best design for a Renault? Mostly it will be a combination of beauty and
functionality. The creation of a safe car has consequences on the design too.
One of the most important points is to create of a vehicle according to the
customers needs. They want a safe and economical car, a lorry with enough
loading capacity or a tractor with good sight on all sides, etc. New models are
developed in a rapid pace to replace the “oldies” by a “face-lifted”
model or by a whole new series.
the early days a car was more a mechanical miracle and safety regulations, as
well as the rules about fuel consumption and functionality were not as strict as
today. The “alligator” hood for the impressive radiator, car history now, is
a good example of that. But soon aerodynamics was introduced, and streamline was
known already from the construction of airplanes. Splendid lines and a fast
shape gave the vehicles a complete new look. Cars got more style and elegance,
especially in the thirties.
WW I a chef-engineer had the knowledge of all Designing Technics, for only a few
existing car models. In the seventies the number of engineers increased and new
fields such as the development of new materials, the invention of electronics,
attention for safety matters and environment problems came into being. Project
groups arise and various specialisms melt into one model. The drawing table is
swept away by the computer, everything can be simulated and calculated. It is
possible to draw in three-dimensional, and as a result beautiful designs tumble
out of the printers.
all these new designs a lot of new information is built up, and a lot of
possible new materials appear. Specialists will have to co-operate. Specialists
that use the most advanced computer appliances. The results are to be
seen on the road, down to the last details.