What would you do with 46 engine-less Romanian cars?

It sounded like a million-dollar idea: import cheap cars from Eastern Europe, convert them to electric power, and sell them in the US for $40,000 a pop. Now, someone is stuck with 46 engineless Dacia Logans. Bummer, or bummertunity? » 5/09/11 4:40pm 5/09/11 4:40pm

The 2011 Malaysian Grand Prix in Crayola

It always rains in Malaysia. It didn’t rain in Malaysia yesterday. Never underequipped when it comes to show biz, Formula One bridged the precipitation gap with a flying Russian (above), a jinxed Brit, and an old rivalry rekindled. A fun race—for second place. Warning: spoilers. » 4/11/11 4:30pm 4/11/11 4:30pm

Watch Vitaly Petrov's "yee-ha" jump during the Malaysian Grand Prix

F1 Driver Vitaly Petrov was in eighth place during the Malaysian Grand Prix today, when he ran wide at turn 7, then launched his Lotus Renault over the kerbing. The steering column snapped on impact. Podium for teammate Nick Heidfeld, though. » 4/10/11 1:30pm 4/10/11 1:30pm

Renault rolls out special Dacia Duster just for French ski instructors

Renault's Dacia brand isn't well known for going after the well-monied. Luckily, with this special Dacia Duster, they don't have to — they can go after their socialist French ski instructors. » 4/06/11 10:00am 4/06/11 10:00am

The 2011 Australian Grand Prix in Crayola

After a winter off-season extended by the cancellation of the Bahrain Grand Prix, Formula One finally returned on a windy autumn afternoon in Melbourne. Four months without a Grand Prix, it would have been a fun race even if it weren’t fun. But it was fun. Warning: spoilers. » 3/28/11 4:00pm 3/28/11 4:00pm

Renault exonerates 3 ousted execs, admits errors in spy claim case

Renault now says it wrongfully dismissed three executives accused of spying after French prosecutors found no substance in a complaint by the carmaker against the former employees. [Bloomberg via Automotive News] » 3/14/11 1:15pm 3/14/11 1:15pm

Renault builds a Juke you won't have to explain to mom

Professing admiration for the Juke requires a follow up of caveats like "it advances crossover style" and "not all cars should look the same." Renault's Captur concept approaches the same challenge as the Juke, but with a design requiring no qualifications. » 3/02/11 4:00pm 3/02/11 4:00pm

The French get all the cool police cars

French gendarmerie will have another reason to feel superior when they roll out in one of 70 new Renault Megane Coupé R.S. hatchbacks. Top speed's boosted to 160 mph and 0-60 mph time drops to 5.8 seconds. (Hat tip m2m!) » 2/15/11 1:00pm 2/15/11 1:00pm

The four '60s women who drove French cars from Argentina to Alaska

Renault marks the 50th anniversary of the Renault 4 this year with a series of events around the world. It never officially made the United States — except back in 1965, when the company sent four women to drive from Tierra del Fuego to Alaska. » 2/14/11 9:40am 2/14/11 9:40am

Dita Von Teese strips for Renault

Renault kicked off their "Va Va Voom" campaign for the little Renault Clio with Audrey Hepburn, Rhianna, Marlon Brando, and a little tease from burlesque performer Dita von Teese. Is this for the stripper model? » 2/07/11 3:00pm 2/07/11 3:00pm

F1 Driver Robert Kubica injured in Rally crash


Formula One star Robert Kubica was seriously injured this morning while participating in the Ronde di Andora rally in Italy. According to BBC Sport the 26 year-old is undergoing surgery after suffering fractures to his right arm, leg and hand. » 2/06/11 12:00pm 2/06/11 12:00pm

The tangled paternity of Lotus Racing, simplified

This year's Formula 1 grid features Team Lotus racing against Lotus Renault GP, with both sides hiring as many lawyers as engineers. At his Grand Prix blog, Joe Saward constructed this handy chart showing the complicated peerage. Although I think Peter's is a bit more simplified, this tells an entirely different… » 2/04/11 10:30am 2/04/11 10:30am

For $59,995, Turbo 2, Bank Account 0

Workers in France are guaranteed at least 31 vacation days a year, while Americans get none. Today's Nice Price or Crack Pipe R5 Turbo 2 is a good enough reason for a vacation, but is its price working for you? » 1/28/11 8:00am 1/28/11 8:00am

Lift Your Spirits

The next time I hear some suit extol the virtues of whatever small turbocharged car they're hustling, I'm going to show them this Renault R5 and say, "That's nice, but can it do this?" [Retrorides via Tumblr] » 1/12/11 9:00am 1/12/11 9:00am

How to Drink and Drive Like an Argentine

Mate, the herbal infusion drunk all over Argentina, may seem like the ideal road drink: it's a pleasant brew of mild stimulants. It's also a scalding handful of water with a metal straw sticking out. And the roads are bumpy. » 1/11/11 2:30pm 1/11/11 2:30pm

Driving for Steak in Rural Argentina

There's not much driving to do in rural Argentina in the days of high summer. Until you realize you've run out of steak. Then it's time to fire up the vintage Renault and go hunting for a butcher. » 1/06/11 12:00pm 1/06/11 12:00pm

A Once-Common French Family Car Turned Fall Beauty

There may only be one Renault 16 in America. The remaining 1,845,958 are scattered all over the world. This is one of them, standing proud in fallen leaves. » 10/22/10 2:30pm 10/22/10 2:30pm