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<strong style=": transparent; line-height: 1.4; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: line;">Renault R-Link is now available for sale and is fast becoming a widespread feature of the Renault range[/B]True to its undertaking to bring automotive innovations to a wider audience, Renault is in the process of making connected motoring an affordable reality for a high number of motorists. Revealed in 2012, the connected, in-dash Renault R-Link multimedia tablet can now be specified for New Clio Hatchback, New Clio Estate and New Clio Renaultsport, ZOE and New Kangoo Van, as well as for the brand's new crossover, Captur. It comes as either a standard fitment or an option costing from £450 in the UK.R-Link will gradually go on to become available for Renault's other models, while the Scénic XMOD, New Scénic, New Grand Scénic and New Kangoo Van Z.E. on display at the Geneva Motor Show are all equipped with the system.R-Link users will be helped by Renault to familiarise themselves with the system thanks to an introductory selection of applications, six months' free access to the system's connected service) and three months' trial access to TomTom® LIVE .<strong style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: line; : transparent;">A link between the connected and motoring worlds[/B]The R-Link tablet sees Renault steal a lead in the world of automotive multimedia. Thanks to its connectivity, the brand's in-dash multimedia system provides a bridge between the connected and motoring worlds. It brings an exciting range of new services and applications specifically developed to make the motorist's life easier. Renault R-Link's user-friendly functions will also appeal to those who take an interest in new technologies and is easy to use for those that don't..<strong style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: line; : transparent;">Information as and when it is needed, in total safety[/B]To avoid having to carry countless portable devices or telephones when travelling in a car, Renault R-Link packs a comprehensive list of multimedia functions into a single system, from navigation and telephony, to the radio, Bluetooth® connectivity and audio streaming and connectivity for portable music players, as well as a range of vehicle-related services, plus an array of motorist friendly applications that can be downloaded directly to the system. These functions are controlled through the simple, intuitive seven-inch (18cm) touch screen display.R-Link's Home Page can be customised to display all the information needed by the driver at the same time, which is a market first. This default page appears every time the system is switched on.Meanwhile, the six-icon main menu provides direct access to the different functions, namely the navigation and multimedia systems, telephone use, vehicle-related services, applications and system settings.Renault R-Link has been conceived to ensure that all its principal functions are intuitive and perfectly safe to use, without drivers having to take their eyes off the road. The system can be controlled by voice commands or by touching the screen.<ul style="margin: 0px 0px 1em 16px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: line; : transparent; list-style: square;"><li style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: line; : transparent;">All the functions can be controlled by touching the screen display, while the audio and telephone functions can also be adjusted using the steering wheel-mounted fingertip remote control.<li style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: line; : transparent;">Thanks to the voice command facility (nine languages<sup style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; : transparent;">1</sup>covered), users can activate certain functions extremely easily, such as ""call""� (followed by a telephone number, or a number stored in the address book), ""go to""� (followed by a destination), ""display my applications""� or ""e-mail""�, for example.[/list]<sup style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; : transparent;">1</sup>French, English, German, Portuguese (only in Portugal), Dutch, Italian, Russian and TurkishMeanwhile, the Text To Speech (TTS) function will automatically read out text or the RSS feeds of certain applications if the vehicle is moving.However, certain applications and functions can only be used at a standstill, such as the Sudoku game, R-Link Tweet, E-guide, etc.<strong style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: line; : transparent;">Discover the benefits of Renault R-Link[/B]Renault makes sure that R-Link users aren't left to their own devices as they familiarise themselves with the system's features thanks to a range of introductory offers:<ul style="margin: 0px 0px 1em 16px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: line; : transparent; list-style: square;"><li style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: line; : transparent;">Three months free access to the connected services delivered by TomTom® LIVE<sup style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; : transparent;">2</sup><li style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: line; : transparent;">Four preinstalled applications which are free to use for a period of six months (E-Mail, R-Link Tweet, Weather and Renault Assistance),<li style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: line; : transparent;">Access to the R-Link Store for a period of six months to download the more than 50 applications that are available at the time of the system's launch (depending on market).[/list]<sup style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; : transparent;">2</sup>Available in Germany, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Spain, Finland, Metropolitan France (except hazard warnings), Ireland, Italy, Luxemburg, Norway, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, United Kingdom, Czech Republic, Sweden and Switzerland (except hazard warnings).<sup style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; : transparent;">3</sup>Available in Belgium, Spain, Metropolitan France, Italy, Luxemburg, Netherlands and United Kingdom.<strong style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: line; : transparent;">Services covered by the three-month free trial period[/B]<strong style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: line; : transparent;">TomTom®LIVE²[/B]<ul style="margin: 0px 0px 1em 16px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: line; : transparent; list-style: square;"><li style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: line; : transparent;">HD Traffic®: the market's best real-time traffic information service allows users to avoid delays, save fuel and benefit from an estimated time of arrival at destination.<li style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: line; : transparent;">Hazard warnings: traffic safety warnings in real time.<li style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: line; : transparent;">TomTom Places: the most extensive real-time points of interest data base.<li style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: line; : transparent;">Weather: five-day weather forecasts.[/list]<strong style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: line; : transparent;">Four pre-installed applications free to use for a six-month trial period:[/B]<strong style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: line; : transparent;">E-mail[/B]Reading and answering e-mails from a car is possible thanks to Renault R-Link. For safety reasons, this simple, efficient application automatically takes into account whether the vehicle is at a standstill or on the move.<table border="1" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: line; : transparent; border-collapse: collapse; border-spacing: 0px; line-height: 16px;"><colgroup><col width="274"><col width="291"></colgroup><t style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: line; : transparent;"><tr style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: line; : transparent;"><td valign="top" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border-top-width: 0px; border-right-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; border-bottom-style: solid; border-bottom-color: rgb102, 102, 102; outline: 0px; vertical-align: top; : transparent;"><strong style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: line; : transparent;">While stationary[/B]<ul style="margin: 0px 0px 1em 16px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: line; : transparent; list-style: square;"><li style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: line; : transparent;">Display read and unread e-mails ,<li style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: line; : transparent;">Read, delete or send e-mails,<li style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: line; : transparent;">Detect an attached file or image (contents cannot be accessed with this e-mail application),<li style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: line; : transparent;">Check previously sent e-mails,<li style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: line; : transparent;">Answer or forward e-mails,<li style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: line; : transparent;">Adjust how often notice of new mail is given.[/list]</td><td valign="top" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border-top-width: 0px; border-right-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; border-bottom-style: solid; border-bottom-color: rgb102, 102, 102; outline: 0px; vertical-align: top; : transparent;"><strong style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: line; : transparent;">While on the move:[/B]Thanks to the TTS function (Text To Speech), e-mail messages can be read out loud, along with the sender's name, date sent and subject.(Languages covered by speech synthesis: German, Dutch, Greek, Turkish, Danish, French, Swedish, Russian, Portuguese, Spanish, Italian, Finnish, Hungarian, Polish, Brazilian Portuguese, Slovakia and Czech).</td></tr></t></table><strong style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: line; : transparent;">R-Link Tweet[/B]For safety reasons, this app may only be used while the vehicle is parked. It enables a Twitter® account to be accessed from the car to either read tweets from friends or forward comments, as well as to access personal profile information and the list of followers and accounts followed.<strong style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: line; : transparent;">Weather:[/B]R-Link provides access to three-day weather forecasts for the part of Europe where the vehicle is located.<strong style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: line; : transparent;">Renault Assistance[/B]<sup style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; : transparent;">4</sup>: This application allows drivers, wherever they are, to contact Renault Assistance by automatically dialling the number. To facilitate interventions, the application displays the vehicle's identification number and GPS coordinates of its current position.<strong style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: line; : transparent;">Renault R-Link Store: all the ingredients to become the number one store for automotive apps[/B]With R-Link Store, Renault benefits from the creativity of the start-up incubator it has chosen to work with, as well as from the output of established providers to deliver a range of peerless, evolving applications and services. Some 50 applications are available at the time of the system's launch which means that Renault R-Link Store has all the necessary ingredients to become the benchmark store for automotive applications. These apps cover ground as varied as general or special interest news (e.g. travel, sport, culture) and vehicle-related functions (Renault Assistance, interactive e-guide vehicle manuals), as well as fuel prices, community based applications, e-mail and social networks. Meanwhile, the R-Link Store catalogue is poised to expand rapidly""¦<strong style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: line; : transparent;">Spotlight on selected applications[/B]<strong style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: line; : transparent;">General or special interest news[/B]in text or audio form (TTS readout): weather forecasts, Euronews, Foot Mercato soccer news.<strong style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: line; : transparent;">Culture[/B]Vehicle-related services<ul style="margin: 0px 0px 1em 16px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: line; : transparent; list-style: square;"><li style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: line; : transparent;">E-guides: interactive vehicle manuals and service logbooks,<li style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: line; : transparent;">R-Sound effect: preinstalled on certain models (see sidebar below).[/list]<strong style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: line; : transparent;">Practical[/B]:<strong style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: line; : transparent;">Fuel prices[/B]: this application allows motorists to compare fuel prices at the 10 nearest service stations. A colour code is used to highlight the different price levels. The display also flags up announced prices which date back more than four days. By selecting a service station (with the vehicle at a standstill), the user can compare fuel prices, check opening times and the availability of different services, and find the address and description of the service station. A click suffices to be guided to the selected service station by the navigation system.<strong style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: line; : transparent;">Yellow Pages[/B]: all the expected services provided by Yellow Pages, White Pages and Quidonc now available in vehicles. Thanks to geo-positioning, it is possible to do a search for nearby restaurants, bars, florists, etc. The system displays a map showing the results, while the navigation system can guide users to them.<strong style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: line; : transparent;">Entertainment[/B]<ul style="margin: 0px 0px 1em 16px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: line; : transparent; list-style: square;"><li style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: line; : transparent;">ELLE Astro: daily horoscopes for drivers and their family or friends. Text can be displayed or read out loud thanks to the TTS function.<li style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: line; : transparent;">Sudoku and other travel games.<li style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: line; : transparent;"><strong style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: line; : transparent;">Select an engine sound to match the mood -[/B]With R-Link on New Clio and Captur, this pre-installed application allows the sound of one of several iconic engines to be played through the car's loudspeakers. The sound emitted by R-Sound Effect adapts to match the vehicle's speed and acceleration. One of six different engine sounds can be selected, ranging from a Renaultsport race car to a purring Clio V6. This fun application uses an algorithm to take into account the actual engine speed, accelerator pedal position and travelling speed to reproduce these engine sounds with startling realism.[/list]<strong style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: line; : transparent;">Renault R-Link, for greater respect for the environment[/B]<strong style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: line; : transparent;">Renault R-Link includes smart driver aids to help reduce the impact of journeys on the environment.[/B]<strong style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: line; : transparent;">Economical, environmentally aware motoring thanks to Driving eco² functions[/B]R-Link's Driving eco² functions allow drivers to save fuel and reduce CO<sub style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; : transparent;">2</sub>emissions in the case of internal combustion-engined vehicles, or to benefit from additional range in the case of electric vehicles.<ul style="margin: 0px 0px 1em 16px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: line; : transparent; list-style: square;"><li style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: line; : transparent;">""Trip Report""� rates the driver's eco-driving technique,<li style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: line; : transparent;">""Eco-coaching""� function provides the driver with personalised tips on how to improve their eco-driving technique,<li style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: line; : transparent;">""My preferred Trips""� helps the driver to improve their driving style by comparing different journeys.[/list]<strong style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: line; : transparent;">Connected services to optimise itineraries and reduce journey times[/B]Connected services provide real-time information about traffic conditions to help drivers reduce journey times.<ul style="margin: 0px 0px 1em 16px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: line; : transparent; list-style: square;"><li style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: line; : transparent;">TomTom® LIVE services help the driver to optimise their route.[/list]<strong style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: line; : transparent;">R-Link optimises the use of electric vehicles[/B]When fitted to an electric vehicle, R-Link can provide comprehensive information to help drivers optimise their route, range and remaining battery charge.<ul style="margin: 0px 0px 1em 16px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: line; : transparent; list-style: square;"><li style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: line; : transparent;">The TomTom® Z.E. LIVE navigation system provides a graphic display of how far the vehicle can travel as a function of its remaining range. When a destination is keyed in, it tells the driver whether the vehicle has sufficient range to reach it. If that is not the case, it can guide the driver to a nearby charging station. It is also capable of suggesting the most economical route in terms of energy (Eco Routes) or displaying the location of nearby charging stations on maps provided by TomTom® (near to the vehicle's actual location or at destination).[/list]Thanks to a connection with the car's electronic control units, the driver can view a histogram of their energy consumption in real time, as well as the flow of electricity between the battery and the engine, climate control system, heater, etc.Thanks to the My Z.E. Connect services pack (standard equipment for ZOE), drivers can use their computer or smart phone, wherever they are, to check information ahead of their journey: remaining battery charge, estimated remaining range, charging status, time remaining before battery is fully charged, location of charging stations in a given place, etc.<ul style="margin: 0px 0px 1em 16px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: line; : transparent; list-style: square;"><li style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: line; : transparent;">If they benefit from My Z.E. [email protected] (optional or standard equipment for ZOE, depending on version), they can interact remotely with their vehicle while its battery is charging to switch on the pre-conditioning of the cabin, start the battery charge or programme the weekly charge schedule as a function of electricity rates or the CO<sub style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; : transparent;">2</sub>emissions resulting from the production of the necessary electricity.[/list]<strong style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: line; : transparent;">Renault R-Link ""“ in keeping with the ""˜Driving eco²' philosophy[/B]To encourage drivers to perfect their eco-driving techniques, Renault R-Link combines with other aids, including:<ul style="margin: 0px 0px 1em 16px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: line; : transparent; list-style: square;"><li style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: line; : transparent;">Dashboard information while on the move: indication of driving style<sup style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; : transparent;">5</sup>(green, yellow, orange), gear shift indicator, rev-counter and display of real-time/average fuel consumption. This information is used to help make eco-driving second nature in the case of an internal combustion-engined vehicle.<li style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: line; : transparent;">The ECO<sup style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; : transparent;">1</sup>mode can be activated by a button to reduce fuel consumption by up to 10 per cent by modifying certain vehicle-, performance- and/or comfort-related parameters.[/list]Applying all the eco-driving features can reduce fuel consumption and CO<sub style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; : transparent;">2</sub>emissions by up to 25 per cent in the case of internal combustion engines.
 

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Any information about screen resolution?

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What it doesn't say is that, in the UK, if you specify R-Link on a Captur (or Clio), it actually costs £450 + £110 for Western European Mapping. This is non-optional and makes the R-Link actually £560! It even fooled my dealer - sneaky!!OK if you habitually drive on the Continent.


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Actually, I have queried this with my dealer and she said this is not the case. The European Mapping is not a mandatory feature. It is possible to order the R-Link without this, as I have done. However, if you want European Mapping, then it is essential you order the R-Link system with it rather than just ordering the Mapping with the standard Sat Nav available on the Medianav.
 
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