PARIS -- Renault is touting a sporty design, maneuverability and a roomy interior as features that will boost sales of its new rear-wheel-drive Twingo in Europe's highly competitive minicar segment.
The Twingo's new rwd layout, which is highly unusual in the minicar segment, will give the car agile handling and the engine's location under the trunk creates more cabin space, Renault said in a statement. Both also help to make the car easy to maneuver in built-up areas and in tight parking spots, the company said.
"Positioning the engine at the rear is a significant plus for a small city car since it frees up the front end and considerably improves the turning circle," the statement said.
"It is a modern take on the city car genre with the accent on innovation in terms of its lines and architecture. The new Twingo is a fun, playful and vibrant city car," Renault head of design Laurens van den Acker said in the statement.