Useful information about this French brand

The origins of Renault

The Renault company was founded in 1899 as Société Renault Frères by Louis Renault and his brothers Marcel and Fernand. Louis was a bright young engineer who had already designed and built several prototypes before he teamed up with his brothers, who had improved their business skills at their father's textile company. While Louis took care of the design and production, Marcel and Fernand managed the company.
The first Renault car, the Renault Voiturette 1CV, was sold to a friend of Louis' father.

In 1903 Renault began to produce its own engines; until then they had bought them from De Dion-Bouton. The big sales volumes came in 1905 when Société des Automobiles de Place Renault bought AG1 cars to use as taxis. These vehicles were later used by the French army to transport troops during World War I, earning them the nickname "Taxi de la Marne". By 1907, a significant percentage of the taxis in London and Paris were built by Renault. Renault was also the best-selling foreign brand in 1907 and 1908 in New York. In 1908 the company produced 3,575 cars and became the largest car manufacturer in the country.

According to the Organisation Internationale des Constructeurs d'Automobiles, Renault was the fourth largest automaker in the world in 2016. By 2017, the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance was the world's largest seller of light vehicles, knocking Volkswagen AG from the top spot.

Renault is also known for its role in motorsports, particularly rallying, Formula 1 and Formula E.

Database Renault

The overviews below contain many useful service intervals and tips on the most recent Renault models. The intervals and guidelines are only an indication, circumstances may occur that cause a garage to give a different advice.

When to replace a Renault timing belt

The timing belt or chain is essential for (almost) any combustion engine, without it there can be no combustion. This is because the timing belt ensures that the camshaft, the crankshaft and the valves are driven by means of this belt or chain. Nearly all Renaults have a timing belt that has to be replaced periodically. Below per model the intervals we know: