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The Renault Caravelle was manufactured and marketed from 1958 until 1968. It was designed by Pietro Frua of Carrozzeria Ghia, using the floorpan and engine of the Dauphine. The Floride was launched in the United States and Canada as the Renault Caravelle a year after its introduction in Europe.
The car was offered as a 2+2 coupe, a 2+2 cabriolet and as a convertible, the latter being a cabriolet with a removable hardtop. The 2,265 mm (89.2 in) wheelbase was shared with the Renault Dauphine but longer overhangs meant that overall the Floride was longer by a significant 320 mm (12.6 in), as well as being slightly lower and very slightly wider.
At launch the Floride, like the Dauphine on which it was based, came with a rear-mounted 845 cc (51.6 cu in) four-cylinder water-cooled engine.
In March 1962, the Caravelle received a new 956 cc engine that would be also used by the new Renault 8. In 1964, another R8-derived engine of 1108 cc was introduced to the Caravelle, producing 55 hp (41 kW) and a top speed of 145 km/h, which closely matched that of the contemporary Triumph Spitfire and MG Midget Mk II.