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 Cars Reviews

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.

Renault Master

Renault Master

In all the presented automobiles, this Renault master is a high standard van and big in size that is manufactured by a French company named Renault from 1980 and continued till now to its third generation.

Renault Twizy

Renault Twizy

The Renault Twizy is an electric vehicle that runs with the help of a battery and contains two seats. This car is officially considered as a heavy quadricycle or a light quadricycle for Urban 45 model of lower power in Europe, manufactured by Renault in an entire Valladolid in Spain.

Technical characteristics of Renault Models

Name Year Power Fuel
1 Renault Clio Sport Tourer 1.6 16v Automatic 2007 109HP (80 kW) @ 6000 rpm 7.5 l/100km
2 Renault Megane II Hatchback 1.9dCi 120 2002 119HP (88 kW) @ 4000 rpm 5.4 l/100km
3 Renault Symbol 1.4 16V Automatic 2008 98HP (72 kW) @ 6000 rpm 7.3 l/100km
4 Renault Laguna II 2.0 dCi 2006 150HP (110 kW) @ 4000 rpm 5.8 l/100km
5 Renault Clio 1.5 dCi Automatic 2009 85HP (63 kW) @ 3750 rpm 4.4 l/100km
6 Renault 5 GTL 1984 45HP (33 kW) @ 4400 rpm 9.3 l/100km
7 Renault Nervasport ZC4 1934 111HP (82 kW) @ 3000 rpm 9.3 l/100km
8 Renault 4 GTL 1984 34HP (25 kW) @ 4000 rpm 9.3 l/100km
9 Renault 6 1968 38HP (28 kW) @ 5000 rpm 9.3 l/100km
10 Renault Megane Scenic RT 1.6e 1996 89HP (65 kW) @ 5000 rpm 8.2 l/100km
11 Renault Megane Break 1.4 16v 2002 94HP (69 kW) @ 6000 rpm 7.2 l/100km
12 Renault Megane Scenic RN 1.9 dTi 1996 97HP (71 kW) @ 4000 rpm 6.2 l/100km
13 Renault 21 1.4 1986 71HP (52 kW) @ 5250 rpm 9.3 l/100km
14 Renault 19 Chamade 1.4i 1992 79HP (58 kW) @ 6000 rpm 9.3 l/100km
15 Renault Laguna 1.9 dTi 1995 98HP (72 kW) @ 4000 rpm 13.4 l/100km