Issue no. 225 summary

Event Car Design Award, here are the winners
The award ceremony took place in Turin on 7 June as part of the Parco Valentino Turin Motor Show. The Car Design Award is divided into three categories: “Concept Cars”, “Production Cars” and “Brand Design Language”… by A&D

Show Parco Valentino, pasionate about cars
This motor show, with its ‘open air’ formula, is much more than a static display of cars. In addition to the stands of 56 different brands, the event offers a varied calendar of… by Edoardo Nastri

Cover story Seat Ibiza, emotional connection
Designing the fifth generation of a car like the Ibiza, a model that has been a great success for Seat for over thirty years, was a huge challenge and the task demanding as it was, but for Alejandro Mesonero the project also had… by Silvia Baruffaldi

Design story DS7 Crossback, from premium to luxury
Four years ago, Citroën’s premium DS label was at a crossroads. French luxury and savoir faire had taken over the design department but that iconic DS nameplate needed more… by Wim Oude Weernink

History&Design Volvo, 90 years as a trendsetter
Functionality, safety and comfort are not exactly the three most exciting ingredients in car design. But in its 90 years of history, Volvo has succeeded in interpreting them in attractive forms and volumes…by Silvia Baruffaldi, Edoardo Nastri

Concept car GranStudio Senova Offspace D70, meeting of cultures
A delicate balance of cultures where the harmony of Oriental philosophies meets European rationalism. The D70, the second concept car of the Senova Offspace series developed by Baic Motors Design Centre in collaboration with GranStudio… by Marta Cinti

Concept car Toyota FT-4X, rugged charm
Sometimes they come back. While smaller in size, the Toyota FT-4X presented at the 2017 New York motor show could be construed as the heir to the FJ Cruiser from 2003. Both were designed by… by Edoardo Nastri

Design story Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross, Japanese craftsmanship
There’s nothing random here about the choice of name. For over twenty years up until 2011, the Eclipse was a highly successful Mitsubishi coupé. Passing on the name to this crossover means conferring attributes of sportiness to what is essentially an SUV… by Fabio Galvano

Design story McLaren 720S, make function beautiful
Function narrated by form. The 720S project has moved in this direction since the earliest sketches. “You just have to look at it to immediately grasp its nature. We, as designers, have had the task of giving… by Edoardo Nastri

Surfaces&Design Ford, psychology of an interior
How is the interior of a modern small car born? What keys move the architecture of the form and the functional paradigms of an environment that potentially addresses millions of users? And what future… by Silvio jr. Suppa

Design story Nissan Qashqai, explicit sportiness
Renew a model that continues to sell, so without transforming its features. Maybe try and hitch it to the premium comet – if not as part of the core at least in the… by Fabio Galvano

Design story Kia Picanto, worlds apart form the playful
No anthropomorphic touches, coquettish details or solutions inspired by the jauntily likeable: here, unlike elsewhere, no gamble is being taken on “playful” interpretation even for… by Silvio jr. Suppa

Truck&Design Scania S-Series, image of strength
The new Scania S-Series was elected truck of the year 2017, universal recognition for a vehicle that has always been known for its build quality with a touch of technological and stylistic “conservatism”… by Carlo Otto Brambilla

Bike&Design Two wheels evolution
A frame, two wheels, handlebars and a saddle. What could be simpler than a bicycle? But the evolution of this vehicle tells a different tale… by Alberto Calliano

Anniversary Peugeot 406 Coupé, a charming twenty-year-old
The Peugeot 406 Coupé has turned twenty and for the occasion the Peugeot 406 Coupe Club Italia organised a concours d’élégance, on 3 June, 2017 in Milan, where prizes were awarded to the best preserved 406 Coupés… by A&D

School SPD, the allure of sportiness
It may be the sporty soul, the charisma of the sculpted shapes or the athletic image, but in the imagination of many young designers the dream of designing a Lamborghini is one of the factors driving their passion for cars… by Marta Cinti

Books
Alessandro Sannia, Enciclopedia dei Carrozzieri Italiani, Società Editrice Il Cammello – Zagato Masterpieces Of Style, edited by Luciano Greggio with Alvise-Marco Seno, Giorgio Nada Editore – Thomas Gruber, Georg Konradsheim, Carrera RS – 3 IT, T.A.G.… by Marta Cinti

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