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.

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    Renault 12 Abidjan Nice

    Launched as a family saloon destined to take over from the popular Renault 8, the Renault 12 soon had an estate version.
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    Formule 1 RS01

    In Formula One, Renault revolutionized the Grand Prix racing by being the early adopter for turbocharged engine…
  • Renault 14

    Renault 14

    The memory of the Renault 14’s “pear-shape” has overshadowed its technical innovations like the…
  • Renault Alpine A442

    Renault Alpine A442

    On 12 June 1978, the Renault Alpine driven by Pironi and Jaussaud finished first at Le Mans, culminating an adventure…
  • F1 Type RS11

    F1 Type RS11

    Another example of Renault’s capacity for technical innovation, the RS 10 with an RS11 chassis recorded the first…
  • Renault Fuego

    Renault Fuego

    Fuego. With this fiery, snappy name, Renault maintained the tradition of the semi-sports coupé which combined the…