Passive safety is impressive, reflecting Renault’s strategy and expertise in this area. The Modus structure includes numerous strengthened crumple zones, designed to work in harmony with the restraint mechanisms of Renault's third-generation System for Restraint and Protection (SRP3). Other safety features of the Modus are its six airbags – including two adaptive front airbags – and front safety belts with load limiters and double pretensioners.
A car that goes easy on motorists and the environment
The Modus lightens the load for its users with longer service intervals of up to 18,000 or every two years and the design quality of the Modus ensures high durability with reduced running costs. Components like the polypropylene rear beam have helped it secure excellent classification in the Danner insurance impact tests. It carries a 12-year anti-corrosion warranty.
Ninety-five per cent by weight of the Modus can easily be recycled. The solutions which shaped the "eco-design" of the Modus are also aimed at anticipating planned legislation to restrict the use of heavy metals.
Modus, Renault’s first use of the Alliance B-platform
Renault is one of the main players in the small-car I segment, which accounts for one-third of the European automobile market and in 2003 became the largest segment in the UK for the first time. With the Clio and Twingo (still the best-selling city car in continental Europe), Renault's share of segment I in 2003 was 11.5%. It will be introducing new models of both cars in coming years and with the addition of the Modus it will further bolster an already powerful presence.
The Modus will be produced solely at Renault's Spanish plant at Valladolid. It is one of the most productive in Europe and will bring to Modus all the benefits of the Alliance's industrial synergies.Published 21 May 2004