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At the end of WW2, with a view to equipping France, the Pons plan aimed to assess needs and break tasks between the various French industrialists. Renault was selected for the “1 000/1 400 kg” programme, which would give rise to the launching of a new Renault “1 000 kg” commercial vehicle. It would quickly be very popular and become the best-selling van in France in the 1950s.
In 1945, Renault 1 000 kg revived the van. After the war, this van with a short wheelbase (made for nifty manoeuvrability) would be a familiar sight on French roads, helping merchants and tradespeople resume normal business life. It was indeed well equipped: sturdy and known for tolerating overloads without flinching, it would become the indispensable tool for tradespeople.
Renault 1 000 kg, was emblematic of France getting back on its feet.
What with its large wheels, short wheelbase, and, above all, its coachwork featuring a frame still in wood for the first models, the Renault 1 000 kg van made a statement with a very recognisable body style. Visually, the radiator grille of Renault 1 000 kg already used the horizontal slats still characteristic today of the Renault light commercial vehicle range.
As a result of its outstanding robustness, Renault 1 000 kg was widely adopted to crisscross African tracks, and supply the Bouaké market (Côte d’Ivoire) for example. Among other adventures, that of Albert Mahuzier (who would become a globetrotter icon), who crossed the African continent (Paris, Sahara, French Equatorial Africa, Belgian Congo, Kenya) in 1952 with his wife and 9 children aboard three 1 000 kg vans. He brought back several films from those family trips, including “A la poursuite des gorilles” (Looking for gorillas).
90,000 UNITS MANUFACTURED
90,000 UNITS MANUFACTURED
Renault 1 000 kg was the best-selling van in the 1950s.
About 45,000 units of the 1 000 kg vans (and Voltigeur) and 28,000 units of the 1 400 kg vans (and Goélette) were manufactured. This is in addition to the 17,000 Galions.
- Performance and engine
- Max speed: 85 kph
- 4 cylinders inline
- 2,383 cc - 48 hp
- dimensionsLength 4.54 m (4.80 m for the extended version)Width 1.93 mHeight 2.30 m
- Van with cab over
- rear-wheel drive
- robust, it was powered by the sideways-mounted engine introduced ten years earlier on Primaquatre.
- coachwork featuring a wooden frame for the initial models
- short wheelbase made for nifty manoeuvrability
- available in a 26-cm extended version with rear overhang
- rigid axle
- steel backbone chassis
In 1958, Renault then launched the now famous Estafette. It replaced the “1 000 kg” van and represented a significant breakthrough. Indeed, Estafette was a front-wheel drive, a first for Renault!