New Megane Voted Diesel Car Of The Year 2003

New Megane 1.9dCi 120


Diesel Car Magazine, the diesel driver’s bible, has added to the New Renault Mégane’s plaudits of European Car of the Year and the only car in its class to score five stars in EuroNCAP’s crash test programme. Voting the 1.9dCi 120 Mégane its Diesel Car of the Year 2003, the magazine’s editor Barnaby Jones commented,

‘This was not a difficult decision to reach …’ following its selection as Compact class winner. The New Mégane was not the only Renault to win as it was joined by the Renault Clio 1.5dCi 80 as best Supermini and Renault Laguna Sport Tourer 2.2dCi 150 as best Estate.
  • New Renault Mégane 1.9dCi 120 voted Diesel Car of the Year 2003
  • Mégane also winner of Compact class
  • Renault Clio 1.5dCi 80 wins Supermini class
  • Renault Laguna Sport Tourer 2.2dCi 150 wins Estate class winner
  • Diesel market grows by 18% in 2003 for Renault
"This award from Diesel Car couldn’t be better timed," commented Philippe Talou-Derible, Managing Director of Renault UK. "Sales of diesel cars have continued to skyrocket by 18% in the first quarter of 2003 now taking 26% of the UK market. Renault’s dCi common-rail diesel technology is leading the field in the UK – a fact recognised by Diesel Car Magazine and as such we are perfectly placed to respond to customer’s demands."
Renault Mégane 1.9dCi 120 - Diesel Car of the Year

The New Renault Mégane, in the words of Diesel Car ‘ … is the first car in a long time to bring something genuinely new to the market, and for that we firmly applaud it.’ From its radical looks which makes every rival appear ‘ … truly dull in direct comparison’, to its engine of ‘rare talent’ plus enjoyable handling, slick gearbox and clever, practical design touches Diesel Car hails the New Mégane as an easy winner.

Radically shaking up the class while offering class-leading equipment levels, excellent value for money and five-star safety, the Mégane was the obvious choice. As Diesel Car comments, ‘It takes a very special car to have this sort of effect throughout the motor industry. The Mégane is that special car and that’s why it is our Diesel Car of the Year.’

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Published 22 June 2003 Melanie Carter

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