BMW iX Sketch vs Production.
Remember when designers had to draw a side view over a package? The actual production vehicle package? It seems designers no longer do this. Obviously at sketch phase, character is key- but eventually… surely…. one MUST draw the same design over a package? This is what I was taught, but I guess design schools stopped,…
Practical cars. Rationalism, or not.
Consumerism and useless product design… This blog is titled autoSTYLING for a reason. I couldn’t get a car design URL…. but seriously it is important that the word styling was used. I am a design lecturer, but when I started this blog I just wanted to talk about cars as a passionate hobby and only…
Recently we’ve seen a couple of major Auto Shows go head to head, West vs East in May with New York and Beijing shows back to back. Toyota chose the Beijing show to launch the production version of their Lexus branded small crossover. I’ve posted here before regarding crossover vehicles (and I once owned the trendsetting Qashqai…
Way back in 2007 Nissan decided to abandon the battle that they were losing against the VW Golf and Ford Focus (C-segment). The Almera was a good car, but a sales/profit disaster. To replace this model, they looked to their brand new London “think-tank” design studio. That team came up with a radical and fashion…
CX-5 + 12 = C-X17 (pt2)
Rear view… comparison of Jaguar and Mazda design language for their crossover vehicle designs. Both look great, but so similar…
CX-5 + 12 = C-X17
Comparison of just how close the Jaguar and Mazda design language has become recently… (both look great in my opinion).
the car industries coolest brand…?
I received this email from our co-blogger here, regarding a design talk given some months ago by current head of Advanced Design at Jaguar, Julian Thompson. It relates to the CX-17 crossover concept, and also gives us clues to the deep rooted changes in Jaguar management that have enabled the design-led (Apple like?!) resurgence of…
audi Q cars
Right, so this week we have seen published images of the new Audi Q3 crossover, based on the cheaper VW Tiguan of course. The best part as you can already guess perhaps…. is that Audi teased the press with preview sketches as is the usual process these days, and now the final car is revealed,…
Photo of my Qashqai after a long and slightly mucky drive through melted snow roads. The dirt was shaped fairly clearly by the air- giving a little clue to the aerodynamics of the front end. At least the boundary layer behaviour anyway.