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Renault Symbol
2008 Renault Symbol
Manufacturer Renault
Production 1999–present
Class Subcompact
Body style 4-door sedan
Layout Front-engine, front-wheel drive
Related Renault Clio II

The Renault Symbol, or Thalia in some markets, is a sedan car produced by the French automobile manufacturer Renault.[1] The first generation was introduced as the saloon version of the second generation Renault Clio, but was marketed only in those countries where saloons were traditionally preferred over hatchbacks,[2] while it was not available in Western Europe.[3] The second generation has a different design than the third generation Clio and is built on the platform of the first generation car. Its key markets are Central and Eastern Europe, Latin America, the Maghreb and the Gulf states, most notably countries like Turkey, Brazil, Romania, Russia, Algeria, Colombia and Tunisia.[4]


First generation (1999–2008)

First generation
1999-2002 Renault Thalia
Also called Renault Clio Classic
Renault Clio Sedan
Renault Clio Symbol
Renault Thalia
Nissan Platina
Production 1999–2008
2002–2010 (Nissan Platina)[5]
Assembly Bursa, Turkey
Santa Isabel, Argentina[6]
São José dos Pinhais, Brazil[7]
Envigado, Colombia[8]
Moscow, Russia[9]
Aguascalientes, Mexico[10]
Engine 1.0 L I4 16V Hi-Flex
1.2 L I4 16V
1.4 L I4
1.4 L I4 16V
1.6 L I4 16V
1.6 L I4 16V CNG
1.6 L I4 16V Hi-Flex
1.5 L I4 dCi
1.9 L I4 D
Transmission 5-speed manual
4-speed automatic
Wheelbase 2,473 mm (97.4 in)
Length 4,150 mm (163.4 in) (1999–02)
4,171 mm (164.2 in) (2002–08)
Width 1,639 mm (64.5 in)
Height 1,437 mm (56.6 in)
Curb weight 910–1,090 kg (2,000–2,400 lb)

The first generation was launched in late 1999 as the saloon version of the Clio II.[11] It was released with different names depending of the market: Clio Symbol,[12] Thalia,[13] Clio Sedan,[14] Clio 4 Puertas,[15] Symbol,[16] or Clio Classic.[17] The car was intended for sale in developing countries, where saloons were traditionally preferred over hatchbacks, most notably in Eastern Europe. In some Latin American markets, like Chile and Mexico,[18] it was offered as Nissan Platina, with slight changes at the front of the car to make it resemble the Nissan Altima. It is longer by 38 cm to the hatchback and has a larger boot of 510 litres (18 cu ft).[19]

The main production site of the model has been the Oyak-Renault plant in Bursa, Turkey, where production started in 1999. Worldwide, it was also built since 2000 in Argentina at the plant in Santa Isabel, Córdoba, in Brazil at the Ayrton Senna complex in Sao José dos Pinhais, near Curitiba, and since 2001 in Colombia by SOFASA.[4] In 2002, it began assembly in Mexico, rebadged as Nissan Platina, at the Nissan Mexicana plant in Aguascalientes.[10] For a short time, between the end of 2002 and 2004, it was also assembled in Russia by Avtoframos.[20]

At the beginning it was available with only two engine options in Europe: a 1.4 liter 8-valve (75 hp; 56kW) and a 1.4 liter 16-valve (98 hp; 73 kW), both of them with multi-point fuel injection.[21] In Argentina it was manufactured with a 1.6 liter 16-valve petrol (100 hp; 74kW) engine and a 1.9 liter diesel (65 hp; non-turbo),[22] in Colombia with the 1.4 liter 8-valve,[23] and in Brazil either with the 1.6 liter 16-valve or with a 1.0 16-valve petrol (70 hp; 52 kW).[24] Initial trim designations were RN (RNA, RND) and RT (RTE, RTD), but later they received names of their own: Authentique, Expression, Dynamique, Alizé, Privilège etc.

It was facelifted in March 2002,[25] gaining the new front end of the hatchback Clio, black moldings on the bumpers, slightly revised interior (electric window buttons moved from the central console onto the doors, the steering wheel got a new design) and improved safety levels. New engines were also added: a 1.2 liter engine (75 hp; 54 kW), a 1.5 liter dCi (75 hp; 56 kW) and the 1.6 liter 16-valve petrol (107 hp; 80 kW) in Europe, which was only available with the Dynamique trim level. Throughout the following years, two other versions of the 1.5 dCi engine were included in the range: one of 70 hp (51.5 kW) and one of 80 hp (58.9 kW).[26] An automatic transmission version was added, but only with the 1.4 16-valve engine.[27]

The new front end was adopted in South America from 2003. In Brazil two engines were adapted to run with flexible-fuel: the 1.0 liter 16-valve (76 hp on petrol, 77 hp on alcohol) and the 1.6 liter 16-valve (110 hp on petrol, 115 hp on alcohol);[28] while in Argentina a CNG version was introduced towards the end of the year.[29]

The Nissan Platina was available only with the 1.6 liter 16-valve petrol engine (110 hp; 82 kW). It had four trim levels, baptized Grado Q, Grado K, Grado K plus and Grado A, the same as the top cards in a playing deck.[30] From the 2008 model year, they changed to Custom, Emotion, Premium and Premium A.[31] It was sold either with a manual gearbox or with an automatic one with overdrive system.

In the first half of 2005, minor changes were done to the Renault models. These included clear tail lights and side repeaters, a slightly modified grille and some of the display units passing form analogue to digital.

In the beginning of 2006, an improved version of the sedan was offered in Argentina and Brazil, and from fall in Europe.[32] At the exterior, it now had body colored bumpers, without moldings and regardless of the trim level. The shape of the grille was revised and the boot got a new handle with the Renault logo integrated, similar to the one used on Laguna, as well as the new styling of the Renault word. Four new colors were made available and two distinctive new rim designs. For the European model and the Platina,[33] the interior was upgraded to the one used in the facelifted Clio II, with very minor parts commonality with Megane II, as well as new standard and optional equipment, such as automatic air conditioning and a CD player.[34]

This model was offered in three equipment levels: Authentique, Expression and Dynamique. Expression included driver airbag, air conditioning, trip computer, electric mirrors, electric front windows, CD-player and height adjustable steering wheel. Dynamique added passenger airbag, ABS, rear electric windows, body colored door handles and alloy rims, although the ABS and passenger airbag were optionals that could be added to the lower levels too. Automatic air conditioning was available as an extra feature.[34]

It scored 12 points out of 16 in a frontal crash test conducted by the Russian magazine Autoreview in 2002, which was considered equivalent to the result scored by the hatchback version in the Euro NCAP testing.[35] Over 600,000 units were sold worldwide since the release of this model.[36]


Second generation (2008–present)

Second generation
2008 Renault Thalia
Also called Renault Thalia
Production 2008–present
Assembly Bursa, Turkey
Santa Isabel, Argentina
Platform First generation
Engine 1.2 L I4 16V
1.4 L I4
1.4 L I4 16V
1.6 L I4
1.6 L I4 Hi-Flex
1.6 L I4 16V
1.6 L I4 16V Hi-Flex
1.5 L I4 dCi
Transmission 5-speed manual
4-speed automatic
Wheelbase 2,473 mm (97.4 in)
Length 4,261 mm (167.8 in)
Width 1,639 mm (64.5 in)
Height 1,439 mm (56.7 in)
Curb weight 904–1,045 kg (1,990–2,300 lb)

The second generation uses the running gear of the previous generation car and has a different design than the third generation Clio. The name Clio was dropped in favor to just Symbol, or Thalia in those markets where this name was used on the previous generation. It was revealed for the first time in August 2008 at the Moscow International Motor Show and went on sale between September and November. The second generation car is longer than the previous by 7 cm (2.8 in) and has a boot capacity of 506 litres (17.9 cu ft).[37]

The new Symbol was designed jointly by Renault's engineering teams in France, Turkey and Romania, for countries in the Eastern and Central Europe, Russia, Turkey, North Africa and as well the Gulf States. Development of the project (codenamed L35) took 26 months.[37][38] The main production site remains the Oyak-Renault plant in Bursa, Turkey, and from 2009 it is also manufactured in Santa Isabel, Argentina, for the South American market and only with the 1.6 liter 16-valve engine.[39]

It is available in three equipment levels: Authentique, Expression and Privilège. Features included by Authentique are driver airbag, rev-counter or body-colored front and rear bumpers. Expression adds hydraulic power steering, trip computer, electric front windows, height adjustable steering wheel and front seats, folding rear bench seat, rear headrests and body-colored mirrors and electric central locking with remote control. Privilège adds electric mirrors, leather-trimmed steering wheel, foglamps, rear electric windows and radio-CD player with MP3 playback.[37]

In terms of safety, the new Symbol offers driver airbag, passenger airbag, two lateral airbags (depending on version), anti-lock braking system (ABS) and electronic brakeforce distribution (EBD), anti-intrusion strengthening in front and rear doors, height-adjustable front seatbelts, power steering and rear parking sensors.[37]

Turkish police forces use second generation Renault Symbol cars.[40]


According to Renault, the engines used on this model are of the latest generation at the date of release.[37][41][42][43]

Engine Code Type Power Torque Top speed 0–100 km/h Consumption CO2 emissions
1.2 L (1149 cc) D4F 728 16-valve I4 75 PS (55 kW) 105 N·m (11 m·kgf) 167 km/h (104 mph) 13.0 s 5.9 l/100 km 140 g/km
1.4 L (1390 cc) K7J 700 8-valve I4 75 PS (55 kW) 114 N·m (12 m·kgf) 170 km/h (106 mph) 12.5 s 7.1 l/100 km 168 g/km
1.4 L (1390 cc) K4J 712 16-valve I4 98 PS (72 kW) 127 N·m (13 m·kgf) 185 km/h (115 mph) 11.5 s 7.0 l/100 km 165 g/km
1.4 L (1390 cc) K4J 713 16-valve I4 98 PS (72 kW) 127 N·m (13 m·kgf) 180 km/h (112 mph) 13.9 s 7.3 l/100 km 174 g/km
1.5 L (1461 cc) K9K 700 8-valve dCi I4 64 PS (47 kW) 160 N·m (16 m·kgf) 160 km/h (99 mph) 15.2 s 4.7 l/100 km 126 g/km
1.5 L (1461 cc) K9K 740 8-valve dCi I4 65 PS (48 kW) 160 N·m (16 m·kgf) 160 km/h (99 mph) 16.5 s 4.5 l/100 km 118 g/km
1.5 L (1461 cc) K9K 718 8-valve dCi I4 84 PS (62 kW) 200 N·m (20 m·kgf) 177 km/h (110 mph) 12.3 s 4.3 l/100 km 116 g/km
1.6 L (1598 cc) K7M Hi-Flex 8-valve I4 95 PS (70 kW) 138 N·m (14.1 m·kgf) 174 km/h (108 mph) 11.5 s
1.6 L (1598 cc) K4M 745 16-valve I4 105 PS (77 kW) 148 N·m (15 m·kgf) 185 km/h (115 mph) 11.9 s 7.6 l/100 km 180 g/km
1.6 L (1598 cc) K4M Hi-Flex 16-valve I4 115 PS (85 kW) 157 N·m (16 m·kgf)


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  9. "Moscow - Avtoframos". Renault. Retrieved 2011-09-29. "Avtoframos is a commercial and industrial company selling the Renault range in Russia. Its plant in Moscow started assembling Clio three-box at the end of 2002." 
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  12. "Clio Symbol" in Turkey, Romania, Bulgaria, Belarus, Ukraine and Russia. It was marketed as "Symbol" from 2002, after the facelift, in Belarus, Russia and Ukraine. In Romania the name "Symbol" was adopted in the first half of 2005. In Turkey and Bulgaria the name was adopted in the fall of 2006, after the second restyling.
  13. "Thalia" in the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia. Also in Croatia, Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Serbia, Montenegro, Albania, Greece, Latvia and Lithuania.
  14. "Clio Sedan" in Brazil and Paraguay.
  15. "Clio 4 Puertas" in Argentina, Chile and Uruguay.
  16. "Symbol" in the rest of South America, except Argentina, Brazil , Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay.
  17. "Clio Classic" in Asia (Israel, Syria, Lebanon) and North Africa (Morocco, Egypt, Algeria, Tunisia).
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  35. "«Dve bol'shie raznitsy»" (in Russian). Autoreview. No 7, 2002. Retrieved 2011-07-15. 
  36. "Renault lance la berline Symbol" (in French). L'Economiste. 2008-08-22. Retrieved 2011-06-02. "depuis son lancement en 2000, la Clio Symbol a été vendue à plus de 600.000 exemplaires dans le monde." 
  37. 37.0 37.1 37.2 37.3 37.4 "New Renault Symbol, an elegant three-box saloon with seductive appeal". Renault. 2008-08-26. Retrieved 2011-06-22. 
  38. "Nouvelle Symbol : fer de lance des pays émergents" (in French). Renault Concepts. 2008-09-15. Retrieved 2011-07-21. 
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