Production in 1960 was 416,432, but had over doubled by 1969 to 911,264.
Data source: Freyssenet.com
Now a look at the new models. To read about the the 1950's ones, simply click here.
R4: The small hatchback 4 model replaced the 4cv and was soon selling very well. While simple in execution, it was roomy and practical. It was the first mass produced hatchback model.
|The R4. You wouldn't call it pretty, but it was practical|
R8/10: These small family cars were released to replace the Dauphine, but in a typical French way, they both continued along side each other. The 10 was a posher version of the two. This model was the last the of rear-engined Renaults.
R16: This car seemed to come out of nowhere, a new direction. A mid sized hatchback which was roomy and comfortable. I remember buying a Dinky toy of one, I was so impressed. It advanced in style without looking odd, a combination Renault got right for once.
|The R16. To me, perhaps the best Renault ever|
R6: Cashing in on the successful 4 and 16, the 6 slotted between them in size. It was initially criticised for a lack of power, and overall it was perhaps never the success Renault hoped for.
The 12 model was really for the next decade, so will be discussed in the 1970's article.
Summary: Renault was pushing hard to establish itself as a major car maker. Innovative designs were helping achieve that.