#INNOVATIONbyRenault

BUILDING THE FUTURE TODAY

Ranked among the world’s most innovative companies, Groupe Renault boasts the most consistent flow of innovation of any auto manufacturer in automotive history. Innovation starts with design and culminates in economical products and services that make life easier and shape the future. These innovations not only promise greater freedom, benefits and human connections – they also hold the promise of a cleaner environment for everyone.

OUR INNOVATION PRIORITIES

Groupe Renault is concentrating on three innovation priorities to develop the future of mobility: These key strategic areas for transforming the industry are: electric vehicles, connected vehicles and autonomous vehicles. Groupe Renault leverages the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi synergies to better innovate, develop and test the technology that will yield the future of mobility, while also being open to outside contributions, seeking out talent wherever it may be found.

 

Renault SYMBIOZ

Concept and vision for mobility of 2030

Renault presents SYMBIOZ, an integrated house and car that work together in harmony.
SYMBIOZ extends the group vision of autonomous, electric and connected cars to a time when vehicles fully interact with connected homes, cities, other vehicles and road infrastructure and become even more personal in the travel, energy and entertainment preferences of people who use them.
SYMBIOZ demonstrates dynamic scenarios where the car is put to use in different places within and around the home and while travelling.

MANIFESTO

Groupe Renault is a leader in innovation. We create change. We influence the future. Through our products, our technology and our designs, we aim to inspire and shape the future of transportation to make people’s lives better.

119 years of innovation

2017

F1 Innovation with the R.S. 2027 Vision

Unveiled at the Shanghai Motor Show, the R.S. 2027 Vision concept embodies Renault’s vision for the future of Formula 1 in 2027. This vision is largely based on the brand’s three technological innovation priorities: electric vehicles, connected vehicles and autonomous vehicles.
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2016

TREZOR Marks the Dawn of a New Cycle

Unveiled at the 2016 Paris Motor Show, the TREZOR concept car was positioned as the rightful heir to DeZir. This two-seater electric coupe in the grand GT tradition marked the start of a new design cycle and blazed a trail for the next vehicles in the Renault range.
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2012

ZOE Launches the Electric Revolution

Renault made a bold, innovative leap with the ZOE in 1992. This car was the first mass-market electric compact car that the brand brought to market. It is now the best-selling model of its kind in Europe.
2011

Renault Invests in Silicon Valley

Opened in 2011 in California, the Open Innovation Lab in Silicon Valley is an innovation hot spot. Located just minutes from the Google, Facebook, Apple and Amazon labs, this site turns the vitality of the location to its advantage, making it among the first to learn of innovations that could influence the vehicles of the future.
2010

UNVEILING THE DEZIR CONCEPT CAR

Unveiled at the Paris Motor Show, the DeZir concept car embodies the renaissance of the Renault design strategy under the direction of Laurens van den Acker. It embodies the first stage (Love) in the life cycle at the heart of the strategy.
1992

TWINGO REVOLUTIONIZES CITY DRIVING

Twingo created a buzz as soon as it was unveiled at the Paris Motor Show. With its “froggy” face and design that combined elements of MPV and compact cars, the Twingo made quite a splash. Bearing a name that combines the words Twist, Swing and Tango, the Twingo was marketed to a young demographic, who quickly fell head over heels for it.
1984

RENAULT ESPACE, THE WORLD’S FIRST MPV

The Renault Espace generated a great deal of interest from the moment it was presented to the media in 1984. There was no guarantee that it would be a hit, however. At the time, no one had ever seen a vehicle that was so roomy and versatile. With five fully flexible rear seats that could be turned around to create a “living room”, Espace was both surprising and enticing.
Find out more about historic Renault cars at the Renault Classic website
1977

A Turbo Engine for Formula 1

Renault revolutionized the world of Formula 1 racing in 1977 when it joined the premier class of motorsports with its RS01 car, complete with a turbocharged engine. From that year onward, Renault has been the one of the most decorated auto manufacturers in the sport.
1965

THE RENAULT 16 UNVEILS ITS HATCHBACK

Launched in January 1965, the R16 was the first compact hatchback car to hit the market, a ground-breaking design for the time. Initially criticized for being too outside-the-box, the car ultimately became a hit through excellent word-of-mouth. Halfway between a station wagon and a compact, it was designed to “lead the way forward”, as the ad copy proclaimed.
Find out more about historic Renault cars at the Renault Classic website
1956

Etoile Filante Sets New Records

On September 5, 1956 Renault’s Etoile Filante set four speed records at the Bonneville salt flats in the United States. This feat, made possible by the car’s 270 hp turbine engine, cemented Renault’s pioneering reputation around the globe.
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1902

First two-cylinder engine

In 1902 Renault built its first two-cylinder engine, the base module for the four-cylinder engine under the hood of the light vehicle that Marcel Renault drove to victory in a race from Paris to Vienna.
1898

THE RENAULT VOITURETTE CLIMBS RUE LEPIC

The history of innovation at Renault began on December 24, 1898 when Louis Renault drove up Rue Lepic in Paris behind the wheel of his Voiturette. The little car was fitted out with a revolutionary direct-drive transmission. He made his first 12 sales that very night.

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