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.

Photo Gallery of Renault

view more
Renault - Photo #02
Renault - Photo #03
Renault - Photo #05
Renault - Photo #06
Renault - Photo #07

Renault Cars Reviews

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.

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.

Technical characteristics of Renault Models

Name Year Power Fuel
1 Renault Megane II Sport Sedan 1.9 dCi 2006 109HP (80 kW) @ 4000 rpm 5.6 l/100km
2 Renault Laguna II 2.2 dCi 16v Automatic 2002 150HP (110 kW) @ 4000 rpm 7.6 l/100km
3 Renault 16 1965 67HP (50 kW) @ 5000 rpm 9.3 l/100km
4 Renault Megane II Sport Tourer 2.0 16v 2003 133HP (98 kW) @ 5500 rpm 8 l/100km
5 Renault Laguna GT 2.0 dCi 2008 178HP (131 kW) @ 3750 rpm 6.5 l/100km
6 Renault Grand Espace IV 2.0 Turbo Automatic 2002 164HP (120 kW) @ 5000 rpm 10.7 l/100km
7 Renault Megane II Coup?-Cabriolet 1.9 dCi Automatic 2006 114HP (84 kW) @ 4000 rpm 6.8 l/100km
8 Renault Clio Sport Tourer 1.6 16v 2007 109HP (80 kW) @ 6000 rpm 6.7 l/100km
9 Renault Clio III 1.5 dCi 2005 106HP (78 kW) @ 4000 rpm 4.6 l/100km
10 Renault Vel Satis 2.2 Diesel Automatic 2005 150HP (110 kW) @ 4000 rpm 8.4 l/100km
11 Renault Wind 2004 135HP (99 kW) @ 5500 rpm 5.8 l/100km
12 Renault Torino GR 1982 141HP (104 kW) @ 4500 rpm 5.9 l/100km
13 Renault Clio II Symbol 1.5 dCi 2006 64HP (47 kW) @ 4000 rpm 4.7 l/100km
14 Renault 5 Alpine Turbo 1984 111HP (82 kW) @ 6000 rpm 9.3 l/100km
15 Renault Clio V6 2003 254HP (187 kW) @ 7150 rpm 8.1 l/100km