The Renault Twingo is a city car with a front engine and two door design and first debuted at the Paris Motor Show in 1992. Marketing for this car in countries throughout Europe began in 1993 and it is now in its third generation. The second generation Twingo was released in the summer of 2007 and the current model of this vehicle debuted at the Geneva Motor Show in 2014 but has not entered the production phase yet. The vehicle’s name is a combination of the words “twist”, “swing”, and “tango.”
The original Twingo was first made available to the public 1993 and was sold in LHD markets throughout continental Europe up until 2007 and has received some changes to its overall style in 1998, 200, and 2004. The first generation of this vehicle was designed to have a mono-box silhouette which very closely resembled the Polish-produced prototype “Beskid”, which was made in 1982. Renault used the design of this vehicle in making the Twingo as the result of Beskid, FSM failing to renew their patent on it. The mono-box design for this vehicle was initially going to be used in creating the Citroen Ax, but production never started and the design was reappropriated for the Twingo.
All of the first-generation Twingo models used straight-4 petrol engines, though at first they were only available an 8-valve 1.2 liter 55 horsepower engine. The 8-valve 1.15 liter 60 hp engine become available to consumers later on as well as the 16-valve 75 hp version in 2000. The first generation Twingo was originally manufactured in Flins Renault Factory starting in 2007, but it was also manufactured in Colombia as well as Uruguay from 1997 to 2003 with production coming to a halt in Colombia by 2012.
The Renault Twingo II, produced from 2007-2014 and the initial concept for it was presented in 2006 at the Mondial de l’Automobile. There are five different trim levels available with this vehicle, including the Expression, Authntique, GT, Initiale, and Dynamique. The Twingo II uses the floorpan of the Renault Clio II and there are a number of things about this vehicle which were improved from its predecessor, including crash protection and variety of safety features. From 2008 to 2011 this vehicle has undergone some minor changes and improvements, such as redesigned front and rear light clusters as well as revised fascias.
The Twingo received the prestigious award of “best city car” in the 2011 Parkers’ New Car Awards. Some of the special editions of this vehicle include the Twingo Renaultsport Gordini, Twingo Gordini TCe 100, Twingo Bizu, Twingo Pzaz, Twingo Renaultsport Silverstone GP (available only in UK), the Twingo Miss Sixty, and the Two Renaultsport Red Bull RB7. The Renault Twingo received a safety rating of four stars for adult occupants and only a two star for pedestrians. Some of these vehicles do however include a variety of safety features, so it does depend on the specific model.
Renault’s third generation Twingo debuted in March of 2014 at the Geneva Motor Show and has a rear engine as well as a rear-wheel-drive transmission. This vehicle was co-developed with Diamler’s Smart division and consumers have the option of getting one of the two-cylinder engines that are available with it. These engines are petrol-fueled, making them fairly fuel efficient vehicles. All models of this vehicle use a five-speed manual gearbox and a six-speed dual clutch automatic has been announced and is expected before the end of 2015. Over the years the Renault Twingo has been a fairly popular vehicle and has quite a bit going for it in terms of its design, engines, and other features.