The first Renault car appeared in 1898, eight years after the advent of the first motor car in Europe. This appearance was down to one man, Louis Renault, a pioneer who chose innovation and competition to get himself noticed at a time when a large number of entrepreneurs were going down the same avenue. During the Belle Epoque, Renault made an increasing number of technical discoveries, dared to launch new products such as lorries and buses and aircraft and boat engines. Its renown grew fast, firstly thanks to the reputation of its cars, recognised as the French specialist in luxury goods, and secondly its reputation as the manufacturer of the taxis seen driving up and down the roads of the biggest cities in the world. Step by step Louis Renault built an industrial production plant made up of factories purchased one after the other in Boulogne, an area to the west of Paris. The First World War provided him with the opportunity to substantially develop his business and to position the company as a major player as far back as then.

  • Renault Type XB

    Renault Type XB

    Produced in 1907, the long-wheelbase Type XB was one of Renault's upmarket touring saloons.
  • Renault Type AX

    Renault Type AX

    In 1908 the small economical AX rounded off the already well endowed lower end of the Renault range. Louis Renault…
  • Renault Type BD Fourgon Postal

    Renault Type BD Fourgon…

    Encouraged by the success of its light commercial vehicles based on the AG chassis, Renault would venture into the…
  • Renault Type BY

    Renault Type BY

    Prestigious in its technology, refined in its cabin interior, the "BY" was equipped with some celebrates coachwork,…
  • Renault Type CH

    Renault Type CH

    The Renault type CH was built from 1910 to 1912. In the history of Renault, this model’s birth year will always be…
  • Renault Taxi Type AG

    Renault Taxi Type AG

    Renault’s Type AG, the very first Parisian taxi, would go down in history for its role in carrying troops to the…