Renault Samsung SM3

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Renault Samsung SM3
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Overview
Manufacturer Renault Samsung Motors
Production 2002-present
Model years 2003-present
Assembly Busan, South Korea
Body and chassis
Class Compact car
Layout FF layout

The Renault Samsung SM3 is a compact sedan produced by the Korean manufacturer Renault Samsung Motors.

First generation (N17)[edit]

First generation (N17)
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Overview
Also called Nissan Almera/Almera Classic
Nissan Bluebird[1]
Nissan Sunny
Renault Scala
Production 2002—2013
Body and chassis
Class Compact
Related Nissan Bluebird Sylphy
Powertrain
Engine 1.5L l4 Nissan QG15
1.6L l4 Nissan QG16
Transmission 4-speed automatic
5-speed manual
Dimensions
Wheelbase 2,535 mm (99.8 in)
Length 4,510 mm (177.6 in)
Width 2002-2005:1,705 mm (67.1 in)
2005-2013:1,710 mm (67.3 in)
Height 1,440 mm (56.7 in)
1,450 mm (57.1 in)
Curb weight 1,160kg (MT)
1,185kg (AT)

First generation of Samsung SM3 is a Nissan Sunny/Bluebird Sylphy G10 based model made in South Korea by Renault Samsung Motors. Production began in September 2002 in Busan.

It has four versions and two four-cylinder engines available: the 1.5 litre QG15DE and the 1.6 litre with CVTC system QG16DE petrol, both from Nissan.

In 2006, the SM3 was launched as Nissan Almera Classic in Ukraine and Russia. The same year, the car was launched in Central and South America as Nissan Almera, (Except in Chile where it was sold as Samsung), replacing Sentra after this became a mid-size.

The SM3 was also sold as a Nissan Sunny in the Middle East[2] and as the Renault Scala in Mexico,[3][4] Egypt[5] and Colombia.[6]

In July 2009, it was renamed as SM3 CE (Classic Edition).[7] The company announced production of the first generation SM3 would be continued while demand existed.[8][9] The SM3 CE was discontinued in 2011 in Korea and was manufactured in Busan for the Russian market exclusively, under the Nissan brand. Production ended in 2013.[10]

Second generation (L38)[edit]

Second generation (L38)
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Overview
Also called Renault Fluence
Production 2009—present
Body and chassis
Class Compact
Platform Renault/Nissan C platform
Related Renault Mégane III
Powertrain
Engine 1.6L l4 Renault-Nissan H4M
Transmission CVT
5-speed manual
Dimensions
Wheelbase 2,700 mm (106.3 in)
Length 4,620 mm (181.9 in)
Width 1,810 mm (71.3 in)
Height 1,480 mm (58.3 in)
Curb weight 1,215kg (MT)
1,250kg (CVT)

In April 2009, a redesigned SM3 was unveiled at the Seoul Motor Show.[11]

The second generation SM3 is essentially a notchback Mégane 3 with minor cosmetic changes, also badged as Renault Fluence.[11]

2012 facelift[edit]

In October 2012 Renault Samsung introduced a redesigned front end for the 2013 model year of the SM3, with a new grille, headlamps and bumper as well as an improved equipment.[12]

SM3 Neo[edit]

To create a "family feeling" with a new model of the company, the QM3 imported from Europe, Renault Samsung introduced a new facelift to the SM3's front-end for the 2015 model year, known as the SM3 Neo.[13]


SM3 Z.E.[edit]

Main article: Renault Fluence Z.E.
Renault Samsung SM3 Z.E. at the 2011 Seoul Motor Show.

At the 2011 Seoul Motor Show, Renault Samsung unveiled an all-electric variant of the SM3 called the Z.E. It is based on the Renault Fluence Z.E. and is partly financed by the South Korean Government.[14] The car entered into mass production at the Busan factory during October 2013. The company targets a production of about 4,000 units per year.[15] In 2013, its second marketing year and the first of South Korean assembly, the SM3 Z.E. was leader in electric vehicle sales, with a market share of 58% and 453 cars sold. The company attributed this to its AC-3 charger, its greater autonomy compared to rivals and a better warranty for the battery.[16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Nissan. Nissan In China". Car-cat.com. Retrieved 2010-07-25. 
  2. ^ "Nissan Sunny". DriveArabia.com. Retrieved 2008-12-12. 
  3. ^ "Renault Scala". Renault.com.mx. Retrieved 2010-07-25. 
  4. ^ CHACAL (2010-05-30). "Renault Scala llega a Mexico — Mundoautomotor México". Mundoautomotor.com.mx. Retrieved 2010-07-25. 
  5. ^ "Renault Scala on ContactCars.com - Egypt". ContactCars.com. Retrieved 2010-11-14. 
  6. ^ "Sofasa-Renault presentó el sedán Scala en Colombia - Principales noticias de Colombia y el mundo". Eltiempo.Com. Retrieved 2010-07-25. 
  7. ^ Renault Samsung Motors SM3 CE
  8. ^ "Renault Samsung Reveals SM3 Facelift in Korea, Previews Updated Fluence". Carscoops.com. 30 August 2012. Retrieved 17 August 2013. 
  9. ^ 2010 Samsung SM3 New Official Photos
  10. ^ "르노삼성차 부산공장" [Renault Samsung Motors' Busan plant]. carmedia.co.kr. CarMedia. 17 December 2012. Retrieved 17 August 2013. 
  11. ^ a b "Renault Samsung SM3 Facelift Unveiled in Korea [Photo Gallery]". Autoevolution.com. Retrieved 17 August 2013. 
  12. ^ "Renault Samsung Reveals SM3 Facelift in Korea, Previews Updated Fluence". Carscoops.com. 30 August 2012. Retrieved 17 August 2013. 
  13. ^ Park, Jin-hai (26 May 2014). "Renault Samsung Motors' facelift trio boost sales". koreatimes.co.kr. The Korea Times. Retrieved 7 June 2014. 
  14. ^ "2011 SEOUL MOTOR SHOW". Renault.com. Retrieved 2011-04-10. 
  15. ^ "Renault Samsung Starts Mass-production of Electric Vehicle SM3 Z.E.". english.hankyung.com. Korea Economic Daily. 2013-07-10. Retrieved 2013-06-11. 
  16. ^ "Renault Samsung aims to raise EV market share to 60 pct in 2014". english.yonhapnews.co.kr. Yonhap News. 2014-03-14. Retrieved 2014-03-17. 

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