All Renaults are sold with a five-year/150 000 km mechanical warranty as standard, backed up with a six-year anti-corrosion warranty. Additionally, a five-year/150 000 km roadside assistance plan is included, supported by a ‘Stand by You’ security guard service for added peace-of-mind in the event of a breakdown.

Renault Confiance also guarantees parts availability for all models, matched to amongst the industry’s most affordable parts pricing. However, where a vehicle is immobilised through any spare parts being unavailable, the customer will be provided with a mobility solution.

The Sandero 1.6 Dynamique and Stepway boast a three-year 45 000 km service plan, which covers labour and parts for all scheduled services, at 15 000 km intervals. A fixed-price service menu is also provided, informing customers upfront regarding servicing costs.

Finally, Renault offers a comprehensive range of specially developed accessories for the Sandero. This includes practical items such as a cargo boot net, roof bars and roof cargo box, approved child safety seats, tow bar, parking sensors and safety window film.

Customers can also choose from a selection of quality car audio systems, navigation systems, portable DVD players and Bluetooth car kits.

Cramped is not cool – so step up and get the car with the most space in its class!

SANDERO PRICING

  • 1.4 Ambiance R104 900
  • 1.6 Dynamique R124 900
  • 1.6 Stepway R149 900