Presented to the French authorities for approval in February 1901, the 4-seater Renault Type D featured the structure and proven innovations of previous models.
The forerunner to Clio
Documents of the time describe the car as an elegant and practical scaled-down version of the bigger cars of the day. In other words, a Clio ahead of its time! The same documents underlined the robustness of Renault Type D's components and how simple the car was to drive and maintain.
Boosting brand awareness through sport
Renault Type D was followed by a Renault Type E sports version, which succeeded in filling the first four positions in the "voiturette" class of the Paris-Bordeaux road race. It also won the Paris-Berlin race—known as the “Race of Madmen”—with four cars finishing in the top five ahead of cars from the higher category.
It was thanks to its success in competition, therefore, that the model acquired a reputation for quality.