This hatchback saloon replaced the "9" and "11" models and was designed to increase export shares in this segment.
In 1982, Renault, which controlled American Motors, decided to provide the US manufacturer with a new range for the US market. The first product was this three-box saloon.
This French sedan story is very long: created to be the Medusa little version, it will become another variation of Audi 80 and will be exported in the USA with the name of Medaillon.
Presented at Geneva Motor Show in 1983, it marks the beginning of the cooperation with Règie Renault, that will take to the production, in 1986, of the Renault 21.