Issue no. 250 summary

Cover story Volvo Concept Recharge, inspired by nature
The change of pace is momentous. Starting from 2030, Volvo will only sell purely electric cars, powered by more efficient batteries and equipped with cutting-edge driver assistance systems to achieve the “zero collision” objective… by Silvia Baruffaldi

Interview Jean-Pierre Ploué/Stellantis, a new beginning
Enthusiastic, cheerful and ready for new challenges. The appointment as Chied Design Officer of the Stellantis group – for the Abarth, Alfa Romeo, Citroën, DS Automobiles, Fiat Europe, Lancia, Opel, Peugeot brands – has not changed… by Silvia Baruffaldi, Edoardo Nastri

Design story Ferrari 296 GTB, complexity resolved
A V6 petrol engine, hybrid architecture and its own place in the range line-up without having to replace an existing model. If today the criteria of all manufacturers are being redefined by the need to… by Silvio jr. Suppa

Design story Hyundai Santa Cruz, in search of adventure
Names from Western movies. The Santa Cruz River touches Tucson, Arizona, before flowing into the Gila. The same communion, at Hyundai, has given birth in the United States to a new market segment… by Fabio Galvano

Concept car Toyota bZ4X, the advantages of waiting
At a certain point in the conversation, Simon Humphries, head of Global Design at Toyota and Lexus, suddenly stops talking, reflects for a moment and makes the following remark: “When we started designing, after years dedicated to… by Silvio jr. Suppa

Design story Volkswagen Multivan T7, multipurpose icon
The myth of Bulli (a fusion, in German, of the terms for bus and truck) has lasted for seventy years: since, that is, the Wolfsburg engineers welded a van body onto the floor of the Beetle… by Fabio Galvano

Design story Lotus Emira, form and function
The tension between Lotus’s design, engineering, marketing and vehicle dynamics departments when developing the new Emira is nicely illustrated by the battle for the front wheels. Russell Carr, Lotus’s head of design, wanted…by Nick Gibbs

Design history Pio Manzù designer of the 127
At the end of the 1950s, no public courses existed in Italy for the specific study of industrial design (the first private school had opened in Milan in the mid-Fifties); in Germany, the Hochschule für Gestaltung in Ulm – founded… by Alberto Bassi

Design story Ford Puma ST, a touch of meanness
The idea had been brewing since the very first sketches, but few believed it would fly when production time came along: “We all had visions of a version delivering adrenalin-fuelled performance, it was just a pity that the Sport Technologies… by Silvio jr. Suppa

Design process Pininfarina Teorema, virtual journey
The fact that as the car evolves it is increasingly seen as a product of technology, also has direct effects on design methods. So even a design house like Pininfarina, with over ninety years of history, has decided to create an exclusively… by Edoardo Nastri

Technology&Design Magna Lightning, a bright future
On modern cars, the headlights are no longer only for lighting the road or signalling the car’s presence to other vehicles at night. Those functions remain primary, but thanks to technology, lights are taking on more and more…by Francesco Barontini

Technology&Design Thales Alenia Space, when the sky is not the limit
In the automotive world, looking towards the future means focusing on new environmentally sustainable propulsion systems such as electric power. But there are other sectors, where looking towards the future… by Pietro Cardone

School TAD Polimi, mobility for hybrid environments
Air, water and land. To what extent will the balance of these environments affect our future mobility? Are we ready to adopt innovative proposals better suited to changing environments, are we ready to adapt our behaviour… by Marta Cinti

Contest Pininfarina, dreaming of a new world
“A clear expression of what the future normal looks like to young designers”. With these words Kevin Rice, Pininfarina design chief, summarises the projects submitted by the students who took part in the… by Edoardo Nastri

School Iuav Venezia, public and sustainable nautical design
When we talk about the marine sector, we are usually referring to recreation or cruises, which is of great importance both in terms of design and of the business system and the production and value chain linked to it… by Alberto Bassi

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