LAURENS VAN DEN ACKER AWARDED THE PRESTIGIOUS STURMEY AWARD BY AUTOCAR MAGAZINE

  • Laurens van den Acker, Executive Vice President of Corporate Design at Groupe Renault, awarded the Sturmey Award by Autocar
  • Recognised by the magazine as part of the Autocar Awards 2019
  • Sturmey Award recognises an individual who has brought the highest technical standards to his or her area of the automotive industry
  • van den Acker has led Groupe Renault’s Design Department since 2009

Executive Vice President of Corporate Design at Groupe Renault, Laurens van den Acker, has been awarded the prestigious Sturmey Award as part of the Autocar Awards 2019 at a ceremony held this evening at Silverstone, UK. 

Named in honour of the founder of Autocar magazine, Henry Sturmey, the award recognises innovation and an individual who has brought the highest technical standards to his or her area of the automotive industry.

Speaking on the award for Van den Acker, Mark Tisshaw, Editor of Autocar, said: “Our winner this year is one of the industry’s greatest designers. He has transformed the look and feel of Renault's entire car and commercial range in just one generation so that they are widely noted as some of the most recognisable and beautiful vehicles on the road.”

“To make his thinking clear — and give us a great view of the future — he has produced a whole series of cleverly linked, forward-thinking concept cars. He has succeeded in making the future look very bright indeed. Our winner has made progressive design a cornerstone of every Renault.”

Speaking on the recognition by Autocar, Laurens van den Acker, Executive Vice President of Corporate Design at Groupe Renault, said: “I’m very honoured and grateful to receive this prestigious award from Autocar. This is an award for the entire team and I would like to dedicate it to them. I’m extremely proud of the team who continue to amaze me with their creativity and their passion. Designing beautiful, innovative cars is what drives us every day at Groupe Renault Design and this important recognition will motivate us even more in the future.”

van den Acker took the helm of Groupe Renault’s Design Department in 2009 with the ambition to build an attractive, powerful and coherent range of vehicles to boost the image of the Renault brand. Under his influence the teams at the Design Department renewed the entire range between 2012 and 2016.

Since then design has become a key selling point of Renault products and is consistently noted by customers as one of the main reasons for purchase. In 2016 TreZor, a concept-car revealed at the Paris Motor Show, was awarded three European prizes. Van den Acker has won the International Automobile Festival and GQ France awards for his work as well as “2016 Designer of the Year” from Autocar. Under his leadership, the Groupe Renault Design Department now comprises six creation centres worldwide and works with state-of-the-art design and digital visualization resources.

van den Acker also oversees the design development of the group’s three other brands, Dacia, Renault Samsung Motors and Alpine and on the 1st of April 2019 was appointed as a member of Groupe Renault’s Executive Committee.

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About Groupe Renault
Groupe Renault has been making cars since 1898. Today it is an international multi-brand group, selling close to 3.76 million vehicles in 134 countries in 2017, with 36 manufacturing sites, 12,700 points of sales and employing more than 180,000 people. To meet the major technological challenges of the future and continue its strategy of profitable growth, the group is harnessing its international growth and the complementary fit of its five brands, Renault, Dacia, Renault Samsung Motors, Alpine and Lada, together with electric vehicles and the unique alliance with Nissan and Mitsubishi. With a new team in Formula 1, Renault sees motorsport as a vector of innovation and brand awareness.

To read the latest information about Renault’s leadership in electromobility visit www.easyelectriclife.groupe.renault.com/en

In the UK, Groupe Renault UK has nearly 160 dealers selling the range of Renault cars, LCVs and Dacia. Groupe Renault UK sales totalled 103,607 vehicles in 2018.

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