Renault have been producing cars since late 1899, founded in 1899 as Societe Renault Freres by Louis Renault and his brothers Marcel and Fernand. Louis handled design and production, Marcel and Fernand handled company management.
The first Renault car, the Renault Voiturette 1CV was sold to a family friend on 24 December 1898. He was so impressed with the way the tiny car ran and how it climbed the streets that he bought it.
In the pre world war one years Renault branched out into Taxi's Buses and Commercials, during WW1 they manufactured Airplanes, Tanks & Ammunition.
WW2 saw their factories used by the Nazi's for the German war effort, which ultimately led to Louis been accused (although he never faced trial) jailed at the end of the war for collusion with the enemy. He died in Jail. In 1945 General De Gaule, based on the untried accusations of collusion Renault was expropriated from Louis Renault and Nationalised. Renault's factories were the only ones to be permanently expropriated.
After the war Renault had it's ups a downs, at one point losing 1billion francs a month. Through major restructuring and new car launches Renault managed to turn it's business around launching new cars such as the Clio, Megan, Megan Scenic & Laguna.
In 1999 Renault entered into a commercial agreement with Nissan with a view to sharing development responsibilities.
In 2010 Renault entered into another agreement, this time with Mercedes Benz, agreeing to supply Mercedes with a 1.6 turbo diesel engine, Mercedes in turn will supply Renault with a 2.0 petrol engine.
Renault has big plans for the future and looks to develop with Nissan a range of electrically powered vehicles. Investing 4 billion euro ($5.16 billion) in eight electric vehicles over the next 3-4 years.
If you are looking to sell your Renault, the later models are in high demand. Clio's remain ever popular and the Scenic & Grand Scenic are a family favourite too.