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Renault 12: Where To Find Good Deals

Marketed for nearly 12 years during 1969-1980 by the French Automobile Company Renault, the Renault 12 is out and out a family car. The car is available in two forms as saloon as well as estate.

Multiple Production Points

The car was produced in different sources across the globe and its production has extended to the current millennium as well. Today the car is manufactured under different licenses in multiple countries.

Honeymoon with Europe

For the first 12 years of its production, the car was quite popular in Europe and the press applauded it consistently. Features that earned the model praise were as follows.

- Excellent style statement.

- Spacious as well as extremely comfortable interior.

- High performance despite managing substantial fuel economy.

The North American Rebuke

In sharp contrast was the way it figured in the North American press.

- They were extremely critical about the obtrusive noises that were created by Renault 12 engine while on the move.

- Heavy as well as non-power steering in the car was looked upon as one of the most serious deficiencies in the car design.

- Critics considered the ventilation system of the car as worse in quality.

End of the Era

Production and marketing that started in 1969 was stopped in Europe in 1980. The model however continued to be manufactured and sold in some parts of Europe and outside. Turkey saw the last piece in 1999 while Romanian Company Dacia persisted with 1310 sedan as well as estate that were R12 based till 2004-06. The last one to be designed was the pickup and it was curtains for them from December 2006 onwards.

One cannot ignore the commercial success of Renault 12 as over 2.5million cars were sold in the market.

Photo Gallery of Renault 12

Technical Characteristics of Renault 12

Technical Characteristics of 1976 Renault 12 L produced by Renault (FR).

Body Type Saloon (sedan) 4 doors / 4 seats
Weight 900 Kg
Length 4343 mm
Height 1435 mm
Wheelbase 2438 mm
Front Track 1314 mm
Rear Track 1314 mm
Ground Clearance 108 mm
Fuel Capacity 46 liters
Engine location front
Engine alignment longitudinal
Drive Wheels Front wheel drive
Steering rack & pinion
Fuel Supply System 1 So carb
Max Power 50HP (37 kW) @ 5000 rpm
Max Torque 87Nm @ 3000 rpm
CO2 Emissions n/a
Engine Coolant water
Displacement 1289 cc
Bore 73 mm
Stroke 77 mm
Cam Design OHV - Overhead Valves
Cylinders 4 INLINE
Valves per cylinder 2
Total Valves 8
Compression Ratio 8.5:1
Aspiration Normal
Front Brakes Di
Rear Brakes Dr
Standard Wheels n/a
Standard Tyres n/a
Suspension Front I.W.CS.
Suspension Rear DA.CS.
Transmission manual
Number of gears 4
Acceleration 0-100 Km/h n/a
Acceleration 80-120 Km/h n/a
Top Speed n/a
City 12 l/100km
Road 7.7 l/100km
Mixt 9.3 l/100km

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