A breakthrough in safety
Louis Renaults original Voiturette featured a geartrain transmision that was more reliable and less dangerous than todays more conventional chains or belts.
Front wheel brakes
Renaults six-cylinder 18CV and 40CV models had brakes on the front wheels, and the 40CV could be fitted whit Louis Renaults patented mechanical servo-brake, for stronger braking action.
Independent front suspension
The Juvaquatre was the first Renault with independent front suspension, for better roadholding, and an all-steel monocoque structure, for better protection.
The opening of Lardy
The Lardy centre (near Paris) was set up to handle tests on all future Renault vehicles. This was where the first impact resistance tests were carried out.
Renault set up a physiology and biomechanics laboratory run by a doctor, to help vehicle design teams develop safe cars. From this moment on, crash-tests would take on major importance in vehicle design and safety engineering.
Disc brakes on small cars
The R8 was the first compact car to be fitted with disc brakes on all four wheels, a feature previously reserved for large cars.
Renault and PSA Peugeot-Citroen set up the joint Accident Analysis and Biomechanics Laboratory (LAB).
Basic Research Vehicle
THe BRV (Basic Research Vehicle) was developed for studies into passive safety.
The safety cell
Renault presented EPURE (vehicle for research into road user and enviroment protection), featuring the concept of a non-deformable cabin, and allowing for pedestrian impact.
ABS appeared on the R25.
Driver airbag and seatbelt pretensioners appeared on Clio, R19 and Safrane.
The second-generetion Renault System of Restraint and Protection (SRP2) appeared, with driver and passanger airbags, load limiters, pretensioners and headrests with close-up protection.
The first-ever 5 stars
Renault introduced ESC Electronic Stability Control on Laguna II, traction control and third-generation SRP. Laguna II became the makers first car to obtain the top five-star rating in the Euro NCAP crash-tests.
5 stars for Mégane and Vel Satis
Mégane II and Vel Satis obtained five-star Euro NCAP crash-test ratings.
5 stars for Scénic and Espace
Espace IV and Scénic II obtained five-star Euro NCAP crash-test ratings.
Small car, perfect safety
Five-star Euro NCAP crash-test ratings were achieved by Mégane Cabriolet and Modus (the first five-star car of this category).
5 stars for Clio III
Clio III obtained a five-star Euro NCAP crash-test rating.
Laguna III obtained a five-star Euro NCAP crash-test rating, with a record score of 36 out of 37.
Mégane III: Safest Vehicle in any category
Whith a score of 37 out of 37 in its Euro NCAP crash tests, New Mégane stands out as the safest vehicle in any class ever tested by the independent road safety body. New Mégane has safety in its genes. It is a fundamental part of the car, which was developed to set standards in both active and passive safety.
Grand Scénic III becomes the 12th model of the Renault range to secure Euro NCAP's maximum five-star crash-test rating, despite the stepping up of the severity of the independent body's evaluation criteria (side and rear impact, child and adult protection, pedestrian protection, equipment).
5 stars for Clio IV
Clio IV was awarded a five-star rating following passive tests carried out by Euro NCAP. This result, achieved in spite of more stringent procedures from the independent body in January 2012, provides a further ilustration of Renault's passive safety expertise.
5 stars for Captur
Renault Captur achieves 5 stars at the end of passive safety tests conducted by Euro NCAP. The Renault Captur becomes the fifteenth Renault to achieve 5 stars.
5 stars for ZOE
Renault ZOE was awarded a five-star rating following the passive safety tests carried out by Euro NCAP. ZOE obtained an overall score of 82 percent (including the maximum rating for pedestrian safety) and consequently figured among the very best models in its segment.