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Renault Avantime
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post Mar 29 2009, 05:50 AM
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The Renault Avantime was a coupé automobile marketed by the French manufacturer Renault (though in fact designed and built by the French manufacturer Matra) between 2001 and 2003. The car, which had a radical and unique design, suffered from very poor sales and was discontinued after only two years of production.

The eventual Avantime design by Patrick Le Quement was intended to offer the luxury and comfort of a coupe with the style and flexibility of an Espace-type MPV, and was first shown in 1999 in concept form at the Geneva Auto Show. However, it took two more years to get the car into production, partly as a result of the work required in getting the pillarless design up to the required safety standards. The vehicle's name comes from the French word "Avant" meaning ahead, and the English word "Time", thus implying that the car was ahead of its time (the vehicle's name is intended to be pronounced using the English pronunciation of "time", and not the French pronunciation as in "centime"). The car had only 2 doors, which were very large to allow easy access to the two rear seats, and hinged in a unique way so they could be opened in relatively small spaces, such as car parks. Renault's 24 valve, 207 hp (152 kW) 3.0L V6 engine was coupled to a 6-speed transmission.

Though other ambitious Renault designs in the first few years of the 21st century like the Mégane and Laguna were quite well-received and successful, the Avantime's sales were extremely poor (and did not move out of double digits in many countries), and today the car is considered to be a massive flop. The car's fortunes were not helped by the introduction of the Renault Vel Satis (another large, quirky, upmarket Renault) at virtually exactly the same time. When Matra decided to pull out of the automotive production business in 2003 (partly as a result of the financial loss incurred by the poor sales of the Avantime), Renault chose to discontinue the Avantime rather than move its production elsewhere. Only 8,545 were built from 2001 to 2003.

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- moe   Renault Avantime   Mar 29 2009, 05:50 AM
- - Marien   Although it was a commercial failure, I love this ...   Mar 29 2009, 05:58 AM
- - moe   The short production run, rarity, and abstractness...   Mar 29 2009, 06:29 AM
- - 350Z   So cool.   Mar 29 2009, 09:36 AM
- - Phix   It's cool. It looks fantastic and the design s...   Mar 29 2009, 11:46 AM
- - clarkma5   I am not down with da frenchieeeees.   Mar 29 2009, 12:00 PM
- - Phix   christ, will someone please vote a tiebreaker here...   Apr 3 2009, 03:00 PM
|- - duality   QUOTE(Phix @ Apr 3 2009, 03:00 PM) christ...   Apr 3 2009, 03:09 PM
- - moe   Tiebreaker fail. This thing's in the uncool se...   Oct 18 2009, 10:30 AM
- - BlackJack   I voted uncool because of its design. While it...   Oct 25 2009, 06:31 PM
- - moe   QUOTE(BlackJack @ Oct 26 2009, 06:31 AM) ...   Oct 28 2009, 06:08 AM
- - OHirtenfelder   Very cool.   Oct 29 2009, 11:10 PM
- - McKhaos   I saw only one in the flesh and it's breathtak...   Oct 31 2009, 12:22 AM
- - 350Z   Move it too cool!   Oct 31 2009, 09:40 AM

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