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Presentation video – Renault 5 Diamant: the city car celebrates its 50th anniversary

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The Renault 5 celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. Symbol of the popular car in the late 1970s, the city car sold more than 5 million copies. To celebrate this half-century, the French house collaborated with designer Pierre Gonalons to create the R5 Diamant, an electric showcar that embodies the Twingo’s grandmother.

Presentation video - Renault 5 Diamant: the city car celebrates its 50th anniversary

Presentation video – Renault 5 Diamant: the city car celebrates its 50th anniversary

“Pierre Gonalons is a young designer from Lyon specializing 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 colored with golden pigments on a pink base, and aesthetic details deliberately removed from their environment that the designer wanted to highlight.

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

This Renault 5 Diamant, in fact, maintains the shape of the original 1972 model but the designer wanted to highlight all the aesthetic artifices such as the diamond-cut front and rear headlights or the wide wheels, inherited from the Alpine version, reworked and signed in the their center of the sun.

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

The designer called in various French craftsmen to dress the interior of the R5. Stonecutters for this imposing steering wheel in marble and carbon, weavers for the mohair rugs and horsehair trimmings, or even a gilder who created all the ornaments from brass.

A stonemason made this spectacular marble steering wheel.
A stonemason made this spectacular marble steering wheel.
Horsehair and mohair were used to dress the interiors.
Horsehair and mohair were used to dress the interiors.

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 positioned on the doors, digital circular meters and an infotainment system concentrated in a smartphone. Without forgetting the engine, 100% electric.

Presentation video - Renault 5 Diamant: the city car celebrates its 50th anniversary
Presentation video - 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 circular digital meters 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 presented in September. As for this Renault 5 Diamant, it will be auctioned a few weeks later. The proceeds will be donated to the “Give Me 5” association, dedicated to the younger generations through sport and music.

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