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History of Renault

Renault, based in Boulogne-Billancourt, is one of the pioneers of the French automotive industry (together with Peugeot). It is one of the leading manufacturers in the sector across Europe, and 11, according to the OICA 2006 study ranks worldwide. Its slogan is Cr?ateur d'automobiles, i.e. 'creator cars'.

Renault has an active participation of 44.4% in Nissan, while Nissan owns 15% of the shares of Renault in turn. Both companies maintain a strong alliance, while fully retaining its autonomy. In addition Renault owns Samsung Motors and Dacia.

It was founded in 1898 by Louis Renault, together with his brothers Marcel and Fernand, as well as Francois Pefaure; under the name of Renault Fr?res. After the death of Marcel Renault in 1903, and Fernand Renault in 1907, the society remained in the hands of Louis Renault and changed its name to "Soci?t? des Automobiles Renault".

The first cars that were manufactured were aimed at affluent people, with an approximate cost of 3,000 francs. Considering that such limited market, they began to manufacture trucks and taxis. When world war I broke out in 1914, Renault began to produce ammunition, military aircraft and tanks. After the war diversified activities, dabbling with agricultural machinery and aircraft engines. The first network of distributors was formed in 1920.

During the second world war, the factories of the company supported the nazi army, so Louis Renault was subsequently imprisoned (in 1944), and was behind bars, possibly murdered. The factories were confiscated by the provisional Government; nationalised with the name of R?gie Nationale des Usines Renault (Renault factories national network).

In 1986 the French Government raised its privatization, and a decade later (July 1996) was completely unrelated State administration. Between 1979 and 1987, Renault was owner of most of American Motors Corporation (AMC), which would be later sold to Chrysler.

In the 2000s emerged some difficulties for Renault, due to reasons such as the saturation of the automotive market in Europe and ageing range of Renault models. Although in 2005 came the Clio III - with undeniable success, three cars created for a wide range were a resounding commercial flop: the Avantime (luxury minivan), the Vel Satis (premium sedan) and the Modus (micro MPV of city).

Sales of the mark continued to fall an average of 8% per year, and lose the market share at a worrying pace. Recently in 2009 the sales quota left lower, showing positive signs (with the Megane as main architect range).

Currently, studies open a manufacturing plant in Israel. In the present, Renault has plans to develop a supercar, whose development could crystallize in the year 2011.

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Renault Espace

Renault Espace

The latest model which is in demand is the Renault Grand Espace which is an all Renault vehicle of fourth generation from the renowned French car manufacturer named Renault. The name Espace means space in French which is been given to the model by Renault.

Renault Clio

Renault Clio

The Renault Clio was launched as a super-mini car in 1990 by the French car manufacturer Renault. 2012 saw the fourth generation of the car being rolled out. It has seen substantial success since its launch.

Renault Twingo

Renault Twingo

Presented to the world market for the first time in September, 1992 at the Paris Motor Show, the city car, the Twingo is manufactured by Renault. Primarily, Its first generation was launched to the continental European markets in 1993, while the second generation of the car was launched to the market in the summers of 2007.

Technical characteristics of Renault Models

Name Year Power Fuel
1 Renault 40CV Type JP 1922 n/a 9.3 l/100km
2 Renault 17 TS Coup? 1976 98HP (72 kW) @ 5750 rpm 9.3 l/100km
3 Renault 21 Ti 1988 121HP (89 kW) @ 5500 rpm 9.3 l/100km
4 Renault 30 TS Automatic 1975 132HP (97 kW) @ 5500 rpm 9.3 l/100km
5 Renault 5 GTE 1988 95HP (70 kW) @ 5250 rpm 9.3 l/100km
6 Renault Espace 1988 121HP (89 kW) @ 5500 rpm 9.3 l/100km
7 Renault Megane Estate 1.6 16v 2009 100HP (74 kW) @ 5500 rpm 6.7 l/100km
8 Renault M?gane Coup?-Cabriolet dCi 110 FAP 2010 110HP (81 kW) @ 4000 rpm 5.1 l/100km
9 Renault Scenic 1.6 16v Automatic 1999 106HP (78 kW) @ 5750 rpm 7.5 l/100km
10 Renault Wind 1.6 16v 2010 133HP (98 kW) @ 6750 rpm 7 l/100km
11 Renault Laguna dCi 180 2010 181HP (133 kW) @ 3750 rpm 5.7 l/100km
12 Renault 5 TL 1984 45HP (33 kW) @ 4400 rpm 9.3 l/100km
13 Renault Clio 1.5 dCi DPF 2009 105HP (78 kW) @ 4000 rpm 4.7 l/100km
14 Renault Modus 1.5 dCi 2004 79HP (58 kW) @ 4000 rpm 4.6 l/100km
15 Renault Sandero 1.6 16v Hi-Flex (Alcohol) 2007 111HP (82 kW) @ 5750 rpm 5.9 l/100km

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