The boss of Renault, Luca de Meo pushes a rant against Europe and deplores the disappearance of small cars.
If you are a faithful reader of our columns, you probably know that the European Union continues to impose ever stricter rules on manufacturers. So much so that it will even ban the sale of thermal cars everywhere on its territory from 2035. Thus, all brands, or almost, will be obliged to sell only electric models. And this poses some problems, causing in particular the disappearance of small cars which are no longer profitable enough for brands that have to spend a lot to electrify them. This is how most of them reluctantly decide to do without it.
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This is not the case with Renault, which absolutely wants to keep these cars in its range and which obviously wants to make it known. His boss, Luca de Meo does not mince his words and pushes a little rant against the European Union. Questioned by our colleagues from BFM TV, the latter indeed explains that “in Europe, we also need to return to small cars: a small electric car has less impact than a five-meter sedan, that’s obvious. But the regulations do not allow you to do business and, for me, my priority is business“. This has the merit of being very clear.
The businessman goes on to explain that ” on these small cars, there is not too much business. All European regulations only penalize manufacturers, who have a tradition in small cars“. However, he does not intend to put an end to these vehicles immediately, while the firm is preparing the arrival of the future Renault 5 as well as an electric R4 a little later. Other models are also planned, including the future Kardian which should soon be formalized.
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