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Established in 1899, the French international automaker Renault has a wide range of passenger and commercial vehicles, covering almost all market segments. The company was founded by the three Renault brothers, Louis, Marcel and Fernand.
Before setting the foundation of Societe Renault Freres, Louis Renault had already built several vehicle prototypes on his own. The Voiturette 1CV was the first car built by the Renault brothers and was sold to a close friend of the family. As of 1903, Renault started its own engine manufacturing line. The first engine units manufactured by Renault were fitted on the Renault AG1 cars, used as taxis by Societe des Automobiles de Place.
After the first World War, Renault diversified its production by adding in agricultural equipment, with particular focus on the Type GP, the first agricultural tractor of the brand. During the second World War, Renault cars production was crippled by the constant bombing. After Paris was liberated from Nazi occupancy, Renault went on to rebuild the heavily damaged factory and restarted production with the well-known rear-engine Renault 4CV.
During the mid-60s, Renault offered the first compact sportscar for an affordable-price: the Renault R8 Gordini. Building on the R8 Gordini success, Renault launched the R10, which was also the last rear-engine vehicle of the brand.
During the 70s and the 80s, Renault was already spread outside the European Continent and build iconic sportscars such as the Renault 5 Turbo, the Renault Fuego. Since 1996 and towards present times, Renault went through a privatization process. The brand developed a new lineup including the Renault Scenic, considered Car of the Year in 1997, also the first European MPV.
As of 2013, Renault Captur held the head position as the best-selling SUV in Europe. The compact Clio IV was named European Car of the Year in 2006 and yielded important income figures for the French automaker.
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