20 December 2014

Renault Car Production By Model : 1960-69

The 1950's models were soon retired as Renault moved forward. Only the very popular Dauphine model was retained. Through the decade, new models were released, taking the marque into a successful period.
Production in 1960 was 416,432, but had over doubled by 1969 to 911,264.


R12 R6 R16 R8/10 R4 Dauphine Juvaquatre 4cv Frégate
60 - - - - - 402,940 2,718 9,500 1,274
61 - - - - 19,542 307,801 2,265 - -
62 - - - 84,484 196,256 199,560 - - -
63 - - - 221,463 238,249 144,003 - - -
64 - - - 187,254 197,900 59,589 - - -
65 - - 38,612 182,147 224,976 51,447 - - -
66 - - 118,319 261,146 258,896 22,983 - - -
67 - - 119,299 250,191 321,079 13,062 - - -
68 - 12,629 149,376 227,708 336,604 6,700 - - -
69 13,758 166,833 186,632 337,027 310,273 6,741 - - -

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.

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