The auto industry is in mourning. Victim of coronavirus the French designer passed away at the age of 89 Robert Opron, who created several iconic cars such as the Citroën CX and the Renault Fuego.
Opron, who invested eight years of his life in studies of architecture, painting and sculpture, had its premiere in the industry was in 1959 working for Simca by Fulgur, a bubble-dome prototype created as his vision of what 2000 would bring with radar-guided, voice-commanded vehicles, an atomic engine and gyro wheels.
In 1962 he left Simca and joined Citroën, where he was trained by the hand of Flaminio Bertoni, the designer who shaped the mythical Citroën DS and 2CV. When Bertoni passed away in 1965, Opron took over the design department. Under his mandate, cars such as the DS optics redesign, the spectacular SM and the stylized CX, as well as the GS.
In the mid-70s, the French designer left the mark of the double Chevron and landed at Renault. There he shaped the redesign of the Alpine 310 with a V6 engine, the Renault Fuego and the Renault 9, 11, 19 y 21, the latter two in collaboration with Giorgetto Giuguaro de Italdesign.
In 1985 it went from Renault to the group Fiat, where his original sketch for the ES30 project won out over other designers. This car ended up being developed in record time for the 1989 Geneva Motor Show. It was the famous Alfa Romeo SZ.
In 1992, Opron retired, but this did not mean that he left the industry permanently, since he began to dedicate himself to consulting for different manufacturers.
His legacy will remain forever thanks to his futuristic and unique designs that include identity, movement and are imbued with a rather special organic character and with a particular attention to light reflections.