A military-looking van launched in 1945, the 1000 kg was a symbol of post-war renewal for many French people. By helping small businesses and tradespeople regain their markets, it made an active contribution to the reconstruction of post-war France.
France started rebuilding in 1944. As part of the Pons plan, the provisional government sought to identify needs and to distribute the workload between French manufacturers. Among the firms selected was Renault, recently nationalized for acts of collaboration during the war.
The Billancourt site was tasked with developing a solid, inexpensive and functional commercial vehicle. The aim was to supply French tradespeople with a workhorse-on-wheels for their day-to-day business.