The Renault 16 was produced between 1965 and 1980 in Le Havre, France. It can be described as a D-segment car The R16 was voted European Car of the Year by a board of European motoring journalists in 1966. There were more than 1,800,000 units during the life of the model. Series production began in March 1965 at the company plant Sandouville, a few kilometers east of Le Havre. It was a commercial success almost throughout Europe, winning praise for its spacious and comfortable interior.