Edgar Heinrich, Head Of Design at BMW Motorrad, on the Concept 9cento

Unveiled at this year's Concorso d’Eleganza, a high-end super-bike made for adventures

by Andrew Maness Perched on the western shore of Lake Como just a five-minute boat ride from the famous grounds of Villa d’ Este lies the equally stunning, but lesser-known Villa Erba. Built in the 19th Century by Luigi Erba, whose brother Carlo accrued great wealth by founding Italy’s first pharmaceutical company, Villa Erba was inherited by Luigi’s daughter Carla and later her son, the …

Exciting Debuts From The 2018 New York Auto Show + Geneva Motor Show

Our highlights on design, sustainable materials, zero-emissions and more

Just weeks apart, the globally-focused Geneva Motor Show and USA-focused New York Auto Show deliver some of the most exciting news in the rapidly changing auto industry. From new ownership programs to developing technologies and, of course, new designs for cars you can buy and concepts you can dream about, the two shows were packed with announcements. Here are our favorites, and why you should …

Lamborghini Unveils the Urus SUV

The world's fastest SUV also offers a striking aesthetic

by Jaclyn Trop Before Lamborghini revealed its long-awaited Urus SUV at a star-studded celebration inside its Sant’Agata, Italy headquarters last month, a crowd of 700 sat in the dark with the same question: What will it look like? A light show, acrobatics performance, and 15 minutes of technical difficulties heightened the anticipation. Perhaps the Urus would look like an updated version of Lamborghini’s first off-roader, …

The Future of Car Design at the Tokyo Motor Show

Japanese brands take up intrinsic, rather than Western influences

by Michael Frank Last week in Japan the press got a preview of the Tokyo Motor Show—which officially opened to the public on the weekend. Most attendees will see concepts from Japanese carmakers (it’s largely a domestically focused show by Japanese carmakers for Japanese buyers), we saw a shake-up of sorts. Designers spoke repeatedly about looking back at intrinsically Japanese values in designing their cars. …

Mercedes-Benz Debuts New Cars at IAA On Opposite Ends of the Spectrum

Innovation steers design as the brand shows its electric future

Mercedes-Benz invited us to the Frankfurt International Motor Show IAA to see the four new major announcements across their brands. Dr Dieter Zetsche, Chairman of the Board of Management of Daimler AG and Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars, said that the future of the company isn’t in any single new technology—it’s in many of them. Cleaner diesel and more efficient gasoline engines will evolve alongside electric …