Experiencing the interior of the All-new Renault Austral is unique thanks to the carefully chosen textures and materials that have been tested at the Renault Technocentre secret laboratories in Guyancourt (greater Paris area). This is where Carla, trained chemist and head of the sensory panel at Renault, works with a team of testers to ensure that materials used on the car interiors are just as they should be. When it comes to covering everything a customer may want, be it a steering wheel and armrests that are pleasant to touch, comfortable seats, or a dashboard with just the right level of foaming, testers employ an unusual measuring device that is as original as it is reliable: humans. From senses to science, meet the person in charge of the unique measurement system.
In the ‘Laboratories’’ building located at the Guyancourt Technocentre, a small room is home to the future interiors of Renault vehicles. In this room, dozens of fabric and parts samples are placed on the table, waiting for assessment. From hard to soft, sticky to dry, soft or rough, materials are classified according to twelve criteria using a device created by Renault in 2004, the Sensotact. It was a factor in choosing the material to replace the leather on All-new Austral steering wheel, as well as the those used for the seats, dashboard, and armrests.