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Mike Stevens | Jul, 28 2011 | 1 Comment

Renault has revealed its updated-for-2012 Twingo, freshening the diminutive citycar's styling in response to flagging European sales.

There's just the one image for now, but with a September unveiling scheduled in Frankfurt, more details and images are likely to surface in the next month.

Styled by ex-Mazda design boss Laurens van den Acker, the Twingo is the first production model to get Renault's new face, previewed over the past year by the Frendzy, Zoe, Captur, R-Space and DeZir concepts.

Describing the update as a "quick and dirty" overhaul, van den Acker said, "We’ve tried to give the car more personality, so that you feel you’re connected with it."

The exterior styling updates are limited to the face and rear (yet to be revealed), "because the investments are otherwise too high," he said. "I think it came out alright."

Australia's citycar or 'sub-light' segment is a case of 'barely there at all', and it remains unclear whether the Twingo will make its way to our roads.

With talk of Hyundai bringing its tiny i10 to Australia, it may only be a matter of time until the local citycar market finds a footing.

If the Twingo does come to Australia, it will like be after 2013 or 2014, when an all-new Twingo built in cooperation with Daimler - which will use the platform for an all-new Smart ForFour.


2012 Renault Clio

The next new model from Renault will be the fourth-generation Clio, set for a debut in the weeks before next year's Paris Motor Show. Laurens van den Acker promises a more "muscular" look for the new model.

The current Clio made its international debut in 2006 and shares its 'Nissan B' platform with the previous-generation Nissan Micra. The new model will likely utilise the 'Nissan V' platform - an upgrade of the B - underpinning the new Micra.

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