Motor News recently caught up with Jean Calcat, overseas market sales GM of Renault Sport (RS) Cars, during his visit to SA. The visit coincided with the Festival of Motoring at the Kyalami Racetrack. Having worked at Renault for the past 20 years in various capacities, Calcat says his exposure to international markets involved a stint during which he worked with one of the major independent Renault distributors in the Middle East. Prior to joining Renault, he worked for the Benetton Ford F1 team’s marketing division in the early 1990s, prior to Michael Schumacher joining the team. Exciting Calcat is therefore a car guy with solid credentials in sales and marketing, but his current role is exciting and daunting — exciting because the company has some great cars in its line-up, including the recently launched Megane RS; daunting because that particular vehicle squares up with the ubiquitous VW Golf GTI in SA and Calcat needs to convince the local market to consider his Megane RS a wo...

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