Meet ASIMO the humanoid robot

The car industry is full of contradictions. On the one hand it creates machines that are harming our planet, yet some of the most innovative sustainability thinking takes place behind the the closed doors of some of these companies. Last month we flew to Japan to visit Honda. Founded in 1948, this is Japan’s third carmaker and the world’s largest producer of motorcycles. It is also one of the leaders when it comes to ecological thinking as... Read More

Responsible luxury: In talk with Henrik Fisker

Sometimes it is a question of good timing. In the case of Henrik Fisker it was a combination of this and possibly knowing the right people that won him substantial financial backing to set up his independent green car company Fisker Automotive in 2007. Born in Denmark, Fisker on graduation joined BMW’s advanced design studio in Munich becoming president of the firm’s Californian studio DesignworksUSA. From there he went on to Ford to become... Read More

BMW i: Designing electric cars

A little while ago we reported on BMW’s new e-mobility sub-brand i. Announced at the start of the year, it was created to focus entirely on finding sustainable driving solutions. Last week the German marque showed us the first two cars the i3 and i8 to be produced under the BMW i brand. Though still study pieces, they reflect some of the design and engineering thinking that we should expect from the BMW’s eco-arm. The cars represent the two... Read More

Alfonso Albaisa on Nissan electric car design

Alfonso Albaisa, design director at Nissan in America, discusses electric car design, the future of clean mobility and his take on the zero-emission sports car. Design Talks Should zero-emission cars have their own unique architecture and formal language? Alfonso Albaisa They are finding their own unique architecture. The formal language, however, is more of a conscious effort – it’s the intentional part. The zero emission car doesn’t... Read More

Emerging car designers: RCA show

The Royal College of Art postgraduate vehicle design show is possibly the most important one of its kind given the college’s impressive alumni who collectively more or less head most of the major car design studios. The 2010 show focused on future clean driving and set out to explore new concepts for mobility. Highlights included work by Swedish designer Marten Wallgren and David Seesing of Germany – both finalists on the Bentley... Read More

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