Perfectly illustrating Renault’s pioneering approach to motoring and vehicle design, the Scénic was conceptualised as early as 1988 by then Design Director, Patrick Le Quément. In 1991 the idea of a small, family MPV was moved forward with the unveiling of the Scénic concept car at the Frankfurt Motor Show – its name being short for ‘Safety Concept Embodied in a New Innovative Car’. Five years later the Scénic was officially launched and with its introduction came the establishment of a brand new sector of vehicle – the compact MPV – and a host of technological advances that would feature in future Renault production vehicles.
Ingeniously designed and even developed with the help of Renault employees’ children in order to highlight optimum storage space for items inside, the new Scénic had vast appeal to families who required a ‘car for living’ that combined space, versatility, safety and an element of fun for all its occupants. Such was the success of the Scénic that other manufacturers quickly followed suit and the compact MPV soon became a key vehicle sector, proving so when the softly-styled Renault was voted European Car of the Year in 1997.