This year’s Car Design Review is unique in that it covers 18 months rather than the usual 12, due in no small part to the well-documented upheaval in the wider world. The silver lining of that reality is that in this yearbook we had even more concept and production cars to consider, review and get excited about.
From the evidence of the work featured in this book, the ever-optimistic car design community has adapted and delivered, from retro-futuristic concept cars designed to ignite passion and desire, to minimalist and functional masterpieces, either already in production or heralding future vehicles that will grace car showrooms soon.
In general, exterior designers continued to show restraint over flamboyance while interior designers explored new layouts made possible through the packaging possibilities of electrified powertrains and impending autonomous vehicles. While the former factor is now firmly influencing new platforms and cars available to buy in the marketplace, the latter technology still seems just over the horizon.
User interface (UI) and user experience (UX) design solutions are also more relevant than ever. And finally, the push to make the car industry genuinely more sustainable is showing signs of progress beyond colour and trim to encompass the whole vehicle. If 2020 and 2021 were years of reflection and regrouping, perhaps 2022 was the year we started to see the first fruits of those new plans. It is all here in Car Design Review 9.