The 1980s were good to a New York real estate developer named Donald Trump, but that decade marked the end of the road for Renault in the U.S.
Trump 30 years behind on Renault
Trump apparently was too busy plotting his eventual run for president to notice Renault's abandonment of the market, though. During a diatribe last week about trade practices between the U.S. and Europe, Trump claimed the French automaker was still shipping cars here from across the Atlantic.
"They put up tremendous barriers to our doing business in Europe," Trump said. "Our farm products, very hard to get them in. Our cars, very hard to get them in, and yet they send Mercedes, they send BMW, they send Volkswagen, Renault, in the case of France."
Not only has it been 30 years since Renault sold a car in the U.S., but Trump also mispronounced the brand as "Ren-alt," rather than "Ren-oh."
"Someone tell the president he can't actually buy a new LeCar," mused Jalopnik. "Maybe there's an AMC dealership from 1982 still running at Mar-a-Lago."
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