Directly form the press days of the 84th Geneva Motor Show a first selection of the newest car, trends and concepts. Enjoy the pictures from DANIPHOTODESIGN.
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Land Rover pulled out all the stops to unveil its latest, the 2014 Range Rover Sport, to a crowd of motor connoisseurs and VIP guests gathered at Grand Central Station not long ago. Trendland was on hand to witness the arrival of the night’s subject, delivered by none other than the actor who would be Bond, Daniel Craig, who dramatically drove the Range Rover Sport through the closed off streets of Manhattan to arrive at the event venue. A introductory short film by Hollywood director Jonathan P.B. Taylor was played for to the gathered to mark Craig’s arrival, which is included here. The Range Rover Sport premiered a day later at the New York International Auto Show on March 27th, and will hit the markets during the third quarter of 2013. With an all new design, the 2014 model weighs 800 pounds less that its previous version, boasts quicker acceleration, and a new supercharged V-6 engine within it’s all-aluminum construction. The interiors are, of course, some of the best in the market, with an air of ruggedness offsetting the fine materials.
Big Evoque? No, this is the new Range Rover Sport 2014. Despite Land Rover´s efforts to introduce it only at the New York auto show, the new Range Rover Sport was revealed sooner. With a new design, clearly inspired by the Evoque, the model will go on sale in Europe and the United States this year. It is built on an aluminum platform (same as Vogue), making it much lighter compared to the previous generation, it is also more agile and economical. More details will be released soon.
Available for only the first 12 months, the CLA Edition 1 by Mercedes-Benz offers special appointments to the recently unveiled CLA-Class. Customers can personalize their new CLA with a variety of interior, including Mercedes-Benz’s NEON ART upholstery in leather, microfiber, with contrast yellow stitching. Luxurious components like Nappa leather sports steering wheel or a ARTICO man-made leather wrapped instrument panel are just some of the options to select from. Not limited to just the interior, a slew of exclusive options are available for the car’s exterior as well. For a sportier look, customers can add body panels from Mercedes-AMG or “blacked-out” light alloy wheels, also by Mercedes-AMG. Other additions include lowered sports suspension, diamond-shaped radiator grille, and bi-xenon headlights. All necessities for an impromptu street racing at night.
To come in either CLA 180, CLA 200, CLA 250, and finally CLA 220CDI, the limited CLA Edition 1 by Mercedes-Benz is available now through the company’s dealerships in Germany.
Mercedes Benz CLA Edition 1: Exclusivity from the very beginning
The “CLA Edition 1″ will only be available for twelve months. The model, which can be combined with any engine, has exclusive equipment which includes amongst other things the NEON ART interior with upholstery in leather and black microfibre DINAMICA with yellow contrasting topstitching. The Edition 1 can be ordered immediately at a starting price of 35,402.50 euros (CLA 180 Edition 1).
With the CLA-Class, Mercedes-Benz continues its series of extraordinary Edition 1 special models. Limited to one year after its launch, the Edition 1 combines special equipment which highlights the sportiness and exclusivity of the four-door coupé. This includes paintwork in either mountain grey, cosmos black, night black, cirrus white or designo polar silver magno (expected to be available from the third quarter of 2013). AMG front and rear aprons as well as side sill panels in combination with the black painted multi-spoke AMG light-alloy wheels provide for a powerful appearance. The diamond radiator grille boasts a black fin and chrome inserts. Bi-xenon headlamps are standard as too is the lowered sports suspension.
The NEON ART interior is exclusive to this special model. The sports seats are upholstered in leather and black microfibre DINAMICA whilst yellow stitching creates a very special contrast. The instrument panel and the beltlines are in ARTICO man-made leather with yellow stitching in a wrap-around look. Trim elements in aluminium with a light longitudinal grain and a 3-spoke multifunction sports steering wheel in nappa leather with a flattened bottom section and perforations in the grip area complete the dynamic appearance.
The 2014 Cadillac ELR plug-in hybrid got a lot of buzz at the Detroit Auto Show, and was awarded the Eyes on Design honor as Best Production Vehicle. It’s taken four years for the original concept car – the 2009 Converj based on the Chevrolet Volt powertrain – to make the next step forward.
Tim Kozub, Cadillac exterior design manager, said the design team used the Converj as a sketch to create the ELR. He thinks that proportion was everything in the design – the car is low and wide, and has 20-inch wheels which are pushed to the corners. “It just plants itself so beautifully,” he says.
Performance is amped up in the ELR because it’s a Cadillac, he said. It has the looks of a hot, exotic sports car with great attention to detail. That includes headlights made with crystal cubes surrounded by chrome, all LED and very high tech. “Everybody wants this hot car, this hot image coupe, to sit in their driveway, to step out of it at a restaurant,” he says.
We’ve got more of GM’s marketing videos for the ELR, emphasizing a few themes, like animated phasing between sleek Cadillac body style and an inner skeletal frame showing off the technology.
The Audi Concept Design Studio is a curious place. Small and unassuming, almost hidden away in a quiet residential district in Munich, it is altogether more relaxed than the HQ in Ingolstadt, where a larger team prepares cars for production. Like an artist’s atelier or an inventor’s workshop, the studio is the creative hub where a modest team of designers sketch away at Audis of the future.
‘The Munich idea foundry is like a satellite that provokes and thus stimulates the potential for innovation,’ says studio head Steve Lewis, as he guides us through a large, open-plan area for designing concept cars and a vast room for modelling clay.
This is the first time outsiders have been allowed access to this hidden spot; until recently, there wasn’t even an Audi badge on the gate to identify it. The space has been ‘tidied’ in preparation for the visit – car companies are extremely private about their future projects.
What Audi is keen to reveal is the latest Crosslane Coupé concept car, and its relevance to the marque’s future. First displayed a few of months ago at the Mondial de l’Automobile in Paris, the ‘study car’ not only sets the tone for future Q-family models, it embodies a new phase for all-round Audi design.
First and foremost, the company is keen to make greater design differentiation between its A, R and Q models, This will eliminate the danger of creating identikit cars, the sort of thing larger companies have been criticised for by a customer base with increasing visually literacy.
Then there’s a desire to show off more of the technical aspects of each design – almost revealing what lies beneath the surface – and to have a more cohesive feel between the exterior and interior of a car.
The Crosslane manifests all this. At its heart is a pioneering ‘multimaterial’ space frame, a structure that combines carbon-fibre, aluminium and other metals for exceptional lightness and strength. Such composite components weren’t technically feasible a few years ago, and Audi has made great strides in bringing new materials and processes to market.
The space frame is made visible at various points around the show car: in the single-frame grille; through intakes in the engine hood; at the sills when opening the door; at the A-pillar; and as a load-bearing element in a functional carbon strip in the cockpit. A production car might not strip off quite so explicitly, but head designer Wolfgang Egger believes that automotive design is ready for a change. ‘We need something new without breaking with tradition,’ he says. Hence placing a greater emphasis on the creative process to find ways of showing off new technology like the space frame.
For instance, headlamps will become more graphic and technical like the Crosslane’s, with its sober front end, almost the antithesis of the current trend to build cars with elaborate ‘facial expressions’. Says Egger: ‘It’s the Bauhaus thinking: a reduction of elements.’
What will characterise the next generation of Q SUVs is a three-dimensional single-frame sculptural grille, which will give them a powerful, robust presence similar to the Crosslane’s.
The concept is also a good example of how Audi will integrate its interiors and exteriors seamlessly, making it easier to distinguish models by their interiors. Karl-Heinz Rothfuss, Audi’s head of interiors, explains that on the Crosslane ‘the cabin opens in the direction of travel and continues as an unbroken line in the engine hood’. Clean surfaces and fewer control elements streamline the driving experience. ‘Our refined strategy at Audi design emphasises clarity and a focus on the essentials,’ says Egger.
The new approach to creativity aligns the three segments of automotive design – interior, exterior, and colour and trim – much more closely. It’s the happy consequence of Audi’s next generation of designers working so closely together behind these nondescript gates in Munich.
The art of the sports car takes centre stage at the new Porsche museum in Stuttgart.
Engines, interactive displays, Porsche memorabilia and 80 cars – including prototypes and icons like the 911, all polished to a mirror-sheen – are parked on two floors of pristine, white galleries.The collection includes a 550 Spyder – the model James Dean was driving when he died in a collision with a Studebaker in 1955.
Other models, like the 917 type Hollywood star Steve McQueen made famous in “Le Mans” and the 928 version Tom Cruise’s character in “Risky Business” used to elude trouble, are parked bumper-to-bumper under dazzling spotlights.
Three dramatic concrete pillars support the museum building, designed by the Viennese architecture firm Delugan Meissl, which seems to float above its industrial surroundings.
A handcrafted aluminum recreation of the very first Porsche, a Type 64 ‘VW Aerocoupe,’ shines in the center of the first floor.
Prototypes on display include a 928 model almost long enough for four doors, a 1989 “Panamericana” with odd, frog-like curves and the darling of the museum staff: the 1992 Boxster prototype that won Best in Show at the 1993 Detroit Auto Show.
Hillclimber 62: simplicity is the ultimate form of sophistication – Leonardo da Vinci.
Wojtek Sokolowski, friend and designer of this master piece, showed us at Concorso d’Eleganza – Villa D’Este, the most catchy motorbike present at the event. Big personality on two wheels with its celeste (sky blue) suit. Passing by “catwalk” automatically, started walking around. There is one straight line characterizing the style of it from the thank to the tail. One parallel line to the street emphasises power and personality. We imagine one stroke of pencil and style is done!
The other part of the body is black powder coated, creating a celeste/ black overall sensation: the motorbike’s final result looks light and gentle. A good balance between the upper sky blue element and the mechanics parts underneath. All treatments typical of a good design. Useless to say it’s a cafe-racer! It comes from the Ducati Sport 1000 and from it keeps several retro details. All the modifications and accessories have been carefully chosen.
We really like it! Wojtek Sokolowski Bravo!
More info here: www.hillclimber.ch
Daniel Tomicic and Tina Markovic are the people who made possible Auto®, the automotive design conference in Zagreb, Croatia. The think-tank of future personal mobility and a meeting point between Western and Eastern European automotive designers. The largest automotive design conference in Europe since 2009, once again gathers in Zagreb some of the world most renowned designers. This mass orientated event mission is to promote automotive design.
For a weekend in Zagreb you could meet top car designers – from Peter Stevens, designer of mythical McLaren F1, to Carlo Gaino, designer of bizarre Lancia ECV 2. This mass orientated event mission is to promote automotive design. Auto® was packed with various happenings.
Panel discussion gathered around question how to define supercar today when their performance is matched by ordinary cars. Can EV be supercar was questioned in lectures by Chris Longmore, designer of Lightning GT and Adriano Mudri, designer of Rimac Concept_One. Our friend Alessio Minchella, Fiat Designer and lecturer at IED Torino gave an inside glimpse on car designers perspective of world and sources of their inspiration. Elena Ristancevska spoke on future trends in colour and trim.
Volvo organised design workshop for V40 exterior stickers that should underline Volvo brand values. Visitors could get their hands dirty in clay modelling workshop by Custom Creations under Dario Dropucic guidance. Three models were mad upon projects submitted to Design Challenge.
Does it make coffee as well?
Italians ask it for joke anytime about any device…. YES this one make it!!
The coffe lover or..addicted can use Handpresso Auto (€150; roughly $200) to brew up a jolting shot of espresso from the comfort of the driver’s seat. Powered by your car’s 12V cigarette lighter, the Handpresso takes water and E.S.E. coffee pods, and lets you know when your drink is ready with three audible beeps, so you don’t need to take your eyes off the road….
Enjoy your ride with a cup of coffee!