120 years of Renault Innovation
After envisioning and creating some of the world’s most reliable and magnifique automobiles for over 120 years, we have a solid and ever expanding reputation in the automobile industry around the globe and are steadily growing here in 'Nouvelle-Zélande'.
Post World War Two
In 1945 following Louis Renaults death, the French government nationalises Renault, remaining owned by the state for the next 50 years, with the company name changing again, 'sacre bleu', to Régie Nationale des Usines Renault. Even with all the name changes, the philosophy always remained 'inchangée', and Renault introduced many innovational models with a 'grand' focus on motorsport. With Renault expanding outside of France and its colonial markets, Renault is becoming eminently popular. 1964 saw the Renault 8 Gordini launch with great sporting success, and in 1972 the R5 makes its debut, going on to account for 60% of sales.
2010 and Onward
Renault became a leader in electric vehicle sales in Europe, thanks to a large range of vehicles like the Kangoo, Twizy and Zoe. The Zoe was the top selling all-electric car in Europe in 2015, continuing to rank as the top selling plug in electric car in Europe in 2016. In the FIA Formula E Championships’ inaugural campaign in 2014/2015, Renault e.dams claimed Teams’ glory, before Renault did the double the following season with a second successive teams’ title and the drivers’ laurels for Sebastian Buemi. Autonomous vehicle technology is being studied at present, with plans to introduce a vehicle by 2020. with a prototype called the Next Two (based on the Zoe) being unveiled in February 2016. In 2016, Renault revealed the production version of the Alaskan, which will be based on the current Navara platform. The Alaskan was shown alongside other Renault models at the 2016 Paris Motor Show. Watch this space for more info.