Renault Clio A Level OF Quality Associated With Larger Saloons







Published by Gerald Ferreira Date: September 14, 2012
Categories: Renault, Renault Clio

Ever since the launch of the original Clio, the model has packed features more commonly associated with much larger cars. in addition to being extensively equipped, however, it also delivers outstanding active and passive safety. Carefully assembled in the interests of long-term reliability, New Clio benefits from renault's hallmark quality.

Renault Clio Safety

The Renault Clio Highest Safety Standards Even At Entry Level

Renault committed to achieving very high standards of active and passive safety when designing New Clio. Today, EuroNCAP ratings are based on four chief criteria, namely adult, child and pedestrian protection, plus driver aids. Another development means that vehicles are now assessed on the basis of their entrylevel versions (i.e. the least well-equipped in terms of standard safety features). based on the new evaluation procedure, New Clio achieved a maximum EuroNCAP rating of five stars.

New Clio incorporates: passive safety on three fronts Adult protection: a reinforced structure, high-efficiency frontal airbags, lateral head and thorax airbags, a pressure sensor to detect impending impacts, seat belts with pre-tensioners and load limiters (pre-tensioners for front seats only), anti-whiplash head rests, a luggage partition and 'Fix4sure' anti-submarining front and rear seats.

Child protection: three-point Isofix child seat anchorage for three seats (front passenger seat and two outer rear seats) and four homologated seat belt anchorage points. pedestrian protection: particular attention was paid to this aspect of passive safety. From the outset, the design incorporated several features to minimise the risk of impact injury, notably to the head, legs and hips. The bottom of the front bumper is sufficiently rigid to prevent flexing at knee level but has a softer upper part to lessen potential leg injuries. The bonnet and front panel were conceived to reduce the severity of head and hip injuries, while the foot of the windscreen, bottom of the window bay and dashboard were designed to minimise the likelihood of cuts in the case of impact to the head.

A communicative chassis for enhanced active safety

New Clio does not rest on its passive safety laurels and can also claim a number of solid advantages in terms of handling, road holding and braking, thanks in part to its longer wheelbase and wider track.

All versions include the following standard equipment:

  • ESC (Electronic Stability Control)
  • AbS
  • Emergency brake Assist Driver aids
  • Visual and audible seat belt reminders for all passengers are a standard feature of all versions.
  • All versions are fitted with cruise control and speed limiter.
  • A reversing camera and rear parking sensors enable drivers to be aware of their immediate surroundings. Designed With Passion, Built With Precision

One of renault's core strengths has long been the design and manufacture of small cars which combine an affordable price tag with unbeatable quality that lacks for nothing when compared with that of bigger, more expensive rivals. New Clio will be built in Flins, France, and Bursa, Turkey. These factories deploy identical, high-quality production standards, as does Dieppe, France, where Clio r.s. will be manufactured.

Design quality pedigree

As well as putting its new models through their paces on the road, Renault runs a comprehensive programme of tests to ensure the longterm durability of every design aspect: seat comfort, seals, suspension, noise, vibration and harshness and so on. These demanding standards go well beyond the norm and even surpass the mandatory regulatory minimum.

For example, Renault tests its vehicles in an electric field charged at 100 Volts/metre when homologation demands only 30 Volts/metre. It also uses a wider frequency band than required.

Another example is New Clio's climate control system which has been designed to deliver optimal performance in extreme temperatures ranging from -30°C to +55°C and in a hygrometric range from five to 95 percent. Naturally enough, the Renault R-Link and Media Nav multimedia systems were only approved after being subjected to demanding radiation and interference tests.

New clio will have covered more than five million kilometres in testing before it reaches the showroom, the equivalent of 125 times round the planet. At its Aubevoye Technical Centre, in Normandy, Renault has the facilities to accurately simulate the nuances of the whole world's road network (almost to the millimetre) thanks to laser scanning Some 240 testers toil on the technical centre's roads for 363 days of the year, working three eight-hour shifts, day and night, and in all weathers, to test and improve vehicle quality. Such is the thoroughness of Renault's procedures that the tests and conditions are exceptionally severe, from fords and dust tunnels to gravel tracks and chambers that can reproduce hot, cold, humid and sunny conditions…

Thanks to this programme, Renault estimates that one kilometre in the hands of its testers equates to three kilometres in those of a customer. AUBeVOYe teCHNiCAL CeNtre New clio will have covered more than five million kilometres in testing before it reaches the showroom, the equivalent of 125 times round the planet. At its Aubevoye Technical Centre, in Normandy, Renault has the facilities to accurately simulate the nuances of the whole world's road network (almost to the millimetre) thanks to laser scanning Some 240 testers toil on the technical centre's roads for 363 days of the year, working three eight-hour shifts, day and night, and in all weathers, to test and improve vehicle quality. Such is the thoroughness of Renault's procedures that the tests and conditions are exceptionally severe, from fords and dust tunnels to gravel tracks and chambers that can reproduce hot, cold, humid and sunny conditions…

Thanks to this programme, Renault estimates that one kilometre in the hands of its testers equates to three kilometres in those of a customer.

Aubevoye Technical Centre Manufacturing Excellence

New Clio's design brief and the requirement to maintain the company's reputation for high standards could have put significant pressure on Renault's manufacturing system, but the challenge was transformed into an opportunity to deliver ground-breaking quality control:

  • panel gaps reduced by 0.2mm.
  • elimination of paint impurities (orange peel) by using a superior standard of finish and electro-coated protection techniques.
  • Long-life varnish that is both deeper and thicker, for a better, more durable finish.
  • First use of a red-tinted lacquer (for the Flame Red body colour inspired by the DeZir concept car).
  • the roof is plasma-soldered by robots, a simpler process which ensures even higher quality.
  • the detection at the end of the assembly line of minor faults (class V3) likely to influence perceived quality reduced by a factor of three. the renault production Way (spr) was conceived to make the Group's production procedures the very best in the world. the renault production Way requires designers of product and process, buyers, suppliers, logistics analysts and affiliated industrial plants to reach specific targets and comply with certain principles. There are regulations and operational standards that must be met by every individual who contributes to the design and build of a vehicle.

the spr's four objectives are to:

  • make sure that customers get the quality they expect.
  • bring down global costs.
  • manufacture the right products at the right time.
  • respect the workforce and give them responsibilities. To achieve these goals, the same procedures are employed in the factories at Flins and bursa, just as they are at plants throughout the Renault Group. Objectives include the standardisation and ongoing improvement of work stations, in order to guarantee customer satisfaction in terms of quality, price and delivery times. The training, education and flexibility of the production teams are a key part of the SPR philosophy. In practice, any employee should be capable of occupying three different work stations and each work station should be operable by three different employees.

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