Top five creative moments in car design in 2016

As we start to bid farewell to 2016 and welcome a new year with all its fresh promises, I started to put together a list of my top five interesting speculative car design moments of this year. BMW Group’s Vision Next 100 collective of concept cars for MINI, BMW and Rolls-Royce was the first to come to mind as these vehicles are a bed of vibrant ideas, begging to be explored. Then came Bentley, and the marque’s softly radical approach to the... Read More

Exploring the narrative of shopping

I try to shop locally, favouring smaller groceries, the butchers and fishmonger, fruit and veg markets, the independent bookstore and the few boutiques in my neighbourhood who support smaller designers. It involves a little more effort trekking from shop to shop and navigating crowded markets in the rain, but the experience is hugely rewarding. Each one of these establishments offers a very different experience, an unexpected find, fun conversation,... Read More

Autonomous motoring in Shanghai

The first computer was nicknamed Moneypenny – named so after an Audi engineer spotted the 007 number-plate on the car it piloted. Bobby raced the RS 7 concept that at top speeds of 149.1mph autonomously completed the Grand Prix racetrack at Hockenheim last year. The test vehicle that cruised from Silicon Valley to Las Vegas earlier this year was named Jack. This week we got to experience autonomous motoring ourselves as Lu Ban, named after the... Read More

Marc Lichte discusses the Audi Prologue

Last week we were invited to Milan to witness the European premier of a new concept car by Audi and to meet the man who penned it, chief designer Marc Lichte. The venue was a rather unusual pop-up boutique nestled in the fashionable Brera design district – the twinkling festive decorations outside adding a bit of sparkle to the occasion. The Prologue is a study car that signals an evolution in design for Audi. It takes the marque’s clean... Read More

Trends in car design from Paris

Earlier this month we attended the Paris Motor Show, one of the most important annual international exhibitions (it rotates yearly with Frankfurt). These shows are intense… they are loud, bright and pretty exhausting yet it is a great place to spot the latest trends in car design, and generally catch up on industry news. This year most of the pavilions displayed pretty bland products – your mainstream hatchbacks, saloons and sports-utilities…... Read More

New Audi A3 Cabriolet

There is nothing quite like driving a convertible car – rays of sunshine warming the spirit, a touch of breeze in your hair… the sheer sense of freedom is unbeatable. Cloth roofs, rather than folding metal hardtops, though less practical in an urban garage-less setting, lend an even more carefree spirit to the convertible, and Audi has maintained this with its latest A3 Cabriolet. This is the new open-top version of the A3. It has a longer,... Read More

Trend spotting at the Geneva Motor Show

The Geneva Motor Show is a great place for spotting new design and technology trends within the car industry. There never of course is a single direction but you can get a general sense of what  to expect in the new few years. Read the full reports in Future Space Magazine and in Wallpaper* Also have a look at some of the designer interviews from previous Geneva Motor Shows. Design Talks | 5 – 25 Scrutton Street | Old Street | Shoreditch... Read More

Audi investigates urban mobility

How can we help commuters move more easily through cities? The Audi Urban Future initiative, a project that started in 2010, has seen the carmaker work alongside architects and urban planners to map out feasible solutions for mobility within the future urban environment (see our report here). The latest phase saw an interactive exhibit displayed at the International CES in Las Vegas earlier this month. The futuristic city model can, in theory,... Read More

Trends from the Frankfurt Motor Show

Frankfurt is Europe’s largest and most significant car show where we get to see new trends in design and technology, and gauge the future of mobility. This year, however, there really wasn’t a unified voice – instead car companies appear to be finding their own solutions. The popularity of the compact luxury crossover type car remains as strong as ever with most premium marque’s offering their take on this. Jaguar’s C-X17 perhaps took... Read More

Small sedans: Audi A3 Saloon

There is a new trend emerging on the automotive scene in the shape of compact saloons. The classic three-box silhouette may appear a little sensible, almost prudish, compared to some of the more lively ideas floating around car design departments, yet Europe’s loss of love for the safe saloon isn’t a sentiment shared globally. Young, bright, professional American and Chinese drivers, for instance, are extremely hungry for these so-called... Read More

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