Issue no. 223 summary

IT&Design CES Las Vegas 2017, the hyper-connected car
Digital technology, with its displays, sensors and chips is the “engine” of tomorrow’s car. And it will be a car that is no longer just connected but hyper-connected, namely integrated into a network fabric, the so-called Internet of things… by Mario Cianflone

IT&Design Volvo, designing for the customer
There’s one ingredient that is now indispensable in any recipe for a successful, good design: the user experience, how people interface with the automobile in a world changing at an ever faster pace… by Silvia Baruffaldi

Event Turin Auto Show, from tradition to autonomous driving
Testing our technical future at the Turin Motor Show. Among the numerous dynamic events that will animate the third edition of the Show being held from 7 to 11 June, there is also an area dedicated to… by A&D

Cover story GFG Style, the challenge continues
Its name is GFG Style, from the initials of the maestro Giorgetto and those of Fabrizio Giugiaro: it is a promising new entrepreneurial structure through which to express the creative fertility of two of the most famous…by Silvio jr. Suppa

Concept car Volkswagen I.D. Buzz, the icon becomes electric
Few vehicle designs are as iconic as that of the Volkswagen van. Armed with this unmistakable identity, the Volkswagen design team headed by Klaus Bischoff was able to reinterpret the essence of the legendary van with I.D. Buzz… by Silvia Baruffaldi

Concept car Toyota Concept-i, towards artificial intelligence
Toyota unveiled the Concept-i at CES 2017, where it received a very positive reception. Chief amongst the car’s technological breakthroughs is its artificial intelligence agent, Yiu, which helps the driver in both autonomous and normal driving modes… by Eric Gallina

Design news Mercedes-Benz Aesthetics A, sensual purity 2.0
How to define it? A study in proportions? The one certainty is that this “Aesthetics A” sculpture, launched by Mercedes-Benz, opens a new chapter in the philosophy of Sensual Purity that in recent years has guided… by Fabio Galvano

Design story Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupé/Cabriolet, formal purity
The Coupé in Detroit, the Cabriolet in Geneva: now the new E-class has its own sports versions too. We are not talking about any cars whatever: they both occupy a new step in the evolution of the Mercedes design idiom… by Fabio Galvano

Interview Peter Schreyer, Stinger born out of design
“The Stinger is something special for me, a dream that will become reality.” Peter Schreyer, Chief Design Officer of Kia Motors and head of design of the entire Hyundai group, is clearly pleased with the results… by Silvia Baruffaldi

Design story Kia Stinger, unexpected elegance
If it is true that red is the colour of burning passion, it is no surprise that this project has lit up with scarlet hues since the earliest sketches. A definitely sporty packaging, with a setup very close to that of a 4-door coupe… by Silvio jr. Suppa

Concept car Chrysler Portal, Millennial generation
Unveiled at CES 2017 in Las Vegas, the Chrysler Portal concept is a look at future autonomous transport designed specifically for the growing millennial demographic. It’s only right that a team of… by Eric Gallina

Design story Ford Fiesta, tribute to an icon
2010 was kick-off time for the seventh generation Ford Fiesta, a model that celebrated its 40th anniversary last year. The project was initiated by Ford of Europe’s design boss Martin Smith, who retired in late 2014, and… by Wim Oude Weernink

Concept car Audi Q8, strong personality
Measuring in at just over 5m in length and 2m wide, the Q8 will be the new flagship of the Audi brand’s Q range, and the design team was tasked with breaking away from conformity to create more individual design that still… by Eric Gallina

Design story Nissan Micra, a new design language
A global car, but conceived essentially for Europe, the new Micra is now a more grown-up offering. “The fifth generation Micra – says Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn – is truly revolutionary and shows… by Fabio Galvano

IT&Design Objects, almost, magical
Oggetti e accessori personali sono, e saranno, sempre più un ponte tra mondo fisico e mondo digitale. Si prospetta infatti per l’industrial design la sfida con un futuro prossimo dove a prevalere sarà la dimensione phygital… by Ali Filippini

Books
Nino Balestra – Cisitalia, una storia di coraggio e passione – Giorgio Nada Editore; Carlo Cavicchi – Destra 3 lunga chiude, quando i rally avevano un’anima – Giorgio Nada Editore… by Marta Cinti

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