Europe imposes many heavy constraints on manufacturers around the world. This is not without effect on the production of the latter, especially at the level of small cars, which are becoming scarce. Finding themselves unable to find an interest in producing city cars, manufacturers abandoned the latter in favor of larger models.
The representatives of the manufacturers are nevertheless aware of the interest in manufacturing these vehicles. Particularly in the current period of sobriety. They are simply penalized by European rules. Witness Luca de Meo, Managing Director of Renault, recently invited by BFM Business :
“In Europe, we also need to go back to small cars: a small electric car has less impact than a five-meter sedan, that’s obvious. But the regulations don’t allow you to do business and, me , my priority is business.”
“On these small cars, there is not too much business. All the European regulations only penalize the manufacturers, who have a tradition in small cars.”
At Renault, soon new small cars
However, Renault is not abandoning the small car segment. If the Twingo and the Zoe should leave the manufacturer’s catalog at Diamond, they will be replaced. The R5 and the 4L, produced respectively in Douai and Maubeuge, will fill the ranks of the company.
At the same time, Renault will soon unveil the Kardian, an SUV. A new Scénic is also expected in the coming months.
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To sum up
Renault chief executive Luca de Meo criticizes Europe’s attitude towards small cars. According to him, European regulations penalize manufacturers with a tradition in city cars. While he admits that small vehicles are important, business comes first.