1877: Louis Renault is born.
1898: First Renault Voiturette, fitted with direct-drive transmission, the type A.
1899: Renault FRERES is founded by Louis’ two brothers, Marcel and Fernand.
1900: The world’s first saloon arrives in the market, the type B.
1902: Renault produces its first engine and files a patent for the first turbo.
1903: The sales network expands and the first subsidiaries are set up outside France.
1905: Renault takes orders for 250 taxis in Paris and for exports to London, New York and Buenos Aires. The firm starts mass production.
1909: Following the death of Louis Renault’s two brothers, Renault FRERES becomes Société des Automobiles Louis Renault.
1913: The factory has almost 5,000 employees. The first strike takes place, in protest against the principles of Taylorism.
1914-18: Renault contributes to the war effort, supplying trucks, ambulances, aircraft engines and the FT 17, the first light machine-gun tank.