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Rachel Burgess

The future of the Renault Scenic and Grand Scenic is under consideration, according to Renault boss Thierry Bollore.

The current generation only launched in 2016, but for the next generation, due in 2022 or 2023, the future is not certain.

That’s due to a changing market in which SUVs reign supreme and MPVs such as the Scenic and Grand Scenic have fallen heavily out of favour.

Bollore said: “For the next generation, there is a question: do we just have SUVs, or do we continue to have MPVs? This questioning is ongoing.”

However, he added that it was “interesting to have an offer that wasn’t just an SUV” in the model range.

Referring to the current Scenic, Bollore said: “Today, we are happy with what we are doing with Scenic but the segment is changing from year to year. For now, we are still fulfilling our customers’ needs.”

Renualt Europe boss Jean-Christophe Kugler, commenting on the ongoing success of the model, said: “Scenic customer loyalty levels are very high. We worked a lot with design, because [one of the reasons customers rejected] MPVs was often around design. Renault created the MPV market and so I think it helps having that leadership.” 

In Europe, Scenic and Grand Scenic sales peaked in 2004 at 319,131 units. Now sales are around the 105,000 market but have been broadly consistent for the past few years. Sales will increase this year, added Bollore.

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