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To further improve the Mégane 2012, Renault surveyed its French and German customers to get their feedback. The answers provided by drivers of the previous model generation enabled our designers to heighten the quality of the Mégane 2012 and to improve the features offered, setting a benchmark for the competition.
To ensure Renault's impeccable quality standards were met, the Mégane underwent a series of on-the-road tests, following factory testing. And it was certainly put through its paces. In three months, over 100 vehicles covered almost 5 million kilometres, in a range of different climates and in some of the most extreme driving conditions on earth. Only once it had passed these stringent tests in Turkey, Australia and Romania, was the Mégane given the green light to launch. There really is no better testament to the quality of the vehicle than this systematic testing, which goes far beyond the ways in which customers will use the Mégane. These strict demands are now part of the brand's quality standards, and are applied to each model in the range, including both combustion engine and electric vehicles.
As well as placing a premium on reliability, Renault is also firmly focused on the quality of its manufacturing processes. Each of the company's production sites follows the same standards and must meet the same demands, while every employee is committed to 'getting it right first time, every time'. The new Mégane benefits from a range of technological manufacturing improvements. As an example, new laser welding technology offers seamless body panel joins and panel assembly, ensuring roof trims are no longer necessary. The finished quality is immediately recognizable, and reflects the precision applied when assembling the components and the attention to detail that goes into the finishing process.
Renault vehicles bearing the ECO² label meet three sets of criteria, related to manufacturing, operation and recycling. Firstly, they are produced at an ISO 9001 factory, certified as respecting the environment. Secondly, they emit no more than 120 g of CO2/km (or run on biofuel). And finally, they are made up of at least 7% recycled plastic, and are 95% reusable at the end of their lifespan. In terms of recycling, Renault works with each of its suppliers to develop components partly produced using recycled plastics. The percentage can even reach up to 15% on certain ECO² models. From the very start of the design process, Renault's engineers consider the environmental impact of the vehicle at the end of its lifespan. 95% of the vehicle's mass is therefore reusable, which means the components and materials can be employed for other purposes. As such, once cleaned, disassembled and crushed, the recycled materials can be used to provide energy (cement works, heating, etc) and to create new materials, such as recycled plastic.
Renault sets the bar extremely high when it comes to safety, and protecting the occupants of the vehicle is the company's number one priority. Introduced 10 years ago by Renault, FIx4sure prevents submarining, significantly reducing the risk of serious injuries. This innovation is now fitted as standard across the entire Mégane range. Renault has also developed a full set of airbags, capable of protecting all passengers, whatever their size and shape. When an accident is unavoidable, the passenger compartment of a Renault vehicle is specially designed not to give way, creating a survival cell for all occupants. In parallel to this, Renault works closely with the emergency services, and trains them as to the best approaches to employ when its vehicles are involved in incidents. The emergency services have also been very positive when reporting on the protection offered to occupants of Renault vehicles, even in serious accidents. The Mégane 2012 is fitted with the latest passenger safety features, such as twin lateral impact sensors, front, curtain, and side airbags, and isofix attachments for two seats.
A wide range of electronic innovations mean the Mégane 2012 is nothing short of exceptional when it comes to active safety.
ESC (electronic stability control) ensures the vehicle maintains its trajectory at all times, and allows the driver to keep control of the vehicle should it lose traction.
ASR (electronic anti-slip regulation) provides optimum grip on low-traction surfaces, such as wet roads and black ice.
ABS anti-locking brakes reduce stopping distance when making emergency stops. Hill-start assist continues to apply the brakes for several seconds after they have been released, helping the driver pull away.
Finally, the new Visio system offers two functions that improve driver awareness and night-time visibility. Lane departure warning alerts the driver via an audible signal if the vehicle starts to leave the current lane, while the Visio system camera detects the headlights of oncoming vehicles, and automatically switches between main and dipped beam as necessary.
The softness of the fascia and the sound of the engine tell you everything you need to know about the importance of sensorial design in Renault vehicles. In fact, a dedicated team is responsible for this aspect, using the latest tools in the field. The materials are specially selected to appeal to the senses of touch, sight, hearing and smell, with each element combining to form an inviting whole. This approach is a big part of Renault's ongoing efforts to further improve comfort on-board its vehicles.
Cockpit ergonomics have also been closely studied. That of the Mégane 2012 offers a range of benefits in terms of comfort and practicality. The dashboard features analogue and digital instruments incorporating a new cruise control/speed limiter interface.
To ensure the best possible sound quality in its vehicles, Renault has worked with Bose® since 2008 to offer a unique sound experience. The systems are characterized by deep bass, clear tone, and smooth treble, and are specially designed for each Renault's passenger compartment. They offer a level of precision and realism that approaches a live performance, and deliver tailored acoustic quality. Developed specifically for the Renault Mégane 2012, the components that make up the Bose® Energy Efficient Series are 30% more compact, 40% lighter, and consume 50% less energy. The system therefore provides the purity of sound for which Bose® is renowned, without taking up excessive space.
Renault is a pioneer when it comes to the wellbeing of its passengers. The air quality sensor in the Mégane 2012, part of the bi-zone air-conditioning system, continually ensures the purity of the air in the passenger cell. The sensor is combined with a filter that recycles incoming air, and prevents any pollutants detected from entering the passenger compartment, maximizing the quality of air inhaled by the occupants.
Like all ECO² vehicles launched since 2007, the Mégane 2012 collection meets three key ecological criteria in the fields of manufacturing, operation (CO2 emissions) and recycling. As of 2011, Renault has made these criteria even stricter, and ECO² models must produce no more than 120 g CO2/km, in the NEDC cycle. The vehicles are manufactured solely at ISO 14001-certified sites, a standard that recognizes production sites' efforts in reducing their water and energy consumption, waste, noise pollution, air pollution and water pollution.
Energy is a new range of ecological and economical engines, built on Renault’s F1 know-how. They use a whole team of technologies – like Stop & Start and regenerative braking – that’s unprecedented at this level. Their forward-looking achievement is to combine lowest possible CO2 emissions with reduced fuel consumption. Best of all, it’s not at the expense of pure enjoyment either: torque’s improved, and acceleration is livelier than ever.
The Energy engines as a whole benefit directly from the excellence of Renault Sport F1. The company's engineering division drew heavily on the talents of its Formula 1 development team to design the Energy dCi 130 and Energy TCe 115 units. In so doing, Renault transferred its cutting-edge research in F1 engines, into the world of production engines, and a host of Renault Sport F1 innovations can be found in your everyday run-around.
With the brand new TCe 115 Stop and Start petrol engine, Mégane Hatch offers the best combination of fuel economy, low emissions, and performance in its class. It is economical -consuming 20% less fuel than the 1.6 16v engine, clean -emitting just 119 g CO2/km and powerful -boasting 115 hp. The brand new Mégane with a TCe 115 Stop and Start petrol engine is also incredibly enjoyable to drive, and delivers impressive torque of 190 Nm from 1,750 rpm. To achieve this level of performance, the TCe 115 incorporates the very latest technology: Stop & Start, brake energy regeneration, direct fuel injection, turbo, Light and hard wearing aluminium engine block, timing chain.
With CO2 emissions of only 90 g/km, an incredible fuel consumption of 80.6 mpg (Combined), the new engine dCi 110 Stop and Start is 15% more fuel-efficient than the previous dCi 110. This has a positive impact on your wallet – reduced spending on fuel, Road fund licence and Congestion Charge exemption. In terms of driving pleasure, acceleration is premium, with an improved torque of 260 Nm from 1,750 rpm (an addition of 20 Nm). Mégane 2012 delivers with success some improved performances, offers improved fuel economy and is more Eco-friendly to the environment. This is achieved thanks to the use of technology such brake energy regeneration and Stop and Start.
Offering the perfect balance of performance and fuel-efficiency (70.6 mpg), the Energy dCi 130 diesel engine emits only 104 g CO2/km (20% less than the former 1.9 dCi 130). The engine provides remarkable performance and an increased torque (320 Nm from 1,750 rpm). It is enjoyable to drive, quieter (half as less noise as the previous generation) and cheaper to run (fuel and CO2). The dCi 130 Stop and Start features a range of cutting-edge technology, developed by Renault's engineers. This includes Stop & Start, brake energy regeneration, a low pressure EGR (Exhaust Gas Recirculation) system and a square-shaped engine architecture, imported from Formula 1.
The Renault Mégane 2012 features the latest rear-vision camera technology. The navigation screen of the console shows the view from the rear of the car in real time, and indicates the trajectory of your vehicle, by reading the angle of the steering wheel.
Connected to ESC (Electronic Stability Control), the hill-start assist system is hugely beneficial. It removes the worry entirely from a frequently stressful manoeuvre. When on a slope, the system continues to apply the brake for two seconds after you have removed your foot from the pedal. This leaves you free to pull away with total confidence.
The headlights, with distinctive LED daytime running lights, blend perfectly with Megane 2012 curves. So the whole effect gives a graphic and stylised light signature – a real hallmark. More efficient than traditional lights, they also provide a superior lifespan (10,000 hours) and therefore should not require changing for the entire life of the vehicle. In addition, the LED daytime running lights are illuminated as soon as the engine is turned on.
The Mégane 2012 features directional bi-xenon headlights that enable drivers to see further and more clearly, while casting a wider beam. Responding to the angle of the steering wheel and operating at all speeds, the system improves illumination of the sides of the road, curves and intersections, by adapting the dipped and main beam lights.
This is the ideal aid when parking your Mégane 2012 at night in a street or dark carpark. The "follow me home" function illuminates the dipped headlights for as long as the driver has programmed them, in 30-second blocks. It means you need never be unsure of your footing again, once you step outside of your vehicle.
The Renault Mégane 2012 features regulated bi-zone air conditioning. It offers personalized heating/cooling, enabling individual passengers to select the temperature that they wish. Auto mode provides balanced temperature management, while Fast and Soft prioritize temperature, and minimize the air conditioning's noise level, respectively.
The "See Clearly" button maximizes the vehicle's de-icing and demisting performance with a single touch. By automatically configuring the direction of the air flow towards the windows, controlling the amount of air supplied, turning on the air conditioning, preventing the recirculation of air, and activating the electric de-icing functions, the system provides excellent visibility in record time.
The air quality sensor is integrated into the bi-zone regulated air conditioning, and continually assesses the quality of the air outside. If it detects a rise in pollution outside the vehicle, the sensor automatically closes the air inlets, and activates air recirculation mode inside the vehicle. The system therefore automatically improves the quality of air in the passenger cell, and protects occupants against ambient pollution.
To facilitate parking manoeuvres, the Mégane 2012 features an on-board front and rear parking system. When approaching an obstacle, the driver is alerted via a sequence of beeping sounds. The frequency of the beeps increases as the obstacle draws closer.
The new Mégane is fitted with the latest rear-vision technology. The navigation screen of the console shows the view from the rear of the car in real time, and indicates the trajectory of your vehicle, by reading the angle of the steering wheel.
The Renault Mégane 2012 cockpit offers a range of features to maximize driving comfort. The dashboard display, which combines an analogue rev counter with a digital speedometer, has been specifically designed to maximize readability for the driver.
The speed limiter ensures you never exceed a pre-set speed. As such, you are free to enjoy the drive, without worrying about speeding. For long-distance motorway driving, the cruise control system means you need not leave your foot on the accelerator. The vehicle maintains a constant, pre-set speed, increasing driver comfort and potentially saving fuel.
A light touch on the indicator lever activates the lights for three seconds. This function is particularly useful during motorway driving, where there are frequent lane changes.
With the Renault key card, you have full control over your Renault Mégane 2012. When you approach the vehicle, it opens automatically. To start the vehicle, simply press the brake pedal (or the clutch if the vehicle is in gear) and the button "Start". Walk away from the vehicle whilst carrying the card, and doors and boot will lock automatically, without any manual input whatsoever. Simply press one button on the card, and all windows or sunroof will close. Press another button to activate your vehicle headlights. Quite usefull if you are looking for your vehicle in a carpark. But that's not all. The card's memory chip stores some of your car information such as the mileage, any alerts recorded, the oil level, and more. This information can be shared if necessary with your Renault approved dealer.
The Mégane 2012 places great importance on interior comfort, with the designers' impeccable quality standards also applied to the sound system. As such, Renault and Bose® have worked closely together, with the incredible purity of Bose® sound now available inside your vehicle.
Developed specifically to meet the requirements of the Renault Mégane 2012, the components that make up the Bose® Energy Efficient Series audio system are 30% more compact, 40% lighter, and consume 50% less energy. More importantly, the nine loudspeakers and integrated subwoofer deliver clear, precise, natural sound in all situations.
The interior of the Renault Mégane 2012 can now be personalized according to your exact wishes. Depending on the model, Renault offers a choice of three elegant leather combinations. In addition, the high-quality trim is found on the steering wheel and the gear lever knob, with an option of top-stitched leather also available.
Each model in the Mégane 2012 offers significant boot space. The capacity of the Mégane Hatch ranges from 0.405 m3 (with repair kit) to 1.162 m3 (with the rear seat folded down). The luggage space of the Mégane Coupé can be expanded from 0.377 m3 to 0.991 m3. And the boot of the Mégane Sport Tourer can be varied from 0.524 m3 to 1.595 m3 (with inflation kit), depending on the configuration selected. Access is particularly straightforward, thanks to a very low loading sill (561mm), and the large opening of the hatchback (1073 mm x 746 mm).
The new design of the Renault Mégane standard Radio system enables you to get the most out of its extensive functions. These include a double aerial and double tuner, for high quality radio reception at all times, and an audio streaming feature. Auxiliary and USB connections mean that portable devices can easily be connected to the new Mégane. And thanks to integrated Bluetooth technology, you can automatically download all your contacts in the blink of an eye, and listen to all your favourite tracks from your smartphone.
The new fold-in, heated door mirrors on Mégane 2012 are controlled electrically. A slight curve shape to the mirrors has allowed to eliminate blind spots, in order to offer a clear rear visibility and therefore increased safety.
Say goodbye to endless traffic jams, with real-time traffic information and your GPS. The device constantly recalculates the ideal route using incoming data, so as to offer the fastest possible option at all times.
Plan your trips in total confidence. With your GPS TomTom Live, you can access the latest local weather forecasts for the next five days.
Wherever you may be, search and locate great restaurants, shops, and carparks instantly, with Google.
The rear-view mirror in the Renault Mégane 2012 automatically darkens according to the ambient light level and rearward glare. Featuring a luminosity sensor, it adapts the tone to prevent dazzle and automatically responds to varying light levels at day and night.
A single press of the button is enough to raise or lower the windows. The position sensor situated in the window motor enables high, low and intermediate positions to be set. When the windows are raised, a final anti-pinch sensor stops the glass moving in the case of an obstacle (e.g. a finger or head). A rear window child lock can also be activated via a switch on the driver's door panel, with an indicator showing whether it is in use.
The Renault Mégane 2012 is safer than ever. As an example, the head rests can be adjusted to a number of different heights and angles. This helps prevent injuries in the event of an accident, and protects the nape to avoid spinal damage.