Renault, officially known as Groupe Renault, is a 119-year-old French multinational automobile manufacturing conglomerate registered under the Société anonyme in France, which means joint-stock or share company. The Renault company is an engine and vehicle manufacturer with its products spread across commercial sedans/passenger cars, SUVs, crossover SUVs, MPVs/ MUVs, hatchbacks, and events like Formula One, Formula E and rallying. Its headquarters are based in Boulogne-Billancourt, near Paris, France.
Three brothers of the Renault family, Louis, Marcel and Fernand, founded the Renault Corporation in 1899. After its launch, Renault consistently produced cars using the engine that they purchased from the automobile company - De Dion-Bouton. Four years after its birth, Renault began manufacturing its own engines and stopped purchasing from other companies. In 1905, just 6 years after starting out in the industry, Renault got the opportunity to sell its vehicles on a large scale when a French company Société des Automobiles de Place purchased the Renault AG1 to establish a fleet of taxis. Within two years, Renault became one of the largest manufacturers of taxis in London and Paris.
Renault focussed on producing cargo trucks and buses as the signs of an imminent World War emerged. At the crux of World War I, Renault began manufacturing ammunitions and military aircraft engines for Rolls-Royce (Rolls-Royce engine had a Renault V8 unit). After the First World War ended, Renault resumed the manufacturing of commercial vehicles and started producing agricultural and industrial machinery as well. Renault also began producing luxury vehicles, like limousines, which competed with the likes of the infamous Cadillac V-12 and Cadillac V-16. In 1931, Renault decided to install diesel fuel systems in its commercial vehicles. Renault faced tough competition and was surpassed by another French automaker, Citroën, as the largest car producer in France.
The World War II had a severe and negative impact on the company as the chaos, politics and pressure due to the war led to the dismissal and incarceration of Louis Renault. After the war ended, the entire company underwent restructuring and revived itself from the aftermath. From the 1950s till the 1990s, Renault kept producing quality automobiles and expanding its reach across Europe, North America and parts of South America.
After it was privatized in 1996, Renault began venturing into the East European and South American markets as well as in East Asia. In 1999, Renault and Nissan signed a first-of-its kind alliance between a French and a Japanese automobile company. It also bought a majority stake in Dacia, a Romanian automaker. A year later, Renault acquired a significant stake in the Samsung group’s automobile division and formed Renault Samsung Motors. The 2000 Renault Laguna was the second European car to feature a keyless ignition and entry. In 2010, Renault-Nissan alliance was extended as Daimler AG was introduced into the alliance.
In the last decade, Renault new launch models like Renault Duster hit big in every market in the world and gained immense fame and reputation. They established their brand and manufacturing units in several countries across three continents. In the late 2000s, Renault-Nissan decided to work on developing futuristic design and technologies. It introduced all-electric concept cars called Z.E (Zero Emission), with the first model being Renault Kangoo Z.E followed by Renault Fluence Z.E. in 2011 and Renault Zoe in 2012. They are a part of the Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) Research Centre at the University of California in Davis, USA.
Renault Car Images
Renault India Pvt. Ltd. owned by Groupe Renault currently offers four models to customers in the Indian market. Here is a list of all the Renault cars in India. These Renault car images showcase the elegant design of these vehicles and why they are flourishing in the market.
Sports Utility Vehicles (SUVs)
Multi-Purpose/ Multi-Utility Vehicle (MPV/ MUV)
Renault Cars – Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
1. What is the general range of Renault car price in India?
Currently in India, the base variant of the hatchback Renault KWID has the lowest ex-showroom price tag of INR 2.67 lakhs and extends to INR 4.64 lakhs for its top-end variant. The MPV Renault Lodgy has been priced at INR 8.26 lakhs to INR 11.04 lakhs. The latest addition to the Renault new SUV range, Renault Captur costs between INR 10 lakhs to INR 13.25 lakhs. The most-celebrated Renault car, Renault Duster has a price range of INR 7.99 lakhs to INR 13.10 lakhs.
2. Does Renault offer an automatic transmission version for any of its models?
Yes, Renault has introduced two variants equipped with automatic transmission. The Renault KWID RXT 1.0 (O) Climber AMT has a 5-speed automated manual gearbox while the second variant is the Renault Duster Diesel 100PS RXZ AMT boasts a 6-speed automatic transmission gearbox.
3. How safe are the Renault cars? Do they have the latest safety systems in Renault all cars in India?
Renault makes safety of their customers their highest priority. Renault spares no expense to ensure a comfortable and enjoyable but safe driving experience. All the models of Renault are replete with the latest, high quality safety and security features, like Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), engine immobilizer, central locking, child safety lock, hill assist, brake assist, traction control, electronic stability program, driver airbag, co-passenger airbag, power door lock, speed-sensing automatic lock, turn indicators on ORVMs, rear wiper, rear parking sensors and camera, GPS navigation, and cruise control.
4. Do Renault have any concept cars? Is there going to be any new Renault car launch in this segment?
Renault, along with Nissan, has been working on developing various concept cars that eliminate the need for a conventional Internal Combustion Engine (ICE). They have introduced Z.E (Zero Emission) all-electric concept cars, like Renault Zoe, Renault Fluence Z.E, Renault Kangoo Z.E and Renault Twizzy, which is legally classified as a heavy quadricycle in Europe. All these cars are Plug-in Electric Vehicles (PEVs).
5. Where are the Renault cars in India manufactured?
After the formation of the Renault-Nissan alliance, both the automobile giants established the first manufacturing unit in India near Chennai, Tamil Nadu. All the models (currently available as well as discontinued) are manufactured at this plant. These models are manufactured under the name Renault India, with their vehicle design studio situated in Mumbai.
6. How do the Renault cars all models perform in terms of their fuel efficiency?
All the Renault cars return a decent fuel economy on the city roads and the highways. The hatchback Renault KWID offers an average fuel efficiency of 24.6 kmpl across all variants. The MPV Renault Lodgy returns an average economy of 20.51 kmpl and the SUV Captur offers an average efficiency of 17.12 kmpl across all fuel versions.
7. Are the Renault car prices in India expensive?
When compared to similar models in the India market, all Renault cars in India have been aptly priced. The Renault KWID is one of the cheapest hatchbacks that has incredible performance, efficiency, looks and features.
8. Can Renault cars be considered luxurious?
All the variants of Renault cars are equipped with high-quality safety systems along with the latest interior and exterior features. Attractive upholstery, 12 V power outlets, steering adjustment, steering-mounted infotainment system controls, advanced infotainment system, electrically adjustable rear view mirrors, Push Start and Stop button, front and rear armrests, front and rear fog lamps, air conditioning and heater system, and keyless entry are the features installed in Renault cars.