Insight: Karim Habib on Infiniti design

“We are trying to create a new design philosophy based on people and experience, and I was imaging the interior space around the movement of humans,” reveals executive design director Karim Habib on his vision for Infiniti. Read the full interview here. #gallery-1 { margin: auto; } #gallery-1 .gallery-item { float: left; margin-top: 10px; text-align: center; width: 25%; } #gallery-1 img { border:... Read More

Meet ASIMO the humanoid robot

The car industry is full of contradictions. On the one hand it creates machines that are harming our planet, yet some of the most innovative sustainability thinking takes place behind the the closed doors of some of these companies. Last month we flew to Japan to visit Honda. Founded in 1948, this is Japan’s third carmaker and the world’s largest producer of motorcycles. It is also one of the leaders when it comes to ecological thinking as... Read More

Tokyo Motor Show 2011 in picture

Japanese car design is an interesting mix of a thoroughly modern minimalist aesthetic and stylised animation. It really is different and exciting to witness some of the work created by local designers at the motor show that took place in Tokyo earlier this month. Car design here sits at the polar side of German car design that is usually perfect and polished. In Japan it seems to be more of a refection of their inventiveness and playfulness. Small... Read More

Japanese-Euro fusion: Honda design

Honda caused a stir back in 2006 when it first introduced the European Civic. It was a radical departure in terms of design with a futuristic exterior that was deemed more in keeping with European taste. The redesigned 2012 Civic is an altogether more self-assured car, introducing elements of its Japanese heritage especially in some of the exterior detailing. The Civic, built at the firm’s Swindon factory in the UK, is pivotal to Honda –... Read More

Learning from manga

The former BMW design director Chris Bangle once told me he believes at times form needs to follow fantasy. ‘For the future of car design, function is the last refuge of the unimaginative,’ he concluded. The Japanese are masters of fantasy – reflected through their imaginative, virtual worlds of animation and comics, anime and manga. Bangle may have said this to ruffle the stiff collars of the automotive world, but can car design learn... Read More

Sustainable car design from Tokyo

The modern engine frees the designer to explore new shapes and be more daring with the vehicle architecture. With the electric car, in particular, car designers are finding a newfound freedom as the thin batteries and motors in wheels free up space and reduce weight. This is how some vehicle designers have approached current and future zero-emission design as exhibited in the Tokyo Motor Show back in October. Our pick of the best green car design... Read More