James McLachlan

James McLachlan

My background is in design and architectural journalism having edited and written for Icon and the Architects’ Journal, respectively. Car design featured regularly in the former, less so in the latter. That said, you could make a strong case for the car being the most influential design object of the last 100 years. It transformed our lives, our cities and our views on the environment. Nevertheless, one senses that with technological advancements in automotive design coupled with the vaunted ‘smart city’, the car is on the cusp of a bold new era. 

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    Hyundai launches entry-level SUV: Bayon


    The industrious team at Hyundai is on a roll as the OEM continues its expansion into the SUV segment with the entry-level Bayon

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    David Hilton joins Karma Automotive


    Following two informative years in China working for GAC, David Hilton has joined California-based Karma Automotive as senior design director global designs. Car Design News caught up with him on the eve of his appointment 

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    Altered beast: Ford F-150 Raptor


    “Being the king of the hill is what keeps me awake at night,” says Ehab Kaoud, chief designer for Ford Trucks. Car Design News spoke to him about the latest iteration of the Ford-150 Raptor 

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    DeLorean: Back from the Future


    A testament to hubris wrought in stainless steel – the DeLorean story elevated the act of building a car into the realms of shakespearean tragedy. A fascinating new BBC documentary profiles the man at the heart of it 

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    Frank Stephenson teams up with Praga Cars


    Design legend Frank Stephenson is turning his attention to the race track with a creative partnership with Praga Cars 

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    Podcast: Remember the Future – Thomas Ingenlath talks concept cars


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

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    Familiar faces suggest Stellantis is about evolution rather than revolution


    Evolution rather than revolution seems to be the aim with the merger of PSA and Fiat Chrysler to form Stellantis. The new corporate structure is a roster of familiar faces

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    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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    Kia signs former BMW creative director


    In the latest of a series of high-profile talent hires, Kia signs BMW’s Won Kyu Kang to head up its design innovation division

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    The Metro: An Unexpected Journey


    A stellar online exhibition on the Metro by the British Motor Museum prompted an unexpected A-series engine-powered trip down memory lane for CDN editor James McLachlan 

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    Lynk & Co launches in Europe


    Chinese OEM Lynk & Co brings its sharp-looking 01 SUV and car membership programme to Europe. 

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    Head of design at Geely UK joins Paramex


    British designer Wayne Burgess has joined design and engineering consultancy, Paramex, as chief design officer. Burgess, who was previously head of design and vice-president at Geely UK, has headed up design teams at some of the biggest names in car design, including Aston Martin, Rolls Royce and Jaguar Land Rover.  

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    Meet the new CDN editor


    With a background in architecture and design journalism, not to mention a love of cars, new CDN editor James McLachlan is looking forward to exploring some of the big questions facing the industry.