Design

  • 2005 Ford GT on Jay Leno's Garage

    While the second-generation Ford GT is the most advanced car to ever come from the Blue Oval, back in 2005, it was all about the original. The Ford GT marked the automaker's return to supercars after its GT40 motorsport program in the 1960s, and to this day, it remains a banner vehicle. In one of Jay Leno's Garage's most informative videos, Leno invites the 2005 GT's lead designer, Camilo Pardo, on the show to discuss the ins and outs of the original supercar. What better way to learn about the car than from the man who oversaw its design? Pardo is full of obscure knowledge about the car and...

  • FCA Drive For Design contest winner by Maximillian Cooper
    FCA selects winners for 2019 Drive For Design contest

    The future cars for tomorrow start with the student designs from today. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles selected its winners for this year's Drive For Design contest. Maximillian Cooper of Miami; Mason Ross of Burien, Washington; and Vincent Piaskowski of Birmingham, Michigan; submitted winning designs...

  • 2019 Buick Regal Avenir
    Free from Opel tie-up, Buick readies new design language

    For the latter part of this decade, Buicks were Opels and Opels were Buicks. Yet, in 2017, General Motors completed the sale of Opel and its sister brand, Vauxhall, to French automaker PSA Group. (See: Regal, Cascada, Verano, Encore.) Free from its European constraints, Buick is ready to start...

  • 2015 Porsche 918 Spyder
    Porsche could look to the past or future for next hypercar design

    Porsche CEO Oliver Blume has confirmed plans to succeed the 918 Spyder with a new hypercar next decade, but there's one big question inside the German brand's design studio: should it adopt a retro styling motif? Head of Porsche Design, Michael Mauer, told Autocar in a Tuesday report the question...

  • SangYup Lee
    Hyundai design boss says best looks from the brand are yet to come

    Hyundai’s design team knows how to throw a curve or two. The 2020 Hyundai Sonata sedan that made its debut at the 2019 New York International Auto Show pronounced a new era from the automaker’s recently staid shapes, but Hyundai’s design director said that’s just the...

  • Teaser for Icona self-driving logistics vehicle concept debuting at 2019 Shanghai auto show
    Icona teams up with Chinese online retail giant JD for Shanghai auto show concept

    Icona, the global design studio behind the Vulcano titanium supercar concept, is ready to demonstrate the breadth of its capabilities with a new concept to be presented at next week's Auto Shanghai 2019. The concept is described as a self-driving logistics vehicle for Chinese online retail giant...

  • Jozef Kaban

    Rolls-Royce has been without a head designer since Giles Taylor stepped down last September after a 6-year stint to join China's FAW Group, where he's been tasked with helping shape future products from a revived Hongqi. The situation at Rolls-Royce finally changed on Monday with the appointment of Jozef Kaban as the new head of design at the prestigious British brand. Kaban, a graduate of the Royal College of Art in London, was appointed head of design of the BMW brand in 2017 and prior to that role he worked at several Volkswagen Group brands, including Audi and Skoda. His most famous...

  • Subaru Viziv Adrenaline concept
    Subaru intros new design language with Viziv Adrenaline Concept

    Subaru is hopeful the world is still craving crossover SUVs, despite the body style's proliferation in recent years. That's because the Japanese firm unveiled a new crossover concept on Tuesday at the 2019 Geneva International Motor Show. Called the Viziv Adrenaline Concept, the show car introduces...

  • FCA Drive for Design 2019 challenge
    FCA issues latest "Drive for Design" challenge to create the ultimate status vehicle

    For the seventh consecutive year, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is running its Drive for Design contest for high school students who aspire to design cars. This year, youngsters will be tasked with designing the "ultimate status vehicle." Head of Performance, Passenger Car and Utility Vehicle Design...

  • Ford Gravity Sketch 3D and VR design tool
    Pencils down: Ford trials 3D virtual reality design program to reduce development time

    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...

  • 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 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 departure from Tesla follows former chief vehicle engineer Doug Fields, who did not return from a leave of absence this past summer. Fields formerly worked at Apple but joined Tesla in 2013. He returned to Apple in August. Kim began work at Tesla in 2015 after a tenure at Microsoft where he worked on...

  • 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
    Pininfarina details “Pura” design language for future cars, PF0 hypercar almost fully revealed

    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...

  • 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

    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 "take all its knowledge and creativity into the all-electric cars universe" to design a roadster variant of the electric luxury sedan. A roadster implies the firm plans to totally reconfigure the interior to axe the rear seats and install a convertible top. From the teaser sketch, we can already...

  • 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
    Art students imagine Bentley of the future

    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...

  • 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...

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