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Geneva News: Captur plugs a vital hole in Renault line-up

Both Ramirez and new senior vice-president of product planning Thomas Lane point to Nissan's Juke and Qashqai as enviable models. ‘The small crossover segment is the fastest-growing of all. You just have to look at where it is pulling customers from. They are a really diverse group,’ says Ramirez. ‘It is the segment which is most important that we should be in.’

Captur will come to the UK mid-year and will not be a direct rival for either the Juke or the Qashqai, but will sit somewhere between them.

It will also offer clever solutions designed to make everyday life easier including a sliding rear bench seat, a multi-position boot floor and Media Nav or Renault R-Link multimedia systems, as well as two-tone paint and zipped removable seat covers.

‘From a portfolio standpoint there are not many obvious defects in our range, but the one thing we don't have right now is a crossover,’ said Ramirez. ‘What we have coming answers most of the basic questions. We have a lot of missing things in emerging markets, but not Europe. But medium and large crossovers would be nice.’

Lane says that Renault has no ambitions to cover 100 per cent of the market, just those sectors where it can compete reasonably and profitably. ‘We are just in the process of analysing what is most suitable for the brand to cover,’ he added.

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.