Concept Car of the Week: Renault Nepta (2006)


A land yacht for cruising the Corniche, the Renault Nepta is an open-top grand tourer with classic lines and proportions evoking classic open-topped cars like phaetons, or the classic 1960s Lincoln Continental convertible

As the 2006 Paris Motor Show approached, there was eager and somewhat anxious anticipation about Renault’s offerings at the show. Renault had a long history of interesting concepts. Would there be similar offerings now that the Carlos Ghosn/Nissan Alliance era had begun? After all, Ghosn’s own top lieutenant at the time, Patrick Pelata, had been critical of Renault’s design direction – particularly the bustlebacked Megane, then a hot seller in its class in the European market.

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