2020-03-20T13:21:00+00:00By Karl Smith
Revisiting the shooting brake that proved the swansong of an Italian coachbuilder’s heyday
2020-03-19T16:43:00+00:00By Matteo Licata
Over the last ten to fifteen years, a combination of more rigorous regulatory demands and increasing customer expectations conspired to create the finest superminis ever made. One look at cars like the Volkswagen Up or the latest Hyundai i10 is enough to realise that buyers of entry-level models never had it so good
2020-03-16T12:50:00+00:00By Aidan Walsh
What makes people fall in love with cars? Aidan Walsh argues that small details in design cement long-term love affairs with vehicles
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
2020-02-10T13:33:00+00:00By Aidan Walsh
Integrating screens in car interiors comes with a set of significant problems, from aesthetic decisions to considering the life-cycle of the vehicle. You could argue that how screens are handled within the instrument panel highlights many of the wider creative challenges of mobility design
2020-02-07T12:06:00+00:00By Guy Bird
Two years in at the top job, Car Design News chats to Simon Humphries, head of design for Toyota and Lexus
CnTFactory has teamed up with CDN and Interior Motives magazine to provide a quarterly report on the trends that every automotive designer should have in their moodboards
2020-01-28T11:51:00+00:00By Matteo Licata
Designer and writer Matteo Licata takes a brief look back at the history of Italian car design and asks if the same emotion can be replicated today
2020-01-17T06:00:00+00:00By Daniel Harrison, Christopher Ludwig
The new average fleet targets that came into force in Europe on January 1st 2020 are having big impacts on vehicle development and design, pushing OEMs to produce and sell more hybrids and EVs. But the rules are complex and varied by brands, volume and sales. Here we provide a summary of the key rules and terminology.
2020-01-16T16:45:00+00:00By Nick Hull
The interiors design team at Land Rover created a new look for the Defender interior with cunning storage solutions and rugged sophistication
2020-01-10T15:13:00+00:00By Daniel Harrison
Should automotive manufacturers fear or embrace this surprise announcement from the consumer technology giant?
2020-01-09T12:35:00+00:00By Aidan Walsh
Retro car designs have been appearing throughout the 21st century so far… but why are they so popular?
2020-01-09T06:00:00+00:00By Automotive from Ultima Media
The latest report by Automotive from Ultima Media examines the profits and outlook for the top 20 automotive parts suppliers and explores the strategies and solutions they should consider to avoid significant disruption in the 2020s, including the key role they will play in automotive design and R&D
2019-12-30T15:31:00+00:00By Nick Hull
Land Rover’s new Defender has taken enough elements of the old Defender to respect the heritage, while playfully updating and reinterpreting the brand identitiy for a modern context. CDN spoke to Massimo Frascella, Gerry McGovern and Andy Wheel about the exterior design. The full interior story will follow in a few weeks…
2019-12-06T12:57:00+00:00By Mark Andrews
Geely Design moved its main China facility into an anonymous looking site near Shanghai South Station in June. Studio chief Guy Burgoyne gave us a little tour
2019-11-12T17:54:00+00:00By Matteo Licata
Could the flexibility, modularity and lower production costs of electric vehicle platforms be the sports car’s unlikely saviour?
2019-11-07T14:44:00+00:00By Farah Alkhalisi
Car Design News reports on the 2019 K trade fair in Düsseldorf, which explored the use of plastics in automotive design and manufacturing
2019-11-01T16:27:00+00:00By Jason White
A retrospective on one of the most distinctive and inspirational designers we’ve ever seen.
2019-10-21T11:23:00+01:00By Jason White
With the recent announcement the Syd Mead is winding down his design activities for good, we’ve found ourselves reflecting once more upon the famed visual futurist’s incomparable career, such as ths Turn-X Gundam fight-suit design
2019-10-18T08:24:00+01:00By Nick Gibbs
The end of the age of speed is having a profound effect on the way car designers are thinking about interiors, and especially their lighting. Previously, focus was on the driver: the switchgear and cockpit were angled and lit to ensure very little got in the way of single-minded concentration on the road ahead.
2019-10-04T11:20:00+01:00By Automotive from Ultima Media
As OEMs try to reduce CO2 and transition to electric vehicles in the face of the high fines, we expect a profound impact on vehicle design.
2019-10-02T09:58:00+01:00By Automotive from Ultima Media
As carmakers strive to reach the more stringent CO2 emissions targets being phased in across the EU next year, we predict that many are likely to put more pressure on their supply base to help reduce emissions
2019-10-01T08:54:00+01:00By Michael Gooderham
Car Design News spoke to Ian Callum about his new design firm, CALLUM, as well as its first project, the Aston Martin Vanquish 25 by CALLUM, created alongside R-Reforged.
2019-09-30T08:54:00+01:00By Automotive from Ultima Media
Ahead of stringent EU emissions targets starting in 2020, some carmakers are pursuing strategies that actually go against what they will ultimately need to do to reduce hefty fines. This makes sense – but only for now
2019-09-26T09:56:00+01:00By Automotive from Ultima Media
In the face of government and citizens’ rising concern over climate change, vehicle emission regulations around the world are tightening, especially in Europe. In our latest business intelligence report, we forecast that carmakers will face hefty fines under tightening vehicle emission targets, driven largely by factors outside their control.
2019-09-25T06:00:00+01:00By Automotive from Ultima Media
The downturn in automotive sales volume creates many challenges, but the transitional state of the industry also provides many business opportunities including for R&D and design, according to a forecast and report from Ultima Media.
2019-09-24T06:00:00+01:00By Automotive from Ultima Media
Although automotive OEMs will face years of stagnant vehicle sales, a stronger recovery thereafter will bring growth back up to long run averages and herald a return to stronger profits. By then, however, the industry is likely to have undergone further consolidation.
2019-09-23T14:07:00+01:00By Farah Alkhalisi
Yanfeng’s Red Dot award-winning XiM20’s concept focuses on making a connection with people using a vehicle for short-trip travel, within a framework of the users being a group who value experiences over posessions
2019-09-23T00:33:00+01:00By Automotive from Ultima Media
In our second report from Ultima Media’s automotive business intelligence team, we focus on climate change mitigation policies around the world with a particular focus on the most stringent and imminent EU CO2 emissions targets predicting the financial consequences of the legislation upon the OEMs, the impact upon the wider supply chain and the opportunities that arise from the legislation.
2019-09-19T07:00:00+01:00By Automotive from Ultima Media
The high R&D, production and technology costs of electric vehicles could mean that OEMs will be selling most at a loss for years to come, according to a report by Automotive from Ultma Media.
2019-09-17T08:00:00+01:00By Automotive from Ultima Media
Escalating fines over CO2 and fuel standards, especially in Europe and China, are set to have significant impacts across OEM profits and future model plans, according to a new report by Automotive from Ultima Media.
2019-09-09T12:26:00+01:00By Laura Burstein
On a sunny day in California, Car Design News got an exclusive update from FCA’s global president of product design, Ralph Gilles, on Maserati interior materials, UI and UX design, the positive side of shared components, and what the future might hold for this historic Italian sports car brand
2019-09-06T08:30:00+01:00By Michael Gooderham
Design director Ian Briggs introduces Car Design News to the updated ‘R’ version of the unique BAC Mono. BAC’s team of designers gave Mono a full aesthetic evolution for the first time – although not without a fresh wave of mechanical updates as this limited run of 30 cars bridges a gap between the Mono we know and a next-gen car that we’ll see in the near future.
2019-09-03T16:54:00+01:00By Drew Meehan
Working with the Aiways internal teams from his studio in Japan, Ken Okuyama has been working with the Chinese EV brand Aiways on the design of the company’s Shanghai show stand, a line of lifestyle products, and their newest concept car, the U7 Ion. He says that in the future, his design influence will likely extend to branding, stores, and even the website. After seeing the investment the company has made in their fully-automated production facility, he was convinced that Aiways had a big future, and he wanted to be part of it. In late 2018, he was named Chief Advisor of Design & Art, and his influence at the startup is already being felt. The immiment arrival of two Aiways U5 prototypes at the Frankfurt motor show on September 9, which left Xi’an in China on 17 July, seems a good time to take another look at this ambitious Chinese brand.
2019-08-28T15:23:00+01:00By Jens Meiners
Patrick Le Quément is a seminal designer who has worked at Simca, Ford, VW and Renault. This collection of essays is a tour de force through the design world of half a century and should be essential reading for anyone interested in design.
2019-08-23T12:02:00+01:00By Lem Bingley
Chinese automotive company GAC used virtual reality technology to connect the China and LA studios’ together to design this striking crossover-MPV for the Detroit auto show in 2019. Look inside and the fresh approach to the MPV typology becomes even more apparent - led by Pontus Fontaeus, its interior materials, textures and shapes create some really interesting themes for travelling with friends or family in the connected age
2019-08-21T14:38:00+01:00By Guy Bird
In the second of our series exploring the Fiat Heritage Hub, head of the new facility, Roberto Giolito, reveals a few secrets behind one of its most influential exhibits and his most famous design, the trailblazing 2004 Trepiuno…
2019-08-21T13:45:00+01:00By Farah Alkhalisi
From Interior Motives magazine: New materials, textiles and techniques are enabling greater experimentation and creativity in the automotive sector, driven by design curiosity, a genuine desire for development, and changing consumer tastes and demands, particularly with regard to sustainability. Attention is being paid to both raw materials and end-of-life recycling – with some quite startling sources for new textiles and fabrics making their industrial debuts
2019-08-15T00:05:00+01:00By Luciano Bove
Professional car designer and transportation design teacher Luciano Bove offers aspiring car designers advice on how to make a career out of car design and get into a university which teaches transportation design. This series of articles is a must-read for anyone who wants to become a professional car designer. In this article we look at preparing for the job interview
2019-08-15T00:04:00+01:00By Luciano Bove
Professional Car Designer and transportation design teacher Luciano Bove offers aspiring car designers advice on how to make a career out of car design and get into a university which teaches transportation design. This series of articles is a must-read for anyone who wants to become a professional car designer. In this feature we examine the art of building a strong automotive design portfolio
2019-08-07T12:56:00+01:00By Laura Burstein
The Ferrari Senior Vice President of Design talks to CDN about one-offs and design inspirations
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