Renault Vel Satis alternatives
Latest model: Renault Vel Satis 2005
The Renault Vel Satis is an executive vehicle manufactured by the French maker Renault. It was launched at the 2001 Geneva Motorshow to replace the already-discontinued Safrane and has nothing in common with the 1990s concept vehicle of the same name.
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The Renault Vel Satis is distinguished by its unusual height, which benefits dashboard room but results in rather ungainly proportions. It has a five-star Euroncap security rating and is available with a variety of engines:4-cylinder, 16-valve, turbocharged 2. 0-liternissan-sourced 24-valve, 3. 5-liter V6 (also used in a variety of Nissan models including the Altima, Murano, 350z/fairlady, and Infiniti G, M and QX series))4-cylinder, 16-valve, 2. 2-liter direct-injection Turbodieselperkins-sourced 24-valve 3. 0-liter direct-injection turbodiesel.
The Renault Vel Satis shares its "platform" (chassis, powertrain, assembly process) with the Laguna and Espace IV and is manufactured on the same assembly line in Sandouville, France.
In October 2004, while overtaking a lorry at 130 km/h (81 mph) under cruise control, an automatic 3. 0Diesel Renault Vel Satis allegedly accelerated on its own to over 190 km/h (120 mph) on a section of the Autoroute A71 freeway (motorway) in central France, and remained at that speed for over an hour in spite of the drivers' alleged efforts to stop it. The police, alerted by a cell phone call from the driver, cleared the freeway ahead of the vehicle and tracked it until it finally stopped near a toll booth. According to the driver, the incident happened thanks to a faulty cruise control system, in conjunction with the electronic card that changes the traditional ignition key and makes it impossible to start or stop the motor without electronic intermediates.