Groupe Renault is a French multinational company group that manufactures a wide range of cars and vans.

In the past, Renault also made trucks, tractors, tanks, buses, and autorail vehicles, but Renault Trucks (Renault Véhicules Industriels) was acquired by AB Volvo in 2001 and Renault Agriculture has been a part of the German manufacturer CLAAS since 2008.

 RenaultData from the year 2016 show Groupe Renault as the world’s 9th largest automaker by production volume, and the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance is the 4th largest automotive group. Groupe Renault has a 43.4% controlling stake in Nissan of Japan.

In 2013, Renault became the leading seller of electric cars on the European market, chiefly due to the success of the five-door supermini electric car Renault Zoe. The Zoe topped European sales in the plug-in electric car segment in 2016, and ranked among the world’s top 10 best-selling plug-ins in 2015 and 2016.

The French government owns a 15% stake in Renault.

Examples of marques, subsidiaries and joint ventures

  • Renault SAS
  • Alpine
  • Renault Samsung Motors (in South Korea) – a 80.1% stake
  • Automobile Dacia (in Romania) – a 99.43% stake
  • Avto VAZ ( in Russia) – a 73.3% stake
  • RCI Banque (an automotive financing company)
  • Renault Retail Group (an automotive distribution company)
  • Motrio (an automotive parts company)
  • Nissan – a 43.4% stake
  • Dongfeng Renault – a 50% stake
  • Renault Argentina
  • Renault España
  • Renault do Brasil
  • Renault India
  • Renault Mexico
  • Renault Russia
  • Renault Maroc
  • Revoz
  • Sofasa
  • Somaca

Since 2012, Daimler’s Mercedes A-Class and B-Class cars have been using engines manufactured by Renault. Groupe Renault owns a small (1.55%) stake in Daimler AG of Germany.

Short facts about Groupe Renault

Name Groupe Renault
Company type Société anonyme
Traded as Euronext: RNO
Index inclusion CAC 40
Industry Automotive
Examples of key products Automobiles

Commercial vehicles

Auto financing

Headquartered Boulogne-Billancourt, France
Area served Worldwide
Founded 25th of February, 1899
Founder Louis Renault

Marcel Renault

Fernand Renault

Production output 3,373,278 (2016)
Revenue €58.77 billion (2017)
Operating income €3.80 billion (2017)
Net income €5.21 billion (2017)
Total assets €109.94 billion (2017)
Total equity €33.44 billion (2017)

Current models

Current model line up, with calendar year of introduction or most recent facelift


  • Alaskan (2016–present; pick-up)
  • Captur (2013–present)
  • Clio IV (2012–present; hatchback, estate)
  • Duster Oroch (2015–present; pick-up)
  • Espace V (2015–present)
  • Fluence (2010/2012–present; saloon based on the Mégane III platform)
  • Kadjar (2015–present)
  • Kangoo II (2009/2013–present)
  • Koleos (2007/2013–present)
  • Kwid (2015–present; hatchback)
  • Mégane IV (2016–present; hatchback, estate)
  • Pulse (2012–present; India only version of the Nissan Micra)
  • Safrane II (2008)
  • Scala (2012–present; India only version of the Nissan Latio)
  • Scénic III (2009/2013–present; also available as Grand Scénic)
  • Symbol (2012; restyled Dacia Logan)
  • Talisman (2015–present; saloon, estate)
  • Twingo III (2014–present; hatchback)
  • Twizy (2012–present)
  • Zoe (2012–present; hatchback)

Renault light commercial vehicles

Kangoo Express


This vehicle, which was developed by Renault, is sold in some markets as Nissan Kubistar or Mercedes-Benz Citan.



This vehicle, which was developed by Renault, is sold in some markets as Nissan Interstar or Opel Movano.



This vehicle, which was developed by Renault, is sold in some markets as Nissan Primastar, Opel Vivaro or Vauxhall Vivaro.

Dacia vehicles, which are sold under the Renault marque in some markets

Duster (2009–present)
Logan (2004–present)
Sandero (2008–present)
Lodgy (2012–present)

Dokker (2012-present); a light commercial vehicle

Renault Samsung vehicles, which are sold under the Renault marque in some markets

Latitude (2011–present ; Renault Samsung SM5)
Talisman (2012–present ; Renault Samsung SM7)

Electric vehicles from Renault

In 2013, Renault became the leading electric vehicle producer in terms of sales in Europe, due to the popularity of Twizy, Fluence, Zoe, and Kangoo.

In 2015, the Renault Zoe was the top-selling all-electric car in Europe, with 18,453 registrations. In June 2016, Renault Zoe #50,000 was purchased. In September that same year, Groupe Renault’s global electric vehicle sales passed the milestone 100,000 units. Out of these 100,000 units, well over half were Zoes, about 24,000 Twizys and around 18,000 Fluences.