Car showrooms across the UK will no longer be stocking five Renault models as the car manufacturer takes the decision to axe them from the range.
So from early next year (February 2012) the following Renault models will have been removed from the UK Renault showrooms.
• Laguna – Hatch, Coupe and Sport Tourer
• Wind Roadster
• Espace and Grand Espace
Renault are said to be taking this radical step in an effort to increase profits. The five models facing the axe are said to generate just 10% of all sales. In 2011 Renault sales will reach around 70k-80k compared to last year when they sold closer to 100k vehicles.
However, Renault will be introducing some new models to their range next year, so in March, May and October, showrooms can expect to see the arrival of the electric car range, with the Twizy, Fluence and Zoe. They will also be launching a budget range of cars under the brand Dacia, with the Duster and Sandero models at the end of 2012.
Here to stay is the Renault Clio Supermini, the Twingo, the Megane and the Scenic.
The above changes are expected to cause a drop in sales of around 25% initially as the new ranges become established.
So if you were hoping to get yourself one of the five models that Renault are scrapping next year, the places you are likely to find them are at your local used car dealers and motor trader forecourts.