BMW Group Design

Bayerische Motoren Werke AG, commonly referred to as BMW , is a German multinational company which produces luxury vehicles and motorcycles, producing cars under the brands BMW, Mini and Rolls-Royce, and motorcycles under the brand BMW Motorrad.

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    OEMs bring cars and installations to Milan Design Week 2024


    Auto manufacturers such as Bugatti, Bentley, Porsche, and BMW, increase their presence at the storied Milan Design Week with cars and art installations

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    Cars and the City: a study of the Salone


    With countless international designers and exhibits, the automotive world has long felt the attraction of Milan’s design festival Salone del Mobile. Interior Motives examines the origins of the relationship and why it continues to grow  

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    BMW balances retro and future with Neue Klasse X


    At the annual BMW Group conference, a new concept previews the marque’s SUVs of the future

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    BMW previews radical new future at IAA


    The Vision Neue Klasse is a strong indication of where BMW design is headed, with a real departure from the brand’s current look 

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    Feature: Car Design and Fashion


    Fashion has always had an influence on car design and collaborations between the two are nothing new. But when individuals within those industries work together, with equal input and interest, the results can be spectacular. Interior Motives investigates a few recent high-profile examples…

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    Designworks’ yacht collab previews luxury interior


    A new kind of luxury yacht is born out of a unique collaboration and may preview the executive ‘car’ of the future

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    Mini targets authenticity as bigger models come in


    Head of Mini design, Oliver Heilmer, tells Car Design News about the brand’s new design language: Charismatic Simplicity

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    Rolls-Royce brings spirit of electric to new Spectre


    Car Design News talks to designer Anders Warming about the new Spectre, a car that is a Rolls-Royce first and electric second

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    Alias SUBD 高级布线理论精讲及 Dynamo Player 快速驱动 SUBD 建模实践分享

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    The time is right for an M3 Touring, says BMW M


    Car Design News chats with Marcus Syring, Head of BMW M Design, about the hotly anticipated M3 Touring

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    Gamechanger: the BMW i3


    A radical departure from what had gone before, the i3 set BMW on the path to electrification via a collaborative, though not always harmonious, relationship between the German OEMs design and engineering teams. Mark Smyth charts the story of this gamechanging car

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    Alias SUBD-设计师的秘密武器


     Alias SUBD 细分曲面建模技术仅仅是一种曲面建模的手段吗?这项技术对汽车设计流程的发展会有哪些深远的影响?

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    Second Rolls-Royce Boat Tail is a pearler


    Rolls-Royce revealed its latest Boat Tail model at the Concorso D’Eleganza in Lake Como and Mark Smyth was there to chat to its designer, Alex Innes for Car Design News

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    Less is more – the changing face of luxury automotive interiors


     Designers from across the supply chain discuss how green ambitions are redefining interior luxury  

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    Watch: What does the luxury car interior of the future look like?


    This CDN livestream featured speakers from BMW, Polestar, ELeather, Italdesign and Automobili Pininfarina. We discuss the current definitions of luxury, how consumer attitudes are changing and how design can lead the way to a better future.

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    Rolls-Royce remodels Spirit of Ecstasy for EV age


     Rolls-Royce has announced its famous Spirit of Ecstasy mascot is receiving a major redesign for its first electric model

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    BMW iX M60 and the colour-changing iX Flow debut at 2022 CES


    BMW has a large stand at 2022 CES, with the iX M60, iX Flow, and various interior technologies all on show for the first time

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    Vanessa Chang to head up BMW Group Designworks Shanghai studio


    Vanessa Chang takes the reins at the Shanghai studio for BMW Group Designworks

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    BMW reveals angular, aggressive Concept XM


    The BMW Concept XM will likely divide opinion with its edgy exterior shape and busy interior design

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    Interview: Adrian van Hooydonk, BMW Group director of design


    Mark Smyth chatted to BMW Group’s head of design, Adrian van Hooydonk about responding to criticism, circular design, why designers need to use fewer parts

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    BMW opens Materia exhibit on biomaterials


    Sustainability is at the core of a new exhibition from BMW, highlighting potential uses for biomaterials in vehicles and beyond

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    The (not so) all-new design of BMW’s 2 Series Active Tourer


    The new BMW 2 Series Active Tourer looks very familiar on the outside, but there are a few surprises inside

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    Review: Goodwood Festival of Speed 2021


    Goodwood Festival of Speed has become the premier UK car show with a variety of cars both old and brand spanking new on display. What’s more its outdoors which means Covid restrictions are a little less stringent. Armed with camera and notebook, longtime CDN contributor Guy Bird reports

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    Rolls-Royce Boat Tail design in detail with Alex Innes


    Alex Innes, head of coachbuild design at Rolls-Royce, talks us through the design of the new Boat Tail

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    Trio of BMW models break cover – 4 Series Gran Coupe, X3 and X4


    The three new BMW models include some fresh design details, but there is something very familiar about it all

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    Driven: Mini Electric and Mini Convertible


    A mix of modern and retro design details feature in the latest generation of Mini’s, including the new Electric and Convertible models

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    Anders Warming announced as design director at Rolls-Royce


    Anders Warming is the first design director at Rolls-Royce for nearly two years

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    State of the Screen


    As technology has become more prevalent in car design, interiors have been marked by a steady proliferation of touchscreens. Guy Bird explores the near future to discover whether the black mirror is here for good

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    Mini Cooper gets subtle ‘modern’ update


    The Mini Cooper fourth generation has taken on some small design changes

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    Comment: Too much minimalism?


    Everyone is a minimalist these days, but beyond being a handy catch-all for pared back aesthetics, what does the term mean for car design? Are designers sacrificing ornament at the altar of functionality as embodied by touchscreens? 

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    Interior Motives Winter 2020 Digital Edition


    The winter edition of Interior Motives is out now featuring cutting edge design and high-end materials, with exclusive coverage of the Mercedes Maybach S-Class, BMW iX, Maserati MC20, Hyundai Prophecy and more

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    Mini showcases roomy interior with Vision Urbanaut concept


    A digital showcase of the new Mini Vision Urbanaut concept shows how the company hopes to maximise interior space

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    Interior Motives Autumn 2020 Digital Edition


    The autumn digital edition of Interior Motives features in-depth car interior design insight on the Rolls-Royce Ghost, Volkswagen ID.4, Jeep Grand Wagoneer, Yangfeng XiM21, Buick Elektra and more 

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    Rolls-Royce designer discusses inspiration and new Ghost


    Podcast: The new Rolls-Royce Ghost has been launched. It is the second generation of the model, and comes over ten years after the first Ghost was produced

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    Interior Motives Spring 2020 Digital Edition


    Check out the spring digital edition of Interior Motives, featuring in-depth interior design trends, interviews, sketches and galleries featuring Lexus, GMC, BMW, GAC and more

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    Rolls-Royce animation outlines ‘pure and clean’ design for new Ghost


    Rolls-Royce has published an animated video that describes the design ideas behind the forthcoming new Ghost

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    BMW looks to 2021 with triple launch


    The first Alpina SUV will hit the US, while updated versions of the Mini Countryman and BMW 5 Series have been released

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    BMW i Interaction Ease - interior only concept


    This concept collaboration between BMW’s Californian DesignWorks satellite and its Munich studio gave us a compelling insight into how cloud-enabled ‘shy tech’ could deliver a luxury autonomous travel experience while also simplifying the interior to the point that it was difficult to recognise this was a car at all.

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    Frank Stephenson on the new Mini project


    In the first in a series of videos looking back at Frank’s fascinating history in design, he recalls the new Mini project, from working on themes to reimagining the gradual evolution of the original Mini design

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    BMW reveals Concept i4


    BMW has launched the near-production Concept i4 gran coupé which, as expected, builds on the design language set out in the Concept 4 from Frankfurt 2019

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    CES 2020: the best design stories from the show


    The BMW i Interaction Ease is a concept envisioning a future two-seat interior design for autonomous vehicles

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    CES 2020: BMW brings an ‘Urban Suite’ to Vegas


    BMW brings a luxury mobility concept interior to CES 2020 – squeezed inside an i3

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    Iconic BMW Designs: 8-Series (E31)


    The final featured BMW design in this little series is the company’s ’90s flagship: the E31 8-Series.

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    Iconic BMW Designs: Z8


    BMW addict Steve Carter profiles his top-five most iconic BMW designs

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    Iconic BMW designs: M5 (E60)


    BMW fan and M-car obsessive Steve Carter on the E60 – controversial when new, but ageing more gracefully than expected… especially in M5 form

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    Iconic BMW Designs: the i8


    BMW fan and M-car obsessive Steve Carter highlights his Top 5 BMWs of all time, including this mould breaking i8 hybrid

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    Iconic BMW designs: the 2002tii


    BMW fan and M-car obsessive Steve Carter highlights his Top 5 BMW cars of all time, starting with the legendary BMW 2002tii

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    Design interview: Domagoj Dukec, BMW Head of Design


    The design direction BMW is pursuing may be controversial but is quite deliberate, as we discovered when we spoke to the man recently promoted to lead it, Domagoj Dukec

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    BMW Design spotlight


    BMW has shown some really interesting Vision concept cars in the last few years, most recently, the Vision M Next. If you want to understand what BMW design’s aesthetic values are – the Vision cars are a good place to start.

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    Tokyo 2019: Toyota Auto Body surprises with minivan concepts


    It wasn’t just Toyota’s cars (and robots) making a big statement in Tokyo. Their commercial-vehicle branch was at it too. Car Design News took a look at the new GranAce and the PMCV concept MPV

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    HMI walk through: BMW X7 phone and messaging apps

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    This week’s video from Screens walks you through the BMW X7’s phone and communications interface. Watch to see how BMW have optimised the car’s head unit UI to keep you connected while you’re (safely parked) on the road

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    Who’s Where: Jozef Kabaň has left Rolls-Royce already


    Jozef Kabaň has departed from his role as head of design at Rolls-Royce, the company announced last week.

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    BMW restructures design teams (again), Mini to keep a friendly face


    BMW Design has announced a major reorganisation of the way the brands and functions hang together. Under the new structure Domagoj Dukec leads BMW Design including the i M sub brands

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    HMI walk through: BMW X7 Head Unit

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    New video walk through from Screens on the BMW X7 Head Unit. A comprehensive video narrative of the user experience of the dominant display unit in this big BMW, including customising screens and navigating through all the different tiles and sub-menus. 

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    HMI walk through: BMW X7

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    In their latest video HMI benchmarkers Screens review the BMW X7’s head unit gesture controls

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    Mini Electric breaks cover (and keeps it simple)


    Mini’s first-ever production EV finally received its global unveil to select media this week (including Car Design News) to reveal a clean design and clear product positioning

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    BMW recreates legendary BMW Garmisch


    BMW recreates a lost Bertone concept for Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este

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    CCotW: BMW Vision EfficientDynamics (2009)


    A study in aero, packaging and fuel saving that still looks futuristic

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    BMW announces design management reshuffle


    Jozef Kabaň heads up Rolls-Royce as BMW i & M head ascends

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    Interview: Gavin Hartley on Rolls-Royce Bespoke Design


    The man in charge of Rolls-Royce’s Goodwood HQ gives us the inside line

  • Art Center and Clemson University reimagine the Mini


    The new Deep Orange 7 student project takes on the future of BMW’s brand

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    Reimagining a British luxury icon meant being mindful of unsightly knobs

  • Heilmer takes over at Mini


    Ex-interiors and Designworks man completes BMW team

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    LA 2016: Mini Countryman is bigger but not better


    Proportional shift brings more space, but fussier detailing means more ungainly appearance

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    Paris 2016: Citroën C3 and Nissan Micra are the soft and sharp of superminis


    Different takes on the small-car format, with varying degrees of success

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    Interior designer Jonathan Cornu’s neat sketch of the Mini Vision Next 100 concept’s cabin

  • Who's Where: Anders Warming resigns as head of Mini design


    Where next for BMW Group veteran?

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    Design Review: Mini Vision Next 100


    Free from the shackles of its styling heritage, this is the clearest vision of a Mini since 1959

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    First Sight: Sizing up Mini and Rolls-Royce’s Next 100 concepts


    BMW's British-based brands share their visions for the future

  • Tokyo 2015: Toyota's Kirobo mini is your cupholder companion


    Pocket-sized robot designed to keep you company, and keep you happy, when you drive

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    Concept Car of the Week: Le Corbusier’s Voiture Minimum (1936)


    2015 marks the fiftieth anniversary of the death of Le Corbusier, the famous Swiss-French architect who ranks among the great modern masters of the craft

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    Design Review: Mini Clubman (2016)


    Getting to grips with the longest Mini of all time

  • Frankfurt 2015: Mini design language grows with the Clubman


    Mature approach is extremely well resolved with the new Mini estate

  • Mini Concept Tokyo


    With the Japanese market accounting for over 80% of all Asian sales of the new Mini, its easy to see why BMW have decided to re-show this concept here.

  • New Mini


    Essentially a total re-skin rather than an all-new car, the new Mini attracts some odd reactions from most visitors to the stand.

  • Rolls-Royce 101 EX


    The 101EX is effectively a fixed-head coupe version of the 100EX shown at Geneva two years ago, albeit clearly a few steps closer to production reality and with some new and innovative design elements.

  • Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe


    What is remarkable about this car is how little it's changed since the 100EX concept shown in 2004 - a credit to Ian Cameron and his team.

  • Mini Concept Crossover


    This concept design previews a similar-sized SUV crossover from Mini just as the Concept Frankfurt / Tokyo / Detroit / London previewed the Clubman production design.

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    It's a five-door Mini, but not as you might expect. This long-awaited version of the Mini, previewed in Frankfurt two years ago, has asymmetric doors, plus a split-door at the rear. It's a stylish version of this baby BMW and the unique bodystyle will definitely add to its premium positioning ...

  • Rolls-Royce 200EX concept


    Casual observers have likened this preview of a smaller Rolls-Royce to the old adage 'same sausage, different length'.

  • Rolls-Royce Ghost


    Previewed as the 200EX concept in Geneva this year, the Ghost has changed little in its metamorphosis to final production form.

  • Mini Coupe / Roadster


    Mini is celebrating its 50th birthday with the unveiling of the Coupe and Roadster concepts, cars that will make it onto the road next year. Up to the waistline, both are near identical to the three-door; above that the rake of the windscreen has increased 16 degrees, while the overall ...

  • Mini Coupe / Roadster


    Mini is celebrating its 50th birthday with the unveiling of the Coupe and Roadster concepts, cars that will make it onto the road next year.

  • Mini Beachcomber


    Mini's product portfolio will double in the next two years as Coupe, Roadster and Crossover vehicles are added to its existing Hatchback, Convertible and Clubman models.

  • Mini Countryman


    Mini's new Countryman 'crossover', the first model in the range to measure more than four-meters in length, was an expected debut in Geneva, and its been a theme that BMW has been toying with for years with numerous concepts revealed from Geneva to Detroit.

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    Rimowa recreates the aircraft that inspired its trademark aluminium suitcases


    Luggage-maker to offer hand-made recreations of the 1919 Junkers F13

  • Mini Paceman Concept


    While news of the latest Mini variant – a cross-coupe based on the Countryman – may have been met with skepticism, viewing the Paceman Concept first hand proves it to be one of the more impressive cars unveiled in Detroit.

  • Flaminio Bertoni exhibition at the Design Museum, London


    One of the most influential European automotive designers of the 20th century, Flaminio Bertoni, the designer of the Citroën DS, is the subject of an exhibition at the Design Museum in London.

  • Micro-mini Mazda Spiano debuts in Japan


    Feb 15, 2002 - Mazda has released a new micro mini vehicle called Spiano. Featuring a distinctive profile and rounded-edge-design exterior with a comfortable and spacious interior, the Spiano goes on sale today at Mazda Autozam dealerships throughout Japan.

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    New Car: Mini Clubman (2015)


    The largest (or at least longest) car ever to wear the classically diminutive nameplate

  • BMW Group to establish new MINI design center in Munich


    17 April 2001 – Early this year, BMW has established a separate MINI design centre in Munich, under the direction of Gert Volker Hildebrand, a graduate of the Royal College of Art who in recent years has been the director of Seat design.

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    Concept Car of the Week: Rover Mini Spiritual and Spiritual Too (1997)


    The alternative future of Mini, borne of a rejected proposal

  • Mini Cooper to make world debut at Paris Motor Show


    Sep 12, 2000 - The unveiling of the British-built Mini Cooper will take place at the Paris Motor Show on Thursday 28 September 2000.

  • Cosmopolitan new Mini visits lifestyle capitals before Paris Motor Show


    Sep 11, 2000 - The Mini Cooper of the year 2001 has been on tour through the world’s most trend setting cities before going to Paris for the opening of the "Mondial de l’Automobile" where it will be officially introduced.

  • Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe


    Rolls-Royce Motor Cars will unveil its new Phantom Drophead Coupe at the Detroit Auto Show on Sunday 7 January. A number of features first seen on 100EX, the experimental concept shown by Rolls-Royce in 2004, have been engineered into the new Phantom Drophead Coupe. Two of the most visually striking ...

  • Mini Clubman


    Mini has finally revealed the new Clubman - based on the 'Shooting Brake' concept first shown at Frankfurt Motor Show in 2005 - after having teased us with numerous previews of the car in Tokyo and Geneva over the last two years.

  • Rolls-Royce Phantom Coupe


    Rolls-Royce has confirmed its new Phantom Coupé will be unveiled at the Geneva Auto Show next month. Heralded as the most driver-orientated model in the Phantom line, the coupé is nearly identical to the 101EX concept car unveiled at the 2006 Geneva Auto Show and incorporates classic Rolls-Royce design cues.

  • Rolls-Royce RR4 preview


    Rolls-Royce Motor Cars today revealed the first design sketches of its next new model. Known internally as the RR4, the car is due to be launched in 2010 and will sit alongside the Phantom in the model line-up. The RR4 will be smaller than the Phantom and powered by a ...

  • Mini Crossover Concept


    Mini will be adding another variant to the range, previewed by this Crossover Concept set to be unveiled at the Paris Motor Show. The concept has four doors, four individual seats and is four meters in length - slightly larger than the current Mini Clubman. It also has a longer ...

  • Rolls-Royce 200EX (w/ Gallery)


    Rolls-Royce is set to reveal the 200EX concept at the Geneva Motor Show in March. The design study is a preview of a new car, codenamed RR4, first seen in sketch form in May last year. Smaller than the Phantom but larger than a 7 Series, the 200EX measures 5399mm ...

  • Mini Coupe Concept


    Mini has released these official images of its new Coupé Concept in the run-up to its debut at the Frankfurt motor show in a few weeks' time. Like the original Mini Cooper Monte Carlo concept of 1997 - a car that explored a number of key design themes that ...

  • Rolls-Royce Ghost


    The production Ghost will be officially unveiled at the forthcoming Frankfurt motor show, Rolls-Royce has confirmed. Visually identical to the 200EX concept revealed at the Geneva motor show in March, the new Ghost - which is smaller than the Phantom but larger than a BMW 7 Series - exhibits a ...

  • Mini Beachcomber concept


    BMW's Mini division has revealed the Beachcomber concept, which is set to make its public debut at the NAIAS in Detroit early next year.

  • Mini Countryman


    Following yesterday's unexpected leak, BMW's Mini division has now released full details of the all-new Countryman crossover, which will make its debut at the forthcoming Geneva motor show. The Countryman is the first model in the Mini range with four doors and all-wheel drive, intended to provide greater freedom of ...

  • Mini Scooter E Concept


    The first two-wheeled electric Mini will make its world debut at the Paris motor show next week. The Scooter E, defined as 'spontaneous, flexible, CO2-free mobility in the characteristic style of the brand', features a host of Mini design cues transferred onto a vehicle with a ...

  • Mini Paceman concept


    Mini has revealed initial photos of a new concept that will be unveiled at the forthcoming NAIAS in Detroit. Essentially a two-door variant of the Countryman, the Paceman concept retains the Mini family appearance from the front - the familiar chrome-ringed headlights frame the three-slat grille - but the Paceman ...

  • Mini Rocketman concept


    Mini is set to hark back to the brand's heritage at the 2011 Geneva show. Tapping into more than just the name, the Rocketman concept car is a diminutive city car that measures in at just over three meters in length.

  • Mini Coupe


    Mini's ever expanding line-up is set to grow yet again with this latest addition: the Coupe. Retaining most of the details first seen in the original 2009 concept, the strict two-seater features a distinctive 'helmet roof'.

  • Mini Roadster


    Mini is set to add the fifth model to its family line-up in the form of the two-seat Roadster. Based around a similar concept to the recently announced Coupe, it adopts a sportier stance as well as a focus on a more youthful market. In ditching the rear seats of ...

  • Mini Clubvan concept


    The 2012 Geneva motor show will see Mini further expand its brand with a new commercial model. The Clubvan concept is essentially a panel van variant of the Clubman wagon, pitched at premium small business as an up-market alternative to the traditional city van.

  • Mini Paceman


    Mini has presented its latest model, the Paceman, as it ventures into a new vehicle class.

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    BMW i3 Coupe concept


    It may be dubbed a concept but this BMW i3 Coupe is ostensibly the debut of the production version of the innovative new B-segement EV at the LA auto show.

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    The new Mini has been unveiled ahead of its public debut at this week's Tokyo and Los Angeles motor shows.

  • Mini 5 Door


    We don't normally cover the addition of new variants to an established model range, but the five-door version of the latest, third generation Mini is an exception.

  • Design Development: Chrysler Minivans


    The final design also had to manage pedestrian impact by raising the hood, to improve aerodynamics, and to achieve world-class quality with tighter gaps between body panels and components. But the toughest challenge was to make an emotional vehicle out of this minivan to rub out the 'soccer mom' image. ...

  • Design Development: Chrysler Minivans


    For the fifth-generation of the Dodge Grand Caravan - and its ritzy stablemate the Chrysler Town & Country - Chrysler is returning to their utilitarian origins, adding some well thought-out refinements on the way. In the U.S., this vehicle category suffers from such a stigma that designers felt they needed ...

  • Rolls-Royce reveals first Wraith teaser


    Rolls-Royce has released the first teaser image of the its upcoming Wraith coupé.

  • Who's Where: Dimitri Vicedomini joins Brilliance Automotive as Design Director


    Dimitri Vicedomini has joined Brilliance Automotive as its Design Director, following his previous position as Chief Designer at Pininfarina.

  • Mini launches 'Inspired by Goodwood'


    Mini has just held a launch party in Germany for the new ‘Mini inspired by Goodwood'.

  • Mini at the Salone del Mobile, Milan


    Mini is using this year's Salone del Mobile in Milan to showcase its 'flair for design.' As with previous years, Mini will be using sites at Milan's Università degli Studi and the Triennale Design Museum for its installations that highlight the brand's 'Creative Use of Space' philosophy.

  • Rolls-Royce confirms new Wraith coupé for Geneva


    Rolls-Royce will launch its new Wraith coupé model at this year's Geneva motor show, thought to be a dramatic fastback based on the Ghost.

  • Video: Rolls-Royce Wraith design process revealed


    Rolls-Royce has released a video exploring the design process behind its Wraith fastback, revealed earlier this month at the Geneva motor show.

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    Driven: BMW X6


    Why do people like some cars and dislike others? There are all sorts of reasons for sure, but there aren’t so many cars that one both likes and also dislikes. The BMW X6 takes this a stage further in being a design that is likable and unlikable for the same reason

  • Rolls-Royce expands Bespoke operation


    Rolls-Royce has decided to expand its Bespoke operation due to increasing customer demand for bespoke items, a company trademark.

  • First Sight: Mini


    The first 'New' Mini was launched just five years ago, replacing the original Mini that had changed only in detail since its 1959 debut. Designed by Frank Stephenson, now head of design at Fiat, the current design has been a sales success and most significantly has been very influential in ...

  • Mini Yours: 'When personalization becomes art'


    The Mini, in both British Leyland and BMW formats, has always been famous for its limitless personalization options. From fluffy dice around the mirror to Union Jack roofs and beyond, there is no route that hasn't been explored with the cheeky city car.

  • Rolls-Royce Bespoke creates Year of the Dragon Collection


    Rolls-Royce has announced a commemorative offering in preparation for the forthcoming Year of the Dragon celebration, which starts on January 23, 2012.

  • Revival of the Minivan


    The latest revision, directed by Ralph Gilles for the 2008 model year, gave the vehicle a more truck-like front end, to woo buyers away from SUVs. The wider grille and larger headlights lent a touch of elegance and formality. The forms were as simple and strong as that of Gilles's ...

  • Revival of the Minivan


    A couple of years ago I met a young designer at Chrysler's studios in Auburn Hills, Michigan. He had grown up in a minivan, he told me, and he felt the special love-hate relationship for it that is associated with places from childhood. "No one wants their parents' car," he ...

  • Driven: Mini Countryman


    But does the concept of a four-meter Mini translate to use in the real world? We tentatively took the keys to find out...

  • Driven: Mini Clubman


    The Mini Clubman is one of the most interesting - but polarizing - car designs on the market today. The first generation 'new' Mini was a big success for BMW, despite having been such a huge leap from the original Mini design in so many ways. With the second generation ...

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  • Design Review: Rolls-Royce 100 EX


    Now celebrating 100 years of Design and Engineering, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars has introduced at the Geneva Motor Show another super-sized showstopper, the 100 EX Centenary Experimental Car, the first experimental model from Rolls since 1957 and also the first since BMW took over as custodian of the marque. Initiated in ...

  • Anders Warming to replace Gert Hildebrand as Design Director at Mini


    Mini is set to get a new Design Director at the start of the new year. Gert Volker Hildebrand will pass the reigns to current Head of Exterior Design at BMW Cars, Anders Warming, the German automaker announced today.

  • Giles Taylor appointed Head of Exterior Design at Rolls-Royce


    Rolls-Royce will be welcoming Giles taylor as its a new Head of Exterior Design in April this year.

  • Design Development: Mini Rocketman concept


    Annette Baumeister, head of Color and Trim, played with the color palette with the Rocketman, creating a most interesting design. Highlights of bright red can be found throughout the interior, alongside the dominant palette of warm grays, silver, chrome and the lacquered gray/black of carbon-fiber, in what Sieghart refers to ...

  • Design Development: Mini Rocketman concept


    The Mini Rocketman, unveiled at the Geneva motor show in March, aims to breathe new life into the classic Mini.

  • Who's Where: Giles Taylor appointed Rolls-Royce Motor Cars design director


    Giles Taylor has been appointed Rolls-Royce Motor Cars design director, with effect from 1 July 2012. He previously held the position of head of exterior design.

  • Mini Vision concept: what does it say about the brand's future?


    The sight of Mini design head Anders Warming presenting a holographic, 3D projection of the Mini Vision concept as if appearing in his own cartoon was certainly a new one on us, but it captured the quirky, slightly left-field image the subsidiary of BMW Group has cultivated since its relaunch ...

  • Who's Where: Christopher Weil becomes head of Mini exterior design, Marcus Syring head of Rolls-Royce exteriors


    An internal reshuffle in Munich has seen Christopher Weil appointed head of exterior design for Mini, replacing Marcus Syring who takes up a similar position at Rolls-Royce.

  • Design Review: Mini Concept Frankfurt


    The Mini Concept Frankfurt offers a glimpse of how Mini brand might be extended in future to offer a premium coupe-station wagon bodystyle that references the Mini Traveller launched exactly 45 years ago. The Morris Mini Traveller and Austin Countryman were popular estate versions of the Mini, which were targeted ...

  • Design Review: Mini Concept Frankfurt


    The Mini Concept Frankfurt offers a glimpse of how Mini brand might be extended in future to offer a premium coupe-station wagon bodystyle that references the Mini Traveller launched exactly 45 years ago. The Morris Mini Traveller and Austin Countryman were popular estate versions of the Mini, which were targeted ...

  • Design Development: Mini Clubman


    The split-door opening is ingenious however. To allow as wide an opening as possible, the hinges are positioned outboard of the tail lamps and each door closes around the lamp unit. But it was complicated with the hinge point, the strut and the DIN regulations on the lamp too. "This ...

  • Design Development: Mini Clubman


    The Mini Clubman is the third derivative of the Mini family to be launched since its introduction in 2001. The unique station wagon body style references the original Morris Mini Traveller and Austin Mini Countryman introduced in 1960 under the motto "Revolutionary in concept, smart in appearance". Indeed, that slogan ...

  • Interview: Gert Hildebrandt, Director of Design, Mini


    CDN: What achievements are you most proud of as a designer?

  • Interview: Gert Hildebrandt, Director of Design, Mini


    Gert Volker Hildebrandt has had an illustrious career within the german car industry for over twenty-five years, culminating in his current position as head of the Mini design team in Munich. Having originally studied at the RCA in London, he started his career at Opel in January 1981, where his ...

  • Designer Interviews: Anders Warming, Mini director of design


    CDN Will you do another Paceman and Coupe? AW We've got seven models now, but there is a general tendency within the company to want to focus the brand again. Mini is a promise and about urban lifestyle.

  • Designer Interviews: Anders Warming, Mini director of design


    As Mini's modern rejuvenation has developed from a single model to a seven-car range, its design language has stretched well beyond the comfort zone of its original fans. Overall sales may be booming - in 2013 its global tally hit a record 305,030 - but this figure hides poor numbers ...

  • The Mini: growing up or just growing? by Peter Stevens


    This post was re-published with the kind permission of Peter Stevens, one of Britain's most well-known and sought-after automotive and industrial designers. For more of his insights head over to his Facebook page.

  • Design Development: Mini Clubman Concept


    The Clubman Concept departs from the brand's previous one-layout-fits-all approach to interior design and explores a cabin architecture more suited to a significantly wider vehicle. The key elements of this are an even greater visual focus on the circular center instrument; a more open, layered IP architecture punctuated with strong ...

  • Design Development: Mini Clubman Concept


    Type Compact wagonLength 4,223mmWidth 1,844mmHeight 1,450mmWheelbase 2,495mm

  • Mini John Cooper Works Hardtop dials up more details


    The overall form of the third-generation ‘new’ Mini might have expanded in a slightly questionable direction, but there’s no denying the richness of the detailing

  • Bentley Grand Convertible looks prime for a PCH cruise, just don’t mention Rolls-Royce…


    Bentley has chosen the LA show to preview its Mulsanne-based drop-top, a car that couldn’t be more Californian

  • Suzuki Regina concept: the mini aero delight


    If we were impressed by the preview press shots of the Suzuki Regina, seeing it on all its 3,550mm glory, we’re even more delighted

  • Rolls-Royce shows top marquetry


    The Phantom has been lording it over the motoring world since 2003. But to keep things fresh, the firm has unveiled a version of the car with some of the most intricate marquetry we’ve ever seen, and ever put on to a car by the firm

  • A supermini interior battle


    While there may be a sense of disappointment surrounding the Twingo’s very nicely executed but fairly conservative exterior, when you go inside the car the mood changes dramatically

  • Mazda’s oddly-packaged supermini


    Mazda has prided itself recently on the long hood/cab-rearward proportions of both its 3 and 6 models

  • Kia GT4 Stinger – likeable, nicely done, distractingly reminiscent


    It’s often hard to look at a car and not pick out elements that feel familiar or reminiscent of others

  • New Mini 3: The end of car design as we know it?


    98 millimetres longer and 44 millimetres wider than the car it replaces, on the face of it the only surprising thing about the third generation of BMW Mini is that it is 7mm taller than the car it replaces

  • Mini shuttle FTW


    Mini shuttle FTW

  • Geneva 2012: Rolls-Royce Phantom loses a little opera


    The Rolls-Royce Phantom has received a mild facelift, seen for the first time here in Geneva

  • Photo gallery: Mini Rocketman


    Photo gallery: Mini Rocketman

  • Video: Anders Warming shows us the Mini Rocketman


    Mini Design Director, Anders Warming, gives a brief tour and overview of the Mini Rocketman Concept

  • Video: Mini Rocketman in detail


    We covered certain aspects of the Rocketman concept in our previous post, trend observation and photo gallery. Now it’s time to bring you the full video of new Design Director Anders Warming talking us around the car

  • Chrysler 700C: Is there any life left in the minivan?


    While Minivans/MPVs have continued to fall in popularity, and a question mark hangs over the future of the Renault’s breed-defining Espace, Chrysler’s 700C suggests that the company thinks there is plenty of life left in this segment

  • God is in the details: Rolls-Royce retro posters


    While we question just how much Rolls-Royce’s bespoke cars in Paris truly represent the Art Deco movement they claim to be inspired by, there’s no doubt that these bespoke posters on the wall outside the stand are truly fantastic