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  • Many of you are probably well familiar with Camilo Pardo since watching him on TV over the summer. Before he won the ultimate prize on Motor City Masters, Camilo was already one of the most renowned American automotive designers. He’s also a good friend. Revered for his work on the Ford GT amongst other concept […]

  • For those of us who regularly frequent auto show halls to gawp at new metal, the l’Automobile et la Mode exhibition at the 2014 Paris auto show was a refreshing and inspirational look back at the glory days of the automobile and their association with contemporary fashion. Better than the previous exhibition we attended two […]

  • Every other year the Internationale Automobil Aussstellung (IAA) in Hannover, Germany plays host to one of the most important commercial vehicle shows in Europe. Due to the longer lead-time in designing and building trucks, buses and vans there are fewer launches as opposed to the car industry. But while the 2014 show was relatively low […]

  • Renault has revealed its latest concept, the Eolab, ahead of its official debut at the Paris motor show next month. The ultra-high efficiency hybrid vehicle has been designed to consume just two liters of fuel per 100km, returning a fuel economy figure of 118mpg and emitting just 22g/km of CO2. Named after Aeolous, the Greek […]

  • Post-war America will largely be remembered for its lavish excesses. A period of economic boom that saw the advent of suburban sprawl, ornate architecture and wonderfully decorative vehicles roll off the Detroit assembly lines. Many of the designers responsible for the creation of these incredible rolling works of art are sadly no longer with us, […]

  • In this technological age 3D printing is big business, and it’s only set to get bigger. Illustrating this point and the ability to print pretty much anything given the right equipment, crowd-sourcing company Local Motors has released a time-lapse video of the winning design from its 3D Printed Car Competition being built at the International […]

  • Inspired by a growing innovative spirit in urban areas, Toyota has created the Urban Utility — aka U2 — concept; a vehicle specifically designed to cater to the lifestyle and needs of an entrepreneurial, urban driver. It will be unveiled at the World Maker Faire in New York City on September 20th. Developed by Toyota’s […]

  • As part of the School of Design’s five programs, the Pforzheim University Transportation Design course is consistently ranked as one of the best in the world. This was illustrated by the eight Master’s program graduates at the recent summer degree show. Below is a brief overview of their projects. Bentley Extreme Roadster concept Jong Hun […]

  • Driven: BMW i8

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    Driven: BMW i8

    There has been quite a prelude to this day. The i8 is BMW’s first plug-in hybrid performance car and expectations are running high. The initial Vision EfficientDynamics study caused such a visceral reaction when revealed almost five years ago. The design was fresh; it challenged the conventional vernacular and introduced non-automotive materials and applications. With […]

  • The Passat is Volkswagen’s bestselling model after the Golf, and its been a successful product for the brand for over 40 years — VW Group design chief Walter de’Silva even bought an early model when he was living in Turin. But with today’s company car buyers flocking to more premium products from Audi, BMW and […]

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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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  • This is the 01GEN concept, a design study Yamaha revealed at the biennial Intermot motorcycle show in Cologne, Germany. Similar in form to the four-wheeled Yamaha Tesseract concept unveiled in 2013 (pictured below), the 01GEN concept is a three-wheeled...

  • For those of us who regularly frequent auto show halls to gawp at new metal, the l’Automobile et la Mode exhibition at the 2014 Paris auto show was a refreshing and inspirational look back at the glory days of...

  • Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby have envisaged a temporary installation that briefly transforms our perception of the Renaissance art that hangs in the Victoria and Albert Museum’s Raphael Gallery. ‘Double Space for BMW — Precision and Poetry in Motion’...

  • Jaguar revealed a unique aluminum word cloud sculpture in the shape of the forthcoming XE sports sedan at the London Design Museum today. Installed in the Design Museum’s ‘Tank’, the design piece marks the start of the global launch...

  • Riding motorcycles on public roads has never been the safest thing to do. While many accidents occur not due to rider error but because of other road users, riders also want the convenience features afforded to cars and could...

  • The changing automotive landscape has seen many automakers look to other avenues to expand their business. Anticipating this increasing trend, Ferdinand Alexander Porsche was arguably the pioneer when he branched out of the automotive space and founded Porsche Design...

  • We’ve seen boats take on design elements previously reserved for automotive application before. The Frauscher 858 Fantom designed by Kiska is one recent example. Now, Italian company Revolver Boats has announced the launch its flagship high-performance vessel, the 44GT,...

  • Ken Okuyama’s undertaken a variety of projects since leaving Pininfarina to set up his own design consultancy. From his sunglass line to the K.O 7 and K.O 8 sports cars and tractors revealed at the recent Tokyo motor show,...

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