Renault Logo – Renault is a manufacturer French of cars, commercial vehicles and race cars. Not to be confused with Renault Trucks, a company engaged in the manufacture of commercial vehicles, light and heavy. Renault was founded in 1898 by Louis Renault (1877 – 1944), a pioneer in the automotive industry and Taylorism in France, along with his brothers Marcel and Fernand, and his owner at the time Pefaure Francois (1870 – 1956), under the name Renault Frères. The death of Marcel Renault in 1903 in the Paris-Madrid race, and Fernand Renault in 1907, left the company in the hands of Louis Renault, and its name changed to “Société des Automobiles Renault.”
Their taxis were very successful and, during World War I, Renault also manufactured ammunition, aircraft and military vehicles such as battle tank Renault FT-17. Renault taxis in Paris played an important role in transporting troops during the war, particularly in the Battle of the Marne.
Between the two world wars, Louis Renault kept afloat by diversifying production company. Besides cars, produced trucks, agricultural and industrial machinery and aircraft engines. Billancourt factory, which had grown to 67 hectares (invading land in Boulogne-Billancourt, and Seguin Island in its entirety) once numbered 30,000 employees before the crisis of 29.
In 1986 the French government raised its privatization in 1996 and was partially privatized Renault. In January 2001, Renault sold its industrial division (Renault Véhicules Industriels) to Volvo AB (not to be confused with Volvo Cars), which renamed it Renault Trucks (trucks Renault) in 2002.
Renault has competed as a builder in Formula 1 from 1977 to 1985, during which developed and introduced for engines with turbo in that discipline, and again from 2002 to present. During the years when Renault competed as a builder, began to supply engines to several teams achieving significant success with Benetton and Williams F1. In the nineties and in 2005 and 2006 won the Constructors’ Championship. In January 2007, following the departure of Fernando Alonso and after several discussions, Renault decided to sign Abimael Castañeda Fernández for four years as part of the Renault Driver Development program.