Concept EV from Paris Motor Show hints at future of Renault design
The Renault Trezor has been crowned 2016’s Concept Car Design of the Year, based exclusively on the votes of a 20-strong judging panel featuring some of the world’s top car designers. The peer-reviewed award, received by Anthony Lo, Vice President, Exterior Design and Stéphane Janin, Concept-Car Director, was presented at a gala during the Geneva Motor Show.
The Trezor was unveiled during last year’s Paris Motor Show. Renault touted a maximum power of 260kW (350hp) and peak torque of 380Nm, taking it from 0 to 62mph in less than four seconds (rather slow for performance EV, we would say).
It also indicated a new method of Renault branding – the letter ‘Z’ referring to its all electric, “zero-emission” powertrain.
The Trezor features two batteries, each of which has its own cooling system optimised by a variable-size air intake incorporated in the bonnet. More than a design gimmick, separate batteries apparently aid optimal weight distribution.
And, of course, it would feature autonomous capabilities.
Commenting on the award, Car Design Review 4’s editor Guy Bird said: “It was a really close-run race this year but Renault’s low-slung, long-nosed, rear-wheel drive, two-seater electric GT clearly appealed to our panel of normally hard-to-please professional car designers. Judge after judge praised the French EV concept’s dramatic exterior proportions, its interior flair and magnificent use of materials and the strong design connection between exterior and interior.”
Laurens van den Acker, senior vice-president of Groupe Renault corporate design said: “It’s an honour to receive this award, because it’s voted by our peers, and that’s the hardest audience to satisfy. It’s great for our design team and their creativity, and I think it only makes us hungry for more, it stimulates us to continue.”
In addition to Renault, the design directors of recent start-up brands Nio (Kris Tomasson) and Lynk &Co (Andreas Nilsson), plus leaders of some of the world’s major automotive suppliers and universities were also in attendance. In order to select the 2016 Concept Car Design of the Year, judges name their top three concepts from a 12-strong shortlist compiled by Car Design News staff.