NSK Ltd. provides standard electric power steering for the new Renault Scenic and Grand Scenic minivans. The system eliminates the need for hydraulic fluid and the associated problems of leakage, saving an automaker about 190,000 liters of hydraulic fluid per 100,000 vehicles manufactured. Furthermore, electric power steering is more efficient because the system only engages when assistance is required, reducing fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. NSK produces its electric power steering at its plant in Walbrzych, Poland. TRW Automotive Inc. provides steering gears to the system.
Saint-Gobain Sekurit (a subsidiary of France's Saint-Gobain) provides acoustic or heat-reflective windshield options for the minivans. The acoustic glass contains a sound-absorbing layer sandwiched between two layers of PVB. For heat insulation, a thin, silver, reflective coating is interposed between the two glass sheets. This option lowers mean air temperature by 5 degrees Celsius (9 degrees Fahrenheit) and dashboard/steering wheel temperature by 11 Celsius when the car is parked in a sunny area. Consequently, this reduces by about one-third the time its takes to return the car to a comfortable temperature and reduces the energy needed to keep the cabin cool.
The rear jounce bumpers use BASF Group's Cellasto product -- a polyurethane material that has a favorable dampening, durability and weight profile compared with rubber. BASF says Cellasto is replacing rubber and is now on about half of vehicles manufactured worldwide.
Visteon Corp. builds the versatile center console inside the new minivans. The console can be moved forward or backward while the armrest on top of the console can be moved independently, too. The console has two interior storage compartments. The larger can hold a 1.5-liter bottle while the second compartment, which fits inside the larger one, can be used to store small items. Visteon produces the part at its plant in Gondecourt, northern France. Much of the original assembly line equipment was re-used for the new design, thereby reducing tooling costs. The U.S. supplier also provided the center console in the previous-generation Scenic and Grand Scenic.
Renault assembles the Scenic and Grand Scenic at its factory in Douai, northern France. Following the release of the new Megane Hatchback and Coupe, Renault launched the third-generation Scenic and Grand Scenic. Both minivans are slightly larger than their previous-generation models, providing more cabin space and storage areas. The Scenic is 80mm (about 3 inches) longer at 4340mm, while the Grand Scenic measures 4560mm, a 70mm increase. The Scenic has five seats, while its larger sibling is equipped with five or seven seats.
The Scenic is credited with creating Europe's minivan segment. It was an instant sales hit following its debut at the 1996 Geneva auto show. The larger Grand Scenic first arrived in 2004.