THERE IS something larger than life about Yves Dubreil - as befits someone who is in charge of the Vel Satis and Espace IV, two of Renault's most generously sized passenger cars.
Dubreil has diverse interests outside his auto career, including gastronomy and surrealistic paintings. But "it's people who matter," says Dubreil, who counts the founder of a charity dedicated to defeating global poverty among his heroes.
Throughout his long career at Renault, the 55-year old engineer has been involved in the development of many key models, from the first-generation Megane to the Twingo mini.
The first cars Dubreil worked on at Renault were the 9 and 11 back in the 1970s, when he was a young engineer hailing from Paris' prestigious Ecole Polytechnique. Dubreil spent time in the USA studying American cars' design before being named project manager for Renault's upper-medium and luxury cars in 1995.
Name: Yves Dubreil.