Laurens van den Acker plans to show a new concept car in 2016 which will shape the company's future design direction
25 October 2014

Renault design boss Laurens van den Acker is planning a show concept for 2016 that he expects to be as influential on Renault’s future as the 2010 DeZir electric coupé.

The DeZir set the design direction of the company’s two best-sellers of recent years, the Clio and Captur.

Van den Acker said that the type of car can’t yet be revealed but that by the time the wraps come off it, a new Mégane – and, more important, a Mégane-based SUV – will be in the frame.

Meanwhile, he cited the ultra-low-carbon Eolab hybrid concept, shown at the recent Paris show under a French government-sponsored economy car scheme also embraced by PSA Peugeot-Citroën, as giving clues to a future Clio. 

“You can drive this car,” he said. “It has been created with a large amount of input from engineers and it works already, despite being 100mm narrower in the rear track for aerodynamic reasons. This is a car we could produce for 2018,” he revealed. 

“All of its innovations – the aero, the carbonfibre doors, the magnesium roof and a lot more – could be made now. But we need time to put them all into the industrial process,” he said.

Get the latest car news, reviews and galleries from Autocar direct to your inbox every week. Enter your email address below:

Our Verdict

Renault Clio
Distinctive styling details are taken from the showstopping Renault Dezir concept car

A multi-talented contender that can stand comparison with the best

26 October 2014
Huh? We've still to get through 2015!

Add your comment

Log in or register to post comments

Find an Autocar car review

Driven this week

  • Audi A3 Sportback 2.0 TDI S line
    First Drive
    28 June 2016
    We've driven the facelifted version of the ever-popular Audi A3 Sportback in 2.0 TDI guise on UK roads for the first time
  • Audi Q2 1.4 TFSI S-Line
    First Drive
    26 June 2016
    The Audi Q2 is the German brand’s smallest SUV yet. Can it impress in production guise on European roads?
  • Ford S-Max Vignale
    First Drive
    24 June 2016
    The Ford S-Max Vignale is the company's premium executive express. Can it really be worth the extra over the standard S-Max?
  • Volkswagen Scirocco GTS
    First Drive
    23 June 2016
    Still a really fun and likeable coupé but the extra power doesn't justify the VW Scirocco GTS's high price
  • Ford Fiesta ST200
    First Drive
    23 June 2016
    Fresh from testing it abroad, we've just got our hands on the Ford Fiesta ST200 for a blat on UK roads