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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.