and then there was renault!

Type A

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1898
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THE START OF

A LONG ADVENTURE

In 1897, Louis Renault was 19 years old. He was fascinated by a recent invention – the motor car! While working as a draughtsman at Delaunay-Belleville (a former boiler-making company that converted to car-making at the beginning of the 20th century), he embarked on the ambitious project of designing his own car. By Christmas 1898, his Renault Type A was ready.

1898
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THE GAMBLE

PAID OFF!

Proud of his creation, Louis Renault brought his friends together over the festive period and bragged that he would be able to climb Rue Lepic, the steepest street in Paris, in his Renault Type A. And he did! After watching his exploit (remember, it was quite exceptional at the time!), 12 of his friends ordered a model of the first Renault motor car.

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interior

CARRIAGE

STYLE

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original soundtrack

LISTEN TO

THIS PLAYLIST

The sounds of Renault Type A are a welcome blast from the past, with plenty of power to shake things up! In short, a testosterone-driven waltz!

technical features

THE 1ST

RENAULT

CAR

  • production

    approximately 80 from 1898 to 1899

  • Performance and engine

    Dion-Bouton single-cylinder unit

    273 cm3

    1.75 hp

    around 35 kph

  • dimensions
    Length 1,85 m
    Width 1,10 m
    Height 1,36 m

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ROOM FOR TWO,

CENTURY AFTER

CENTURY

Renault’s history started with a voiturette. In 2011, the diamond brand revived the two-seater concept, giving it an electric twist with the launch of Renault Twizy. This all-electric vehicle, fully customisable and ideal for the city, was the best-selling electric model in 2012.

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