Podcast: Remember the Future – Thomas Ingenlath talks concept cars

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CEO of Polestar Thomas Ingenlath joins CDN editor James McLachlan to talk concept cars in the first of an ongoing series 

Pre-Covid, concept cars were the star turns at any motor show – embodying high ideals, expansive thinking and, more often that not, drop dead gorgeous looks. In practice, Concept cars allow design teams to work unhindered by the necessary real world compromises that come with a production model. Indeed, though many never make through to the factory lines, their influence on what we end up driving, though not always obvious, is a crucial part of the design process. 

Polestar CEO Thomas Ingenlath – a man who knows a thing or two about designing concept cars: Ingenlath was the creative force behind the Volvo Concept Coupe and Concept 40 which evolved into the Polestar 1 and 2 respectively.

We spoke to Ingenlath about the Polestar Precept – from its importance as a design manifesto, its thwarted launch at the Geneva Motor Show –, to the role of concept cars in a post-motor show world, and how important they are to the advancement of new ideas.

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