Renault AG Marne Taxi
|Production||1905 to 1914|
|Body and chassis|
|Engine||1205 cc later 1885 cc|
The AG Marne taxi model with the driver outside, passengers within, became a popular taxicab in Paris, early models had the 1205 cc, 8 CV and later based on the AX model with 1885 cc the driver was in the open front while the pasengers enclosed.
These vehicles played a leading role on the outbreak of the First World War in 1914. By late August German troops had crossed the Marne. The French military headquarters feared they could not defend Paris against the invasion. Suddenly an idea struck the military governor of Paris, General Joseph Galliéni — to mobilize all usable Paris taxis to speed reinforcements to the 6th Army under General Michel Maunory, which was in a position to make a flanking counter-attack. So on the morning of September 2, 700 taxi cabs of the G7 model (red) and G3 (green) transported 3000 men to the 6th Army.
Each vehicle accommodated four soldiers and a driver Thus reinforced, Maunory's counterattack saved Paris from capitulation. Afterwards the AG model was nicknamed 'the Marne Taxi'. Several of these vehicles are exhibited at the Hotel des Invalides in Paris.