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 18

    It was the first time that Renault had presented a mass market model with so many different versions when it first…
  • Renault 20

    Renault 20

    After earning the respect of the motoring community with a very credible performance from their little Renault 4…
  • Renault 5 Turbo

    Renault 5 Turbo

    At the end of the 1970s, Renault developed the technique of turbo-charging. Designed for use in rallying, the Renault…
  • RENAULT F1 TYPE RE40

    RENAULT F1 TYPE RE40

    Renault had never come so close to winning the constructors’ championship as with the RE40 in 1983, its best season…
  • Renault Espace

    Renault Espace

    The unveiling of Espace ushered in a revolution. With its unprecedented layout and fittings, would this “van” be…
  • Renault 21 Superproduction

    Renault 21…

    Designed for the French Supertouring Championship, this racing car was a triumph right from its launch. It was…