Mazda's CX-9 is the company's largest vehicle to date and embodies the Kodo (soul of motion) design philosophy. First showcased by the Shinari concept car in 2010 and since evolved by the Miata, CX-3 and CX-5 models, Kodo is about "creating cars that embody the dynamic beauty of life," according
The long-awaited successor to the original NSX, launched in 1990. An impossible act to follow for many, due to Ayrton Senna's involvement in the car's development and because the 1990 car was technically ground-breaking in so many respects.
Koji Nagano is in confident mood. During the 2016 Paris Motorshow at the world launch of the 5th generation Micra, a critical car for Nissan Europe, we asked him what influenced the new design and the key differences between this new car and the last, unloved Micra. "We really focused
For over 100 years, the Mondial de l'Automobile has been the gold standard in motor shows. The biannual show clocked over 1.2 million visitors in 2014 and continues to draw the largest number of attendees of any auto show in the world—beating out both Tokyo, Detroit and Frankfurt. Despite the
Personal mobility is one of those 'key words' that car companies use when they're talking about future scenarios. It's effectively a marketing phrase that's been accepted into mainstream culture, and there are countless studies and projects attempting to find the best and most compelling solution. But perhaps the ultimate personal
XY Race concept /// Michael Mills On the back of recent news of a redesigned Roborace driverless electric race car concept from their chief design officer Daniel Simon (the same man who brought you those light cycles in Tron: Legacy)… Source: Instagram ...we look at an alternative motorsport vision that
At last week's industry preview night of the Automotive and Transport Degree show at Coventry University, several themes emerged from the projects tackled by this year's international cohort. Here we look at concepts ranging from how racing might evolve to the future of luxury. Tomas Omasta developed the Jaguar
The Ultra Electric Bus concept showcases TATA MOTORS' design vision of a fully electric bus that is the symbol of a modern, resurgent India. Tata sees the Ultra Electric as a fundamental part of India's future SMART city initiative. Below, we interview Tata's global Head of Design Pratap Bose to
I admire Pagani's interiors for their materials and the artistic form that he creates. You know, even in high end luxury cars there's a lot of plastic, so when I see the interior of the Huayra for example, it's stunning, high-quality, there are real materials...it's honest.
Ferrari's, like most supercars, polarize opinion. Flash and brash, or svelte and stunning…depending on your outlook, or possibly, the cars' vintage. But to any automotive designer or car obsessive, there's no denying Ferrari's hallowed place in history. Finding myself in Italy visiting family over the Christmas break, I made sure
As the idea of autonomous cars becomes more widely accepted, there's a challenge that tomorrow's automotive designers will need to tackle: how to design desirability into the autonomous car? Industry consensus is that the move to autonomous cars is a gradual but inevitable process. We already expect increasingly more
It's every car-designer's dream—to design and build a supercar from scratch, with no constraints. Talking with Carlos Salaff, ex-Mazda exterior designer, I realize he is living that dream—he's the master of his own creation. And what a creation: Project Caden is a supercar with voluptuous surfaces formed by hand, flowing
Top picks from the array of concepts and production cars from the 2015 Frankfurt Auto Show. The Porsche e-mission is the car of the show for me – a masterful morphing of the iconic Porsche design signatures into a really desirable super-sedan. Essentially a broadside to Tesla, but also
J Mays, one of the world's most influential automotive designers, will be contributing to the RCA's prestigious Vehicle Design programme as a visiting professor from September 2015. As outgoing Chief Creative Officer of Ford he oversaw the design of many of the brand's best-selling cars; Fusion/Mondeo, Focus, Fiesta, Taurus,
As the Creative Design Manager at Jaguar Advanced Design, Cesar Pieri spends a lot of time thinking about cars. So when he decided to take up painting as a creative outlet, he found inspiration from his day job. Using Jaguar hoods (bonnets) as canvases, Pieri has created a collection of
True to form, the RCA's 2015 MA Automotive Design show featured some challenging abstract concepts that shun outright technical feasibility for provocation of thought. As usual, the standard of work was high, with a diverse cultural perspective. From a Stradivarius-inspired sportscar to an autonomous crop-munching tractor, here are some of
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