Today, Renault is one of the most successful French automobile manufacturing companies, but when it started in 1899, it was obviously just a new player in the market. But, soon they built great rapport and in 3 decades the company progressed steadily. In 1928, company had offered about 45,809 car units, ranging from small to very large cars. However, smallest cars were much liked by the customers. Roadsters as well as Torpedoes were also launched in the market at low prices. During Second World War, Company suffered a bit as German Nazis took control of Renault.
Post World War, Renault offered its rear engine 4CV model in the year 1946. During 1951 – 1960, company had offered a 2 liter 4 cylinder car known as Renault Fregate. The introduction of Renault Dauphine helped in expansion of the company in Africa as well as North America as it became one of the largest selling cars in France.
However, the car could not get success in North America and the model was outdated by early 1960s. Renault offered its two models Renault 4 as well as Renault 8 in order to gain its lost fortune back in 1961 and 1962 respectively. The R8 was conventional type whereas R4 was offered with revolutionary front wheel drive system. This model was produced till 1992.
In 1981, Renault 9 model, which was a 4 door sedan, was awarded with European car of the year. For its leading class qualities, the Clio III model from Renault also received European car of the year in 2005. Renault has targeted to sell about 20,000-40,000 electric cars by 2011. Let us see how far they succeed in their impressive venture.