Issue no. 240 summary

The point Twenty years after, nostalgia in the new millennium
Whoever would have thought that cars in the new millennium would have lines with little in the way of science fiction but a decidedly nostalgic feel instead? Far from the design of today’s electric vehicles or concepts such as … by Edoardo Nastri

Interview Gerry McGovern/Land Rover, sense of honesty
It is “a special, emotional moment”, when we meet Gerry McGovern in Frankfurt, immediately after the official reveal of the new Defender. It’s McGovern who defines it thus: “I feel honoured to represent the work… by Silvia Baruffaldi

Cover story Land Rover Defender, respect for the origins
It’s up to the market to decide whether the new Defender is, as Land Rover claims, “an icon reinvented and instantly recognisable” – that is, the new, natural heir of an all-purpose vehicle that has basically remained unchanged for 70 years… by Fabio Galvano

Design story Ford Mustang Mach-E, muscle SUV
There are cases where the best option is to backtrack and rethink a project from scratch. This is what happened to the Ford designers of the Mach-E, an electric SUV of dynamically attractive proportions which… by Silvia Baruffaldi

Concept car Lexus LF-30, crossover from the future
Toyota’s luxury spin-off brand, the Lexus, was founded in 1989. Today, with thirty years of history behind it, it is attempting to look ahead one decade by proposing a concept that interprets how a hypothetical model… by Francesco Barontini

Design story Ferrari Roma, the new Dolce Vita
Speaking of the Dolce Vita, according to Ferrari’s claim for the Roma, amounts to evoking the 1960s. This was an epoque that saw the birth of legendary sports coupés around Maranello… by Massimo Nascimbene

Design story Mini John Cooper Woks GP, a collector’s sportscar
Sportiness has always been a key element in Mini production. Supreme expression of this is the John Cooper Works GP, the version with the most striking racing personality of all the Mini’s … by Pietro Cardone

Design story Renault Captur, ripening time
In the now already distant 2013, Renault’s first little crossover appeared in a segment in the embryonic stage using an approach that was purposefully based on fresh, soft forms “We wanted to introduce ourselves to the universe of… by Silvio jr. Suppa

Bike&Design Honpe Technology CTjet, the first time
Sensual is not an adjective that leaps to mind when speaking of motorbikes, where practicality and functionality are the trending concepts. For the Honpe CTjet project, however, Mike Robinson, who was responsible for… by Edoardo Nastri

Design story Škoda Octavia, between style and rationality
With the latest generation – the fourth in the history of the model – the Škoda Octavia has taken a big step ahead, sharply breaking with the past in terms of quality and design, though staying faithful to the key concepts of …by Pietro Cardone

Design studio Launch Design, cultural synergies
Launch Design is an independent design company whose name evokes the sound of Chinese words: dragon (a symbol of strength and courage) and challenge, a significant combination firmly linked to Chinese culture… by Marta Cinti

Design story Hyundai i10, rationally extravagant
While some manufacturers have abandoned the citycar segment because it’s too difficult to make a profit, those that have remained have been forced to develop models with more personality and character as… by Edoardo Nastri

Technology 3M, trasformare la materia
Science applied to life. Everyone knows the 3M slogan, coined over 117 years of activity and growth that today translates to a multinational company with 91,000 employees and a catalogue of around 60,000 products. Recently, however…by Fabio Galvano

Books Patrick le Quément, design between the lines
Car Designer. It is a fine job title, but one difficult to explain to the general public. In the 66 years since I first earned it, I have found it almost impossible to convey to others exactly what a car designer is… by Robert Cumberford

Design story GFG Style/Land Wind Yao, Europe in China
For many people, Land Wind is the Chinese brand that produced the X7, the SUV that caused a stir for being an almost exact copy of the Range Rover Evoque. “After this episode, the Chinese manufacturer… by Edoardo Nastri

Design story Drako GTE by Granstudio, physical passion
Four doors, four seats, and superior performance. The Drako GTE is a celebration of classic, Italian-style Gran Turismo architecture, with lines that express a passion for driving and sportsmanship, with a zero emissions powertrain… by Edoardo Nastri

Truck&Design Iveco Daily, a load of refinements
While user friendliness and flexibility have always provided the crucial design framework of light commercial vehicles for urban use, in recent years the more strictly utilitarian motivations have given way … by Silvio jr. Suppa

School IED Torino, high performance electric
Interpret the concept of luxury through an electrically-propelled hypercar capable of conveying the values of purity and innovation using cutting-edge technologies. That was the brief developed this year by the students… by Marta Cinti

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