Renault DeZir concept signifies falling in love

Renault shows a preview of the DeZir concept car before the 2010 Paris Motor Show.

Renault DeZir
Renault says the DeZir concept car represents falling in love. Renault

A new concept car from Renault shows that the French romantic tradition even applies to automotive design. The DeZir represents the first step in a life cycle, according to Renault, that encompasses falling in love, exploring the world, creating a family, working, taking time to play, and attaining wisdom.

Renault's chief designer, Laurens van den Acker, plans a whole line of concept cars that stand for each of these steps.

As the falling in love car, DeZir is bright red, with softly curving lines. More pointedly, this two-seater uses a bench seat, keeping the occupants close together.

To us, it looks like a cross between a Bugatti Veyron and Audi R8.

Renault specifies an electric powertrain for DeZir, with a 24 kW/h lithium-ion battery pack good for a 100-mile range.

The Renault DeZir will be shown at the 2010 Paris Motor Show.

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Wayne Cunningham reviews cars and writes about automotive technology for CNET. Prior to the Car Tech beat, he covered spyware, Web building technologies, and computer hardware. He began covering technology and the Web in 1994 as an editor of The Net magazine. He's also the author of "Vaporware," a novel that's available as a Nook e-book.


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