PARIS (Reuters) -- Renault will unveil the Renault Symbol at the Moscow auto show.
The Symbol is a replacement of the French carmaker's aging Clio Symbol. The car could help Renault boost its sales in what will become Europe's biggest market.
A Renault spokesman said that the new model will be unveiled at the Moscow show on August 26.
Unlike the hatchback main version of the Clio small-segment car, the three-box Symbol has a trunk.
Renault said it is targeting Central and Eastern European markets, Russia, Turkey and the Maghreb countries with the vehicle.
In particular among these, Algeria, Romania, Russia and Turkey will be important markets, the spokesman said.
Renault will begin selling the Symbol from the end of September in some target markets. Its predecessor, the Clio Symbol, was launched in 2000 and has sold over 600,000 units.
The spokesman declined to give a sales target for the new model, but noted that the Clio Symbol sold 100,974 units in 2007.
The Symbol will be assembled at Renault's Bursa factory in Turkey, which has been expanded to allow for production of 360,000 vehicles overall per year.
Last year, 263,000 vehicles were produced there.
Russia is currently Renault'8th-largest market by car and LCV sales, including its Dacia and Renault Samsung Motors brands.
Last year Renault recorded 101,166 vehicle sales and a 3.9 percent market share in the fast-growing market.
At the start of the year Renault CEO Carlos Ghosn forecast growth in Russia above 10 percent for the group in 2008.
Main competitors for the new vehicle will include the Skoda Fabia, the Chevrolet Aveo, the Honda City and the Hyundai Accent, the spokesman said.
Renault last year bought a 25 percent stake in Russia's largest domestic carmaker, AvtoVAZ.