Steane Klose | Apr 13, 2009

It was just last week we brought you news that Mazda's design chief, Laurens van den Acker, was parting ways with the Japanese manufacturer. Of course, talent like that will never be out of work for long and Laurens is now headed to Renault where he will lead the design team.

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Outgoing Renault design chief Patrick le Quement.

The current Renault design chief, 64-year-old Patrick le Quement, is set to retire after 22 years of service.

While van den Acker is best known for his work at Mazda, he has also spent time at Ford, Audi, and a host of independent design houses.

Renault is renowned for its unique design approach, while Laurens appears to have his finger on the pulse of what the buying public looks for in a car.

While the new Megane is well-and-truly sorted, there are plenty of models in the Renault line-up that could use a more modern edge.

At the same time, part of Renault's appeal is the fact the French marque has always done things its own way. That individuality is part of Renault's heritage and something we'd like to see retained.

Keep a close eye on Renault in the next few years ladies and gents, there is change afoot.

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