What makes the Renault 4 so iconic?
Early predecessor of the Renault Clio, the Renault 4 remains the most produced French car of all time.
Competitor to the successful, but now ageing, Citroen 2CV, Renault wanted to produce a car that was small, affordable, and could meet the needs of the modern French family. With a basic yet affordable construction, small but easy to maintain engines, and a now iconic design, the Renault 4 was so popular, it remained in production for 32 years.
With just 22hp and spongy suspension, the Renault 4 was ideal for France’s rural roads. When it was launched at the Paris Motor Show, visitors could sit in the car as it moved over an irregular rolling road tp showcase how bumps were easily absorbed.
By the 1980s, the Renault 4 had hardly changed but its competitors had caught up. It remained it production until 1993, but its popularity started to fall. During the 80s, the Renault 5 successor would become the new iconic Renault 5, but it was the Renault 4 that truly started Renault’s run of successful superminis.