December 11, 2002


Renault to show two concept vehicles at Detroit auto show

Renault Koleos
Renault Koleos

Reanualt Vel Satis
Reanualt Vel Satis
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Detroit, Michigan – Renault will bring two concept vehicles to the 2003 North American International Auto Show in Detroit in January. The Renault Vel Satis and Koleos concept cars will join a lineup of four full-size vehicles, 10 scale models and 17 two-dimensional drawings displayed in Michigan Hall, the Michelin Media Center and on the main floor of Cobo Center as part of the first official Michelin Challenge Design.

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. The theme for the 2003 NAIAS brings together works representative of the past, present and future of French design.

“You can’t talk about French Design without including Renault,” said John Grimaldi, president, Passenger and Light Truck Tires OE Worldwide for Michelin. “Challenge Design gives Michelin an opportunity to display and facilitate our company’s passion for design and we’re excited to have Renault be a part of this year’s competition.”

Renault’s Koleos concept car makes its North American debut at the Michelin stand on the main floor of the North American International Auto Show. The Koleos combines the on-the-road qualities and comfort of a top-range sedan with the off-road capability of a 4X4. The concept car also offers a hybrid power unit that combines a two-litre 16-valve turbocharged gas engine with an electric motor and Michelin 240/800R560A Heracles PAX(TM) System tires. Off the road, the Koleos holds its own alongside a traditional 4X4, thanks to variable-height suspension that affords similar capabilities. Koleos also places a major emphasis on technology: the vehicle’s essential functions are controlled via a screen with voice activation, and the headlamps feature an innovative fluid optics concept.

The Renault Vel Satis concept car first debuted at the 1998 Paris Motor Show and will make its North American debut at the Michelin exhibit at the NAIAS. The Vel Satis is an elegant 4-seat Coupe, “avant-garde” in both concept and design.

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