The period between the two wars still remains an historic era for Renault with a significant contrast between the 1920s and 1930s.  Just after the First World War Renault revolutionised its approach to motor cars by switching to mass-produced cars.  To achieve this, it expanded the plants in Boulogne-Billancourt and set up huge assembly production line workshops in the heart of Seguin Island thereby making it the biggest facility in France. While Renault managed to withstand the crisis of the 1930s, its success was short-lived: From 1936, the company was no longer profitable; it was unable to meet the growing demand for small cars, lost in a poorly structured diversification policy. The 1938 rearmament movement saved Renault from failing because it had not updated its strategy frequently enough.

  • Renault Type II

    Renault Type II

    As Europe emerged from the ashes of the First World War, demand began to rise for a new, more accessible, type of…
  • Renault Type JM

    Renault Type JM

    Renault’s bluechip model, the 12CV, evolved smoothly and gradually over the years. The 1921 version had to weather…
  • Renault 40 CV type JV

    Renault 40 CV type JV

    Renault’s long-standing tradition for prestige motoring is exemplified by the 40 CV.
  • Renault JY torpedo skiff

    Renault JY torpedo skiff

    The 18 CV chassis proved an ideal basis for some very fine coachwork. This elegant two-seater torpedo skiff measured…
  • Renault 40 CV Type MC

    Renault 40 CV Type MC

    The Type MC marked the pinnacle of the 40 CV series and asserted Renault’s sound position among prestige motor…
  • Renault six-roues Type MH

    Renault six-roues Type MH

    Renault introduced this six-wheeler type MH at the beginning of the 1920s with a view to crossing the Sahara…
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