R25 designed by Opron?
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    I came across this reference to Robert Opron as the R25 designer- can anyone confirm this or shed any further light on the designer?
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    Robert Opron worked as a designer for Citroen where he eventually went on to design the SM coupe.

    In the late 70's he headed over to Renault as chief of the Renault Design Centre where he designed the Fuego and a few facelifts...

    I actually thought he had retired before the 25/21 was developed but I suppose his input could have carried through as the design sketches may have been done years before the car was released.

    In retrospect Opron could be considered one of the most 'ageless' designers of his era as many of his vehicles (such as the GS, SM and Fuego) blended gentle curves and angles with minimalist adornment that has seen them age very gracefully...
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    He is accredited with the R25, attached is a pic of prototype X29

    Definitely a Fuego influence there (maybe a bit of Citroen XM as well?) ;-)
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    Thanks for the info, I didn't realise Opron worked for Renault after Citroen.
    There is a definite likeness between the R25 and Fuego, especially the rear hatch where the glass is shaped to carry the line of the car- also in the prototype.
    Both designs were also a departure from the previous Renault "look", compare a 25 with a 20 or 30 for example.
    Oh, and the R25 is 21 this month, released March 1984. Cake anyone??

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    Even the spiritual successor, the Vel Satis, seems to echo the rear hatch, esp. the "frame" around the rear glass.
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    Yes opron disigned the R25, but he do not disigned the R25 Precidential.

    That car is disigned by Philippe Charbarneaux.
    Philippe Charbarneaux, disigned the R8 ( in 14 days ), R16, Chevrolet Courvette and manny thinks more.

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