Best car designs of 2018: Luxury, clean, autonomous

It has been an interesting year for the motor car as the auto world navigates the post-petrol age. Whereas sustainable driving used to mean compromising on style and performance – think the awkward-looking G-Wiz – it appears we need not lose much, if anything, from the golden age of the motor car. As it happens, electric cars are an awful lot of fun to drive and the new mechanics allow for a great deal of creative imagination. Here are my... Read More

Fresh perspectives as Volvo challenges photographer to use the car as camera

I love driving, sitting behind the wheel engaged in my personal thoughts, dreams and life, planning grand projects and picturing past memories, listening to my tunes as the world dances by. You feel protected from the outside world inside the cocoon of the motor car yet are very much connected. There are interactions and engagements, especially in a city like London, but there is certainly a sense of looking out… much like a movie screen. #gallery-2... Read More

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

Thomas Ingenlath discusses Volvo’s modern design identity

Thomas Ingenlath has been directing the Volvo design team in Gothenburg since 2012 – his mission here is to forge a strong visual identity for the Swedish marque. Volvo used to have a pretty definite brand message as the maker of safe and robust family cars. Volvo cars were synonymous with utility, but being utilitarian isn’t quite the sexy image a car marque in the current century wishes to project. Instead, Volvo would like to be perceived... Read More

Peter Horbury on Volvo and designing for China

Peter Horbury has a long history with Volvo. As creative director in the nineties, the Brit was the vanguard of its design change where organic forms, and curves, replaced boxy shapes. In 2004 Ford, who then owned Volvo, persuaded Horbury to run the Ford North America design operation, which he did, only to return to Sweden in 2009 to resume his previous position. His mission now is to help give the 84-year-old company a strong design direction... Read More