Renault 12, with its smooth and elegant line, was destined to appeal to a wide range of international customers.
Unwavering peace of mind in the face of obstacles
The emphasis was also placed on strength by any standard, and on the simplicity of its parts, to enable the network, even in the least developed places, to offer comprehensive after-sales service. It was necessary to offer the user the lowest possible operating cost, and to achieve an attractive price when compared with rivals.
More than 4 million units were produced in France, Spain, Argentina, Romania and Turkey.
A technological gem against the competition
The Renault 12 structure was even then designed on the basis of safety (resistance to frontal, rear and side impact). It was the company’s fifth front-driven design, a technology of which Renault would become the world’s leading protagonist. It was a technology which it did not hesitate to test in competition, as was the case with Renault 12 Gordini, whose achievements include one still unbeaten record, that of the 1971 Cape Town-Algiers event.