Volvo’s Gearing to go All Electric

It’s been a good week for electric automobiles, thanks to two major global commitments. First, China’s Geely announced that Volvo, the Sweden-based brand they purchased back in 2010, will produce only electric or hybrid vehicles starting in 2019. This will include five new models produced at Volvo plants worldwide—three under the Volvo name and two under Polestar (Volvo’s performance brand). This makes Volvo the first …

Interview: Kevin Hunter, President of Toyota’s Calty Design Research

We talk cars and design process with the head of California's original car design center

For the last decade Kevin Hunter has been the president of Calty—Toyota’s design research center in Newport Beach—but he’s worked there for nearly 35 years. When Calty opened its doors in 1973, it was the first Southern California-based design center for any major auto manufacturer and the beginning of a deeper recognition that the California market is both important and distinctive. Calty employs 100 designers …