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Renault Clio is a compact small car, good to accommodate a growing family or friends. Comes with wide range of petrol or diesel dCi engines. That Europe's top-selling car is also the only car to have been elected European Car of the Year twice: in 1991 and in 2006.
Clio I (1990-1998)
The Clio was introduced at the Paris Motor Show in June 1990 and replaced the Renault 5 (which in fact continued to be built until 1996). In March 1993, the Phase 2 model was launched with small updates to the exterior and interiors. In 1996 (facelifted Phase 3) Clio get a more noticeable update than the Phase 2 - rounded headlights, curved bonnet and incorporated third brake light on the tailgate. Renault produced also hot hatch versions: Clio RSi 1.8 L 8-valve (110 PS), Clio 16v 1.8 L 16-valve (137 PS) and Clio Williams 2.0 L 16-valve (150 PS) with performance-tuned ride and handling.
Clio II (1998-2006)
The second generation was launched in the spring of 1998. Many components was completely changed and made of materials (plastic front wings, aluminium bonnet in some versions) to save in weight and repair costs. A facelift was made in the spring of 2001 (restyled exterior, eg. lights, engines). Also this Phase had it's hot hatch versions: Clio Renault Sport (RS) 2.0 L 16-valve 169 PS (later improved to 179 PS) and rear-wheel drive Clio V6 RS with 3.0 V6 engine (sourced from the Renault Laguna) behind the front seats.
Clio III (2006-present)
The third generation of Clio was presented at Frankfurt Motor Show 2005 and the sale started on autumn that year. It uses the Nissan platform (as a result of cooperation with Nissan), the same as in the Renault Modus, Nissan Micra and Nissan Note. clio III is larger and heavier as well than Clio II. The car also achieved the maximum safety rating of EuroNCAP (5 stars). Clio Renault Sport 2.0 L 16-valve engine based on the earlier version develops 197 PS (200 in limited edition Gordini) and uses 6-speed manual gearbox.
Clio IV (2012-)
The new Clio is expected to launch in 2012. Renault promises dramatic changes, especially in design and mechanical aspects (new TCe engines with 0.9 and 1.2 L, 3 and 4 cylinders and low emissions, new dCi engines with less capacity and same power).
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