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 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 12

Renault 12

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.

Renault Sandero

Renault Sandero

A French manufacturer named Renault jointly produced a Dacia Sandero since 2007 which is a fantastic mini car along with his Romanian subordinate Dacia. It was advertised as the Renault Sandero in markets of Russia, South America and South Africa.

Technical characteristics of Renault Models

Name Year Power Fuel
1 Renault Megane II Sport Tourer 1.4 16v 2003 97HP (71 kW) @ 6000 rpm 7 l/100km
2 Renault Laguna GT 2.0 dCi 2008 178HP (131 kW) @ 3750 rpm 6.5 l/100km
3 Renault Laguna 2.0 Turbo 2007 170HP (125 kW) @ 5000 rpm 8.9 l/100km
4 Renault Clio 1.8i RS 1991 107HP (79 kW) @ 5750 rpm 9.3 l/100km
5 Renault Sandero 1.6 16v Hi-Flex (Petrol) 2007 107HP (79 kW) @ 5750 rpm 5.9 l/100km
6 Renault Clio II 1.2 RN 1998 59HP (44 kW) @ 5250 rpm 6.2 l/100km
7 Renault Grand Scenic 1.9 dCi 2003 119HP (88 kW) @ 4000 rpm 8.1 l/100km
8 Renault Clio 2.0 16v 2009 140HP (103 kW) @ 6000 rpm 7.3 l/100km
9 Renault 5 1988 54HP (40 kW) @ 5250 rpm 9.3 l/100km
10 Renault Grand Scenic 1.5 dCi 110 2009 110HP (81 kW) @ 4000 rpm 5.3 l/100km
11 Renault Clio Sport Tourer 1.5 dCi 2007 70HP (51 kW) @ 4000 rpm 4.5 l/100km
12 Renault Megane Estate 1.4 TCe 2009 130HP (95 kW) @ 5500 rpm 6.5 l/100km
13 Renault Clio II Symbol 1.5 dCi 2006 70HP (51 kW) @ 4000 rpm 4.5 l/100km
14 Renault Vel Satis 2.2 Diesel 2005 150HP (110 kW) @ 4000 rpm 7.2 l/100km
15 Renault Modus 1.6 16v Automatic 2007 109HP (80 kW) @ 6000 rpm 7.6 l/100km