mardi 11 octobre 2011

Patrick Le Quément (the top designer of Renault)

Patrick G. M. Le Quément (born 4 February 1945 in Marseille) is a retired French car designer, formerly chief designer of Renault.

Born in France but brought up in the United Kingdom, Le Quément holds a BA Hons. degree in Product Design from Birmingham Institute of Art and Design, and an MBA from Danbury Park Management Centre.

Renault then-chairman and CEO Raymond Levy recruited le Quement on a hunch that French design could jump-start the company.

His team's products since have included Twingo, Mégane and Mégane II – which he later admitted in an interview with Automotive News Europe magazine, was too much of a bold design; Scénic; the Espace models of 1994 and 1998; Kangoo; Laguna models of 1994; Avantime and the Vel Satis of 2002.

On 10 April 2009, he announced his retirement in October 2009. He was replaced at Renault by Laurens van den Acker, former Head of Design at Mazda.

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