New Espace Voted Scottish MPV Of The Year

New Renault Espace


"This manufacturer gave birth to this concept two decades ago and has been at the forefront of the MPV development cycle every since. Its new Espace incorporates all the latest thinking to move 'people carrier' design onto a new plateau."

This was the opinion of the Scottish Car of the Year (SCOTY) Awards jury as it awarded the New Renault Espace - launched in March - best MPV award for 2003.

Before it could scoop the award the Espace had to face a challenge from another class-leading Renault MPV, the New Scénic, proving the jury's point that when it comes to creating the best MPVs, Renault is the expert. It also beat new competition from Volkswagen in the shape of the Touran midi-MPV.

Scottish car buyers seem to agree with the SCOTY jury's decision. New Espace is currently second in its sector in Scotland and quickly closing the gap on the top selling MPV, the Galaxy, as supply improves and waiting list times shrink.

In October alone, Espace sales accounted for 55% of the country's full size MPV sales - proof that Scots value great modern car design, luxury features and five-star safety in their choice of family car over the cheapest possible deal.

Renault's expertise at creating MPVs isn't the only thing that makes the marque popular in Scotland as can be seen in its latest sales results.

Renault is currently topping the Scottish sales charts with two of its models taking the top two slots so far this year. The New Mégane is the top selling car in Scotland year to date with 5.03% of the market closely followed by the Clio supermini in second with 5% of the Scottish market so far this year.

Published 30 October 2003 Melanie Carter

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