All Trend reports articles

  • CDN_F fair 2019_1206
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    Show Review: K 2019

    2019-11-07T14:44:00Z

    Car Design News reports on the 2019 K trade fair in Düsseldorf, which explored the use of plastics in automotive design and manufacturing

  • CDN_Frankfurt_IAA General-31
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    Trend Report: Frankfurt 2019

    2019-10-18T13:47:00Z

    Analysing the biggest automotive design trends at Europe’s biggest motor show, before we head further afield – centring around the Frankfurt motor show that generated a certain amount of controversy from the start

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    Interior Motives

    Focus: Interior Lighting

    2019-10-18T08:24:00Z

    The end of the age of speed is having a profound effect on the way car designers are thinking about interiors, and especially their lighting. Previously, focus was on the driver: the switchgear and cockpit were angled and lit to ensure very little got in the way of single-minded concentration on the road ahead.

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    Stricter EU CO2 regulations will reshape vehicle platforms and car design

    2019-10-04T11:20:00Z

    As OEMs try to reduce CO2 and transition to electric vehicles in the face of the high fines, we expect a profound impact on vehicle design.

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    Suppliers will face squeeze as OEMs push to meet EU CO2 targets

    2019-10-02T09:58:00Z

    As carmakers strive to reach the more stringent CO2 emissions targets being phased in across the EU next year, we predict that many are likely to put more pressure on their supply base to help reduce emissions

  • ultima-oem-profit-strategies
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    OEMs’ profit strategies today could hurt them tomorrow

    2019-09-30T08:54:00Z

    Ahead of stringent EU emissions targets starting in 2020, some carmakers are pursuing strategies that actually go against what they will ultimately need to do to reduce hefty fines. This makes sense – but only for now

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    EU fines and electric future not entirely in the hands of OEMs

    2019-09-26T09:56:00Z

    In the face of government and citizens’ rising concern over climate change, vehicle emission regulations around the world are tightening, especially in Europe. In our latest business intelligence report, we forecast that carmakers will face hefty fines under tightening vehicle emission targets, driven largely by factors outside their control.

  • Future opportunities
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    Opportunities ahead for automotive OEMs and tier suppliers

    2019-09-25T06:00:00Z

    The downturn in automotive sales volume creates many challenges, but the transitional state of the industry also provides many business opportunities including for R&D and design, according to a forecast and report from Ultima Media.

  • Future EV
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    Greater expectations: brighter days will return for the automotive industry

    2019-09-24T06:00:00Z

    Although automotive OEMs will face years of stagnant vehicle sales, a stronger recovery thereafter will bring growth back up to long run averages and herald a return to stronger profits. By then, however, the industry is likely to have undergone further consolidation.

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    Report: Climate Change vs. Carmakers

    2019-09-23T00:33:00Z

    In our second report from Ultima Media’s automotive business intelligence team, we focus on climate change mitigation policies around the world with a particular focus on the most stringent and imminent EU CO2 emissions targets predicting the financial consequences of the legislation upon the OEMs, the impact upon the wider supply chain and the opportunities that arise from the legislation.

  • Future EV
    Article

    Electrification poses cost and technology risk for automotive industry

    2019-09-19T07:00:00Z

    The high R&D, production and technology costs of electric vehicles could mean that OEMs will be selling most at a loss for years to come, according to a report by Automotive from Ultma Media.

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    Emissions regulations pose existential risk for OEMs

    2019-09-17T08:00:00Z

    Escalating fines over CO2 and fuel standards, especially in Europe and China, are set to have significant impacts across OEM profits and future model plans, according to a new report by Automotive from Ultima Media.

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    Interior Motives

    Interior Focus: Trim & Materials

    2019-08-21T13:45:00Z

    From Interior Motives magazine: New materials, textiles and techniques are enabling greater experimentation and creativity in the automotive sector, driven by design curiosity, a genuine desire for development, and changing consumer tastes and demands, particularly with regard to sustainability. Attention is being paid to both raw materials and end-of-life recycling – with some quite startling sources for new textiles and fabrics making their industrial debuts 

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    Shanghai 2019 overview

    2019-07-11T14:49:00Z

    Now the dust has settled on the biggest auto show of the year, we asked Drew Meehan join the dots of what we saw in April in Shanghai

  • CDN CND's newest contributor...Liu Dong
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    Student’s design review of Shanghai 2019

    2019-07-11T13:13:00Z

    Winner of CDN’s CDAC award 2019, Liu Dong, walked the halls for CDN and reviewed the cars that caught his eye at the Shanghai’s motor show 2019

  • CDN Clerkenwell Design Week 2019 neon
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    Trend report: Clerkenwell Design Week 2019

    2019-05-28T16:34:00Z

    Clerkenwell Design Week is in its  tenth year, and improving with age. We assess trends that are likely to bleed into automotive

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    Article

    Review: 2019 Milan Design Week

    2019-04-29T17:24:00Z

    Reflecting on the show where car brands really get creative

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    Article

    Detroit 2019: A full-house of full-width lamps

    2019-01-16T16:41:42Z

    A now fully-established trend, separated lights need not apply...

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    Article

    Detroit 2019: Earth tones and warm metals make for cosy cabins

    2019-01-16T16:25:00Z

    Worried your future AV will be too cold and robotic? The colour & trim department have got you covered

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    The big trends for 2019 and beyond

    2019-01-02T10:16:00Z

    Five non-design trends which will influence automotive design this year