(from Peugeot Press
Release) For the third edition of the Peugeot Design
Competition, enthusiasts of automotive styling from all over the
world were invited to design the Peugeot of their dreams for the
After the future of 2020
and retro-futurism, participants this year were asked to express
vision of the Peugeot they would like to drive.
A Portuguese designer,
André Costa, won the competition with his project the Moovie, an
and environmentally-friendly city car.
At the last Geneva Motor
Show, André Costa was awarded the « La Griffe » trophy by Frédéric
Saint-Geours, the Chief Executive of Automobiles Peugeot.
But it is at the
Frankfurt Motor Show that the competition’s most emblematic prize is
unveiled on the Marque’s stand, in the form of a scale 1 concept
car, built in accordance with the winning project. Not forgetting a
new feature of this third edition: the mass production of the
winning project in the form of a… 1/43 scale miniature.
This now traditional
event offered by Peugeot to the community of designers has met with
real success and last year set a new record for the number of
entries it attracted. Indeed, with 3,800 projects registered on the
www.peugeot-concours-design.com site, the number of entries was up
by 36 % compared to the 2002 event.The competition also confirmed
its international credentials with 2,600 designers from 107
countries, against 90 for the previous edition.
The Moovie was built under the supervision of the
Peugeot Style Centre, according to criteria normally used for the
construction of vehicles intended for a Motor Show. Three
months’ work was required, from the digitization phase to the final
model exhibited at the Frankfurt Motor Show.
In the absence of
three-dimensional drawings, it was necessary to give proportions to
project, for the exterior and interior, that conformed to the
general idea mooted by André Costa.
Digitization of the vehicle as a whole and its component parts made
it possible to obtain
a precise 3D image of the Moovie. This phase was essential,
making it possible to determine
the car’s reference data – length, width and height, as well as its
architecture. Using this data,
a 1/5 scale reference model was produced, giving body to this
Once the model was
approved, production could begin.
Production starts with
the machining of a scale 1 model. This high-density foam model
on the basis of digital specifications. Its purpose is to give
substance to the volumes and allow
necessary adjustments to curves and radii, to give the body a
The physical medium
allows the production of resin moulds. The six moulds needed
the body are then assembled and lined with epoxy resin. Used in the
mass production of cars,
this 3 mm thick resin has mechanical properties guaranteeing
At the same time, parts
such as the headlights, seats and fascia panel are also moulded.
The sidelights and headlamps use polycarbonate, while the casing
relies on the technique of nylon
sintering. The colour of the parts is obtained by plexiglass
cut from a solid block.
The seats consist of two
epoxy half-shells assembled on a steel chassis. The fascina panel
is made of high-density foam, milled from a solid block.
The different body parts are then assembled. This stage is the
longest, since it necessitates
a high level of precision: parts are lightly reworked, certain
assembly procedures are modified.
The generous glazed surface area of the Moovie is made of
polycarbonate. Before being installed
on the body, this thermoformed part is adjusted with meticulous
attention to detail.
The paint is applied in
A polyurethane primer
thinned with water is applied first, allowing final corrections to
to the body. Three different paint pigments are then applied,
the final aspect being given by the
varnish: brilliant for the body, soft for the interior.
The Moovie can now
receive the Marque badge. The lion is made in stereo before
The passenger compartment
The bright, elegantly
styled passenger compartment generates a feeling of well-being.
The plunging front windscreen and generous polycarbonate glazed
surface area ensure a high
level of brightness in the passenger compartment whilst accentuating
the sense of space. The
lines are soft, in perfect harmony with the two yellow pigments used
for the interior.
The two-tone fascia
panel with its smooth lines is mounted on a slightly curved central
Free of all rough edges, it houses an instrument panel consisting of
two tonneau-shaped counters
and a single-spoke steering wheel. The two one-piece seats
incorporate an on-board seat belt.