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Renault 19 - Haynes - NEW

About the Renault 19

The R19 was the replacement for the 9 and 11, both of which were ageing and outdated by the late 1980s. The R19 was styled by Giorgetto Giugiaro, featuring Renault's new E-type (or "Energy") 1.4 L engine and F-type 1.7 and 1.8 L versions. Base models used the OHV C-type Cléon 1.2 and 1.4 L engines, depending on the market.

Intended to be Renault's last numeric-named car, the 19 ushered in a new naming policy, with the saloon versions of the 19 being known as the 19 Chamade to distinguish them from the hatchbacks. The Chamade badge was dropped following the 1992 facelift. In 1991 a convertible bodystyle built by Karmann was introduced. Although the R19's exterior design (which was relatively conservative, like that of the Renault 9/11) received a muted response, it was praised for its interior comfort and handling[citation needed].

In the summer of 1992, a revamped model was introduced with a substantially restyled front and rear, while left hand drive market versions received a new dashboard and interior — right hand drive models retained the original design.

The R19 was sold in Europe until 1996, and was produced for South American markets in Argentina until 2000. The R19's platform and running gear would continue to be used in its replacement, the first generation Renault Mégane.

The Renault 19 was awarded the 1989 Car of the Year in Spain and Germany, 1990 Car of the Year in Ireland, and 1993 Car of the Year in Argentina.


Renault 19 1989-96 - Haynes Part No. 1646

1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996

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