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Of om maar eens een cliché uit de kast trekken: wie jarig is trakteert! En dus doet Renault dat ook, maar eerst meer over de historie van de Renault Espace. De Espace kwam in juli 1984 op de markt en was geïnspireerd op/ door de Chrysler Voyager die in 1983 op de markt kwam. Doordat Renault verwachtte dat de Espace een niche product zou blijven werd de productie in eerste instantie uitbesteed aan Matra. In het eerste jaar bleek de eerste Europese MPV of monovolume inderdaad nog niet heel populair, er werden slechts 2703 exemplaren verkocht. In 1985 stegen de verkopen sterk, waardoor in 1987 de Renault fabriek in Dieppe ook Espaces moest gaan bouwen om aan de vraag te voldoen. Inmiddels zijn we al toe aan de vierde generatie van de Espace en totaal zijn er meer dan 1,2 miljoen Espaces verkocht.
Om het allemaal te vieren lanceert Renault de Espace 25th anniversary limited edition die uitgerust is met een aantal goodies die onmisbaar voor grote gezinnen. Zo zijn twee extra stoelen (zeven totaal dus) en een glazen dak zodat de koters elkaar doelgerichter de hersens in kunnen slaan. Een CD (die zijn er ook nog) navigatie systeem moet ruzie tussen papa en mama voorkomen en op de geintegreerde DVD/ Divx player kan papa gezellig filmpjes kijken op de camping. Wel de standaard achterschermen uitschakelen, want anders kijken de koters stiekem mee.
RENAULT ESPACE MARKS ITS 25TH ANNIVERSARY WITH A LAVISHLY-EQUIPPED SPECIAL EDITION VERSION
• Renault Espace is celebrating the 25th anniversary of its career – which has seen four different generations of the model, and which saw its range streamlined at the beginning of 2009 to feature four richly-equipped versions with four distinct personalities – with the release of a compelling limited edition version:
– An anniversary price representing a customer saving of €5,520 (13 per cent),
– Integrated DVD/DivX player with screens for rear passengers,
– Electric panoramic opening sunroof,
– Carminat CD navigation,
– 17-inch Eptius aluminium alloy wheels,
– Tyre pressure monitoring system,
– Hands-free card,
– Two additional rear seats (seven seats in total),
• A choice of three advanced diesel powertrains (dCi 130 with six-speed manual gearbox, and dCi 150 DPF with six-speed manual or automatic transmission).
• Renault Espace tops its segment in France with a market share of more than 30 per cent. It enjoys a customer satisfaction rating of 75 per cent among its business and fleet customers. Espace’s strong image as a status-enhancing model is reinforced by its high-end performance/equipment package and three-year/150,000km warranty.
• Between 1984 and 2009, almost 1.2 million of the four generations of Espace have been sold worldwide.
• The 25th anniversary limited edition will be released from June in six countries (France, Germany, Belgium, Spain, Holland and Poland).
A unique 25th anniversary package
The 25th anniversary limited edition Renault Espace is based on the model’s already extensively equipped Carminat Evolution equipment level. For an extra cost of just €2,000, it packs €7,520- worth of additional technological, safety, travelling comfort and driving pleasure-related features which represent a saving to the customer of 13 per cent. It also boasts special exterior looks with the introduction of a new Cendré Beige metallic finish, aluminium alloy wheels and Look Pack (body colour cowl vent grille and wing trims, chrome front bumper air-intake surround, gloss black exterior mirrors and B-pillar), plus special commemorative
25th anniversary badging on the B-pillar. The technology package features the Renault Hands-free Card, climate control controls mounted on the rear doors and the Carminat CD Bluetooth® Auditorium MP3 navigation system with a user-friendly interactive interface, plus traffic information and hands-free telephony functions (1) including access to address book. Its safety credentials have been enhanced by features such as automatic headlamp activation, a rain sensor, a tyre pressure monitoring system, ISOFIX child seat anchorage for all rear seats and six airbags (driver and front passenger auto-adaptive front airbags, plus front lateral thorax-protection airbags and head-protection lateral airbags for first and second row occupants. Travelling comfort appointments include five identical, fully modular, automatic fixing, sliding rear seats with reclining seatbacks, integrated headrests and seatbelts, as well as an onboard DVD/DivX player with seven-inch screens incorporated in the backs of the front headrests and remote control for second and third row occupants. The system is compatible with most games consoles.
The travelling experience is enhanced by a total glazed area of almost 2.2 square metres, an electric panoramic opening sunroof equipped with electrically-operated blind, and one of the market’s most efficient climate control systems – including sunshine, temperature and toxicity
(NOx/CO) sensors – which is effective even for the rearmost seats, plus a 4x30W radio-CD with MP3 compatibility and eight loudspeakers.
Order books for Renault Espace ’25th’ opened on April 27, with prices starting from €35,350 and a choice of three powertrains (dCi 130, dCi 150 DPF and dCi 150 DPF with automatic transmission). For the same level of performance, fuel consumption and CO2 emissions have decreased slightly by 0.1 litres/100km and 3g/km respectively.
25 years of Espace: a segment founded on a unique saga
Espace was developed in association with Matra Automobile and hailed as a revolutionary model in its day. Launched in July 1984, it featured composite bodywork and inaugurated the MPV concept in Europe. It was initially only available with a single petrol engine, but the range was gradually expanded to incorporate a choice of petrol and diesel engines. It sat up to seven occupants in remarkable comfort and boasted an extraordinary choice of interior arrangements thanks to its forward-tipping, folding, removable rear seats which incorporated their own seatbelt lap-strap. The swivelling front seats also enabled owners to convert the cabin into a ‘lounge’ arrangement as and when required. The introduction of a facelift in 1988 coincided with the release of the all-wheel
drive Quadra version. Almost 192,000 Espace Is were sold in total.
In February 1991, the second generation version featured more rounded lines and an even more modular interior thanks to its articulated, sliding rear seats. In 1994, to mark both the 10th anniversary of Renault’s collaboration with Matra and the brand’s success in Formula 1 as engine supplier, Renault came out with an exceptional demonstration vehicle – Espace F1 – which was powered by the RS5 V10 F1 engine. Like all high-end models, the Espace II range included the
availability of a V6 powerplant mated to automatic transmission. Up to 1997, almost 320,000 Espace IIs were sold, and the 500,000th Espace since the start of production in 1984 rolled off the line in 1996. At the same time, the segment began to see the arrival of an increasing number of direct rivals.
The third-generation Espace was launched at the end of 1996. Not only was this newcomer bigger than its predecessor, but an even longer version (+27cm) was released two years later. Modern styling, the quality of its fit and finish and materials, the availability of a new range of powertrains and the concept’s maturity – including a dashboard with a central digital display – made sure that Espace maintained its high-end status. More than 365,000 Espace IIIs were produced in total.
In September 2002, Espace IV switched to steel bodywork, with the line-up now including both petrol and diesel V6 engines, a unique step for the segment. All the rear seats now benefit from integrated three-point inertia-reel seatbelts and are mounted on rails to allow owners to position
them as required. Espace IV was the first vehicle of its class to obtain a five-star EuroNCAP crash test rating. As with the previous-generation version, it has proved an immense hit with customers on all the markets where it is sold, a long way ahead of the competition which has become extremely diversified. Since January 1, 2008, Espace comes with the same warranty as all Renault’s high-end models, namely 36 months or 150,000km. To date, more than 1.2 million Espaces have been sold in more than 60 countries across the globe.