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 …