The 2021 Mercedes-Maybach S-Class Commands Attention

Behind the wheel of the brand's new flagship vehicle

“That feeling when you’re entering the car and are surrounded by pure tasteful luxury—I think this is the experience with the Maybach brand, and is what defines it,” says Gorden Wagener, Mercedes-Benz’s Chief Design Officer. He’s not exaggerating. The all-new 2021 Mercedes-Maybach S-Class starts with a loaded new generation S-Class and all its impressive innovation and design, and adds around seven inches to the chassis, …

Insight Into Polestar’s 2020 Design Contest

CEO Thomas Ingenlath and design director Max Missoni on the brief, the brand and the brilliant winning concepts

Back in June, the debut Polestar Design Contest—a competition open to professional and student designers all over the world—launched. The brief was broad, and up for interpretation, with the theme being “pure.” From the Swedish automotive brand, it reads: “Design a new Polestar that is the purest of designs, one from 20 years from now, which showcases what Polestar’s slightly-more-distant future will look like (but …

Designing The 2021 Jeep Wagoneer Concept

Chris Benjamin and Tim Aness on reimagining a classic, inside and out

Originally produced from 1963 to 1993, the Jeep Wagoneer oozes nostalgia—from the boxy shape to its wood paneling. Redesigning such an icon guarantees backlash, but the 2021 Jeep Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer Concept balances retro Americana with contemporary style, courtesy of curvier lines and premium materials. A sophisticated and significant design choice, there’s no Jeep insignia anywhere on the vehicle—inside or out. But the lack …