1898

A breakthrough in safety

Louis Renaults original Voiturette featured a geartrain transmision that was more reliable and less dangerous that the days more conventional chains or belts.

1922

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.

1937

Independent front suspension

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

1951

The opening of Lardy

The Lardy centre (near Paris) was set up to handle tests on all future Renault vehicles. This was the first impact resistance tests were carried out.

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

Disc brakes on small cars

The R8 was the first compact car to be fitted whit disc brakes on all four wheels, a feature previously reserved for large cars.

1969

The LAB

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

1974

Basic Research Vehicle

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

1979

The safety cell

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

1985

ABS

ABS appeared on the R25.

1993

Protecting passengers

Driver airbag and seatbelt pretensioners appeared on Clio, R19 and Safrane.

1998

Permament innovation

The second-generetion Renault System of Restraint and Protection (SRP2) appered, with driver and passanger airbags, load limiters, pretensioners and headrests whit close-up protection.

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 markers first car to obtaint the top five-star rating in the Euro NCAP crash-tests.

2002

5 stars for Mégane and Vel Satis

Mégane II and Vel Satis obtained five-star Euro NCAP crash-test ratings.

2003

5 stars for Scénic and Espace

Espace IV and Scénic II obtained five-star Euro NCAP crash-test ratings.

2004

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).

2005

5 stars for Clio III

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

2007

Ground-breaking

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

2008

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.

2009

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).

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 ilustration of Renault's passive safety expertise.

2013

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.

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