The birth of the Renault 5 in 1972 was a milestone in the history of Renault. The meteoric success of this stylish urban vehicle, aimed originally at young female buyers, turned the French automotive market on its head.
The Renault 5 drew upon post-war technological progress but was nevertheless completely unlike its contemporaries. Its rounded lines, short bonnet and – above all – three-door layout broke with existing trends. In the cabin, the bright colors and square dials expressed the styling trends of the 1970s.
The Renault 5 was not only revolutionary from a design standpoint. It was also at the forefront of technical innovation. In a world first, the new central structure was designed to keep the cabin intact in the event of impact. The reinforced wraparound plastic bumpers were built into the body, replacing the conventional chrome bumpers and making a huge step forward in terms of safety.