Welcome back to our review of what happened in the world of auto design last week.  In my almost thirty years in the business it doesn’t surprise me that there is very little going on as December is typically a slow month.  But there was some excitement last week as Mercedes released pictures of their new 2013 SL Roadster and you can now rent an art car in Britain.

2013 Mercedes SL

2013 Mercedes SL

The first thing you will notice is the big upright grille.  After that you will notice the myriad other subtle changes that overall give the car a cleaner, more sophisticated and sporting appearance.  My personal opinion is positive, make your own decision as you look at the old and new side-by-side in Motor Trend’s article.

2012 Infiniti M56

The Infiniti M56 was new for the 2011 model year but it took until now before a journalist (in this case Bengt Halvorson) heaped praise upon it’s design like it was the second coming of the Audi A5.  At various times Mr. Halvorson called the car “gorgeous”, “graceful” and “voluptous” .  In the end he declared the M56 “more expressive” than even the Z”ravishing Jaguar XF”.  Attractive? Yes.  Better than everything else in class?  I think not.  I think this calls the Car Connection’s design tastes seriously into question.

Up Design Vittoria Supercar

Umberto Palermo’s design consultancy in Italy, UP Design , has done both architecture and furniture projects but their newest design is a traditional Italian supercar.  The former head of I.D.E.A. will introduce the new car at the Qatar Motor Show which starts right after Detroit ends.  I do like how the video traces the car’s major graphics but I do not think i am their target market.

Daniel Simon’s Futuristic Concept

Daniel Simon used to work in the auto industry but now works mainly for the movie studios in Hollywood.  There are two views of the future, the pod cars and the future I want – a combination rocket ship/race car for the street.  I will let Mr. Simon’s pictures speak for themselves.  Check out his website for more great concepts.

Speaking of Pod Cars …

India is getting their own real-life production Pod Cars.  Read the NY Times article if you like, personally it is not a future I have any interest in. 

And Speaking of India …

They are getting a new Design School in Pune.  The DSK Supinfocom design school is a partnership between “Indian developer and entrepreneur D.S. Kulkarni, the French design school Supinfocom and the French Institute Chamber of Commerce and Industry”.

So You Want to be a Designer?

This recent article purports to tell you how.  Are you guys really only making $30k/year when you graduate?

Art Cars in the UK

Rental giant Avis is bringing a bit of art to the masses as it has commissioned a car by artist Si Scott.  Scott’s car will not be the only one as a recent competition across Europe was held to design a second car and French artist McBess has done a third.  Read more about it here.

Come back Wednesday for my newest Top 10 list – my favorite car commercials from around the world.  One or two you may have seen, and a couple you may have heard of, but I can almost guarantee that there will be a few that are new.

About Frank Schwartz

Frank Schwartz is the founder of and Advanced Automotive Consulting Services, partner in The Middlecott Sketchbattle Experiment and serial entrepeneur. A long time automotive enthusiast, Frank started reading car magazines at the age of 8 and has spent 30+ years working inside the automotive industry. In his spare time Frank races with the Sports Car Club of America, spends time working on his numerous project cars and supports many local charities.
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