The Renault Twingo
is a city car
built by French
, first presented at the Paris Motor Show
in September 1992 and sold in continental
European markets beginning in 1993. The second generation Twingo was launched in Summer 2007.
The "Twingo" name is a portmanteau
derived from the words "Twist", "Swing" and "Tango".
Generation I (1992-2007)
The Twingo was designed under Patrick le Quément
, Renault's chief designer. Le Quément's belief was that it was a greater risk for Renault to take no risks at all, having seen its market share suffer from cars such as the Renault 9
. The design of the Twingo resembles that of the 1982 Polish prototype Beskid
, from which its monobox silhouette is claimed to be derived.
The Twingo has been built since its launch in France in 1992 and in Colombia
from 1995 to 2008, undergoing three intermediate restylings
in 1998, 2000 and 2004 — solely as left-hand drive
models in its first-generation and not sold in most RHD markets.
Production of the first generation model ceased at the Flins
factory in France on 28 June 2007. It is, however, still produced in Colombia
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