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Renault Safety

Timeline

1898

1898

A breakthrough in safety

 

Louis Renault's original Voiturette featured a geartrain transmission that was more reliable and less dangerous than today's more conventional chains or belts.

1922

1922

Front-wheel brakes

 

Renault's six-cylinder 18CV and 40CV models had brakes on the front wheels, and the 40CV could be fitted with Louis Renault's patented mechanical servo-brake, for stronger braking action.

1937

1937

Independent front suspension

 

The Juvaquatre was the first Renault with independent front suspension, for better road holding, and an all-steel monocoque structure, for better protection.

1951

1951

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.

1954

1954

Accidentology studies

 

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.

1962

1962

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.

1969

1969

The LAB

 

Renault and PSA Peugeot-Citroen set up the joint Accident Analysis and Biomechanics Laboratory (LAB).

1974

1974

Basic Research Vehicle

 

The BRV (Basic Research Vehicle) was developed for studies into passive safety.

1979

1979

The safety cell

 

Renault presented EPURE (vehicle for research into road user and environment protection), featuring the concept of a non-deformable cabin, and allowing for pedestrian impact.

1985

1985

ABS

 

ABS appeared on the R25.

1993

1993

Protecting passengers

 

Driver airbag and seatbelt pretensioners appeared on CLIO, R19 and SAFRANE.

1998

1998

Permanent innovation

 

The second-generation Renault System of Restraint and Protection (SRP2) appeared, with driver and passenger airbags, load limiters, pretensioners and headrests with close-up protection.

2001

2001

The first-ever 5 stars

 

Renault introduced ESC Electronic Stability Control on LAGUNA II, traction control and third-generation SRP. LAGUNA II became the maker's first car to obtain the top five-star rating in the Euro NCAP crash-tests.

2002

2002

5 stars for MEGANE and VEL SATIS

 

MEGANE II and VEL SATIS obtained five-star Euro NCAP crash-test ratings.

2003

2003

5 stars for SCENIC and ESPACE

 

ESPACE IV and SCENIC II obtained five-star Euro NCAP crash-test ratings.

2004

2004

Small car, perfect safety

 

Five-star Euro NCAP crash-test ratings were achieved by MEGANE Cabriolet and MODUS (the first five-star car of this category).

2005

2005

5 stars for CLIO III

 

CLIO III obtained a five-star Euro NCAP crash-test rating.

2007

2007

Ground-breaking

 

Laguna III obtained a five-star Euro NCAP crash-test rating, with a record score of 36 out of 37.

2008

2008

MEGANE III: Safest Vehicle in any category

 

With a score of 37 out of 37 in its Euro NCAP crash tests, MEGANE III stands out as the safest vehicle in any class ever tested by the independent road safety body. MEGANE III 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.

2009

2009

12th model to reach 5 stars

 

Grand SCENIC 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).

2012

2012

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 illustration of Renault's passive safety expertise.

2013

2013

5 stars for CAPTUR

 

Renault CAPTUR achieves 5 stars at the end of passive safety tests conducted by Euro NCAP. CAPTUR becomes the fifteenth Renault to achieve 5 stars.

2013

2013

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 per cent (including the maximum rating for pedestrian safety) and consequently figured among the very best models in its segment.

2019

2019

5 stars for CLIO V and CAPTUR II

 

CLIO is a 30 years long success story. The CLIO V kept the road-holding and safety legacy of its predecessors and got awarded the safest car in the B-Hatch category. Similarly, All-New CAPTUR received the award of the safest car in the B-SUV category.

 

Featuring a camera and radar-based Automatic Emergency Braking System, Lane Departure Warning and Traffic Sign Recognition, CLIO V and CAPTUR II respond to fast-moving vulnerable road-users (such as cyclists).

A commitment for the future

Tomorrow

Considering the issues related to road safety in the world, Renault is committed to improving the control of behaviour. In the future, security will be more interactive with embedded technologies allowing improvement in the detection of the environment of the vehicle to alert the driver and anticipate the activation of safety systems.

A global approach

Today

Renault is constantly developing new safety systems aimed at avoiding accidents and protecting vehicle occupants. The emphasis in development is thus placed on better prevention, better anticipation and better education, without diminishing the responsibility of the driver.