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.
From automation, EVs and new ideas of urbanism – the role of the car is under question when it comes to urban centres. Venture outside metropolitan areas and you will find a new suburbia designed and built with the car at its heart. Good news for any OEMs wedded to the status quo but a challenge for proponents of new ideas of mobility
Legendary sixities coachbuilder Radford, which counted the Beatles and Peter Sellars as customers is back, helmed by a high-profile team including former F1 star Jensen Button
Intergalactic, planetary, planetary…Hyundai’s Staria offers another dimension in the MPV cosmos
CEO of Polestar Thomas Ingenlath joins CDN editor James McLachlan to talk concept cars in the first of an ongoing series
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
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.