Launched in Europe in 1972, the R5 was an innovative vehicle and a hot seller in the old world. Unfortunately it never gained much ground in the U.S., where it was marketed as Le Car, but it did rack up considerable success in racing on both sides of the Atlantic.
If approved, a new version of the R5 based on the Clio would likely follow a similar approach as the Mini and 500, not to mention Volkswagen's New Beetle and upcoming Microbus. A return to the American market is tipped to be unlikely, but it wouldn't be entirely out of the question for Renault to offer "Le Nouveau Car" through dedicated sections of partner Nissan's dealerships here, not unlike the Fiat 500 and Chrysler.
[Source: Inside Line]