Honeywell’s turbocharger in the new Renault Clio helps the car’s new 90-hp 1.5-liter dCi diesel achieve fuel consumption as low as 3.2 liters per 100km and emissions of 83g/km, down from previous best of 106g/km and 3.4 liters per 100km in the powerplant that was replaced. Another way Renault improved the new Clio’s fuel economy is by reducing weight by about 100kg compared with the past-generation car by using lighter materials and components. Faurecia helped by providing some versions of the new Clio with a tailgate made entirely of thermoplastic (polypropylene), which cut weight by about 3kg.
The Clio also has a number of engine components from Miba Sinter Group. The Austrian partsmaker provides the powder metal camshaft pulley and sensor rings for the car’s 1.5-liter diesel and powder metal camshaft sprocket and sensor rings for the three-cylinder 1.0-liter gasoline engine.
The new Clio was launched in September 2012 at the Paris auto show. It is the fourth generation of the model, which first debuted in 1990.