Specialising in cars for the working classes, Renault continued its success during the glory years. The 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, the 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 suddenly changed with the second oil shock in 1979 which concealed the world car crisis.

  • Renault 4

    Renault 4

    « The Blue-jean Car », the Car new philosophy, created by Pierre Dreyfus gave birth to the mythical…
  • Renault Ondine

    Renault Ondine

    To meet demand from refinement-hungry motorists, Renault added the luxury Ondine model to its popular Dauphine range.
  • Renault 8 Gordini

    Renault 8 Gordini

    The R8 Gordini is nothing short of legendary! This was one the most popular sports models ever made by Renault,…
  • Renault 16

    Renault 16

    The fast, comfortable TX was the culuminating point of the Renault 16 range, which revolutionized the motoring world…
  • Renault 10 Major

    Renault 10 Major

    The Renault 10 was the last in the line of the rear-wheel-drive models begun with the 4 CV.
  • Renault 6

    Renault 6

    Renault's major new vehicle, the Renault 6 was unveiled at the 1968 Paris Motor Show.The "events of May 1968" did not…