PARIS — Renault SA is reveling in its reputation for audacity with its innovative Avantime. The car is a cross between a coupe and a minivan, and Renault would like to believe that it has elements of a cabriolet as well. When he introduced the Avantime concept car at the Louvre in Paris in 1999, Renault Chief Designer Patrick Le Quément said that the new idea in luxury was the use of space and light. The Avantime is indeed luminous. The long glass roof with sunroof, large windows and ...

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