January 8, 2003

Michelin exhibit includes four French vehicle concepts

Detroit, Michigan – Michelin Tire company brought four French concept vehicles to the Detroit auto show to promote the French design theme of its annual Michelin Challenge Design competition.

The four full-size Concept vehicles are:

  • Renault Koleos, a blend of the traditional sedan and an off-road vehicle;

  • Renault Vel Satis, an elegant 4-seat Coupe, “avant-garde” in both concept and design;
  • Venturi Fetish, a serious performance vehicle and comfortable touring car; and,
  • Matra P75, a fully operational electric concept vehicle.

“When looking at the designs Michelin has gathered for display, it is hard to believe that they came from many designers in 13 different countries, because each design is professional, inspiring and truly indicative of French design,” said John Grimaldi, president, Passenger and Light Truck Original Equipment Tires Worldwide, Michelin Group. “Fostering, sharing and advancing beautiful and functional automotive designs from around the world is important to Michelin. It is the reason for creating Michelin Challenge Design. We are thrilled to see this overwhelming response.”

The Michelin Challenge Design was established in 2002 as a way to bring forward and display significant design work that would not normally have the opportunity to be displayed at a major international auto show. At the 2002 NAIAS, works based upon the theme of Italian design were displayed during press and public days.

For complete information on Michelin Challenge Design, entry requirements, themes, news and details, visit www.michelinchallengedesign.com .

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