All Obituaries articles

  • Paolo Pininfarina - with the Sergio concept dedicated to his father Sergio Pininfarina

    In memoriam: Paolo Pininfarina (1958-2024)


    Car Design News celebrates the life of Paolo Pininfarina, who has sadly passed away aged 65

  • Harris Mann

    In memoriam: Harris Mann 1938-2023


    British designer Harris Mann passed on 14 August aged 85

  • 2020 Peter Horbury in cafe LR - opening DPS

    In memoriam: Peter Horbury (1950-2023)


    One of the world’s best car designers, Peter Horbury, passed away last week in China, aged 73

  • Tom Karen Bond Bug

    Obituary: Tom Karen OBE (1926-2022)


    With the passing of Tom Karen in January 2023, the design world lost a true original. A classic industrial designer blessed with a boundless imagination, Karen designed the Reliant Scimitar, Bond Bug, Raleigh Chopper and Luke Skywalker’s Landspeeder. Car Design News looks back at his life in design

  • **Robert-1266 - hands outward with SM

    Obituary: The French maestro Robert Opron


    One of the finest car designers of the 20th Century, Robert Opron, passed away last week, aged 89. Responsible for masterpieces for Simca, Citroen, Renault and Alfa Romeo from the late 1950s to the late-80s – and one of the few recipients of the Car Design News Lifetime Achievement Award – we salute his life and influence, via still vivid memories of visiting his house south of Paris back in 2016 to discuss his career over Scotch and Pringles…