Design

  • Ford Gravity Sketch 3D and VR design tool

    Ford designers could one day trade in their pens and paper for a totally three-dimensional and virtual reality experience. The automaker shared Tuesday that it is testing a 3D and VR design experience from a company called Gravity Sketch. The collaboration is the first of its kind, according to Ford, and immerses the designer in the car he or she sketches. Instead of starting with a 2D sketch that's turned into a 3D model, Gravity Sketch puts designers in the car as they create it. A headset creates the VR world around the designer, while controllers and gestures imitate sketching movements...

  • Luc Donckerwolke
    Hyundai's chief designer: We're chasing legends now, not just sales

    Luc Donckerwolke is one of us. The 53-year-old designer—born in South America, trained in Brussels, and chief designer for a South Korean global automaker—speaks with a soft French timbre that rises and falls mid-sentence. It makes every clause of every sentence sound like a playful...

  • 2017 Karma Revero
    Karma and Pininfarina to collaborate on EVs

    Karma, the electric car startup born out of the remains of the original Fisker, has teamed up with Italian design house and fellow EV startup Pininfarina to collaborate on future electric cars. The two firms announced Thursday that they will work together and that the first results of their...

  • Apple store
    Apple hires senior designer from Tesla

    Apple has once again sparked rumors it may be developing more than just self-driving car software. The California-based technology giant has hired Andrew Kim, a former senior designer at Tesla. The Verge reported on Kim's hiring on Monday and said Kim's first day at Apple was last week. Kim's...

  • Lilium Jet VTOL concept
    Former McLaren design boss joins Lilium flying taxi startup

    Frank Stephenson shocked many when he stepped down from the lead design role at McLaren in early 2017. It turned out he wanted to apply his design skills in an entirely new segment: flying taxis. The renowned designer, responsible for cars like the McLaren P1 and 650S (and in earlier roles the...

  • Robert Downey Jr. and Audi design chief Mark Lichte in e-tron GT concept
    Robert Downey Jr. met Audi design chief to discuss e-tron GT

    Audi will showcase another vehicle in its long-running ties with Marvel films when "Avengers 4: Endgame" debuts next spring. None other than the e-tron GT electric sedan will star alongside the Avengers and Robert Downey Jr.'s Tony Stark, aka, Iron Man. Ahead of the film's premiere, Downey Jr. met...

  • Teaser for Pininfarina Battista debuting at 2019 Geneva auto show

    The new Pininfarina car brand spun off earlier this year from the Italian design house and coachbuilder of the same name is working on a handful of models, all of them high-performance electric cars to be targeted at ultra-wealthy individuals. Naturally, Pininfarina is turning to its parent company to craft the new look for the cars, a look that has been branded the Pura design philosophy. Pura, Italian for “pure,” is all about design purity, where form and function are one and the same. “There is a purity in our ambition, the styling of our cars and our engineering focus on...

  • Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign
    Watch as the Italdesign team builds the $1.05M Nissan GT-R50 by hand

    The Nissan GT-R50 is a stunning vehicle, and fans can appreciate it more with the knowledge that the car was almost entirely built by hand. A new video from Nissan traces the production process inside Italdesign, the Italian firm responsible for building the modified GT-R. Both the GT-R and...

  • Ferrari F40 Tribute by Samir Sadikhov
    Designer Samir Sadikhov envisions a modern Ferrari F40

    Ferrari's F40 is without doubt an icon. Its wedge shape and pop-up lights perfectly encapsulate automotive design of the 1980s, when it was launched, and unlike many cars of the era, there's performance on hand to back up the looks. The F40 was also the last vehicle to earn the personal stamp of...

  • Ares Tesla Model S Roadster teaser sketch
    Ares teases Tesla Model S Roadster conversion

    Modena, Italy-based design firm Ares wants to drop the top and subtract two doors from the Tesla Model S. On Monday, the firm teased another new project in the form of a Model S Roadster. The announcement was light on details, but in a Facebook post to the company's official page, Ares said it will...

  • Aston Martin Shaghai design studio
    Aston Martin opens first design studio outside UK

    Aston Martin design won't be purely British-born in the future. The automaker announced Wednesday that it has opened its first design studio outside of the United Kingdom. The newest studio resides in Shanghai, China and bears the title Aston Martin Lagonda Creative Lab. The studio is a partnership...

  • BMW iX3 Concept front 3/4
    Styling of BMW electric cars will be toned down as tech matures

    Future BMW electric cars won't exactly follow in the footsteps of the wildly futuristic i8 or bionic egg-shaped i3. Instead, the brand plans to tone things down as battery technology becomes more commonplace. BMW chief designer Adrian van Hooydonk told Autocar in report published last Tuesday that...

  • Bentley future luxury art student concept

    We won't know what the automotive world will look like more than thirty years from now, but Bentley asked students at London's Royal College of Art to give it their best shot. The Bentley design team provided curriculum tutelage and guidance for students, who then imagined what a luxury car will mean to the automotive world in 2050. Bentley chose four concepts that stoked new ideas and provoked critical thinking about future luxury. The first comes from student Irene Chiu, who created a cockpit design called "Luxury Soundscapes." She imagines the design would selectively filter noises into...

  • Holden Time Attack Concept
    Holden showcases design talents with Time Attack Concept

    General Motors' Australian division Holden may no longer be building its own cars, but it still has a world-class design team that regularly collaborates on projects for other GM brands. The Holden design team has now unveiled a wild concept to not only showcase the talents and technological...

  • Smart ForEase concept, 2018 Paris auto show
    Smart previews future look with ForEase speedster concept

    Smart this year is celebrating the 20th anniversary of the start of sales of the original ForTwo, and part of the celebrations included the unveiling of the ForEase concept on Tuesday at the 2018 Paris auto show. The ForEase is based on the battery-powered Smart EQ ForTwo Cabrio but has been...

  • J Mays
    Veteran Ford designer J Mays joins appliance maker Whirlpool

    Longtime Ford designer J Mays has a new position at appliance maker Whirlpool. The veteran designer has been appointed vice president and chief design officer of Whirlpool Corporation, based in western Michigan. Whirlpool announced Mays' appointment on Monday. He'll be responsible for "translating...

  • Giles Taylor
    Ex-Rolls-Royce design boss to pen models for Chinese luxury brand Hongqi

    Chinese automaker FAW Group is in the process of reviving historic brand Hongqi as China's premiere automotive label and hired the former design chief of Rolls-Royce to pen the new models. FAW announced Friday that Giles Taylor, who led the design team at Rolls-Royce from 2012 to June of this year...

  • Gio Ponti's Linea Diamante realized at 2018 Grand Basel show
    65-year-old car design brought to life at 2018 Grand Basel show

    A never-before-seen car design has been brought to life...65 years after it was completed. Yes, it was 65 years ago that Italian architect and industrial designer Gio Ponti penned his Linea Diamante, or "Diamond Line," and now a completed mockup of the car has been revealed. The covers came off on...

  • Infiniti Prototype 10 concept - Image via Kimball Studios

    Infiniti will start switching over to an electrified lineup around 2021 when the first models based on a new modular platform are introduced. That date's a few years off but in the interim Infiniti is providing a glimpse into its future with concept cars. The Q Inspiration unveiled in January gave us a taste of what future Infinitis will look like, and at last week's Monterey Car Week a new concept called the Prototype 10 made its debut; it hints at what future Infinitis will perform like. In a nutshell, it's a speedster that signals Infiniti's vision of combining performance and...

  • Opel GT X Experimental concept
    Opel GT X Experimental concept debuts new design language

    Opel on Wednesday provided the first look at a new concept previewing the design destined for models arriving in the mid-2020s. The concept is called the GT X Experimental, and it's a compact crossover designed under the themes of “bold and pure,” the characteristics of Opel's new...

  • Porsche Mission E Cross Turismo concept
    Porsche designed Mission E Cross Turismo with self-driving tech in mind

    Porsche's Mission E Cross Turismo concept was the big surprise of March's 2018 Geneva auto show. It previews a potential soft-roader version of Porsche's upcoming Taycan electric sedan, and Porsche has been dropping hints that the Cross Turismo could make it into production at some point. Not...

  • Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign
    How the Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign came to life

    To celebrate the Nissan GT-R and Italdesign's 50th birthday, the Italian design firm and Japanese automaker collaborated to birth the GT-R50. Described as a GT-R with no limits, both parties crafted a sculpted Japanese sports car with finesse only Italdesign is capable of. A new video from Nissan...

  • 2019 Mercedes-Benz A-Class aerodynamic testing
    New Mercedes-Benz A-Class sedan has lowest drag of any production car

    A car's ability to slip through the air without creating too much drag is critical when it comes to fuel economy, and no car in production right now does it better than the new Mercedes-Benz A-Class. The compact sedan, unveiled to the world in April at the 2018 Beijing auto show, has a coefficient...

  • Teaser for Opel concept introducing “bold and pure” design language
    Opel teases new “bold and pure” design language

    Opel announced Wednesday plans to unveil a new concept car by the end of the year. The concept, previewed in a single teaser shot, will introduce Opel's new design language “bold and pure,” which the German brand will use to mark its new era away from the control of former parent...

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