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Renault Vel Satis
Renault Vel Satis
Renault Vel Satis rear view
Manufacturer Renault
Production 2001-2009
Assembly Sandouville, France
Class Executive car
Body style(s) 5-door hatchback(Liftback or Hatchback Sedan)
Layout FF layout
Engine(s) straight-4 and V6
Length 4,860 mm (191.3 in)
Width 1,860 mm (73.2 in)
Height 1,580 mm (62.2 in)
Curb weight 1,735 kg (3,830 lb)

The Renault Vel Satis was an executive car produced by the French manufacturer Renault. It was launched at the 2001 Geneva Motorshow to replace the already-discontinued Safrane and has nothing in common with the 1990s concept car of the same name.

The name Vel Satis is a composite of elements of the words Velocity and Satisfaction.

A specially prepared Vel Satis is used by the President of France.

Overview

The Vel Satis is distinguished by its unusual height (13 cm higher than a Safrane), which benefits interior space but results in proportions some viewed as being ungainly. In Sepember 2002, CAR magazine described it as "ugly and very French."[1] Design commentator Stephen Bayley decided that the problem with the car was that it was "not ugly enough." Renault's design chief Patrick Le Quement explained that the car was intended to have physical presence rather than aspiring to classical elegance which Audi, for example, did well enough. Renault's stated intention was to target less conformist, selective modern customers who were identified as as "distancing themselves from the conventional saloon." [1] The VelSatis was an attempt to redefine the prestige car in French terms.

It had a five-star EuroNCAP safety rating and was available with a variety of engines:

The Vel Satis shares its "platform" (chassis, powertrain, assembly process) with the Laguna and Espace IV and was produced on the same assembly line in Sandouville, France.

Reviews of the car were critical of its ride and its handling but noted the car was quiet under most conditions. "The gearbox is prone to considerable hunting in its quest to deliver power, at which point engine noise intrudes more than anticipated, and the change itself is by no means the smoothest in the class."[2] The reviewer noted that the V6 diesel engine was better suited to the car's "lounge lizard pretensions" but that "all of which conspires to make the car´s ride quality even more of a disappointment." The ride quality was described as feeling "over-tough at pottering speeds, but displays a tendency to disintegrate into chop and judder when confronted with anything other than the smoothest of surfaces." [1]

Renault UK decided not to develop a right-hand drive version of the facelifted 2005 year model Vel Satis, as sales of the model had been poor in the United Kingdom since launch. Although 3,500 sales were predicted, only a third of these were achieved.

This came only two years after the Avantime coupé/MPV was discontinued by Renault, which was equally as ambitious in its design.

The 2006 model year Vel Satis features a reprofiled front grille section with less chrome, giving it an appearance similar to more recent concept cars from the brand.

Renault cancelled the Vel Satis production at the August 27th of 2009.

External links

  1. ^ a b c CAR magazine, Sept 2002
  2. ^ CAR Magazine, Sept 2002
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Simple English

The Renault Vel Satis was a large automobile created by the French car manufacturer Renault. It has five seats and four doors. It was produced from 2001 to 2009·


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