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 5

    Renault 5

    The likeable, versatile  Renault 5 brought a new style to the Renault line-up. It could adapt to all kinds of…
  • Renault 12

    Renault 12

    The Renault 12, with its generally smooth and elegant line, was destined to appeal to a wide range of international…
  • Renault 17 Groupe V

    Renault 17 Groupe V

    Renault 17 has a full and illustrious past.
  • Renault 30 TS

    Renault 30 TS

    Renault presented the Renault 30 at the Geneva Auto Show in 1975. Its release constitutes a real technological event.
  • Alpine Renault A110

    Alpine Renault A110

    The Alpine A110 was one of the iconic cars of the 1960s - a racing model that captured the imagination of racing…
  • Renault 17

    Renault 17

    In a coupé, looks are crucial. The Renault 15 and the Renault 17 were originally released together in 1971, then…