Renault planned R4 reboot, but instead launched Captur

1963 Renault R4
1963 Renault R4 / mad4wheels.com

To rival Fiat 500, VW Beetle, MINI

Renault originally planned to revive the R4, but in the end they went for Captur.

Former Renault management wanted a modern interpretation of the R4 to rival other models in this segment such as the MINI, Fiat 500 and the Volkswagen Beetle. Back in 2011 the French marque even initiated a global design competition entitled "Renault4Eever" as part of the model's 50th anniversary.

Plans were killed when Renault's chief operating officer Patrick Pelata left his position in April 2011 after the well-known spy case. Carlos Tavares took over the vacant job but he had a different vision so the R4 was dropped. In addition, ex Mazda designer Laurens van den Acker who was named senior vice president of Renault Corporate Design following the scandal also didn't agree with an R4 reboot.

Published May 13th, 2013 4:40pm By Adrian Padeanu
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hajime1990 hajime1990
Apparently R4 wasn't popular enough. In China.
May 13th, 2013 5:46pm
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Skulinex Skulinex
Nooo!! I would so buy one of these if I could get my hands on one here in the US. That's the car I learned how to drive as a kid. I remember the shifter protruding out of the dashboard and how well it handled (for the time/weight/etc) as it could be toss around like no other. My uncle rolled it one time (complete 360 side to side), it landed on it's 4 wheels and crazy him started it again, said 'humm, ok so it works still' and drove away like nothing lol.
May 13th, 2013 4:53pm
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