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Renault and TomTom form ground-breaking partnership

Aug 10 2009

Renault and TomTom form ground-breaking partnership

    • Embedded navigation solution in mainstream models a SA first
    • Integrated Carminat TomTom system standard on new Renault Clio III
    • System will be standard equipment on selected future Renault models
    • Simple, intuitive interface, SD Card and large colour LCD screen
    • Instant map corrections and sharing through TomTom’s MapshareTM technology

Renault South Africa and navigation solutions provider TomTom, the world’s leading provider of navigation solutions and digital maps, have formed a ground-breaking partnership to bring affordable, fully integrated navigation to Renault customers.

The Carminat TomTom integrated navigation system will debut on the keenly priced new Renault Clio III 1.6 Dynamique, to be launched in South Africa in August, and will also be offered on selected New Mégane and Scénic models, due for local release later this year.

The partnership between Renault and TomTom is a global initiative, and heralds the arrival of an integrated, easy-to-use navigation system in the compact car segment for the first time. It combines Renault’s reputation for intuitive ergonomics and user-friendly cabin design with TomTom’s class-leading navigation solutions.

Integrated navigation systems are usually associated with expensive, luxury cars, and have not been available to local buyers of mainstream models. Through this partnership, quality navigation is extended beyond the domain of the luxury car market.

In an embedded navigation first, users of the Carminat TomTom solution can easily update their navigation with the latest maps, safety cameras, points of interest (POIs) or voices. Users simply access TomTom HOME, TomTom’s free desktop software, to download the latest content from the Internet onto an SD card, which is installed in an SD card slot next to the Carminat TomTom screen.

“We are proud to extend Renault’s international partnership with TomTom to local buyers of our products,” says Xavier Gobille, managing director of Renault SA. “It further underscores our efforts to provide our customers with cutting-edge products and services at every level.”

Gobille points out that Renault was the first carmaker to offer fully integrated navigation systems in 1994, when Carminat navigation was offered on the Safrane.

“Working with TomTom to develop integrated navigation solutions is a natural continuation of Renault’s ongoing commitment to outstanding ergonomics, quality, safety and reliability. The partnership means that Renault’s customers will enjoy even more added value in future Renault product offerings.”

Regis Fricotte, marketing director of Renault SA, adds that the relationship with TomTom will extend beyond the embedded navigation systems offered on the new Clio III and future selected Renault models.

“Renault dealers will also be offering TomTom’s portable navigation solutions to their customers, extending the partnership between Renault SA and TomTom even further,” he explains.

The Carminat TomTom navigation solution fitted to the Renault Clio III as standard has been designed for ease of use and ensures that drivers enjoy the same safe and stress-free drive as users of TomTom’s portable navigation devices from the moment they turn on the system. It features a simple and intuitive user interface, and a large 5,8 inch (14,7 cm) screen.

TomTom’s unique map improvement technology, Map Share™, will also be available to Carminat TomTom users. This allows customers to make instant improvements to their map set, and to share corrections with the global TomTom community of 30-million users.

“TomTom is thrilled to be able to leverage one of its global partnerships in South Africa,” says Joost Jetten, Vice President Sales for TomTom Sub Sahara Africa. “There has been an increased demand for embedded navigation, which has traditionally been limited to luxury vehicles.

“With our Carminat TomTom solution we are able to offer affordable navigation with easy to use functionality and great built-in design that meets automotive safety requirements”, Jetten added.

Carminat TomTom Product specifications:

    • 5,8-inch (14,7 cm) non-touch screen
    • Additional sensors (odometer and gyro) in the car for improved positioning
    • Device operation via central switch or remote control
    • Radio display emulation (will vary per car model)
    • Temperature display (will vary per car model)
    • SD Card for storing content for the device
    • Ability to update the software

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About Renault
The Renault Group generated global revenues of €40,682 million in 2007. It designs, engineers, manufactures and sells passenger and light commercial vehicles throughout the world. The Renault Group is present in 118 countries and sells vehicles under its three brands – Renault, Dacia and Samsung. The Renault Group employs 129 000 people worldwide

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