2020-03-20T13:21:00+00:00By Karl Smith
Revisiting the shooting brake that proved the swansong of an Italian coachbuilder’s heyday
2020-02-18T10:24:00+00:00By Farah Alkhalisi
From the Winter 2019/20 edition of Interior Motives magazine: Simon Loasby and SangYup Lee talk Car Design News through the interior design of the electric Hyundai Concept 45
2020-02-14T18:02:00+00:00By Karl Smith
In the guiding hands of a young of Erhard Schnell, this month’s concept car, the Experimental GT, marked a turning point for Opel Design
2019-11-21T22:33:00+00:00By Guy Bird
The 2019 version of VW can’t be accused of shirking its environmental responsibilities. Hot on the heels of the production version of the ID.3 at September’s Frankfurt Motor Show, just two months later it revealed the latest in its all-electric ID family in the shape of the Space Vizzion concept at the 2019 LA Auto Show.
2019-08-15T10:16:00+01:00By Karl Smith
This week at the 2019 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, Acura will introduce a new expression of the Precision design language in the form of the Type S concept sedan. We take a look at the design language and consider how it will feed into future models
2019-05-28T15:50:00+01:00By Richard Gooding
Revisiting the ever-relevant pursuit of super-efficiency
2019-04-01T19:01:34+01:00By Car Design News
A push for a 21st-century Jaguar spawned this highly influential sports hatch
2019-02-19T08:09:00+00:00By Chris Maillard
The French firm’s centenary city car puts them squarely into the wider mobility landscape
2019-01-08T12:11:09+00:00By Michael Gooderham
A collaboration with Sundberg-Ferar gives this mobility concept some legs… literally
2018-12-07T13:01:00+00:00By Karl Smith
Japanese concept cars were unlikely visitors to the Geneva Motor show in the 1970s, and the one that appeared at the 1978 show was especially shocking. Its dramatic wedge suggested the latest from Italdesign or Bertone, but something about the detailing suggested another, unknown provenance – as did the name: ‘Dome Zero’. A mystery wedge from an unknown Japanese manufacturer.
2018-11-30T19:03:00+00:00By Karl Smith
The massive concept that predicted today’s luxury trucks
2018-10-19T08:44:00+01:00By Karl Smith
Following the success of the Golf, Italdesign proposed a radical duo – Machimoto and Orbit – to evolve Volkswagen’s small car concept
2018-10-02T13:39:42+01:00By Lem Bingley
A closer look at the neoclassical show star
2018-09-10T13:33:00+01:00By Chris Maillard
Swappable bodies make autonomous, electric concept van an urban tool
2018-06-22T09:58:36+01:00By Karl Smith
The future, as seen from the past by an astonishing illustrator
2018-05-31T13:00:27+01:00By Farah Alkhalisi
In-depth details of how the UK-conceived concept car came to be – and lots of images
2018-05-06T21:05:00+01:00By Flavien Dachet
In 1967, Lamborghini’s lineup consisted of just two cars - the Miura and the 400 GT 2+2 - but this wasn’t enough for Ferrucio Lamborghini, who fancied a true four-seater GT to add to his stable. After the successful collaboration on the Miura, he naturally returned to carrozeria Bertone which was commissioned to design the car.
2018-05-06T21:05:00+01:00By Flavien Dachet
The 850 was a very popular car for Fiat in the ‘60s, especially in its spider version with its cute design and compact proportions. When the time came to replace it, Fiat went back to Bertone, where chief designer Marcello Gandini was charged with designing its replacement.
2018-05-06T18:30:00+01:00By Flavien Dachet
Marcello Gandini’s Carabo for Alfa Romeo pioneered a distinct design language, influencing automotive icons such as the Lotus Esprit and Lamborghini Countach
2018-03-07T12:02:00+00:00By Maxine Morland
On a new electric powertrain, the Mission E Cross Turismo previews a future crossover
2018-03-02T12:09:00+00:00By Chris Maillard
Previewing autonomous concept the Nucleus
2018-02-16T17:33:31+00:00By Car Design News
A look into GAC’s trend-driven poster car which prefaces their planned entrance to the US market
2017-11-30T18:27:25+00:00By Joe Simpson
On-trend SUV steals the lime-light
2017-11-29T06:56:32+00:00By Chris Maillard
At the launch of a startling Chinese government-backed urban micro-EV
2017-10-20T08:36:00+01:00By Karl Smith
Racing on California’s dry lakes dates back to before World War II, but the sport became a real phenomenon in the years after the war. Hot rods and speciality cars like streamliners would streak across the dry lake beds hoping to set records for speed in the forbidding desert landscape.
2017-10-06T10:30:00+01:00By Karl Smith
Tuesday, 4th March, 1969. A select group of journalists had been invited to Holden’s Technical Center at Fishermen’s Bend, Australia for a secret unveiling of Holden’s first-ever concept car. Among those assembled that day, there was great curiosity. After all, Holden – as a part of GM industrial empire – was only 21 years old (it was independent before World War II), and its technical centre was only founded in 1965. Holden was a producer of staid family transportation, so what could be so top secret?
2017-09-22T09:01:00+01:00By Karl Smith
As the 2006 Paris Motor Show approached, there was eager and somewhat anxious anticipation about Renault’s offerings at the show. Renault had a long history of interesting concepts. Would there be similar offerings now that the Carlos Ghosn/Nissan Alliance era had begun? After all, Ghosn’s own top lieutenant at the time, Patrick Pelata, had been critical of Renault’s design direction – particularly the bustlebacked Megane, then a hot seller in its class in the European market.
2017-09-20T13:26:22+01:00By Nick Hull
From nowhere, the revived German brand gave us one of the stars of Frankfurt. We analyse the Isabella concept
2017-09-15T10:05:00+01:00By Karl Smith
Even the most casual student of automotive history knows that aeroplanes and automobiles ‘grew up’ together, with much technology transfer between the two. Both designers and engineers, as well as various manufacturers, moved freely between the aeroplane and the automobile in the decades before the Second World War.
2017-09-08T09:17:00+01:00By Karl Smith
This week (September 2017) is the 41st anniversary of the introduction of the Ford Fiesta. Now about to enter its seventh generation, Ford has sold over 16 million Fiestas worldwide since its introduction in 1976. Conceived as a competitor to the Fiat 127 and Renault 5, the Fiesta has managed to outlast all its competition for a generation now. But what is often overlooked is how robust a platform the Fiesta has been for interesting concept experiments.
2017-08-25T07:05:00+01:00By Karl Smith
When Chevrolet introduced the Corvette Quartet in 1954, an unusual amount of interest was shown in the shooting brake/wagon variant, the Corvette Nomad. Chevrolet wanted to develop this car as a competitor to the Ford Country Squire, but elected to build the car on a Bel Air frame instead. The two-door Nomad wagon sold in modest numbers but became an instant classic, an iconic car of the 1950s. The Nomad name was transferred to a more conventional wagon later, but the idea of a two-door, sporty wagon stuck in the minds of GM design staff.
2017-08-18T09:04:00+01:00By Karl Smith
When a young GM designer named Wayne Cherry was asked, in 1965, to travel to the UK for a temporary assignment at Vauxhall, he eagerly accepted the invitation. In addition to automotive design, Cherry was an avid racer, and longed to see some of the legendary European races in person. It seemed like the perfect opportunity.
2017-08-14T09:15:02+01:00By Michael Gooderham
Nissan’s premium brand (est. 1989) imagines its own 1940s Grand Prix car, in a fit of ‘fauxstalgia’...
2017-08-11T07:24:00+01:00By Karl Smith
One day in 1956, Bill Mitchell, who would soon become GM’s design chief, pulled up at a red light not far from the GM Technical Center. Beside him was a Ford Thunderbird driven by a young designer GM had recently hired and who had quickly made a name for himself with interesting ideas for the 1959 Pontiac and Chevrolet models.
2017-07-14T08:46:00+01:00By Karl Smith
The Chevrolet Corvette is an American automotive icon. Introduced in 1953, it is the longest continually produced domestic car, still going strong at almost 65 years. But its beginning was shaky, and the sports car program was almost canceled before it had really begun.
2017-06-30T08:38:00+01:00By Karl Smith
Studebaker is an American automotive legend, and of the few manufacturers to successfully transition from the horse-drawn to the horsepower eras. Founded in 1852, the company produced high quality wagons for farming and overland freight hauling. By 1875 Studebaker was the largest vehicle manufacturer in the world, producing wagons and carriages in a proto-assembly line that had no rivals.
2017-06-09T10:34:00+01:00By Karl Smith
This week marks the sesquicentennial (150th anniversary, if you’re not fluent in Latin) of the birth of the architect Frank Lloyd Wright. All over the United States, and beyond, celebrations and exhibitions are planned and the architect’s contributions to modern architecture and city planning are once again a lively subject of debate and critical essays.
2017-06-02T09:10:00+01:00By Karl Smith
In the history of French car design, Philippe Guédon is a legend. While maybe not as well-known as Patrick Le Quement or Robert Opron, Guédon has been involved in the design of many vehicles from Simca, Matra and of course Renault. He is considered the father of the Renault Espace, a design widely attributed to designer Antonis Volanis but finally shepherded to production by Guédon for Renault in 1984.
2017-05-19T10:07:00+01:00By Karl Smith
For many, the recent crisis of 2008 through to 2012 was the worst downturn for the automotive industry in many years. But the mid-1970s were in many ways just as grim, though many of the players in the industry were stronger then and could weather the economic storm better than in recent crises. For makers of fine cars, however, those were desperate times indeed. But many of the designs of those years, some of the best ever, seem to defy the desperation and might fool one into thinking it was an automotive golden age.
2017-05-12T10:28:00+01:00By Karl Smith
William ‘Bill’ Mitchell spent his entire 42-year career at General Motors, much of it served under the leadership of the flamboyant Harley Earl, GM’s Vice President of Design for over three decades. Earl appointed Mitchell as Cadillac’s first design chief in 1936. In 1954 he was promoted to Director of Styling, serving directly under Earl. Finally, after Earl retired, Mitchell stepped into Earl’s place and was Vice President of Design from late 1958 until his own retirement in 1977.
2017-05-05T13:39:00+01:00By Karl Smith
In 1960, General Motors found itself on top of the industrial world. It was the largest corporation with the greatest reach and broadest product line of any corporation in the world. It produced everything from home appliances to cars and trucks, to heavy industrial machinery and military vehicles. True to its name, if it had a motor, General Motors probably produced some version of it.
2017-04-28T08:37:00+01:00By Karl Smith
When John F. Kennedy was elected President of the United States in 1961, he and his wife Jacqueline were not just state dignitaries, they were celebrities. Their image was one of a young America entering a new era. Jacqueline herself was an instant fashion icon – an American beauty, only 31 years old at the time of her husband’s inauguration. She became famous for pink Chanel suits, pillbox hats and a glamorous lifestyle inherited from her wealthy, old-world family. No other First Lady, before or since, has captured the American and international imagination so completely.
2017-04-21T08:41:00+01:00By Karl Smith
The Hillman Imp was manufactured from 1963 to 1976 for the Rootes Group, then later for Chrysler’s European group. It was sold in the lineup of a number of marques – Hillman, Singer, and Sunbeam – and in a number of configurations; coupé, saloon, estate (the Husky), a van and others. It was meant to be a direct competitor to the BMC Mini, and the two cars did fight it out for supremacy in the subcompact/starter car market, at least for a few years.
2017-03-31T08:57:49+01:00By Karl Smith
Defining the “Fuselage” Aesthetic for a New Decade at Chrysler
2017-02-10T12:34:14+00:00By Karl Smith
Luigi Colani, Siemens and T.U. Munich showcase their vision of tomorrow’s truck
2017-02-03T11:58:48+00:00By Karl Smith
Exploring a trucking application for gas-turbine technology
2017-01-05T14:38:11+00:00By Karl Smith
Like a Hollywood take on a German race car, this sleek road-legal roadster was both out of place and time
2016-12-16T08:56:00+00:00By Karl Smith
In the late 1950s Maserati launched a series of lightweight racing cars to conquer the 24 hours of Le Mans as well as other famous races. Known as ‘Birdcages’, the cars were constructed of a latticework of chromium/molybdenum steel tubing and covered by light sheet metal.
2016-12-09T14:20:22+00:00By Karl Smith
Not quite the future of the luxury car, but an interesting experimental monospace
2016-10-21T14:31:00+01:00By Karl Smith
In 1972 the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) in New York held an exhibition: Italy: The New Domestic Landscape. A number of avant-garde Italian architects and designers were invited to submit work for what would become one of the seminal exhibitions of the decade, and included Mario Bellini’s Kar-A-Sutra
2016-10-06T15:52:56+01:00By Tom Phillips
Interesting Oasis concept will debut at January’s CES in Las Vegas
2016-09-30T15:21:47+01:00By Karl Smith
The concept car that believed you only live twice
2016-09-23T11:56:00+01:00By Karl Smith
Ask any Corvette enthusiast the significance of the year 1963 and an excited smile will break across his or her face. That was the year of the introduction of the second generation Corvette, the C2, with its dramatic styling, shape, and controversial split rear window, all courtesy of Larry Shinoda and the GM Design team.
2016-08-26T12:37:55+01:00By Karl Smith
A record-breaking aerodynamic fantasy created by design’s ‘nutty professor’
2016-08-12T15:16:15+01:00By Car Design News
The car designed by an all-female team that raised some important questions as well as eyebrows
2016-07-29T14:38:35+01:00By Karl Smith
Ford’s vision for spaceage, nuclear-powered cross-country driving
2016-07-22T11:25:00+01:00By Karl Smith
A generation ago, Autobianchi stood for innovation in packaging and engineering. Formed in 1955 as joint project by Bianchi, Pirelli, and FIAT, the small company was “the mouse that roared”, creating a limited number of models, each unique in the marketplace, and frequently serving as platforms for innovative features FIAT hoped to incorporate in future models.
2016-07-08T15:23:46+01:00By Karl Smith
What happens when the original creator attempts to revisit one of their past masterpieces?
2016-07-01T15:09:06+01:00By Karl Smith
A mid-engined Corvette concept with Italian Flair
2016-06-24T16:04:12+01:00By Karl Smith
Italian firm's 90th birthday present to itself, via Sweden
2016-06-17T09:51:59+01:00By Owen Ready
The seminal monovolume that spurred on Giugiaro's most creative period
2016-06-10T16:54:00+01:00By Karl Smith
The issue of the automobile in the megacity of tomorrow has been on automakers’ agenda for the last decade now. Plenty of questions are still being debated – What will power this car? Will it be autonomous? What will its architecture need to be? And what will an urban design language look like?
2016-05-27T16:48:50+01:00By Karl Smith
The concept that aimed to revive the estate car with the help of a built-in Nintendo
2016-05-23T12:13:00+01:00By Tom Phillips
BMW has organised the annual Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este classic car show since 2005, and frequently uses the event to debut retro-inspired ‘Hommage’ show cars. This year the brand unveiled the BMW 2002 Hommage, an exterior concept intended to evoke memories of the classic 2002, launched 50 years ago this year.
2016-05-20T17:04:34+01:00By Owen Ready
The diamond layout, low drag family car that challenged the status quo
2016-05-13T16:45:24+01:00By Tom Phillips
Revisiting the concept that kickstarted Porsche's road to recovery
2016-05-06T16:37:36+01:00By Owen Ready
An object lesson in using the past as an impetus for creativity
2016-04-29T16:14:38+01:00By Karl Smith
The anti-car mobile room that continues to appeal
2016-04-15T15:19:00+01:00By Karl Smith
For any brand with a long heritage, there is always a tension between the past and future. The past is a rich source of design ideas, but can also hinder the need to drive the brand’s image and design language into the future. How do you reconcile the two?
2016-03-11T16:07:21+00:00By Karl Smith
The mid-engined Corvette concept that swapped rotary for V8 power
2016-02-26T15:09:53+00:00By Karl Smith
Revisiting the Ferrari and Alfa Romeo showcars that shared far more than Italian heritage
2016-01-22T17:12:00+00:00By Owen Ready
When was the last time the humble family car paradigm was thoroughly questioned and progress made? Yes we’ve made huge strides in terms of refining and finessing details, but the overall concept hasn’t changed since Giorgetto Giugiaro defined the segment with his 1974 Volkswagen Golf.
2015-12-17T16:06:17+00:00By Tom Phillips
J Mays and Freeman Thomas resurrect the Beetle to help rebuild VW's US reputation
2015-12-11T12:20:26+00:00By Owen Ready
Peter Horbury's vision of a cleaner, more sophisticated future
2015-11-27T12:45:31+00:00By Owen Ready
The boom-time super-GT that shot for the stars
2015-11-13T17:32:56+00:00By Owen Ready
The 'running sketch in steel' that rebooted the muscle car genre
2015-10-23T16:33:18+01:00By Karl Smith
Renault's Coupe Corbusier prompts us to revisit the car the man himself designed
2015-10-19T10:51:00+01:00By Peter Stevens
Tracing Abarth's impact on design since the 1969 Turin Motor Show
2015-10-16T16:34:05+01:00By Tom Phillips
Harley Earl's design team packs up the future and takes it on a US road trip
2015-10-09T17:13:55+01:00By Owen Ready
J Mays' wildly-proportioned supercar that found its identity in its heritage
2015-09-18T17:17:01+01:00By Owen Ready
A forgotten and misunderstood crossover that has clearly had a wider influence
2015-09-11T15:29:31+01:00By Owen Ready
Three-seat micro machine set out to outdo the Japanese on their home turf
2015-08-28T13:02:28+01:00By Karl Smith
The Chrysler concept that would become a Volkswagen
2015-08-07T16:34:34+01:00By Tom Phillips
Looking back at one of the many highlights Frankfurt Motor Show has given us over the years
2015-08-04T16:15:00+01:00By Car Design News
Hot pink butting up to gloss blue; matte gray nestling closely with orange and chrome detailing. Add a riot of layered surface interplays as well as extreme, mini-supercar proportions, and extended exposure to the Citroën Survolt concept sounds like a recipe for a migraine, or a page out of Tommy Hilfiger’s Spring/Summer catalogue. So why the double-whammy of complex form and the bold use of color and textile?
2015-07-31T10:25:31+01:00By Tom Phillips
Exterior designer Stephane Schwarz talks us through two of his early works at Pininfarina
2015-07-30T15:01:00+01:00By Farah Alkhalisi
How VW’s four-door, four-seater Geneva Motor Show concept was created - exterior in harmony with interior to form a dynamic coupé
2015-07-17T17:10:00+01:00By Tom Phillips
The Ford Zig and Zag concepts were shown at the 1990 Geneva motor show
2015-07-10T16:28:12+01:00By Owen Ready
In the week Renault announced its Laguna-replacing Talisman sedan, we're returning to the first car to bear the name
2015-07-03T17:15:24+01:00By Tom Phillips
A look back at the big Citroën built to show off some pretty high-tech hydropneumatics
2015-06-29T09:23:00+01:00By Car Design News
The Xeno III, the culmination of a decade of design and engineering development, was unveiled at Art Center College of Design on January 26.
2015-06-26T16:26:55+01:00By Tom Phillips
A look back at the concept car that went with the flow
2015-06-19T17:41:44+01:00By Tom Phillips
The lightweight, low cost concept that owed more than a little to the Citroën 2CV
2015-06-12T15:54:31+01:00By Tom Phillips
Giugiaro looks back to create one of the most futuristic wedge-shaped concepts of all
2015-06-09T19:07:00+01:00By Tom Phillips
The Institute of Development in Automotive Engineering, or I.DE.A for short, was founded in Turin in 1978 by the entrepreneur Franco Mantegazza and the architect Renzo Piano. The institute’s first project a commission by Fiat, who invested $3.25-million in exploring how the cars of the 1990s could be designed and built more efficiently.
2015-06-09T12:17:44+01:00By Tom Phillips
Bertone's fourth attempt at creating a car for the Jaguar brand
2015-06-04T18:28:00+01:00By Car Design News
In 2008 BMW Group Design revealed a revolutionary new concept car which utilises a flexible textile cover to form its outer skin. Called the ‘GINA’ Light Visionary Model - an acronym derived from the principle of Geometry and Functions In “N” (Infinite) Adaptions - the concept offers dramatically different solutions that affect the design and functionality of future cars. One of Chris Bangle’s most famous cars.
Following the Prologue coupé unveiled at the 2014 LA Auto Show, and a slightly more refined autonomous version of that car shown at the 2015 CES in Las Vegas, Audi will debut the Prologue Avant at the Geneva Motor Show.
2015-05-09T10:54:00+01:00By Flavien Dachet
With a glorious heritage, a strong and understated design philosophy combined with a focus on technology and innovation, it is sad to have witnessed how GM’s questionable management led to Saab being completely wiped off the map in just a decade.
2015-05-09T10:33:00+01:00By Sam Livingstone
The Ibuki is a compact two-seat open topped sports car concept that is 330mm (just over a foot) shorter than the current Mazda MX5.
2015-05-09T10:05:00+01:00By Flavien Dachet
Following the success of large MPVs such as the Renault Espace and Chrysler Voyager, the idea of adding luxury to the already spacious interior seemed like a natural step forward in the early nineties.
2015-05-09T10:03:00+01:00By Guy Bird
Building full-size models of its virtual entries for the annual LA Design Challenge is now becoming something of a habit for the Mercedes-Benz US Advanced Design Center. After the critical and public success of its Biome concept last year the California-based team developed another 1:1 model for this year’s competition, called the Silver Arrow in homage to the classic 1930s and 1950s racing cars
2015-05-06T19:03:00+01:00By Flavien Dachet
The Machimoto might look and sound like a Japanese concept, but it was developed in Europe in the Turin-based Italdesign studio, and was based on a Volkswagen Golf GTI platform. The name actually derives from MACHIna (car in Italian) and MOTOciclo (motorcycle) as the perfect hybrid between the worlds of two- and four-wheelers.
2015-05-06T18:44:00+01:00By Tom Phillips
The F200 Imagination was designed at Mercedes’ Advanced Design studio in Tokyo, in response to the question ‘does the car of the future still have a steering wheel and foot-operated controls?’
2015-05-06T18:36:00+01:00By Flavien Dachet
The second half of the ‘70s saw automotive design fall into an era of uninspired and uninspiring economic cars finished with cheap plastic add-ons and stuffed with beige itchy fabrics. Working from the little Bertone studio in Turin, it seems Marcello Gandini didn’t get the memo and carried on drawing futuristic wedgey supercars.
2015-05-06T18:14:00+01:00By Flavien Dachet
With the 1980 Paris Motor show approaching and no new model to unveil, Citroën needed something to wow the crowds on its home turf.
2015-05-05T23:44:00+01:00By Sam Livingstone
The Mazda Furai concept was developed at the Mazda North American Operations design studio
2015-05-05T22:54:00+01:00By Sam Livingstone
‘The ultimate vision for the brand’. This was the simple brief for the Saab Aero X concept car shown at the Geneva motor show in 2006.
2015-05-05T21:39:00+01:00By Flavien Dachet
Many premium brands struggle to keep their heritage of crafts and aesthetics up to date without often falling into obvious retro references. With a rich tradition of innovation, Cadillac tackled this difficult task in 2003 by creating the stunning Sixteen concept.
2015-05-05T19:53:00+01:00By Flavien Dachet
Considering how radical and visionary the Ferrari Modulo still looks today, it is easy to understand the impact it had on car culture when it was unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show 45 years ago
2015-05-05T19:52:00+01:00By Flavien Dachet
The Lancia Stratos Zero took the 1970 Turin Motor Show by storm, propelling designer Marcello Gandini into superstardom
2015-05-05T19:47:00+01:00By Tom Phillips
In the mid-1970s, Giugiaro experimented with vehicles that maximized space efficiency; prioritizing interior volume, while reducing the exterior footprint. But this idea of space-efficient modularity was taken to its extreme with the Capsula. Launched at the Turin Motor Show in 1982, the car’s design was inspired by coaches constructed with the chassis, engine and luggage space set separately underneath the cabin.
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