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 near future.
After the future of 2020 and retro-futurism, participants this year were asked to express their
vision of the Peugeot they would like to drive.
A Portuguese designer, André Costa, won the competition with his project the Moovie, an agile
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 this
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 virtual reality.
Once the model was approved, production could begin.
Production starts with the machining of a scale 1 model. This high-density foam model is produced
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 curvier finish.
The physical medium allows the production of resin moulds. The six moulds needed to produce
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 excellent rigidity.
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 two stages.
A polyurethane primer thinned with water is applied first, allowing final corrections to be made
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 being chromeplated.
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 pillar.
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.