Renault's chief operating officer Carlos Tavares says Laguna's bland design had a negative impact on sales.

He added the hatchback's looks have affected sales of the stylish (yet very expensive) coupe and practical estate versions as well. In an interview given to Autocar he admitted "it's possible that because the rear of the hatchback is a little bit strange, this has damaged the potential of the other cars."

The next generation of the Renault Laguna is programmed to arrive in 2014 or 2015 and will have "character without being strange", following the release of other models such as the Zoe, Captur and fourth-gen Clio.

Gallery: Renault admits Laguna design has affected sales, next-gen to have 'fluid and emotional' looks

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