New concept car created to honour the work of architect Le Corbusier
Mark Tisshaw
22 October 2015

A bold new Renault concept car has been created to celebrate 50 years since the death of France’s best-known 20th century architect Le Corbusier.

Renault insists the Coupé Corbusier concept car has no direct relevance to any future project, instead saying that “future-looking” concepts such as this allow its designers “to explore new ways forward and offering creative staff more leisurely moments”.

The concept is a long, sleek coupé with a long bonnet, slim glasshouse, pronounced rear aches, and dramatic dihedral doors hinged at the rear. Geometric shapes make up the front-end design, and also graphics in the side profile. No powertain has been outlined by Renault; nor have any dimensions or any other specific details.

Renault describes the concept as “a 21st century car inspired by the architect’s modernist principles and theories”. Le Corbusier’s work is described by Renault as “as a conceptual prequel to the modern automobile”.

On the concept, Renault added: “The ideas of simplicity, a visually- and aesthetically-pleasing structure, geometric elegance and mastery of light guided the designers in the creation of the Coupé Corbusier concept car.

“The design teams at Groupe Renault are proud to pay homage to the visionary architect and designer who reinvented architecture and made it more broadly accessible to the public. His thought and value structure is one that we share at Renault.”

The concept is on display at Villa Savoye, a modernist villa on the outskirts of Paris. To commemorate 50 years since Le Corbusier’s death, France’s Centre des Monuments Nationaux, a government body that manages and maintains historic buildings and sites owned by the state, is putting on an exhibition at Villa Savoye called ‘Cars for living: the automobile and modernism in the 20th and 21st centuries’.

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22 October 2015
I am not seeing Le Corbusier in any of this. Confused

23 October 2015
Noting like this, his Voiture Minimum was a sort of Beetle/2CV rip-off with nowhere for any suspension

22 October 2015

I'd have said the Espace IV a far better tribute to modernism and Le Corbusier than this concept car. Acres of glass, open plan interior, light colours and strong shapes with a minimum of fussy detailing.

22 October 2015
Corbusier himself did design a car in the 1920s (never made production). But this Renault has neither visual nor theoretical links to Corbusier.
This is nothing other than a promotional exercise without substance. Shame on you, Renault

22 October 2015
Absurd, bloated visual flatulence with Renault electrics. Who said the French haven't got a sense of humour? A fitting homage to a consummate egotist.

22 October 2015
This is, perhaps, the most phallic-looking car since the original E-Type. A gloriously pointless show car which should stir the passions of men who believe they have something to prove as well as be subject to many hilarious memes if there is a person with the right combination of car love and tech savvy stumbles upon it.

26 October 2015
The design world has been set alight y this apparently. These links might explain the story a little more:

Personally cannot understand why, it it is such a big thing for Renault, there is no Renault branding and no design themes. It looks closer to the DS9 from Citroen than anything Renault is likely to produce.

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