Geneva Auto Show Preview: Renault Wind
It's a coupe, it's a roadster. Whatever it is, the new Renualt Wind is seriously cool. Due to debut in Geneva, the Wind was designed to offer two-seat sportiness with four-season capability. Marginally larger than a MINI Cooper, this future Renault production model is fitted with an electrically-activated retractable hard top that does a neat 180-degree rotation to tuck away under the rear deck lid or rise back up in just 12 seconds.
Save for its size and lid-flipping capabilities, Renault revealed little else about this diminutive fun runner. The automaker did confirm that its lightweight top mechanism -- in many ways similar to the design found on the current Ferrari Superamerica -- allows the Wind to maintain its quite-impressive 9.5-cubic feet of rear cargo space regardless of configuration. We'll have more details when the Wind officially breaks cover in early March. Interestingly enough, this isn't the first time Renault has used this name on one of its Geneva show cars. The first vehicle to wear the Wind sobriquet was a concept roadster that appeared there in 2004 capped with a conventional soft top but boasting a unique 2+1 seating layout.