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These are the first images of Audi’s Frankfurt-bound Q6 concept, which will hit the...

Porsche filed an application to trademark the Pan Americana name on July 28, 2015....

Audi is poised to showcase its latest developments in lighting on a new concept...

SEAT’s Technical Center (CTS) in Mantorell, Spain, was conceived with the aim of ensuring...

Infiniti has been enjoying record sales in Europe, but the company still has a...

  • J Mays is set to join Gerry McGovern as visiting professor at the Royal College of Art’s vehicle design program this September. Though he’ll only spend one day a week teaching, his valuable experience in the industry will certainly help to aid student body concerns over the program direction, which have mounted since Peter Stevens […]

  • Infiniti has been enjoying record sales in Europe, but the company still has a way to go before the brand becomes recognized as a rival to the more established premium carmakers. But while the German three (Audi, BMW and Mercedes) have a strong lineage from which to pull ideas from and reference in their next […]

  • The automotive design industry is a highly confidential arena where manufacturers rarely share information about what goes on behind closed doors. Every once in a while an invitation comes through my inbox that allows me a sneak peek into this underground world, but these are always highly controlled visits where I have to check in […]

  • Legendary designer Syd Mead has released an instructional video titled ‘Airship Arrival’. The 140-minute-long tutorial, available exclusively on the Gnomon Workshop website, is a candid instructional segment in which Mead demonstrates the techniques he used to create an illustration of a futuristic Airship. In the video, the famed visual futurist walks us through the steps […]

  • Car designer extraordinaire Giorgetto Guigiaro has quit the business that bears his name. According to an emailed statement from Giorgetto himself, he and his son Fabrizio resigned from their positions following the sale of the remaining 9.9 percent share of Giugiaro’s eponymous company to VW Group’s Audi on June 28. Audi had already acquired a […]

  • The age of self-driving autonomous cars is nearly upon us. As a car guy, this of course terrifies me. But as a designer, the challenges and opportunities this new frontier opens up are exciting. Like most technological advances, I think the first generation or two won’t look much different than what they replace. It will […]

  • The Cleveland Institute of Art’s annual design show for undergraduate students included more than 100 Product Design, Transportation Design, Graphic Design and Interior Architecture projects. The transportation design work consisted of two sponsored projects, one for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) and another for General Motors (GM). The FCA project focused on the design of a […]

  • Custom bikes have been a big industry in the US for quite some time. The request for high-end one-off personalization has been met by hundreds of custom bike builders and their popularity was brought to the fore but televised series such as Jesse James’ West Coast Choppers and the east coast’s Orange County Choppers. While […]

  • Last week, we featured a report on the winners of the three-month long project and competition undertaken by Art Center (ACCD) students and sponsored by SABIC. The project challenged ACCD students to design an innovative vehicle for Generation Alpha and focused on where automotive design is headed through 2030 and beyond. Here are a few […]

  • Since reviving the prestigious Villa d’Este event on the shores of Italy’s Lake Como, BMW has historically used the venue to showcase its newest concepts. Some — such as the Mini Vision Superleggera concept by Touring, the 7 Series-based Gran Coupe by Pininfarina and the BMW Zagato Coupe — have been developed in collaboration with […]

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  • Giorgetto Giugiaro on Design

    “It is first and foremost functionality, without a doubt, that validates the project. Everything, unless strictly a work of art, has a functional value.”

    Giorgetto Giugiaro on Design
  • Chris Bangle on cars

    “Cars are not a suit of clothes; cars are an avatar. Cars are an expansion of yourself: they take your thoughts, your ideas, your emotions, and they multiply it.”

    Chris Bangle on cars
  • Fiat Design Director Lorenzo Ramaciotti on the new Quattroporte

    “Its style was born out of the guiding design principles of Maserati: harmony of shapes, dynamism of lines and Italian elegance.”

    Fiat Design Director Lorenzo Ramaciotti on the new Quattroporte
  • Design chief Ian Callum on why JLR needs design centers in US and China

    “We will never design a car around another culture, but we will certainly build into that vehicle certain national tastes for that market.”

    Design chief Ian Callum on why JLR needs design centers in US and China
  • Klaus Bischoff, Executive Director of Volkswagen Design

    “When you are a young designer of course, you think everything is wrong and should be different… You want to conquer the world and with great ideas. But over the time you have to really understand what Golf is.”

    Klaus Bischoff, Executive Director of Volkswagen Design
  • Irv Rybicki, GM Design VP from 1977-1986

    “Harley Earl is responsible for more than half of GM’s greatest 20th Century milestones. The fact this company had exclusivity of all his work and was able to capitalize off his artistic efforts and innovative engineering ideas first, is perhaps why this man’s story is so controversial and a kept secret today in Detroit.”

    Irv Rybicki, GM Design VP from 1977-1986

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  • Volkswagen China’s design director has been busy lately, and not just designing new cars for the Group. Simon Loasby’s also taken on a new side project as head of design for Squair, a company that creates air purifiers. His...

  • This year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed, themed ‘Flat Out: Racing on the Edge’, was an ideal venue for Mazda to showcase its racing history as well as the UK debut of the all-new MX-5. To mark the occasion, Mazda...

  • Wheels and Waves is a fantastic three day event that includes a surfing contest, open air concerts, a film screening and a ‘Punk’s Peak’ and ‘Top Fuel’ drag race, all of which are set up around a pop-up Village...

  • Custom bikes have been a big industry in the US for quite some time. The request for high-end one-off personalization has been met by hundreds of custom bike builders and their popularity was brought to the fore but televised...

  • The renowned BMW Art Car Collection celebrates its 40th anniversary this year. The celebrations got under way with exhibitions in Hong Kong, the Centre Pompidou, the BMW Museum and the Concorso d’Eleganza on Lake Como, where the first four...

  • Airline travel is now commonplace for many people in First World nations. And while most of us travel in economy class and on budget airlines, the number of people who turn left upon entering the cabin has grown in...

  • It’s easy to become smitten with the exterior design of a car and overlook the rubber it’s sitting on. Of course wheels have long been a prime aspect to help the aesthetic of a vehicle in profile, but what...

  • Chris Bangle, through his consultancy Chris Bangle Associates (CBA), has worked on a range of diverse projects with a number of companies since leaving his role as design director for the BMW Group in 2009. While CBA’s client list...

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