Issue no. 244 summary

Cover story Seat León, simplifying to evolve
For a number of years now, León has been not only Seat’s best-seller, but also the conceptual inspiration, in terms of design, for other models cooked up in the Martorell workshop. A new term has even been created: people talk, in fact, of “León-ising” this or that model. Now the story repeats … by Fabio Galvano

Design story Citroën C4, reinventing the sedan
Two worlds, one car. “The new Citroën C4 packs in all the best features of two different architectures: comfort typical of saloons, an aspect that is part of our brand’s DNA, and the versatility of SUVs, with a dynamic look… by Edoardo Nastri

Design story Ford Bronco & Bronco Sport, designed for adventure
A three-pronged relaunch of a 1960s icon. The Ford Bronco is re-born in its sixth generation, 24 years after the end of the fifth, and is purposefully inspired by the first, 1966 model that is now one of the classic and most sought-after off-roads… by Fabio Galvano

Design story Changan UNI-T, a look to the future
In a fast-moving country like China, car design runs, if possible, even faster than elsewhere. Manufacturers, even those who are still defining or consolidating their identity, still have to keep pace with… by Francesco Barontini

Analisys Hyundai design, differentiated revolution
“The key to success lies in differentiating your products to the utmost. They must have different personalities if they are to fit perfectly into the company. Just like human beings”. Simon Loasby, Head of… by Edoardo Nastri

Design center Torino Design, competitive growth
For everyone in Turin, the fascinating complex of buildings on the hills that have had a breath-taking view over the city since the 1920s is simply Villa Gualino. Strangely enough, Turin has almost forgotten who Riccardo Gualino was… by Silvia Baruffaldi

Design news Brembo/Polestar, nordic interpretation
If over the years we have seen a component of absolute utility such as the brake rise to the rank of styling icon, much of the credit must go to Brembo. The Lombard company has built up a position as leader in… by Filippo Einaudi

Surfaces&Design Fiat Nuova 500, ambassadors of excellence
With its disarmingly current shapes, the 500 has consolidated its position among the Italian automotive icons, perhaps also thanks to a sensation of accessibility and likeability that certain representative, but unapproachable, supercars lack… by Silvio jr. Suppa

Design story Nissan Ariya, sensually electric
Although now firmly front and centre of every manufacturer’s expansion plans, the development of entirely emission-free crossovers can still reserve unexpected conceptual issues. “This car is our first venture into… by Silvio jr Suppa

IT&Design Mercedes-Benz MBUX, vertical evolution
Mercedes-Benz goes vertical. The new version of the MBUX multimedia system, controlled by a large display positioned vertically at the top of the centre console, makes its debut on the S-Class flagship…by Edoardo Nastri

IT&Design Fiat Nuova 500, future connection
With its new UConnect5 infotainment system, FCA takes a huge leap forward in terms of functionality and connectivity. But in addition to the technical features, this technology enables the Italian-American group to… by Francesco Barontini

School Coventry University, ideas in movement
The global Covid-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on school and its dynamics. Remote working and virtual dialogue have, in fact, characterised the majority of this school year, substantially changing the… by Marta Cinti

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