Interior Motives - Spring 2015

01 April 2015 | by Unknown

IN THIS ISSUE

FORD GT

MERCEDES-BENZ F 015

CHEVROLET BOLT EV

RINSPEED BUDII

MAZDA CX-3

BENTLEY EXP 10 SPEED 6

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FORD GT

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Vehicle type    Production / supercar
Vice president of design    Moray Callum
Director of interior design    Amko Leenarts
Interior design manager (vision phase)    Bill Mangan
Designers    Nir Siegel, Adam Phillips
Interior design manager (design phase)   Peng Hao
Interior designer   Dave McCall
Colour & trim     Vincent Lobry
Project started     November 2013
Project completed     December 2014
Launch     Detroit / January 20154

 

The 2016 Ford GT is the third iteration of the GT40/GT and does not follow J May's retro-futuristic 2005 car in its style, but is instead a departure both technically and design-wise from its predecessors.

Any GT has to act as both a halo car and a statement of intent for Ford, and this new car is intriguing too from this perspective, because it represents the new vanguard of Ford Design.

Its development is the first full programme to be completed with Moray Callum as Ford vice president of design, Chris Svensson as design director of Ford Americas and Amko Leenarts as global director of interior design. “It’s a real icon,” says Leenarts. “From day one, we all felt the excitement and greatness of the responsibility for the company.”

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MERCEDES-BENZ F 015

F0100Vehicle type   Concept / autonomous electric car
Chief design officer    Gorden Wagener
Chief interior designer   Hartmut Sinkwitz
Interior, colour & trim project leader    Kmichele Jauch-Paganetti
Colour & trim designers    Simona Falcinella

Project manager    Englebert Rozyn
UX team leader    Vera Schmidt
UX designers   Konstantin Fick, Marco Plewe, Joseph Fagan, Gabriel Nguyen, Alexander Hilliger von Thiele
Project started    March 2013
Project completed    October 2014
Launched    Las Vegas / January 2015

 

Like Milan Design Week, the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, USA, is an increasingly popular event for carmakers, who can reveal their new ideas beyond the traditional motorshow audiences. 

Isolated centre consoles or roofless interior bucks have become more common at CES in recent years, as these are the most likely parts of a car to feature hardware and software developments of interest, but Mercedes-Benz went one step further in January 2015 by choosing to unveil the first complete concept car at CES. 

The F 015 Luxury in Motion was presented as a research vehicle to reinforce a new design aesthetic, functionally appropriate for a future vehicle circa 2030 likely to feature autonomous driving and high levels of connectivity and interactivity. 

Mercedes-Benz places high importance on producing fully-working concepts, and proved this point by a few very public ‘drives’ down the nearby Las Vegas Strip. While the functional prototype uses the drivetrain from the SLS AMG Electric Drive supercar, the F 015 is envisioned to have a hydrogen fuel cell powertrain to enable an enhanced range of almost 700 miles (1100km). With no conventional internal combustion engine in the front – or even a regular driver’s seat – a single-volume vehicle was decided upon from the outset to maximise the interior space.

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CHEVROLET BOLT EV

ChevroletboltVehicle type  Production / subcompact
Design director, GM Australia Design  Richard Felazzo
Inerior chief designer  Frank Rudolph
Interior design manager  Joe Rudolph

Interior Designer  EHarsha Ravig
Colour and trim manager  Jenny Morgan-Douralis
Colour and trim designer  Krista Lindegger
Concept execution and build  MGM Australia Design
Project Started  Summer 2014
Project Completed  January 2015 
Launch  Detroit / January 2015

 

Unveiled in Detroit to demonstrate GM’s commitment to electromobility and to show a vision of an affordable, attainable electric vehicle with a 200-mile range, the Chevrolet Bolt EV has since been confirmed for series production. With its exterior designed in South Korea and its interior developed in Australia, this subcompact is a truly international effort from General Motors, which has two Australian facilities with the means to execute such a large-scale effort in-house. Like the Nissan Leaf and BMW i3 with which it will compete, the Bolt EV (as it is currently called) follows a philosophy that electric vehicles should be clearly differentiated from conventionally powered models. Its design takes advantage of the unique packaging opportunities of an EV, highlights its advanced technologies to even casual observers, and shows family ties with the second-generation Volt, launched simultaneously at NASS.

RINSPEED BUDII

RinspeedbudiiVehicle type  Concept car / city car
Design director  Frank M. Rinderknecht
Project manager  Peter Kagi
Prototype engineering  4erC
Technical implementation / final assembly  Esoro
Interior design  Hornschurch, Strahle+Hess
Project started  June 2014
Project completed  February 2015
Launched  Geneva / March 2015

 

Last year, Frank M. Rinderknecht made autonomous driving the subject for discussion in his autopilot-enabled XchangE concept, based on Tesla Model S. And with this year's Budii - Rinspeed's 21st concept car, built for display at the Geneva Motor Show - Rinderknecht's Rinspeed think tank has gone one step further. As its name suggests, Budii is meant to be a personified 'friend on wheels', a car that can adapt to its driver's habits and preferences, a cognitive 'transurban' vehicle which collects, processes and stores data and information from its environment. Its development informed by research from Ernst & Young, it explores the emerging new relationship between driver and car in the forthcoming autonomous age.

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MAZDA CX-3

Mazdacx3Vehicle type  Production / compact crossover
Executive officer Mazda design  Ikuo Maeda
Director of design Mazda North American Operations  Derek Jenkins
Interior design manager Mazda North American Operations  Julien Montouss
Chief designer  Youichi Matsuda
Interior designer  Hiroaki Saito
Colour materials designer  Yukina Kimura
Project started  Spring 2013
Project completed  January 2014
Launched  Los Angeles / November 2014

 

“Whatever we do from a design standpoint, as soon as you sit down in the car we want you to feel engaged to drive the vehicle,” says Julien Montousse, Interior Design Manager, Mazda North America. 

“And therefore we don’t want you to do anything but drive and enjoy the driving.” Montousse, interior designer of the 2010 Shinari concept, has been guiding the interior thematic of Mazda’s so-called ‘sixth-generation’ designs (the latest CX-5, the MX-5, Mazda 2, Mazda 3 and Mazda 6 and now the all-new CX-3 compact crossover) and he feels “there is a lot of common ground we have between those interiors that trickles down all the way to the CX-3”. 

This stems from the Shinari: “That was the first vehicle to really showcase the driver-centric architecture,” he says. “And from that architecture, we influenced the whole sixth generation of cars.” Alongside the creation of this more sharply driver-focused environment, Mazda’s interior designers have been further tasked with reaching a new level of interior sophistication And for the CX-3 in particular, Montousse says that “we wanted to bring a boutique-y product for this price range; something more dedicated to driving, and mature in a way, even if it is a small vehicle.”  

He worked with Youichi Matsuda and his team at Mazda’s studio in Hiroshima, “influencing the theme from the Shinari” as the CX-3 was developed for production. 

BENTLEY EXP 10 SPEED 6

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Design director    Luc Donckerwolke
Head of interior design    Brett Boydell
Lead interior designer     Jonathan Punter 
Interior Styling Concept     Aaron Post

Design development   Ben Quaintance
Colour and trim design   Verena Thomas, Cathy Bass
Head of design modelling    Kevin Baker 
Project started   
Autumn 2013
Project completed    Spring 2015
Launch    Geneva / March 2015

 

This two-seater sports car began under the radar within Bentley's advanced design department but the project also involved wider VW Group input and capabilities. 

Head of interior design Brett Boydell explains: "We started about 18 months ago in autumn 2013 with the initial concept and ideation work. It was actually a collaboration with Potsdam design studio. We worked alongside Romulus Rost and Stefan Sielaff, and one of their designers came to the UK and stayed with us to see it through. It was just a ssmall design team of three designers and myself leading the project on the interior, under Luc Donckerwolke's direction.

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