Avantime is a combination of the French “avant” for “ahead” and the English word “time”. The Avantime’s predecessor - the Espace - was certainly ahead of its time. By 2001, the MPV market was well established, but Renault had their own take with the production debut of the Avantime.
The Renault Sport Clio V6 is one of a long line of sporting Renault designs based on existing economy cars by the Régie. Although clearly the Clio V6 is a descendant of the famed Renault R5 Turbo II, its closest ancestor was the Renault Sport Spider.
Renault’s Clio is a long-running Supermini-class car. Since 1990, it has been produced in four generations; this is an example of a limited-production model based on the first generation of Clio, 1990-1998.
In 1956, Renault announced the Dauphine, a 4CV development. The mechanics are similar to those of the 4CV, but the body is a 3-box type. It has a welded stress-carrying center section to which the front and rear assemblies are bolted.
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.