Ever at the forefront of automotive design, the industry’s most daring car manufacturer, Renault, is aiming to capture the hearts and minds of visitors to this year’s Motorexpo at Canary Wharf between 14-20 June 2004, with an array of stylish and desirable models, including the first opportunity for the British public to see the company’s concept sports car, Wind, recently shown at the Geneva Motor Show but not at the N.E.C. Birmingham.
Set in the heart of the capital’s thriving business development in London’s Docklands area, the free-to-visit show has grown rapidly since its inception in 1996 with this year’s event set to attract record attendance. Away from the traditional indoor settings of local dealer showrooms and motor shows, Motorexpo’s setting amidst Canary Wharf’s modern architecture and landscaped gardens makes the perfect setting for both South East residents and Canary Wharf’s 63,000 workers to see the design and style of the seven Renault models on display at first hand.
Bringing a breath of fresh air to this year’s show, the stunning Wind concept car will take pride of place in the new East Wintergarden’s Concept Zone. This 2+1 roadster (yes that’s a three-seater!), in eye-catching aquamarine, epitomises Renault’s innovative design philosophy with its flowing lines and elegant leather interior, not to mention its many technological touches including a rear storage area which can be transformed into a third seat, and steering wheel and pedals which fold away automatically when the door is opened.
In addition to Wind, Renault will be displaying a production version of its eagerly anticipated small car, Modus, making an appearance before it goes on sale in September 2004.
Designed to slot into the range between Clio and Mégane, Modus offers a modern alternative to traditional five-door hatchbacks with its super-spacious, versatile interior and range of innovative features unique to the supermini class. Among them will be a "Triptic" rear seat bench which can be arranged in four positions according to the need for a three-seat configuration or more luggage space and legroom, plus a panoramic glass roof giving the cabin a light and airy feel, and an ingenious "boot chute" which is built into the conventional hatchback to allow easy boot opening in confined spaces.