Renault 6

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Renault 6
Renault 6 front 20080918.jpg
Overview
Manufacturer Renault
Production 1968–1980
Assembly Billancourt, France
Valladolid, Spain
Envigado, Colombia
Haren-Vilvoorde, Belgium (RIB)
Santa Isabel, Argentina (IKA)
Body and chassis
Class Small family car
Body style 5-door hatchback
Layout MF layout
Related Renault 4
Dimensions
Wheelbase 2,400 mm (94.5 in) [1](average of left & right which differed slightly)
Length 3,860 mm (152.0 in)
Width 1,500 mm (59.1 in)
Height 1,480 mm (58.3 in)
Chronology
Predecessor None
Successor Renault 14
Renault 6

The Renault 6 is a small family car produced by the French automaker Renault between 1968 and 1980.

The Renault 6 was launched at the 1968 Paris Motor Show,[2] and was intended to be an upmarket alternative to the Renault 4 that would compete with the Citroën Ami 6 and the recently launched Citroën Dyane. It used a similar dashboard-mounted gear-lever and over-the-engine linkage to that used in the Renault 4 and the small Citroëns with which it competed. The R6 used the R4 platform as well as its 845 cc engine and was technically near-identical, but its hatchback body was larger and more modern. Visually it resembled the Renault 16.

Development[edit]

In its first two years of production, the R6 was criticised by the press for the R4-derived engine's lack of power in the heavier R6.

1970[edit]

However, a new version of the R6 using the 1.1 litre Cléon engine (an engine used in the Renault 8 since 1962) was unveiled at the 1970 Paris Motor Show and was widely regarded as a big improvement.[3]

The new car also had higher equipment levels as well a new gearbox, cooling system and front disc brakes. For the Spanish market the R6 was made available with a 956 cc engine, due to vehicles over 1040 cc being taxable under Spanish regulations.

1974[edit]

In 1974 the R6 was revamped with square headlights, new rear lights, a black plastic grille, and new bumpers. The front indicator lights also moved from between the bumper and the headlights to the bumper itself.

International production[edit]

Production and sales in France and most of Europe ended in 1980 with no direct successor, but in Spain and Argentina the car was still produced and sold until 1986.

In Colombia the car was discontinued in 1984, when the Renault 9 started production.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Autotest: Renault 6TL 1,108 cc". Autocar. 141. (nbr4065): pages 36–40. 21 September 1974. 
  2. ^ "55th Paris Salon". Autocar. 129. (nbr3791): 90–97. 10 October 1968. 
  3. ^ "Renault 6TL 1,108 cc: Latest revisions to Renault's "workhorse" give it greatly improved performance coupled with even better fuel economy. Safe handling spoiled by rather heavy steering. Good ride comfort and visibility". Autocar. 141. (nbr4065): pages 36–40. 21 September 1974. 

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