A Century of Cars: 83. Norev 1965 Renault 16TL
It sold well in most of Europe, winning
praise for its spacious and comfortable interior. Equipment levels
were also high for the price. Initially, Renault sold the R16 with
just a 1.4 L gasoline engine in GL specification; then followed the
1.6 L I4 TS which could top 100 mph (160 km/h). The top-line model
was the TX, which was launched in 1973 and had a 5-speed manual
transmission. Equipment included power windows and central door
locking, features previously unknown on family cars in Europe.
Production of the Renault 16 lasted until 1980 when it was finally replaced by the less successful Renault 20. Even by this stage, when it was nearly 15 years old, the Renault 16 was still one of the most popular and highly rated family cars on sale in Europe. Current Renault styling chief Patrick le Quément has made no secret his admiration for the R16 — and incorporated a subtle tribute to its "bird-beak" grille in the corporate look he devised for many of the models (Laguna, Mégane, Scénic) that the company launched in the 1990s.