2024 Renault 5

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Unlike VW who now thinks their classic models like the Scirocco and the iconic and legendary Beetle have no future, Renault is getting ready to revive the Renault 5. And it’s a great idea!

It will join the Mini and Fiat 500 as one of these small European cars with tons of personality. While the next Mini will still be offered with ICE powertrains as well as electric ones, the new Renault 5 will be an EV only, just like the new Fiat 500e. And it is shaping up to look great. The prototypes shown by Renault already look almost exactly the same as the 2021 Concept(3rd pic), itself heavily influenced by the original Renault 5, better known in the US as the “LeCar”.

The original Renault 5 came out in 1972 and was produced until 1985. It took 4 years for Renault to bring their new compact to the US in 1976. First sold as the Renault 5 like in Europe. While not popular at first, things got better when the name was changed to “LeCar” following a revised marketing campaign.

Over 5.2 million of these were produced from 1972 to 1985. It’s great to see it coming back, even I we will probably never see it in the US. At least it’ll be a super cool car to rent while traveling in Europe.

Conversation 5 comments

  1. I loved the 2021 concept when it first appeared. It would be great if the transition to EVs means cars with “iffy” reliability can be reinvented into reliable, good quality cars.

    Alas, it appears none of the cool smaller cars will make it to America. The future here looks to be one of humongous pickups and SUVs regardless of propulsion system.

  2. We’re still getting the new Fiat 500e and next-generation Mini Cooper EV next year.

  3. Why mention VW? They already have given us the ID BUZZ for nostalgia seekers. Renault has nothing like this, this 5 will be their first re-imagined retro car. And they desperately need something to bring back customers.

  4. Why mention VW again? Renault desperately needs the 5, yet their reliability is still pretty bad. VW already has the ID Buzz on sale. Just because the current management doesn’t want to invest in a new Beetle, doesn’t mean it’s never happening. Big deal.

  5. Alpine is preparing its own version, known as Alpine B290 and has great expectations for US and China markets! You may have it after all, although only with more powerful engine and sporty touch.

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