Renault unveils swiveling front seat

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Most of us who have seen 4WDs, vans and MPVs will be familiar with seat configurations that can swivel, but Renault attempts something different with their new Clio which will hit the European market, where it is the first original equipment swivel seat for the front passenger. It comes with a swivel base located beneath the original front passenger seat, where it will be able to turn through 75 degrees at the pull of a lever which is located right under it. When you reach the angle you desire, it will lock into place automatically so that it won’t twist around. Ready to hit the market this June, the swivel seat will initially be available in France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Belgium and Switzerland. It comes as an option for the three- and five-door versions of the New Clio’s Expression Clim and Dynamique Tom Tom equipment levels, retailing for 1,600 Euros.

Source: Gizmag

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ep Says: April 9, 2010 at 4:47 am

The first swiveling front bucket seats were on the Chevrolet Monte Carlo in 1973.

DixonHill Says: April 9, 2010 at 6:28 am

Maybe new to Europe, but hardly a new concept. My first car, a 1973 Chevy Monte Carlo, also had swiveling seats, but for both the passenger and the driver. It was helpful to have in that car because the doors were so big that if you pulled into a small space it was almost impossible to get out of the car without turning the seats. Also, they were bucket seats and it was a 2-door car so swiveling was the only way to get people into the back seat. The seats didn’t lock into place unless they were straight (and when I first got it, the mechanism was busted and they didn’t even lock when they were straight… which made for some very interesting driving experiences on the windy roads of Southern California.

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