Video presentation – Renault 5 Diamant: the city car celebrates its 50th anniversary

The Renault 5 celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. Symbol of the popular car at the end of the 70s, the city car sold more than 5 million copies. To celebrate this half-century, the French manufacturer has teamed up with designer Pierre Gonalons to create the R5 Diamant, an electric showcar that brings the grandmother of the Twingo.

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Video presentation – Renault 5 Diamant: the city car celebrates its 50th anniversary

“Pierre Gonalons is a young designer from Lyon who specializes in furniture and interior design. He defends a design that mixes decorative arts, popular culture and minimalism”, explains Renault. It is a contrast between a refined bodywork, here tinted with golden pigments on a pink base, and aesthetic details deliberately taken out of their environment that the designer wanted to highlight.

The show car retains the shape of the original 1972 model. The rims from the Alpine version are marked with a sun, the designer's signature.
The show car retains the shape of the original 1972 model. The rims from the Alpine version are marked with a sun, the designer’s signature.
The front and rear lights cut like diamonds are highlighted.
The front and rear lights cut like diamonds are highlighted.

Indeed, this Renault 5 Diamant retains the shape of the original 1972 model but the designer wanted to highlight all the aesthetic artifices such as the front and rear lights cut like diamonds or the wide wheels, inherited from the version Alpinereworked and signed in their center of the sun.

Specialized in furniture and interior design, Pierre Gonalons was recognized among the 100 best designers by the publication Architectural Digest.
Specialized in furniture and interior design, Pierre Gonalons was recognized among the 100 best designers by the publication Architectural Digest.

The designer called on various French craftsmen to dress the interior of the R5. Stonemasons for this impressive steering wheel made from marble and carbon, weavers for the mohair rugs and trim made from horsehair, or even a gilder who created all the ornaments from of brass.

A stonecutter made this spectacular steering wheel in marble.
A stonecutter made this spectacular steering wheel in marble.
Horsehair and mohair have been used to dress the interior.
Horsehair and mohair have been used to dress the interior.

This show car is a nod to the past but focused on the future. There are many technologies such as, for example, a fingerprint reader placed on the doors, digital circular counters and an infotainment system concentrated in a smartphone. Without forgetting the motor, 100% electric.

Video presentation - Renault 5 Diamant: the city car celebrates its 50th anniversary
Video presentation - Renault 5 Diamant: the city car celebrates its 50th anniversary

This show car is a nod to the past but focused on the future like the circular digital counters and the smartphone as a multimedia system.

Renault has decided to enter the world of NFTs and as part of this project the diamond brand and Pierre Gonalons will also develop a collection of NFTs inspired by the Renault 5 Diamant, which will be unveiled in September. As for this Renault 5 Diamant, it will be auctioned a few weeks later. The profits will be donated to the “Give Me 5” association, dedicated to young generations through sport and music.

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