Beijing Government Apparently Unhappy with Breasts – AUTO DESIGN WEEK IN REVIEW 4/30/12

After a slight vacation we are back with an update of the latest news in the world of auto design.  The Chinese figure into a lot of stories this week as last week was the Beijing Auto Show, where the world’s largest automakers introduced vehicles they hope can compete with Victoria Beckham’s latest.  It most likely won’t matter as Torquenews is predicting that car design will “continue to suck”.  But rest assured the rest of the design world did not sit idly by as the Brazilian, Italian and American design community each managed to sneak a story out.   And oh yeah, just like the SEMA show in Las Vegas a few years ago, the Beijing Auto Show may have finally crossed the line on decency (click the link to see why this picture matters).

Chevrolet TrailBlazer

First up this week is a nice story courtesy of the Bankok Post about the recently introduced  Chevrolet TrailBlazer and the designer responsible for all the interiors for GM’s emerging markets products,  Dagoberto Tribia.  The article goes on to discuss how GM’s 9 design studios around the world stay connected and work together.

Victoria Beckham

If you are like me you are probably wondering what Mrs. Beckham is doing in a blog about auto design.  After reading this article you may still be wondering.  If you have a few thousand quid available in your pocket after buying a Range Rover Evoque, perhaps the Posh Special Edition is for you.

Crustacean Concept Cars

Not to be outdone by Mrs. Beckham, CarBuzz noticed an emerging trend in auto design… crabs.  I will not spoil the surprise – read all about Nissan’s, Citroen’s and some other strange concepts here.

Car Design Will Continue to Suck

Not surprisingly (considering the last two articles), Torquenews released their 5 automotive predictions that are guaranteed to come true (or your money back).  $1 on the list is not surprising Car design will continue to suck with occasional bouts of genius thrown in just to keep us interested.”

Fiat + Jeep = Common Sense?

In the most common sense news story of the Beijing show,  Lorenzo Ramaciotti, the group’s head of design, stressed the Americans will keep their identity and design philosophy.  Thank you!

The Beijing Auto Show

There, I think I got them all!

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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