uberizing the horse-drawn carriage!
Type AG1 taxi
With 250 vehicles in 1905, rising to 1,000 in 1906 then 1,500 in 1908, the Renault Type AG1 Taxi took command of the Parisian taxi market, gradually replacing the horse-drawn carriages that had dominated in the French capital until then.
Renault Type AG1 Taxi was designed specifically for taxi drivers: it was a robust vehicle (which was necessary for driving along cobbled streets and unpaved tracks) and, just as importantly, easy to drive and maintain. It was a success for Renault, which also supplied 1,100 taxis for the London market from 1907 onwards.
The sounds of History: listen to the sounds of the Renault Type AG1 Taxi and you’ll be taken back to Verdun and the “Sacred Way”.
Renault Type AG1 went down in history for its role as the “Taxi de la Marne”. A short history lesson: during the First World War, 1,300 Renault taxis were requisitioned to take 6,000 French soldiers to the front and block the German army’s advance on Paris. Renault Type AG1 thus contributed to the war effort and the terrible Battle of the Marne, to become a symbol of national solidarity during this dark period of history.
number of units produced from 1905 to 1916 unknown
- Performance and engine
8 hp (fiscal rating)
- dimensionsLength 3,70 mWidth 1,60 mHeight 2,10 m
Landaulet designed especially for use as a taxi