Guy Bird

Guy Bird

Guy Bird is a London-based freelance writer, editor and consultant specialising in cars and design. He has written for Car Design News for more than a decade and also for a wide variety of global magazines, websites and books, including CAR, Wallpaper* and the Car Design Review yearbook. He regularly interviews senior car designers at the world’s major auto shows from Paris to Tokyo and has road-tested the vast majority of vehicles available in the UK (and beyond) since the mid-90s. Beyond cars and car design he also enjoys writing about product design, art, aircraft and music and sits on several judging panels, most notably the UK Car of the Year awards.

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    Designer profile: Simon Humphries, head of design, Toyota


     Two years in at the top job, Car Design News chats to Simon Humphries, head of design for Toyota and Lexus

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    Mercedes moves into France’s tech hub (near Nice)


    Car Design News strolled around the futuristic new Mercedes-Benz advanced design studio in Nice, France, where the German brand’s heads of department showed us around and explained the reasons for the move

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    LA 2019: VW ID Space Vizzion concept


    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.

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    First Sight: Mercedes Vision Simplex


    To coincide with its newest Advanced Design studio opening in Nice, Mercedes-Benz unveiled a fun-filled concept called the Vision Simplex

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    LA 2019: Automobili Pininfarina surprises with secret SUV reveal


    The second model of the new-old German-Italian marque is on its way… and Car Design News got to see the Automobili Pininfarina Pura Vision that previews it

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    Tokyo 2019: Mystery eco All GaN for Future concept surprises us


    One of the most curious car exhibits at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show was the All GaN for Future city car concept. The tiny EV utilises gallium nitride electronics and some wild styling touches

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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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    Tokyo 2019: Mazda goes electric (for real)


    Mazda turns up fashionably late to the Battery EV party, and still manages to make its own statement with the MX-30

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    Tokyo 2019: Toyota goes so big, we lose count


    Toyota brought so many concepts to the Tokyo table that they practically had their own motor show. We took a particular look at the Ultra Compact BEV and the evocative new e-Racer concept

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    ​Tokyo 2019: Daihatsu strings a credible quartet


    Daihatsu’s fantastic four Tokyo Motor Show concept cars are just as charming and appealing in person as they are in their paintings

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    ​Tokyo 2019: Merc finally opens doors to EQS interior


    At the Frankfurt Motor Show the Mercedes Vision EQS was undoubtedly one of the stars, but the doors to its completed interior remained firmly locked. At the Tokyo Motor Show those doors finally opened to the public.

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    ​Tokyo 2019: Lexus LF-30 reveals its solid (and svelte) state


    Lexus celebrated 30 years in business with a wild autonomous EV concept featuring a solid-state battery

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    Tokyo 2019: Suzuki’s twin concept joy


    Suzuki offers up a shapeshifting mini-sportscar and a cottage-on-wheels autonomous MPV at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show

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    Interior Motives: Honda E


    From the Automn 2019 issue of Interior Motives: Honda gives us the interior design development story of its pivotal new electric car, called simply the ‘e’.

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    Interior Motives: Geometry A


    The announcement of Geely’s brand-new electric car sub-brand Geometry, so fully-formed and sophisticated, was a shock to many at the 2019 Shanghai motor show. Demonstrating the speed – and style – of change in the Chinese automotive market, and featuring genuine innovations previously reserved for concept cars, the Geometry A (seen here in early production form) has an interior which is a revelation for a car in its price-bracket.

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    Interior Motives: Bentley EXP 100 GT


    From the Autumn 2019 issue of Interior Motives: the full development story of Bentley’s forward-looking centenary celebration concept the EXP 100 GT

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    Interior Motives: Lotus Evija


    From the Autumn 2019 issue of Interior Motives: the design development story of the stunning new Lotus Evija electric hypercar

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    Frankfurt 2019: Byton inches closer to massive screen production


    Genuine unique selling points among the proliferation of new electric car brands are becoming harder to discern but Byton’s M-Byte still has one – and it’s a big one: its dashboard-dominating 48-inch screen. Gaining its world debut at the Frankfurt motor show, the design team behind the Chinese marque’s mid-size SUV EV gave Car Design News a run-through of its production-ready features

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    Frankfurt 2019: Cupra Tavascan design team reveal show car secrets


    Brand-new brand Cupra showed its second concept car of 2019 in the shape of an all-electric for-door crossover coupé called Tavascan at the Frankfurt motor show, as it aims to forge a new identity more clearly separate from the Spanish Seat marque that bore it.

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    Frankfurt 2019: Mercedes’ Vision EQS


    The all-electric Vision EQS concept limousine was Mercedes’ flagship unveil at the 2019’s Frankfurt show. It’s also significant as the first design on a new EV architecture which will spawn other premium electric models as the firm moves to become carbon-neutral by 2039. CDN had a one-to-one chat with overall design boss Gorden Wagener, who explained the new EQS proportions and why a regular S-Class will still sell alongside it.

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