Bentley explores the future of sustainable luxury travel with EXP 100 GT

As traditional carmakers study what their place will be in the next chapter of the automobile, this EXP 100 GT by Bentley Motors sets out to explore luxury in the context of clean autonomous travel in an imaginary world of 2035. The form may follow a classic motor car design theme, yet it is conceptually and materially where the EPX 100 really makes a distinctive statement.  Here’s a little teaser as to what to expect from the... Read More

Mercedes autonomous car

Mercedes-Benz is proposing to re-invent the automobile with the F015 Luxury in Motion study revealed this week at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vagas. This sleek car has been designed to be an autonomous vehicle, a mobile living space, a private retreat offering space and time – two luxuries that we are increasingly in need of. #gallery-1 { margin: auto; } #gallery-1 .gallery-item { float: left; margin-top:... Read More

In talk with Benoit Jacob head of BMW i design

BMW announced the birth of its new e-mobility sub-brand i at the start of 2011, created to focus entirely on finding sustainable driving solutions. Since, we have been introduced to two concept cars – the i3 and i8 – that together reflect some of the design and engineering thinking that we should expect from the marque’s eco-arm. The cars represent the two extreme poles of BMW – i3 is an all-electric urban run-around designed for dense... Read More

Thierry Metroz on Citroën design

Thierry Metroz has spent his entire career of 25 years working for the same company, Renault. And even though many assumed he would replace Patrick le Quement as head of Renault design in 2009, Metroz decided to leave in 2010 and join rival French marque PSA Peugeot Citroën, to become design director at Citroën. Design Talks caught up with the designer a year into his new role. Design Talks PSA Group design director Jean-Pierre Ploué already... Read More

Laurens van den Acker on Renault design

Replacing a long-term design chief is never easy. Patrick le Quement led Renault design for 22 years and the succession, in the period leading up to his retirement in 2009, was one of the most debated topics within the car design world. His eventual successor Laurens van den Acker surprised many observers, not least because he was drafted in from outside the French company, from Mazda where he was design director from 2006. Design Talks met the Dutch... Read More

Video: BMW Vision ConnectedDrive

The latest advanced design from BMW, Vision ConnectedDrive, connects the driver, vehicle and the outside world. Adrian van Hooydonk discusses Vision ConnectedDrive here. Also follow BMW’s sustainable mobility activities at BMWActivatetheFuture.com. Design Talks | 5 – 25 Scrutton Street | Old Street | Shoreditch | London | EC2A 4HJ?W | www.d-talks.com | Bookshop www.d-talks.com/bookshop | Published by Banksthomas All rights and labelled... Read More

In talk with J Mayer H’s Jürgen Mayer

Back in June carmaker Audi sponsored a group of progressive architects from around the world to conceive of a cityscape for 2030 where urban planning, building design, wireless digital technology and vehicle design work together for sustainable mobility. Berlin practice J Mayer H has won the Audi Urban Future Awards for his clever and practical vision for such a utopia. In this 2030 urban setting, founder Jürgen Mayer has concentrated on utilising... Read More

Book review: Reinventing the automobile

We live in exciting times. The world is moving towards mass urbanisation, the countryside is being swallowed up by sprawling cities creating vast mega-cities – a recent UN report suggesting that over 70% of the world’s population will inhabit these dense urban landscapes by 2050. Mobility, it seems, is still stuck in the era of the ‘horseless carriage’. The template is essentially that of the Ford Model T, which was good for the first 100... Read More

Adrian van Hooydonk on BMW Megacity Vehicle

‘The Megacity Vehicle will be attractive but not controversial, and it will need to express cleanliness combined with premium and efficient, efficient dynamics,’ says Adrian Van Hooydonk. The BMW design director is referring to the first product to be released – albeit only two teaser sketches – from Project-I, an internal research unit which has been studying the best possible mode of personal transport for urban driving for some... Read More

In talk with Chris Bangle

Chris Bangle has kept a rather low profile since he abruptly left his position at BMW where he became one of the world’s most influential car designers. He has given few interviews since, but we caught up with the controversial designer at his self-built house and consultancy outside Turin to see what he has been up to since departing from the Bavarian marque last March. Bangle does not shy sway from the truth. He knows that he has set a... Read More