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 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.

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 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.

Technical characteristics of Renault Models

Name Year Power Fuel
1 Renault 11 GTX 1982 81HP (59 kW) @ 5000 rpm 9.3 l/100km
2 Renault 20 TL Automatic 1976 97HP (71 kW) @ 5750 rpm 9.3 l/100km
3 Renault Espace IV 2.0 2002 135HP (99 kW) @ 5500 rpm 9.4 l/100km
4 Renault Safrane RT 2.5 dT 1993 114HP (84 kW) @ 4000 rpm 9.3 l/100km
5 Renault Megane Estate dCi 130 2009 130HP (95 kW) @ 3750 rpm 5.1 l/100km
6 Renault Megane II Sport Tourer 1.9 dCi 2006 109HP (80 kW) @ 4000 rpm 5.8 l/100km
7 Renault Clio II 1.2 16v 2002 74HP (54 kW) @ 5500 rpm 5.9 l/100km
8 Renault Scenic II 1.4 2003 97HP (71 kW) @ 6000 rpm 7.2 l/100km
9 Renault Laguna GT Sport Tourer 2.0 dCi 2008 178HP (131 kW) @ 3750 rpm 6.7 l/100km
10 Renault Scenic 2.0 16v 140 2009 143HP (105 kW) @ 6000 rpm 7.7 l/100km
11 Renault Megane II Coup?-Cabriolet 1.9 dCi Automatic 2006 114HP (84 kW) @ 4000 rpm 6.8 l/100km
12 Renault Laguna II 1.6 16v 2005 114HP (84 kW) @ 6000 rpm 7.4 l/100km
13 Renault Laguna Coup? 2.0 turbo 170 2008 170HP (125 kW) @ 5000 rpm 8.8 l/100km
14 Renault Twingo 1.2 2007 59HP (44 kW) @ 5250 rpm 5.6 l/100km
15 Renault Megane Estate dCi 150 FAP 2009 150HP (110 kW) @ 4000 rpm 6.6 l/100km