AUTO DESIGN WEEK IN REVIEW 1/3/12

Welcome back – I hope all of you had a safe and wonderful holiday (I know I did).  But now it is back to regular grind, and with the Detroit Auto Show just a week away its time for a review of what happened in the Auto Design World over the holidays.

Hyundai Hires Chapman

The biggest news over the break has to be Chris Chapman’s recent move to Hyundai.  I got the scoop from a Facebook friend as I was moving myself.  The next couple of days the press reports started rolling in – who says you can’t get your news from Facebook?  I spent some time with Chris when I was part of the BMW/Designworks Team at a previous Designer Night at the Races(TM) event.  The thing I remember most is how much he seemed to enjoy his job – which means he will fit in perfectly with the crew in Irvine.  I am constantly amazed (and a bit jealous) at how much fun the guys and gals at the Hyundai and Kia California studios seem to be having every time I visit.  You have probably read about it already, but if not the most informative article is probably the one on Autoblog (which includes the Hyundai press Release).

Lexus to Debut new Concept in Detroit

Thanks to some leaked photos, details are starting to emerge on the Lexus LF-LC Concept that will debut in Detroit.  The LF-LC will show the details of Lexus’ future design language expanding on the details shown in Frankfurt on the GS like the “spindle grille”.  This time I am going to send you to Jalopnik for the details (and a stab at Road and Track).

Where are all the Flying Cars?

TechCrunch has a fun (and interesting) post about the future as envisioned by The Jetsons cartoon.  The post includes a nice picture of the Terrafugia concept alongside a Piper.  Read TechChrunch’s list of things the Jetson predicted here, and more about the Terrafugia here.

Audi India Design Competition

It seems a week doesn’t go by when I don’t here something interesting about the India auto industry (like Mahindra being interested in SAAB) or a new design competition.  This week I got both at once as Audi India just named the winner of their Future of Change Auto Design Competition.  Read about Vijayendra Jadhavrao, who beat out the other 900 entrants here.

Italian Design Houses are in Qatar this week

The Qatar Motor Show has a slightly different visitors than the Detroit Show, and you can see this in the number of supercars that will be unveiled.  No less than 5 such cars are on display as we speak, from Bertone to UP Design.  Read about them here.

Indian Supercar

One manufacturer that won’t be in Qatar this week is DC Design, which intend to bring their new car to light at the Delhi Auto Salon next week.  Get the latest details here.

As always, I try and point you towards a couple of great blogs I like to read when I have a few minutes.  Here are this week’s smattering of web addresses:

ColourLovers

WeDesignVolvo

And my personal favorite (and make sure to point every kid you know in this direction)

The Single Lane Super Highway

And come back Wednesday to see our newest Top 10 list – This week we are going to cover my vote for the ugliest cars (and trucks) of the past 30 years.

About Frank Schwartz

Frank Schwartz is the founder of CarFriend.me and Advanced Automotive Consulting Services. A long time automotive enthusiast, Frank started reading car magazines at the age of 8 and has spent 20 years working inside the automotive industry. In his spare time Frank races with the SCCA and spends time working on his project cars.
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