Renault is the preeminent French Automotive manufacturer. Since beginning in 1899, Renault has seen the power of partnership. Most modern day Renaults are the result of cooperation with other manufacturers. Nissan and Renault had a oft-criticized by successful partnership for the majority of the 1990s. With their foray's into Formula 1 racing and partnerships in local developing markets, Renaults are visible anywhere in the world. Since selling off their large vehicle divisions in the early 2000s, they have refocused on what made Renault successful from the very beginning, and that is reliable and stylish small to mid-sized passenger vehicles for the working man.