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.

  • Nervastella TG4

    Nervastella TG4

    The Nervastella. From its launch in 1930 until the early 40s, Renault produced new iterations of the range with…
  • Renault Type KZ5

    Renault Type KZ5

    Oblivious to passing fashions, the robust KZ 10 CV stood the test of time, powered by a rather sedate engine that…
  • Renault Reinastella

    Renault Reinastella

    Reinastella, the Queen of Billancourt, took Renault into the select club of carmakers making eight-cylinder models. In…
  • Primaquatre type KZ8

    Primaquatre type KZ8

    Lancé en 1922 le type KZ est celui qui figurera le plus longtemps au catalogue des fabrications : 17 ans, le record…
  • Renault Vivastella

    Renault Vivastella

    The Stella badge stood for upmarket motoring in the early thirties. Vivastella, Renault's top six-cylinder model, was…
  • Nervasport des Records

    Nervasport des Records

    Ten or so years after the world records set by the Renault 40 CV in 1925, then in 1926 with a slightly more…