Cars for everyone

Specialising in cars for the working classes, Renault continued its success during the glory years.

Renault becomes the world’s leading carmaker

R4 marked a change in technology, as well as a cultural change with the emergence of cars for everyday living which were to be gradually rolled out across all market niches. Renault became a volume manufacturer offering the most extensive range, achieving the number one brand position in Europe in 1980. A mass-producer, selling and manufacturing cars across five continents, Renault had become an international player.

 

This exceptional growth was scarcely slowed down by the first oil shock, Renault 5 then emerging as the car for the crisis. However, the company began to ask itself questions about its business and its size. Following a successful partnership with Peugeot from 1966 to 1974, in 1978 the state-controlled Renault company embarked on the acquisition of AMC, a small American manufacturer. However, everything changed suddenly with the second oil shock in 1979 which masked the world car crisis.

RENAULT 4

RENAULT 4

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RENAULT ONDINE

RENAULT ONDINE

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RENAULT 8 GORDINI

RENAULT 8 GORDINI

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RENAULT 16

RENAULT 16

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RENAULT 10 MAJOR

RENAULT 10 MAJOR

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RENAULT 6

RENAULT 6

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RENAULT 5

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RENAULT 12

RENAULT 12

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RENAULT 17 GROUPE V

RENAULT 17 GROUPE V

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RENAULT 30 TS

RENAULT 30 TS

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RENAULT 17

RENAULT 17

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RENAULT 12 ABIDJAN NICE

RENAULT 12 ABIDJAN NICE

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FORMULE 1 RS01

FORMULE 1 RS01

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RENAULT 14

RENAULT 14

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RENAULT ALPINE A442

RENAULT ALPINE A442

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F1 TYPE RS11

F1 TYPE RS11

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RENAULT FUEGO

RENAULT FUEGO

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RENAULT 5 ALPINE GROUPE 2

RENAULT 5 ALPINE GROUPE 2

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RENAULT 18

RENAULT 18

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RENAULT 20

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RENAULT 5 TURBO

RENAULT 5 TURBO

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RENAULT F1 TYPE RE40

RENAULT F1 TYPE RE40

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RENAULT ESPACE

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RENAULT 21 SUPERPRODUCTION

RENAULT 21 SUPERPRODUCTION

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