They Used To Sell Renault In America, But It Didn't Go WellMichael Ballaban8/31/13 9:01am65EditPromoteGo to permalinkBack in the 1950s, everyone was optimistic. "We'll soon be able to go to space! We'll soon eradicate polio! We'll soon nuke the Russians," the People would say. Even the French were optimistic, though in their case that meant selling a small, rear-engined car in a sea of big chrome.