Renault Twingo Mk 1 " My first challenge at Renault. There were many battles to get the car out, including the results of marketing tests, in which almost half the people interviewed did not like the car, even though a quarter were crazy about it." Renault Scenic " The Scenic began as a concept car idea I had in 1991, called the Minimax. It began a new segment in Europe, so it was a great experience." The PLQ files could get paid to do it!" And it is a job he has done very well, with plenty of successful designs, and few regrets: " On some cars I think we should have done things differently, but I am happier to have created strong design statements. I have never been designer that believes in small evolutions. " My biggest regret was that the upper segment car that we wanted to launch, was too far removed from our Initiale concept of 1995. Around that time I was head of quality as well as design, and I concentrated too much on quality, and lost the battle of getting that car into production." The eventual car in that segment was the Vel Satis, which Le Quément believes never really lived up to expectations. Despite owning a Laguna Coupé and Twingo Renaultsport, which he intends to buy when he leaves Renault, Le Quément recognises the efforts made by others. " I appreciate what Peter Schreyer has done with Kia, especially with the Soul. There are some great looking BMWs, which have super proportions - almost no front overhang, very little sheetmetal above the front wheel. I also think that Fiat did a superb job with the 500." Le Quément offers a few words of wisdom for designers just starting out, such as the students highlighted in our Coventry University design course feature: " They should be intent on designing car with less emission and more emotion." THE VEHICLE REVIEW " Young designers should be designing car with less emission and more emotion"
5 " The new Opel Astra is a culmination of years of work - not just by our team, but from the sweat of the designers working on the nine previous generations of Astra and Kadett cars," says Uwe Müller, chief designer of the new Astra. " We used some graphics from the past, but made them crisper and more modern. We revolutionized the shape by making it more sculptural." Sculptural artistry combined with German precision is Opel's new design philosophy. The new Astra is aiming to take approach to the compact class, gently influenced by the response of the Insignia. 3 The design the new in the The design help create a look to the Insignia, characteristics. designing a car and dynamic was Ahead of the official launch of the next generation Opel/ Vauxhall Astra at September's Frankfurt Motor Show, the Vehicle Designers' Review gets an exclusive 4 The rear view of the Astra affords a more dynamic appeal thanks to an extended shoulder line that flows into the rear lights. A re- designed C-pillar also gives the car a more coupé- like look and feel, while the Astra's DLO is the first in its class to have a chrome surround available as standard. The rear lamps are set apart to accentuate the width of the vehicle's stance. This design enables a bold, expressive view from the car's rear. A new upper rear spoiler introduces a dynamic visual element, and also improves aerodynamics. A touch of elegance read clockwise