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  Renault Ellypse

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Country of origin:France
Produced in:2002
Source:Company press release
Last updated:Before December 1st, 2004
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Click here to download printer friendly versionRenault's concept car, Ellypse, heralds a new era of harmony between automobile and environment. Aggression is banished from the soft yet structured forms to create a friendly personality, while the deliberately minimalist interior radiates soothing vibes... proof that charm doesn't have to be contrived. A cleverly-designed car with new functions, the Ellypse showcases Touch Design, first seen on the Talisman concept and created to aid the man/machine interface.

The Ellypse concept car also illustrates Renault's commitment to sustainable development through its environmentally-friendly design: the car's architecture favours easy removal and recycling of components at the end of the vehicle's life-cycle, the new-generation diesel engine reduces fuel consumption and exhaust emissions (85g of CO2/km), and it is equipped with advanced 'x-by-wire' technology and 42-volt electrics.

The shape of its headlamps and of the radiator grille, which incorporates the brand's new visual identity, give it a cheerful 'face' whilst simple, non-aggressive contours, wrap-around windscreen and curved rear window make it hard to resist. Solar cells all along the transparent roof panel help optimise cabin air-conditioning. Ellypse's soft and natural colour scheme mirrors its gentle forms, with blue-tinted almond for the front and rear, and ultra light blue for the doors.

While the left side is equipped with traditional doors, the right side reveals an original and innovative two-way opening system. Despite the absence of a centre pillar, the rear door opens either as a classic swing door to give direct access to the rear seats, or tilts from front to back. When the front door is also open, this second option completely frees access to the cabin.

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