Yes, suddenly we all water it. All of us, at some point in our daily life, make a mistake that sometimes goes unnoticed and sometimes does not. But what happens when you are the leader of the most powerful nation in the world and suddenly you make a mistake that demonstrates your lack of knowledge in some of the most important industrial areas of your country? Well, as things are today with social networks, the most likely thing is that they swarm mercilessly.
And that was what happened to President Donald Trump, whose most recent slip showed that he is not very well aware of what is happening in his country's automotive environment.
Recently, during a public presentation the US president complained to the media about the commercial situation with European countries, and among his comments he could be heard saying “Our agricultural products have a hard time entering. Our cars have a hard time entering. They send Mercedes, they send BMW, they send Renault (sic), in the case of France… ”.RELATED
The last Renault was sold in the U.S. in 1989 pic.twitter.com/3hzAYN16HX
– Timothy Burke (@bubbaprog) October 16, 2019
The problem of this comment is not the comment itself, rather the fact that the gala brand sold its last car on American soil in 1989 and even when in 2017 Carlos Ghosn was questioned about returning to that country, he ruled it out totally, claiming that it is a very competitive market and that his vision was focused on other destinations. ”
Recall that, although in the past French cars gained great relevance in the US market, their flow was rather irregular and this led to the firm's total exit at the end of the 80s, after more than 60 years in those territories.
With the arrival of the second oil crisis in the 80s, once again European models began to shine in the United States, where the Renault R5, also known as the "French Rabbit" was marketed until 1983, when it was replaced by the R11, next to the R9, that was commercialized even in convertible version and high performance GTA.
By the end of the 80s, the North American country began to recover from the hard blow of the oil crises, and the great American engines once again shone in front of the small European cars, so sales were stinging for Renault , who in 1988 sold his shares of AMC to Chrysler and for 1989 stopped exporting, forever, vehicles to the United States.
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Donald Trump has not learned that Renault is no longer sold in the US