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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 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.

Renault Fluence

Renault Fluence

Manufactured by a French automaker, Fluence is a family car in the small car segment manufactured by Renault. This car is manufactured for Latin American market at the Santa Isabel Factory, Cordoba, Argentina and the Oyk-Renault plant, Bursa, Turkey.

Renault Koleos

Renault Koleos

Renault Koleos is a model car and a compact SUV introduced in 2000 at the Geneva Motor show. And after, it was opened and presented at Mondial de Automobile show in the 2006 in Paris. Actually, this model was planned and designed by Renault and later developed by Nissan Company.

Technical characteristics of Renault Models

Name Year Power Fuel
1 Renault Vel Satis 2.0 16v RVS01 2001 165HP (121 kW) @ 5000 rpm 9.4 l/100km
2 Renault Megane II Hatchback 1.4 16v 2002 97HP (71 kW) @ 6000 rpm 6.7 l/100km
3 Renault Espace IV 2.2 dCI 2002 150HP (110 kW) @ 4000 rpm 7.7 l/100km
4 Renault Laguna Sport Tourer 2.0 dCi 150 Automatic 2007 150HP (110 kW) @ 4000 rpm 7.1 l/100km
5 Renault Megane dCi 110 DPF 2008 109HP (80 kW) @ 4000 rpm 4.6 l/100km
6 Renault Vel Satis 2.0T 2005 170HP (125 kW) @ 5000 rpm 9.4 l/100km
7 Renault Clio II 1.5 dCi Generation 2004 2003 64HP (47 kW) @ 4000 rpm 4.3 l/100km
8 Renault Clio III 1.6 2005 88HP (64 kW) @ 5000 rpm 6.6 l/100km
9 Renault 25 Turbo D 1984 86HP (63 kW) @ 4250 rpm 9.3 l/100km
10 Renault Clio 2.0 16v Automatic 2009 140HP (103 kW) @ 6000 rpm 7.9 l/100km
11 Renault Vel Satis 2.0 dCi 2006 150HP (110 kW) @ 4000 rpm 7.3 l/100km
12 Renault Megane Estate dCi 130 2009 130HP (95 kW) @ 3750 rpm 5.1 l/100km
13 Renault Megane Coup? TCe 130 2009 130HP (95 kW) @ 5500 rpm 6.5 l/100km
14 Renault Modus 1.5 dCi 85 2006 85HP (62 kW) @ 3750 rpm 4.5 l/100km
15 Renault Megane II Sport Sedan 1.5 dCi 2003 81HP (59 kW) @ 4000 rpm 4.5 l/100km

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