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    Reason for Renault being in the words of Kath and Kim, different! unusual!
    that takes care of the interior, any thoughts on what they were looking at when the transmission was being designed?
    PARIS -- Renault designers went to the florist and returned with dozens of exotic plants, including orchids and cacti, before they created the cabin of the Fluence concept coupe.
    "We cut them up and looked at them under microscopes," explained Patrick le Quement, Renault senior vice president of corporate design. "We looked at time-lapse photography of plants and watched them slowly transform themselves. They were the inspiration."
    The front seats of the Fluence unfurl like a flower. When you open the door, the seat bolsters and side unfold. When you close the door, they fold up, gently hugging the body. The center console is shaped like a leaf, and the instrument panel is supposed to look like two leaves pressed together. The effect is that of a serene and inviting cabin.
    The unusual source of inspiration at Renault is part of a trend of ever-increasing attention to the interiors of cars and trucks. The emphasis on interiors was a major design theme at the 2004 Paris International Auto Show two months ago.

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    hmmm a different approach...

    Its something i dont understand, but its purely because i'm 100% practical & rational at all times
    but hey, if it sells! (and still works!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by GavinS
    The front seats of the Fluence unfurl like a flower. When you open the door, the seat bolsters and side unfold. When you close the door, they fold up, gently hugging the body.
    Renault don't do retro. Otherwise they could have saved themselves an awful lot of cash on flowers and stuff and just got their inspiration from a 1976 Renault 17's "Petale" seats. Side and cushion bolsters were spring loaded, so not as advanced as the Fluence version though.....
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