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    Default The Renault Wind

    I kid you not. Renault unveiled an new concept roadster called the Wind at the Geneva show. I'll try to find some pictures when I get home from work, but I have copied a few things out of the Top Gear magazine I'm getting this from.

    Anyway, so the name is kinda funny. One journalist present at the show asked if the estate version might be called 'Brake Wind'. Renault representatives replied that 'Wind Brake' might be a little better

    Still...
    Taking the Vel Satis and Avantime into account, perhaps this sort of nomenclature is part of the corportate mindset. Renault's partner, Nissan, lest we forget, is the marque which infamously gave the world vehicles called the Cedric and Pantry Boy Supreme. And the Wind, like other future small Renaults, is based on the current Micra. In fact, by 2010, all Renaults and Nissans will be based on 10 common platforms.

    What's in a name, anyway? It's only a concept, or is it? That depends. With a positive reception from Geneva, could the Wind go into production?
    "I would hope so, yes," says le Quement. "I have a real love affair with this type of car for many years and it is not the first time we have made a proposal of this type. It is not in our company's plan but it might in the future be a possibility." On paper, atleast, the Wind sounds like a gas (bad pun, sorry. See what I mean about the name, though?). It's front-wheel drive, unlike the rear-drive MX5, but the two-litre, 16v engine develops 136bhp and 140lb ft of torque and should be good for 0-62mph in about 8.5 seconds.
    Other interesting things about it are:

    It is a 2+1 roadster, with a single, fold-away rear seat.
    The seats are fixed in place. Instead the steering column and pedals adjust (and move out of the way to make exiting the car easier).

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    So when you overtake one of these Windmobiles, does that mean you're passing wind [boom, boom]

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    hahaha very funny, "wind" - it almost sounds rude doesn't it. Snarrf Snarrf.

    Anyway, if we want to talk about funny concept car names, how about:

    Peugeot Tulip: http://www.jcsnell.co.uk/conceptcars/tulip.html

    Peugeot Les City Toyz: http://www.peugeot.ru/en/concept/toys.asp

    Peugeot Hoggar: http://www.peugeot.ru/en/concept/hoggar.asp

    Peugeot 307CC (but written using a "heart" shape for the "0" of course)

    and then there are the companion cars, Peugeot Hearts & Spades (one red, the other (you guessed it) black)

    So as strange as these names are, we don't joke about them. Because they are from Peugeot. Peugeot represents the majority on Aussiefrogs. So they are all good, and by gum we'll chase you out of town with pitchforks and flaming torches if you say otherwise ;-)
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