Peugeot RD Concept Car Full Scale Model Revealed in Shanghai

Peugeot RD Concept full scale model
Peugeot RD Concept full scale model

The Peugeot RD concept design of 27 year old Carlos Arturo Torres Tovar is now on exhibition as a full-size model at the 2009 Auto Shanghai in China. The Colombian has just graduated from the National University of Colombia where he studied Industrial Design.

His concept car was the winning project in Peugeot's 5th Annual Design Competition which saw prospects from 95 different nationalities submit over 2,500 projects. The theme for the contest was "Imagine the Peugeot of the Worldwide Megalopolis of tomorrow" which in essence asked them to picture the transportation needs of future megacities and design a vehicle to satisfy them.

What sold the RD concept for Peugeot and the selected jury was its high road-holding ability with ease of use in congested traffic, the environmentally friendly electric motor and the 3-wheeler's driving sensation of a sedan. It also features panoramic all-around visibility and head-up display. Peugeot has been building this show unit since October 2008.

On top of seeing his design come to life in a 1:1 scale, the winner also takes home a cheque for 10,000 euros and an Xbox 360 game console. Twenty nine short-listed entries also received certain prizes.


Source: Peugeot

On the occasion of the Shanghai Motor Show, a life-size model of the RD concept car, the winning project in the 5th Peugeot design competition, will be presented to the Chinese public. The subject for this latest edition of the competition was "Imagine the Peugeot in the Worldwide Megalopolis of tomorrow, and it was a resounding success with over 2 500 projects submitted from candidates of 95 different nationalities.

The winning concept car: PEUGEOT RD designed by Carlos Arturo Torres Tovar
The main innovative operating feature of the Peugeot RD concept car is its ingenious system of articulation that provides irreproachable road holding allied with the ability the easily thread its way through urban traffic.

Equipped with an environmentally friendly electric motor, the driving position in this single-seat concept offers a new feeling of freedom, thanks to its panoramic vision, voice-message driving assistance and a heads-up display system that gives all the information required for travelling in complete safety.

This concept car combines the sensations of a 3-wheeled scooter with the driving pleasure of a saloon car, while retaining all the essential functions of both modes of transport... and while adding a silent environment.

As you would expect, being accessible, solid and extremely simply designed, the Peugeot RD concept car fits perfectly with the complicated mobility constraints you would encounter in a megalopolis of the future.

Carlos Arturo Torres Tovar
Carlos Arturo Torres Tovar is a young, 27 year old Colombian who grew up in the small industrial town of Tunja. Since childhood, he has been working and modelling in clay and is passionate about sculpture. Accordingly, he has drawn, sketched and sculpted a host of objects, especially cars, in all sorts of materials ....

He gave up his initial language studies in Tunja to move to Bogota and attend an Industrial Design School at the National University of Colombia, from where he has just graduated.

Peugeot's 5th design competition: a genuine success.
This event created a real "buzz" with over 600 000 visitors to the www.peugeot.com site and a wealth of interaction on blogs and forums from all over the world.

As the leading automobile design competition with an international dimension, the Peugeot Design Competition continues to be enthusiastically received by young designers who dream of a responsible world where mobility serves humankind without harming the environment. Hydrid engines, electric motors and fuel cells, not forgetting space-saving designs, are among the solutions explored by designers competing to guarantee this balanced alliance between man and machine.

New prizes in keeping with the quality of the creations Peugeot is firmly committed to encouraging young talents and has upgraded the prizes available for competition winners. In addition to seeing his or her project produced on a 1:1 scale, Peugeot now also offers a cheque for 10 000 euros and an Xbox 360 games console. As in previous editions of the competition, prizes are also awarded to the 29 other short-listed projects.

Timetable of events

There were 5 separate phases in the 2008 Design competition.

Creative phase: This started on 20th April 2008 at the Beijing Motor Show with the announcement of the subject. Design projects were then submitted between 30th May 2008 and 20th July 2008 via the www.peugeot.com web site

Selection phase: Between 25th and 31st July, the jury worked to select the thirty short-listed projects to be presented to internet users and the press for their votes. For one month, starting on 15th August, internet users could vote for the ten projects to enter into the finals. The concept cars designed by the ten finalists were posted on line from 16th September onwards.

Results announcement
The podium was revealed on 2nd October on the Peugeot stand at the Paris Motor Show.

Production phase
Starting in October 2008, Peugeot worked to produce the 1:1 scale model of the winning project.

Presentation phase
From 20th April 2009, the winning concept car model will be on display on the Peugeot stand at the Shanghai Motor Show in China.


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Comments (7)

comes in handy when Stallone updates Demolition Man
Apr 22nd, 2009 10:32am
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alessandro alessandro
To win competition in transportation design the thing should look like a wheel chair from optimistic sci-fi movie.
Apr 22nd, 2009 2:09am
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Prince_Ash Prince_Ash
reminds me of Akira lol donno why.
Apr 21st, 2009 10:13pm
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afterace2 afterace2
pointless, but still preety cool IMO
Apr 21st, 2009 5:51pm
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peterjames7 peterjames7
not very good at all, never goin to solve any congestion problems really more of trike, almost a bmw c1 in pointlessness
Apr 21st, 2009 3:28pm
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scratchy996 scratchy996
well , what did you expect from the French ?
Apr 21st, 2009 9:17am
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Kepe Kepe
How would this help the congestion of a large city? It only holds the driver and is quite big. A 5-seat sedan of today holds a lot more passengers in a vehicle of pretty much the same size.
Apr 21st, 2009 8:00am
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