Despite the Mirai… Toyota do have talented designers.

Watch professional car designer Ian Cartabiano create and destroy his ultimate sports car in five minutes from his studio located at Toyota’s Calty Design Research Incorporated in Southern California.

Thanks to Car & Driver for the video.

another extreme GT Vision – Chaparral 2X

This time GM Advanced Design studio in LA have really gone wild thanks to their designer Charles LeFranc and his Chaparral 2X design inspired by flying suits. Very nice indeed! Launched at the studio’s local LA Auto Show.

bonsai cactus

A few weeks ago I finally had the chance to check out the new Citroen C4 Cactus at a dealer. I sat in it and had a good look around. What an impressive car, truly excellent design from Citroen! I was shocked at just how small the car is from the outside. It really is tiny, smaller than even a standard C4 or DS4, but space inside is superb. The boot capacity is rather small thanks to a cute stubby rear overhang, and for my family it’s inadequate. The loading lip is very high and unsuitable for my dog. There are no rear quarter lights either. So maybe it’s not for me (shame because I really want to buy one) but it’s clearly one of the best new car designs for many years. The interior is truly special. The dealer I visited also sell Mercedes and I sat in the new GLA class crossover. Guess which car has more space and then guess which has the best quality interior materials and design? Yes the Citroen. Bravo! For less than half the price the little Citroen beats the Mercedes hands down. The door cards and door pulls on the Cactus are wonderful. The touchscreen centre console is much higher quality than the Mercedes. The front bench seat style cushion that stretches across the range topping Cactus I sat in feels so luxurious. I can’t praise this little car enough. Car of the year 2014 for me, without a doubt.

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Teaching Vehicle Design

Hello followers. This week I start my dream job, teaching vehicle design! Amazing news right? I’m a lecturer here LAMK in Finland. A lot more news about this will follow on this blog!

Bangle on form as usual

Another golden chance to hear what Chris Bangle thinks of current Auto design. Courtesy of Form Trends.

Bentley design bosses on video…

“this is the only thing I can do” regarding drawing. Luc Donckerwolke: Design Director at Bentley.

Citroen C4 Cactus design

Some of the design team talking about the C4 Cactus production design.