This year we saw a lot of fantastic auto design work, in at least two categories: Brand-new stuff, and retro-tastic. Let's start with the new.
BMW unveiled a sexy roadster version of their i8:
Toyota pulled the wraps off of this toolbox-based truck design:
The designers from Jaguar's Special Vehicle Operations team created this insane kitchen on wheels for a celebrity chef:
We got to see inside Porsche's design studio, to take a look at how their designers are tackling their upcoming Tesla competitor:
Bollinger showed us a cool design trick in their B1 electric sport utility truck. With no engine, you can have complete pass-through storage:
We saw a $250,000 car, the 911 Turbo S, being assembled largely by hand:
Bentley showed off their crazy trim package for falconry enthusiasts:
These folks here actually built a traffic-straddling Jeep Cherokee:
Nissan showed off their concept vehicle for dog lovers:
Netflix shone a light on Ralph Gilles and the auto design industry with an entire episode in their "Abstract: The Art of Design" series:
Click here for Part 2, the retro-tastic stuff!
I’m a lapsed industrial designer. I was born in NYC and figured I’d die there, but a few years ago I abandoned New York to live on a farm in the countryside with my wife. We have six dogs.
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