Renault Motor Cars Through the Years


Groupe Renault, a French multinational car producer was founded in 1899. The organization creates an array of autos and vans, and in the past has fabricated trucks, tractors, tanks, transports/mentors and autorail vehicles.

Renault owns a 43.4% controlling interest in Nissan of Japan, a 37% interest in a in AvtoVAZ of Russia, and a 1.55% interest in Daimler AG of Germany (since 2012, Renault produces engines for Daimler's Mercedes A Class and B Class vehicles.

Creating autos since late 1897, the Renault company was established as Société Renault Frères by Louis Renault and s Marcel and Fernand Renault, his brothers, in 1899. Louis was a brilliant, young engineer who had previously designed and constructed a several models before collaborating with his brothers, who had sharpened their business skills while working for their dad's textile company. While Louis took care of design and production, Marcel and Fernand took care of the management.

The first Renault automobile, the Renault Voiturette 1CV was sold to one of of Louis' dad's friend after a test ride on December 24, 1898. The customer was so impressed with the way the small auto ran and how it climbed the boulevards that he purchased it.

Renault 1 CV
Renault 1 CV

Renault - 1920s & 1930s

Renault KJ - 1923-1924, Renault NN - 1924-1930, Renault Monasix - 1927-1932, Renault Monaquatre - 1931-1936, Renault Celtaquatre - 1934-1938, Renault Juvaquatre, Novaquate - 1937-1960

1924 Renault KJ
1924 Renault KJ
1926 Renault Montlherey Coupe
1926 Renault Montlherey Coupe
1936 Renault Celtaquatre
1936 Renault Celtaquatre
1938 Renault Novaquate
1938 Renault Novaquate

1950s & 1960s

1958 Renault Floride
1958 Renault Floride
1959 Renault Frégate
1959 Renault Frégate

Renault 4CV - 1947-1961

1955 Renault 4 CV001
1955 Renault 4 CV001
1960 Renault 4CV
1960 Renault 4CV

Renault R5 - 1972-1985

The Renault 5 is a supermini that was manufactured in two generations 1972–1985 (additionally called R5) and 1984–1996 (likewise labeled Super 5 or Supercinq). The R5 was marketed in the United states as Le Car, from 1976 to 1983. About 5.5 million were built. The Renault 5 similar to the first Mini, achieved a cult status.

Renault 4 - 1961-1992

1961 Renault 4 Pula
1961 Renault 4 Pula

Renault R6 - 1968-1986

1970 Renault R6
1970 Renault R6

The organization's economical, compact Renault 5 model, released in January 1972, was a success, after anticipating the 1973 energy crisis. All through the 1970s the Renault R4, R5, R6, R12, R15, R16 and R17 kept up Renault's creation with new models which included the Renault 18 and Renault 20.

Amid the mid seventies, Renault diversified into more enterprises and grew internationally, including South East Asia. The energy crisis drove Renault to again enter the North American market. In spite of the Dauphine's success in the U.S. in the late 1950s and an unsuccessful assembly venture in Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville, Quebec, from 1964 to 1972, Renault started to vanish from North America toward the end of the 1970s.

Renault Twingo - 1992-Present

The Renault Twingo, a city car produced and sold by Renault. The original Twingo (two-door, front engine) appeared at the Paris Motor Show in September 1992, getting its formal market dispatch in European markets starting in 1993. Renault announced the second-generation Twingo (two-door, front engine) in the late spring of 2007—and the third generation (four-door, rear engine) appeared at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show with formal market launch in September 2014.

1992 Renault Twingo
1992 Renault Twingo
2015 Renault Twingo
2015 Renault Twingo

Throughout the decades Renault had built up a synergistic association with Nash Motors and its successor American Motors (AMC). From 1962 to 1967, Renault assembled knock down (CKD) Rambler Classic vehicle kits in its manufacturing plant in Belgium. Renault did not have luxury or huge autos in its product offerings and the "Rambler Renault" was situated as an option to the Mercedes-Benz "Fintail" autos. Later, Renault kept on making and offer an AMC hybrid Rambler American and Rambler Classic known as the Renault Torino in Argentina (marketed through IKA-Renault). Renault became a partner with AMC on other projects, for example, a rotaty engine concept in the late 1960s.

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