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Geneva 2024: Renault 5 E-Tech, the European Car We Wish We Had

•   The Renault 5 E-Tech EV is presented at the 2025 Geneva Motor Show.

Many models sold in Europe are not available in North America, and vice versa. It's always been this way. Consumers have different needs, manufacturers are not always the same, and realities are very different.

If you look at what's available in Europe, it's inevitable there will be cars you'd like to see back home. You can imagine that it's the same for our compatriots overseas when they see what's being sold here.

The latest model to be talked about is the modern electric version - actually an interpretation - of the legendary Renault 5. The car we sold in the late 70s and early 80s, called the Camel here because of its low fuel consumption (it was called Le Car in the U.S.), defined a generation.

So when Renault announced that it was reviving the model for the electric age, the news hit home.

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