Renault Sport Wagon

The Renault Sport Wagon is a large family car produced by French manufacturer Renault between 1978 and 1994. By the late 1970s, European production of the Renault 12 was being slowed down, which was followed by the arrival of the estate versions of the Renault Sport Wagon on 1 March 1979. The Wagon was only available in TL and TS model variations. They were mechanically identical to their sedan counterparts except the rear suspension used in the wagons was more like that in the bigger Renault 20 and Renault 30. Further, the Sport Wagon was also sold in the North American market from 1981 to 1986, and the sedan was sold from 1981-1982. It was not very much of a hit given that it failed to come close to living up to the previous AMC products' reputation for reliability. It was subsequently replaced by the Renault Medallion. The Renault 18 was meant to be a replacement for both the Renault 12 and the Renault 16, which had been in production since 1969 and 1965 respectively. Oddly though, both of these models remained in production with the 18 until 1980. Unlike the earlier Renault models, the Sport Wagon was designed rather quickly which resulted in the mechanical mishaps. Further, the time between its initial conception and its actual launch was only eighteen months. It is rumored that this is why it was called the Renault 18. In another first, the Renault Sport Wagon was the first Renault intended as a true world car, which lead to the slogan Meeting International Requirements. The car went on to be manufactured in France, Argentina, Australia, Colombia, Ivory Coast, Mexico, Morocco, Spain, Uruguay, and Venezuela. It was sold in Algeria, Austria, Canada, Chile, Croatia, Cyprus, Finland, Germany, Greece, Indonesia, Italy, Jordan, Lebanon, Mauritania, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Senegal, Slovenia, Sweden, Syria, the United Kingdom, the United States, Thailand, Turkey and Zimbabwe.