• Multipoint gasoline injection, 505
cc twin-cylinder engine, mounted centrally
behind the passenger compartment
• Power: 15 kW (21 hp) at 5200 rpm
• Automatic forward/reverse variable
speed transmission with differential on
the rear wheels
• Mechanical rack-and-pinion steering
• Suspension is MacPherson struts
on all four corners, without anti-roll bar
• Four-wheel disk brakes
• Catalytic exhaust system
• Aluminum chassis
• Absorbent bumpers with dismountable
• Bodyshell made of color-fast ABS-PMMA
• Engine unit bearer including engine,
variable speed transmission, differential,
radiator and exhaust, fully suspended for
better filtration of vibration and longer
• Length 3.21 m
• Width: 1.51 m
• Height: 1.23 m
• Wheel base: 2.30 m
• Ground clearance: 20 cm
• Volume of trunk: 330 liters
• Tires: 135/80/15
• Tank: 26 liters
• Weight: 380 kg
• Maximum speed: 110 km/h
• Average consumption: 4.7 L / 100
• Driver’s seat adjustable for
length over 240 mm
• 12-volt electrical connector on
• Battery switch
• Safety system linked to the engine
ignition switch, to prevent starting when
• 3-point safety belts with inertia
• Glove box lockable by key
• Rocker panel inset
• Tinted wind deflector
• Luggage rack
• Additional removable storage compartment
• Hardtop with full windshield and
ACREA, the new French manufacturer full of fresh ideas.
“There will always be more people looking in a confectioner’s window than in a pharmacist’s window”.
from this thought, ACREA decided to make “confectionary”
vehicles, enjoyable to drive with high esteem
value, with requirements totally different
from those of a “pharmacy” vehicle
where travel needs increasingly sophisticated
vehicles, for example, meet a need for personal
freedom no longer provided by the automobile,
a victim of its own success, with its monotony,
lack of character, traffic jams, pollution,
running costs, and security concerns...
designs, manufactures and distributes vehicles
that create a strong bond with their owners;
they are “passionate” products.
• Partners with lots of experience
often achieves great things. The founders
were able to express their passion in the
Zest, and create their first joint project.
of them come from the automobile industry,
either from manufacturing or engineering companies,
with long experience in their respective trades.
Enthusiasm has always been their driving force,
keeping them alert, ready, relevant and efficient.
Solbach, former product manager at Matra Automobile,
and at the origin of ACREA, proposed a strategy
whereby the first Zest product would be tackled
from the angle of certification. The Zest
is therefore a heavy quadricycle. Intentionally
registered in this category, the Zest has
allowed ACREA to enter the small world of
automotive engineering through a door more
easily opened than that of more traditional
What can be done without reinventing the same automobile as everyone else, or a new sports vehicle prototype unusable on the open road? This roadster gives you time to live again and feel human and active. It doesn’t behave like a predator; it’s simple to develop and enjoyable to drive.
ZEST designers are always listening to the
public everywhere, to come up with changes
and accessories for the Zest.
Knowledge of the environment and the driving
context, and mastery of the market, are always
part of the data input of ACREA vehicles.
vehicles will follow; all created through
a similar strategy.
Industrialization and development
with Etud Intégral and Partner-Manager
Intégral, a well-known company in the
French automobile world and ideal partner,
has taken up the challenge for the final design,
studies and industrialization. In addition
to engineering, Etud-Integral is an expert
in style and specialist in creating exploratory
preproduction designs for manufacturers. (
Josseaume is manager of the Zest project.
Head of the Partner-Manager company, he has
brought his past experience to the project
as manager of the Matra Automobile bodywork
division. Partner-manager is a company acting
as partner for managers and management in
It has great skill in product-process development,
designs and production costs. It has been
at the origin of many strategic decisions
concerning the Zest, subsequently okayed by
you will soon see that the Zest is a front-back
symmetrical vehicle. This way, the same tools
are used twice to produce the wings, bonnets,
cowling and rocker panels: “five tools
to make a complete bodyshell!”
the chassis is completely symmetrical. Similarly,
most of the parts specific to the Zest, designed
at Etud Intégral, have a multiple use.
This gives the shortest possible payback time
on investment: “four times the triangles
and suspension forks and up to seven times
the same part for one single Zest”.
The components of the Zest have two origins:
European suppliers and equipment contractors
from the automobile world such as ArvinMeritor,
Bowden, Faurecia, Ficosa, Hella, Sagem, SIA
Industrie, Siemens-VDO, Sika, TI Automotive,
Those from the quadricycle world are Comex,
started on one of the Etud Intégral
sites (600 m² at Plaisir in Yvelines
near Paris) in buildings next to the ACREA
offices. These industrial workshops suit the
intentionally limited initial objectives of
the Zest. Later, other production arrangements
will be launched, with the same realism that
has marked the whole project.
• Distribution in the principal
too, the Zest-attitude has played a full part
in distribution. Our distributors are all
passionate about the automobile, have strong
entrepreneurial skills and know their market
all are linked to local sales outlets with
direct contact to customers. The small quantities
distributed will ensure that contacts between
the sales outlets and ACREA are easily created
via the importers.
first, the Zest will be distributed in France,
Italy, Spain, Portugal, the United Kingdom,
Austria and Switzerland.
At present, this gives a total of almost 500
sales outlets in seven countries.
course, the distribution network will not
remain at this early stage. ACREA will study
all import proposals for each new country
• Passionate, but not naive
project as risky as that of setting up a new
benchmark manufacturer in the field of leisure
vehicles is very ambitious.
Zest was chosen because it is designed to
cope with risk factors: straightforward design,
production and distribution, simplicity and
evident concept, regained pleasure in driving.
too, in order to control risk factors and
the effort involved in industrial and financial
undertakings, the production of the Zest will
be limited to 600 units for the first year.
This way, the experience gained in a controlled
cadence will, in the following year and according
to demand, allow production to be increased
to a reasonable 2,000 vehicles. A more ambitious
target will be set for 2008.
our vehicles make you dream and awaken the
passion slumbering within; all the same, we
don’t consider ourselves as daydreamers...