sebastian pablo salanova: r4 people renault 4 ever shortlisted entry
sebastian pablo salanova: r4 people   renault 4 ever shortlisted entry sebastian pablo salanova: r4 people   renault 4 ever shortlisted entry
jul 20, 2011

sebastian pablo salanova: r4 people renault 4 ever shortlisted entry

‘r4 people’, renault redesign concept by sebastian pablo salanova



‘r4 people’ is a concept car by argentinan designer sebastian pablo salanova which aims to integrate the essence of renault’s original design with sustainable economy. with the premise of creating an inclusive and accessible vehicle, this proposal includes both hatchback and van styles that can be used in diverse contexts. the concept is one of fifty projects shortlisted from over 3200 submissions from 92 countries in designboom’s recent RENAULT 4 EVER competition, which asked participants to redesign the renault 4 with an eye towards historical lineage, contemporary aesthetics, and sustainable design.

the look of ‘r4 people’ maintains the simplicity of its ancestor but addresses modern environmental concerns: to minimize long-range ecological impact, the five-door hatchback and two-door van are both powered by engines with an electric lithium battery. seats are given extra functionality with a hollow structure for storage, and floor coverings are created from natural fibers. plastic components are likewise formed with recycled materials, and the body and side molding are made from aluminum. lastly, the exterior features LED front and rear lights.












front LED light detail



back LED light detail






interior diagram



internal diagram




body render



two-door van



five-door hatchback



renault is proud of the results of the RENAULT 4 EVER competition and extends sincere thanks to all of its participants. the jury has still not made its final decision on the winning entry, but the results will be published to designboom at the end of july.

  • Now when I see that I can’t believer I praised the previous entries. This is just awesome.

    benni says:
  • Like it. Finally something fresh and free from the original 4L rigidity. I like the rear lights and the way he cought the character in the side view. But as I have stressed before, as soon as you get free from the 4L ‘box’, you lose a lot of character, and that is what happened to the front; it got too japanese car, of the ’90s, got too toylike while the 4L has a distinctive, bold character.

    m25 says:
  • what is a five speed manual gearbox doing into an electric car?

    boris says:
  • What’s going on here? this one of 50 finalist?
    very low standard. looks like Tata Nano!!!

    alex says:
  • mm???

    Sati says:
  • what’s with the crazy headlights, it look like it’s on drugs

    yury says:
  • It has the face of a Renault Twingo. Toycar, but it’s not that bad. I’m even concidering to like it…

    jazzisnice says:
  • Well, nice effort, but too toy japanese 90´s concept car…

    And the standart is quite low for such a competition, no offense to the creator.

    What? says:
  • I was wondering when a “happy grille” would come along and here it comes. Sorry this does nothing for me but yes, maybe Tata would be interested.

    charles says:
  • Molto originale, creatività al 100%…

    msrusc says:
  • A strong personality on traces, indicating creative freedom and solid knowledge of cars.
    Creases striking that confer robustness, wisely tempered by large curves and rounded edges, very appropriate for a multi-purpose model, as the Renault R4L.
    I think that familiarity with the japanese style or toylike athmosphere, as was been wisely observed in one of the comments, reverts positively to the versatile use of the car, bringing relaxation, making it look smooth and inviting to use, even by the fact of well combining with compact models .
    I believe that, as a utility, Pablo Sebastian might suggest a hybrid powertrain, which reduces the size of the batteries and give more autonomy to its well-made ​​concept.

    Sergius says:
  • Funny veichle! Not bad at all..

    patrick riva says:
  • OK, but not as delightful as some of the others.
    I agree with “What?”. My first thought was Japanese design from 20 years ago.

    Marc D. says:
  • Not so bad!!
    You seems to be a very young designer but there is alot of ideas on the shape it’s not just a copy of the old one.
    Be careful with what you writte or think: why do an electric car would have a gearbox? why is there a transmition? its an electric car put 2 or 4 electric engines, 1 on each weel (with 4 you’ll get a 4 weels drive car and it’ll takes less place)

    Gratz for your project and continu in that way.

    Me :D says:
  • The contest is over, this is the winner for sure! Amazing re-design of the R4.

    Much better than the new beetle or the Mini.

    george best says:
  • Excellent design. The best up to now!

    Marcos says:
  • It has Tata written all over it

    Yuck says:
  • Salut Sebastian! — the little car has soul
    This must be the best design that I’ve seen-

    www.illem says:
  • woaw !


    thdudesign says:
  • i like this! Finally a short listed design that’s actually fun and cool!

    I like it even more because it hasn’t just been whacked up in alias and rendered, you can actually see the design and the renault dna. Yeh okay its a little Tata, but at least its not a flippin box like the rest of the entries so far with a fancy grill.

    You can tell you’re a newbie or a young designer but well done, a good entry and you managed to bring the car to life too!

    nd says:
  • orrible…

    simsalabim says:
  • jejejeje i wish see the design of the people with negative comments, one head is one world and there are many heads with different ideas….i only have this curiosity for see that design coming from people posting negative comments :P…i want enter to this contest…but i cannot express my ideas in a visual form..

    jesusR says:
  • Seriously? did the judges questioned why there is a “gear shifter” on an electric car? Good presentation though but the manual speed system detail is like a bunch of typos on a resume, it really discredits the entry . Other than that is good to see that someone didn’t just relied on 3D to present an idea

    Dave says:
  • I want to see the other 42 shortlisted entries

    Sandy says:
  • I don’t think they have all the shortlisted picked. 3200+ entries are alot to chose from.

    Dean says:
  • I seen few of my friends entries that has a better design and presentation than most of those entries and they did not been notified they made it shortlisted. It’s a shame the taste of the judges are not that well chosen.

    Jon says:
  • I don’t think this competition is about some specific ‘taste’ Jon. the main criteria the jury seems to have followed is conformity to a retro design and all the shortlisted designs we have seen respect this criteria. I have seen some not-shortlisted designs too, some were good lookimg models by very skilled 3D modellers, but nothing more that that because most of them had nothing todo with the 4L.
    Most of what I have seen is a desing-something-and-pretend-it-to-be-a-4L job, while every one of these projects can be tracked back to it’s origin. This is not one of those crazy car design competitions where one can design whatever he wants and this is not a graphics presentation contest neither, and I applaud the jury for having spotted good designs with not so good presentations like this.

    m25 says:
  • very expressive car
    it communicates
    I like it

    geza jans says:
  • das ist alles (Fiat,Citroen oder sonstwas) …. aber kein R4.

    Anke Lewen says:
  • hatch back is cute, but the van application is, well, akward

    dbkii says:
  • Le point commun de tous ces designs automobiles mythiques revisités (New beettle, mini, fiat 500 et 4L ) c’est l’ajout d’une couche généreuse de cellulite… Signe de notre époque ?

    Okapi says:
  • M25, ” This competition aims to revive the R4’s spirit
    therefore, somehow your re-design should resemble the look of the historic model and most importantly: it should look great.”. It stated resemble not retro. You are also contradicting your self. Look at Jerome Garzon design, that’s a crazy design. We all know that it will not work in real life, but cool design. I like it! Most will also agreed that Mark Cunningham design looks great as it own way but lost the purity of the 4L. The friends project I have seen also followed the conformity of the competition briefs. If they did not followed the briefs what is the point of competing. The bottom line is that design is subjective even when the contestants has followed what is required by the criteria.

    Jon says:
  • Well, every design competition is subjective to some degree. Compared to many car design competitions I think there were pretty good rules and selection here, with fresh and interesting models seen up to now and anyone blaming the jury or shortlisted should at least post links what he thinks are better designs so we can all see them.
    As fo the theme, well, sure it wasn’t specifically stated, but anything looking similar ends up being retro and thinking about it, renault NEEDS a retro model to remind people of old glories because they’re suffering low sales of th new twingo and clio, competition in the sector is stiffer than ever and retro can do the trick: people love it, sells a lot, just look at the fiat 500 or mini, they just keep selling and are everyone’s favorite.

    m25 says:
  • There are some good shortlisted like Charlie nghiem is a good example that was comparable to what I have seen that was not in the shortlisted. But there were alot of disppointed shortlisted that was shown. You just stated Renault, “they’re suffering low sales of th new twingo and clio.” Most of the jury are from Renault design department. Doesn’t that tell you something about the design department team? Why are Renault cars suffer low sales? Maybe there are more to it internally, but for sure design theme is part of the issues. Now a day OEM design studios tried to avoid the word “retro” b/c it makes them lack of creativity. The Fiat 500 and Mini works for that brand but it does not necessary will work for Renault. Every brand are in a different circumstances.

    jon says:
  • where are the other 42 entries????

    JayK says:
  • In terms of design, very squarish and un-elegant. The front hood seems too big, well, the whole car seems over-sized, maybe a human next to it might help understand proportions.

    The back seems very un-resolved, something many others failed on this competition.

    Again, something lacks in presentation.

    what ? says:
  • I’m anxious to see more shortlisted entries… it has been almost a week and no entry has been published…

    marceloaguiar says:
  • i wonder do the winners know yet?

    philofax says:
  • Hello Designboom! Where are the other elected entries? Next week maybe i will post my on my site… that everyone can see it. Most of the shortlisted entries have no circular system or have theoretical mistakes. I´m verry shocked and it will be one of the reasons to end with the competition participation for me: much work for nothing and the winner will be a good rendered retrodesigned car with old princips behind. Thats not what was asked for! We need new possibilities for individual transportation: better CarSharing; better Tram/Bus Transportation Systems; new kind of engines, storage and generators, … In our projekt we have a possible answer, but nowbody will see it…

    Konrad says:
  • mmmm I think is a new version of mini. Its very cool but it seems like an older car

    Agus peppers says:
  • So… What happened to the other shortlisted finalists? Why did Designboom stopped showing them, there are atleast 42 to be seen, for now we have 8 and now a silence about it.

    I guess they weren´t expecting so many bad coments? Don´t know, but it´s a bit strange the flow of finalists stopped coming.

    What? says:
  • I am there with What? perhaps Designboom was expecting a more positive response by readers and not so much disappointment. Needless to say, It was NOT an easy competition. I have felt like Konrad regarding the shown entries so far, I feel that what has been shown was selected more on the basis of 3D variations on the original R4 rather than on the depth of concept and exploration of what a modern day R4 could be considering the original meant so many things to so many people and the opportunity that this competition presented to evolve it and propose alternatives to the future of transportation

    ArtCrit says:
  • I think I am more realistic on this: in the end it’s a design competition and it will be the main criteria of evaluation. The critics has been pretty sharp but I don’t think unexpected. When I first heard about this I thought “They’re crazy; you can’t redesign the 4L, it’s superhard or impossible”.
    Circular economy and all the rest is an addition to spice up the contest and make extra difference, but I think that’s asking too much from designers; there are scientists and researchers allover the world working on this for decades and we’re still realistically decades far from susteinable and radically different transportation, and when it comes, I doubt it will look like any car on the road now, it will be more bicycles and bike-like cars and smart public transportation

    m25 says:

    YO says:
  • One of the contest Rules was:
    It is important that you keep your design(s) confidential until the results of
    the competition are published.

    Please explain that , Why these 7 Design have shown before contest result????

    Farzad Barkhordary says:
  • cause they are the results! the shortlist!

    YO says:

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