Renault is one of the key players in the Russian automobile industry. Since 2005, in partnership with the Government of Moscow (Avtoframos), it has successfully developed its production facilities in the country.
In 2008 Renault became the strategic partner of AvtoVAZ. The alliance between Renault-Nissan and AvtoVAZ plans to capture 40% of the Russian market by 2015.
Renault has ranked as the number-four brand in Russia since April 2010. Its
market share has risen to 5.3%, with 50,801 cars sold in the first seven months of this year. Logan has held onto its position as Russia’s top-selling foreign car.
Renault is giving a world premier of its new business class sedan, Latitude, at the Moscow Motor Show. The car goes on sale in Russia in Autumn 2010, and will then be released in another 50 countries around the world.
Renault Latitude features all the newest on-board technical equipment capable of a multitude of functions. For example, each model has a Bluetooth connection as standard.
The following audio systems will be available depending on model:
* Even the base Latitude model will include a 3D Sound audio system by Arkamys, and with six speakers it’s like your own personal concert hall. It also includes a CD and MP3 player, as well as a 3.5mm “jack” and Bluetooth.
* The top of the range Latitude features an extra two speakers and the “Plug & Music” system, which facilitates the connection of most external media players, including iPod;
* The exclusive Bose Sound System is available as an additional extra. It provides perfect sound production in the cabin, includes 10 speakers (including the central channel and subwoofer) and also a multi-channel amplifier with equaliser.
All audio controls are located on the central console and the steering-wheel, while the information is shown on the dashboard displays.
The Renault Latitude comes with a Carminat TomTom satellite navigation system which is completely integrated into the onboard systems.
This satnav will include such features as “IQ Routes” (statistical route optimization), “Advanced Lane Guidance” (visual junction display) and
“Mapshare” (proprietary map improvement technology).
This satnav will be available in Russia from the beginning of 2011 and will be supplied with an integrated automatic parking brake and rear view camera.