The German company Mercedes-Benz makes very few pure concept cars, and when it does, it is to express new technology more than stylistic trends.
While the Bionic car and the F600 concept seen in 2005 were, respectively,
a study in aerodynamics inspired by nature and an exploration into the future
of fuel cells, the F700 unveiled on the three-pointed star’s stand at Frankfurt
is much closer to today’s reality and explores two aspects in particular
of the current state of the art.
The first of these aspects is the interior, which the majority of designers today
believe offers much more scope for creativity and innovation than
The second is an ecological, or at least less polluting, aspect that carmakers
are now trying to extend into even the most heavily criticised segments,
such as SUVs and luxury saloons.
The article continues in Auto & Design no. 167