1898-1918: a leading industrial firm comes into being
- 1877: Louis Renault is born.
- 1898: first Renault Voiturette, fitted with direct-drive transmission, the Type A.
- 1899: Renault Frères is founded by Louis’ two brothers, Marcel and Fernand.
- 1900: the world’s first saloon arrives on the market, the Type B.
- 1902: Renault produces its first engine and files a patent for the first turbo.
- 1903: the sales network expands and the first subsidiaries are set up outside France.
- 1905: Renault takes orders for 250 taxis in Paris and for exports to London, New York and Buenos Aires. The firm starts mass production.
- 1909: following the death of Louis Renault’s two brothers, Renault Frères becomes Société des Automobiles Louis Renault.
- 1913: the factory has almost 5,000 employees. The first strikes take place, in protest against the principles of Taylorism.
- 1914-18: Renault contributes to the war effort, supplying trucks, ambulances, aircraft engines… and the FT 17, the first light machine-gun tank.
1918-1929: the roaring twenties set the stage for success
- 1921-29: years of great creativity
- Diversified production: passenger cars and commercial vehicles, boat and aircraft engines, motor units, etc...
- The 10CV and 40CV enjoy great success.
- Around thirty subsidiaries are set up in other countries.
- 1922: Renault becomes Société Anonyme des Usines Renault. The first assembly line is set up.
- 1927: Renault starts naming its cars.