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REINVIGORATING

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.

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MARKETPLACES

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.

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STOCKING UP

Renault 1 000 kg would witness a new feature: while diesel engines used to be meant for heavy-duty vehicles, Renault 1 000 kg would be the first van to offer such an engine to the general public (although for a limited number of units). With a bodywork featuring a wooden frame (for the first models), Renault 1 000 kg also had a rigid axle and steel backbone chassis, for robustness. At first, it had an engine meant for Renault Primaquatre.

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THE ALL-ROUNDER

Initially as 1 000 kg versions, then in 1949 as 1 400 kg, this Renault van would be christened Voltigeur (1 000 kg) and Goélette (1 400 kg) in 1956. Both versions were followed by Galia (2 500 kg) in 1959. Under those names, the van would be available in a number of versions, including a 4x4 version (by engineering company Sinpar), adopted in no time by adventurous drivers, but also the army and ambulance drivers. Besides, speaking of versatility, this van was also known as the “paddy wagon” when used by the police or gendarmerie.

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technical features

90,000 UNITS MANUFACTURED

  • production

    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

  • dimensions
    Length 4.54 m (4.80 m for the extended version)
    Width 1.93 m
    Height 2.30 m
  • architecture

    - 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

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A FAMOUS

SUCCESSOR

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!

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