The Renault 16 (known colloquially as the R16) was a forward-looking car. Before the term “hatchback” was coined, the R16 was the first medium-sized front-wheel-drive family car, simply called a “five door”.
Renault brothers Louis, Marcel, and Fernand founded Renault as Société Renault Frères in 1898.Their first Renault car was the A-Type Voiturette 1CV, fitted with a De Dion-Bouton-supplied, single-cylinder engine.
Deutsch-Bonnet was a partnership between Charles Deutsch and Rene Bonnet that began in 1938 to build race cars. D-B cars were very successful on the racing circuit and dominated the world’s race tracks through the 1950s and early 1960s.
Robert and Raul de Rovin began building cyclecars and motorcycles in the 1920s. After World War II ended, the French government encouraged the development of economy cars to get the nation moving again after the devastation of war.
In 1978, Saab debuted the replacing its long-serving 99 model. Saab kept much of the 99’s body lines, but it was a complete redesign from the front seats forward, making the 900 much longer and lower than the 99.
Founded in 1937, Saab AB, "Svenska Aeroplan Aktiebolaget" (Swedish for "Swedish Aeroplane Corporation"), made aircraft for Sweden’s air force during World War II, as the country defended its neutrality. As hostilities wound down, the company shifted its focus from fighter planes to designing an automobile.