Louis Renault’s first vehicle was knocked up in the back garden of his parents’ house in 1898. Interest in it led to the formation of the self-named marque with his two brothers, much early profit coming from taxis. However, in the interwar years, Renault lost ground to rivals because of its old-fashioned engineering.
Post-World War Two though, its range showed true imagination with cars like the small 4CV, the utilitarian R3 and R4, the stylish Floride and Caravelle, and the landmark 16 of 1964, regarded as the first modern-format hatchback. Following an unsuccessful partnership with AMC in the US, Renault is now allied with Nissan, a marriage which has benefited both in design and creativity terms.