1994 - First facelift
A 'phase 2' version of the Clio was released in 1994, bringing with it minor styling changes inside and out. By this point, the Clio accounted for 49% of Renault's sales in the UK. A second facelift came in 1996, and with it came tweaked styling and the option of a new 1149cc engine first used in the Twingo.
1997 - The Mk1 Clio bows out
1997 was the last year of production for the first Renault Clio. In its final year on sale, more than 58,000 units were sold, taking the total number sold in the UK to over 300,000.
1998 - New Clio, new face
The second generation of Renault's family favourite was again larger than the car it replaced and featured more rounded styling. Weight-saving materials such as aluminium were used, and larger seats fitted to the interior in a bid to improve refinement. New safety equipment was also available, including front side airbags and ABS.
The fast French connection - bargain hot Clios
2001 - Second facelift
Following a series of minor changes made to the Clio in 2000, Renault fully facelifted the car in 2001, bringing tweaked styling and a new 1.5-litre diesel engine. In 2002, Renault sold 86,337 Clios in the UK - the car's best year in its history.
2005 - Clio III
At the Frankfurt motor show in 2005, Renault introduced the third-generation Clio to the world stage. It entered the UK market in August of that year. It was larger again than the Mk2 Clio, and came with a five-star safety rating from Euro NCAP. Renault worked to give this small car features typically associated with bigger models, including a tyre pressure monitoring system, soft-touch materials inside and a keycard instead of a traditional key. In 2006, the Clio was again awarded the title of European Car of the Year, this time seeing off competition from the Volkswagen Passat and Alfa Romeo 159.