Paradoxically, it was during the years when things were looking gloomy that Renault first became interested in a car for the working classes. The deregulation of trade may throw light on this complex, or possibly confused choice at the key moment when the government decided to nationalize the Renault company and when Pierre Lefaucheux, the new Chairman of the state-controlled Renault plants, made some innovative strategic choices.  Because it chose to specialise in cars for the working classes, as of 1948 Renault became the number one car manufacturer in Europe, paving the way for the competition boosted by Italian and German economic miracles. From 1945 to 1960, Renault developed strong growth centred around the 4CV and Dauphine. The company laid down the foundations for the glory years whose success may be measured by their production volumes and ability to win new contracts drawn up by the development of the Europe of the Six.

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