Back in the early 90s’, Renault got smart with words, explaining that the riskiest thing to do is to take no risks. Translated into business language, this meant that the company wanted to experiment with its design. And so it did and thus the Twingo was born.
Imagine it - Paris, the city of love, autumn, a perfect time for chic accessories: the public at the Paris Auto Show was ready to meet the new revolutionnaire, the veil came of... and the little thing started smiling at everyone.
The Twingo was not meant to become anyone’s cherry, the car used other pathways to conquer customers. It came with compact dimensions that made it perfectly suitable for the crowded (can you believe it? they dared to call the 90’s traffic crowded) urban areas and was sprinkled with originality inside and out. Want an example? The dashboard used a digital display that was placed on the center, not in front of the driver.
Actually, the first Twingo’s design story is a pretty controversial one, but not because of the reasons you’d expect. You see, the shape of the car was borrowed from another vehicle, which had came to the world over a decade earlier as a prototype built by Bosmal, a Polish company which apparently lacked the funding to hold on to its patent, with the French taking a peek at the Beskid (this is how it was called) before hitting the drawing board.
The Twingo became a successful vehicle, managing to register hefty sales, with its presence spreading way beyond the French borders.
Then, at the 2006 edition of the aforementioned auto show, Renault introduced the Twingo Concept, visually pleasing the crowd with a young and sporty look (yes, our test car learned the checkered-flag-on-the-sides trick from the concept).
The following year, Clio the Second came to the world, with Renault bragging that the vehicle had maintained all the assets of the first generation, while adding an aura of dynamic abilities.
Is that true or is it just another association of words with the sole purpose of making the financial reports look good? We’ll answer this question in the following chapters, as we got to play with the 1.2-liter 75 hp version of the Twingo.
Before we start we have to explain the "sapphic" in the test drive's intro. We don't know exactly how may words a video is worth, but we're guessing it's a pretty high value. so here's how Renault advertises the Twingo: