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Renault Twizy: We drive the bonkers moon-buggy EV

Renault Twizy: We drive the bonkers moon-buggy EV

This ain't your daddy's Tesla. In fact, the Renault Twizy is arguably the antithesis of the Model S: eye-catching where the Tesla is discrete; cheap where the electric sedan is expensive. Intended for city driving and the sort of short trips where nippy and straightforward are the key factors, the Twizy also manages to be a whole lot of fun, albeit with a couple of caveats (and preferably a pair of gloves). We raised our eco-cred with a Twizy blast around the urban jungle.

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Renault-Nissan Alliance opens new Silicon Valley research center

Renault-Nissan Alliance opens new Silicon Valley research center

Automakers Nissan and Renault formed an alliance called the Renault-Nissan Alliance and opened a US research center in 2011. The two automakers have now announced that they have expanded their presence in Silicon Valley with the opening of a new advanced research center. The automakers say that initially the new research center will focus on autonomous driving and connected cars.

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Ford, Daimler and Renault-Nissan team on fuel-cell cars by 2017

Ford, Daimler and Renault-Nissan team on fuel-cell cars by 2017

Ford, Daimler AG, and the Renault-Nissan alliance will jointly a develop a fuel-cell system for eco-conscious motoring, with the first mass-market, "affordable" model tipped for 2017. The pact - which follows a similar agreement by BMW and Toyota, also concerning fuel-cell technology - will see a single fuel-cell stack and system that will form the basis of a new range of cars from each marque, with the same underlying technology rebranded to suit different consumer segments.

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Renault Alpine on road by 2015 with Miata-style driving focus

Renault Alpine on road by 2015 with Miata-style driving focus

Renault's first Alpine sports car will arrive before the end of 2015 the company says, as much as two years ahead of the initial schedule, and promising a driving experience roughly in line with a Mazda Miata. The project - a joint effort between Renault and Caterham announced back in November - will not "betray the DNA of Alpine" Renault marketing chief Stephen Norman told Autocar, saying that the car "must be light and look different, and have a touch of French dash."

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Qualcomm Halo: Inside the tech of the world’s largest wireless car charging trial

Qualcomm Halo: Inside the tech of the world’s largest wireless car charging trial

Wireless charging has made headlines in recent weeks, but a new Qualcomm Halo trial kicking off in the UK is targeting the devices that live in your garage rather than in your pocket. Just as Google's Nexus 4 and Nokia's Lumia 920 each support wireless charging, rejuicing via simple desk pads rather than the fumble of slotting in a microUSB cable, so chip and wireless specialist Qualcomm sees the future of electric and hybrid urban mobility being wire-free. There's a big difference, though, between a fifty buck charging plate for your phone and a way of cutting the cord for electric vehicles and potentially opening up the road as a dynamic power highway. SlashGear caught up with Qualcomm and some select partners to find out what makes Halo special, and why it's just as much at home on a 200mph racing car as it is your city runabout.

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Alpine resurrected: Renault and Caterham promise “distinctive” sportscars in 3-4 years

Alpine resurrected: Renault and Caterham promise “distinctive” sportscars in 3-4 years

Renault and Caterham have announced a partnership to create a new Alpine sportscar, resurrecting the iconic brand and hopefully translating concepts such as the Alpine A110-50 to the road. The deal, which will see the creation of The Société des Automobiles Alpine Caterham in January 2013, could have sports tires on tarmac within the space of 3-4 years, though details of what exactly will bear the abandoned Alpine badge are currently couched in mystery.

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Renault relents: Twizy EV finally gets windows

Renault relents: Twizy EV finally gets windows

Renault's electric-powered Twizy city car has gained an set of windows ahead of the winter, an unusual option for what's already an oddball vehicle. The twin-seater EV - which sits driver and passenger in a line, rather than side by side - usually lacks anything on the sides beyond a simple safety bar that hinges across the door. That may be practical for sunnier climates, but those facing a wet winter were unsurprisingly less convinced, and so Renault has some optional windows.

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Daimler and Renault-Nissan duo on eco-gas engine and more

Daimler and Renault-Nissan duo on eco-gas engine and more

Car manufacturers aren't betting the farm on all-electric and hybrid cars; gas engines are still going to be around for a while, and Renault-Nissan and Mercedes-owner Daimler plan to squeeze the very best out of them. A freshly inked collaboration between the firms will see them double up on a new, turbocharged powerplant that - despite using gas not hydrogen fuel-cells or batteries - will deliver "a significant improvement in fuel economy as well as low emissions."

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Renault Alpine A110-50 takes on Alps and inspiration

Renault Alpine A110-50 takes on Alps and inspiration

When it comes to performance cars and heritage, it's not just Italian marques that have all the history: Renault has some pretty impressive cars in its garage too. To celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the Renault Alpine A110 "Berlinette", the French company created a new concept, the Alpine A110-50, and sent old car and new galloping around the Alps in a breathtaking short film you can see after the cut.

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Renault unveils Alpine A110-50 concept car

Renault unveils Alpine A110-50 concept car

Want to see a new concept car that looks extremely cool? Of course you do. Renault has officially unveiled the Alpine A110-50 concept car at the Monaco Grand Prix. Renault reportedly didn’t want to design a retro looking car and has instead taken some design cues from the Renault DeZir first seen in 2010. The car will house a 24-valve V6 engine underneath the hood which is capable of producing 400 horsepower and 311 foot pounds of torque.

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