The Renault Laguna went on the market in 1994 as a replacement large family car for the Renault 21. Initially a hatchback model, with an estate version coming a year later, it was designed by Patrick Le Quément who had completely revamped Renault’s design department in 1987. He was also responsible for the Renault Scenic and Renault Mégane II, both voted European Car of the Year in 1997 and 2003 respectively.