Not content with providing people with a means of travel, Louis Renault was also concerned with their comfort. In 1900, he put a roof over their heads.

TYPE B and other classic vehicles

Guiding principles: simplicity and innovation

Type A, the first car that Louis Renault built, had pedigree. With its front-mounted engine and drive shaft transmission, it already contained some of the principle features of the modern automobile. And it had two characteristics that have characterised Renault throughout its history: simplicity and innovation.

TYPE B on the street

Comfort above all

In 1900, a third one made its appearance: concern for occupant comfort. Until then cars had been roofless and occupants were exposed to the elements. Working with coachbuilder Labourdette, Renault designed a closed body with roof which appeared on Type B in 1900. It was one of the first sedan cars in the world.


A little more powerful than Type A, Type B integrated the technical advances introduced by its predecessor. They included the direct drive gearbox, patented by Louis Renault, which brought gains in efficiency and low noise levels.

TYPE B drawing
TYPE B newspaper clipping
TYPE B in a park

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