Sadly, it has been a very long time since the last proper French car was sold in North America (some could argue that the Bugatti Veyron is French, but that’s rather like saying that eating McDonald’s in China makes it Chinese food), and the absent era is when they really got their act together.
Cars we are missing out the most are from Renault. Back in the mid-90’s, we missed out on the Sport Spider, and in the mid-00’s we missed out on the bonkers mid-engined Clio V6.
Now we are missing out on the car featured today, the 2012 Laguna Coupe. While the Laguna coupe has been around for a few years already, it has just had some surgery and has come out looking better than ever. I think it looks wonderful, and I would much rather have this coupe in my garage than say a Nissan Altima Coupe or even the Honda Accord Coupe.
Even the interior looks pretty snazzy and modern, and you can get all the latest toy’s you expect from a modern coupe.
The choice of engines in the Renault is not bad either. You can pick from a vast range of petrol and diesel engines, but the one that interests me the most is the 3.5-liter, V6 motor; which produces 240-hp. OK, so it’s not the most powerful coupe on the planet, but it should be enough to propel this coupe along at a decent pace. Should make for a good highway cruiser.
If this car was to be sold in North America, prices would have been around $40,000. Not cheap, but then style and elegance is never cheap. For now, if you want one, start looking for a job in Europe.