'the nice icon of industrial change' by miguel herranz renault 4 ever shortlisted entry
'the nice icon of industrial change' by miguel herranz   renault 4 ever shortlisted entry 'the nice icon of industrial change' by miguel herranz   renault 4 ever shortlisted entry
jul 11, 2011

'the nice icon of industrial change' by miguel herranz renault 4 ever shortlisted entry

‘the nice icon of industrial change’ renault 4 concept by miguel herranz



the work of spanish industrial designer miguel herranz, ‘the nice icon of industrial change’ redesign concept for the renault 4
effects a balance between the car’s classic style and the design needs of the present day, conceptualized as a ‘returnable’ car
to facilitate the recycling and reuse of parts. the concept is one of 50 projects shortlisted from over 3200 designs
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 ‘nice icon’ retains the basic structure of the renault 4, but with a flattened windshield, smoothed hood,
and rounded off edges. chrome finishes are set against colours ranging from acqua and cucumber to salmon,
while the dashboard and interior controls are kept extremely streamlined and simple. technologically,
the vehicle would make continual use of advances in renewable processes and materials.

the return system that herranz envisions permits users to bring their car back to renault centers
at the end of its life cycle in exchange for payment. the parts can then be reused for new models.



3/4 front view



side view



3/4 rear view



the design is conceptualized as being produced in a range of subdued tones of unusual colours



interior view



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.

  • I like it, but see it as a very successful styling exercise – the return system feels like an after thought.

    Resi says:
  • my perfect car

    louis says:
  • This is what an interior decorator of the automobile world will come up with.

    Adriaan says:
  • finally a nice car in a world of over-designed monsters.
    I buy one.

    rebecca says:
  • OMG! so where is the re-interpretation?? this looks like simple reproduction.. surely?!

    paul says:
  • @paul I have only a layperson’s knowledge of the Renault 4 but compared to the original model the body looks to me more curved and rounded out… it actually reminds me a little bit of the “logic” behind the contemporization of the vw bus to the bulli.

    petersanford says:
  • Simplicity, practicality, versatility, and a inexpensive industrial process, made R4 the 3rd best selling car in automotive history.
    The new design should also be concerned with new aspects of safety, aerodynamics, new engine systems and automated manufacturing processes, which should radically change the conformation of the body, such as the brand new Renault Frendzy.
    One of the practical aspects of R 4 was opening the rear door back, which was deleted in this version, but the interior is fine.

    Sergius says:
  • IT IS EXACLY THE ORIGINAL ONE! was the aware just aboud 3D modeling?

    alicia says:
  • this is not even an attempt to create a retro-car, this is an original with a body kit that removes both the front and rear chromed bumpers. Where are the innovations and the evolution of the icon. The interior is somewhat successful but as Sergius said, no regards to what our current technological advancements could offer in order to modernize this car.

    ArtCrit says:
  • Where is the others 50 finalist?

    ison says:
  • Good question “ison”… why show just the work of one of the participants and not those of everyone else?

    Dario says:
  • Well, without trying to be rude, but this first shortlisted entry is quite disapoiting, makes me think (and this is a first coment, since I haven´t seen the other shortlisted entries), that again, like in previous designboom competitions, the jury pick the winner and the others that deserve a prize and the rest is just random.

    Either that or few participated, because this is nothing more then a slightly update to the original 4L, like someone pick up a rusty one and did a small body work.

    I don´t see how this project fits on the modern language of car design or a new way of thinking in materials and technology.

    Plus, if I read the description correctly, it states it retaines the basic 4L strutcure, but with a flattened windshield, if I´m not mistaken the original 4L had a flat windshield already, plus, the front windshield and the back door glass where the same, same size and format, making it cheaper to produce and fix when broken, I see that this project doesn´t even respect that smart idea… Making the windshield bigger and the back door window a different size…

    About the presentation and 3D modelling, it´s quite poor, but I accept that, since amateurs have the right to present their ideas, but sorry, I don´t understand how this project had enough quality to be shortlisted.

    What? says:
  • So nice!

    derek says:
  • @What? I fully agree with your statement, allthough I even find the interior to be devoid of any creativity and the rendering in itself is not up to scratch. This guy did manage to enter which is more than I can say, but surely this can’t be the standard among all 50 finalists?

    Adriaan says:
  • it’s ok. very close to the original. i’m curious about the other shortlisted entries.

    oliver says:
  • I am one of 50 finalists and I would be curious to have your comments about my design.
    I hope we can show all the projects.

    tripleMatt says:
  • I agree rebecca, it’s a nice understated interpretation. It looks like the original but has a fresh modern feel, and it stands out from the crowd of copy cat vehicle design.

    kevin says:
  • This is pitiful, all the details about this project are overlooked. It is OK for a designer to have a low-lever of 3D sophistication but please, this project looks like an early 3D-Max modelling & rendering exercise. This project is actually a watered-down version of the original 4L. Both the A & C pillars are way too thick and the design appears to be quite top heavy judging by the space between the top of the door and the roof line. Also, the size of the wheels makes it appear quite dated and the lack of a protected area for the rocker panel makes it look rather weak. Hopefully the rest of the “shortlisted” entries are not as vague and poorly executed

    Dave says:
  • dear ison and other readers,

    as in many of our competitions, in the coming weeks (leading up to the announcement
    of the final RENAULT 4 EVER results at the end of july), designboom will be featuring
    shortlisted entries in articles like this one. this is just the first!

    jenny db says:
  • i am still gobsmacked.. answering the brief which was in 2 parts: 1) visual design 2) circular economy, seems to be optional.
    @jenny db: Have all shortlisted entrants been decided & notified? This is in the top 50??!! I really hope there are some impressive answers to your brief in the upcoming feature articles. First impressions of the results leave a lot to be desired..

    paul says:
  • I quite like it. Effects like the different headlight shape and curved body of this concept make it feel very different to me than the original renault 4, which was gorgeous and innovative, but looking back now is identifably tied to its historical period.

    Ibiza says:
  • blah, blah, blah,
    if the car would be real, I will buy it,
    great work


    massimo mini I designboom says:

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