11 Facts About Renault 5


Renault 5 became the best-selling car in France from 1972 to 1986, with a total production exceeding 5.

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Images and details of the Renault 5 were published on 10 December 1971, the car's formal launch following on 28 January 1972.

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Renault 5 was styled by Michel Boue, who designed the car in his spare time, outside of his normal duties.

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When Renault 5 executives learned of Boue's work, they were so impressed by his concept they immediately authorized a formal development program.

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R5 borrowed mechanicals from the similarly popular Renault 5 4, using a longitudinally-mounted engine driving the front wheels with torsion bar suspension.

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Renault 5 Alpine was one of the first hot-hatches, launched in 1976 - going on sale two months before the original Volkswagen Golf GTI and two years after the Simca 1100Ti.

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Sales continued until 1984 when the second generation Renault 5 was launched, and the release of the Renault 5 GT Turbo in 1985.

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The Renault 5 Turbo was made in many guises, eventually culminating with the Renault 5 Maxi Turbo.

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Renault 5 advertised Le Car's versatility in a full-page ad featuring its use by the department.

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Original Renault 5 continued to be produced in Iran by SAIPA, then by Pars Khodro, as the Sepand.

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In 2001 the Renault PK went on sale: for this version the Sepand's Renault 5 platform was replaced with that of a Kia Pride, while a modified version of the Renault 5's bodywork was kept.

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