Car design : Brits are still leading the way
For those who made the trek to the Paris Motor Show, there were plenty of rewards. Obviously, there were some notable UK designs, spearheaded by the Jaguar C-X75 Concept and Range Rover Evoque but, delve a little deeper, and British Designers have their fingerprints over rather a lot of cars.
Take, for example, Lee Mitchell, the ex-Longbridge Designer who brought us some exciting MG sports car concepts as well as the Rover 75 facelift and replacement designs – all looked amazing and all showed a thorough understanding of what made an MG, an MG; and what made a Rover, a Rover.
And you can see that in his latest design for GM – the Chevrolet Cruze Hatch. It’s good to see what an ex-Rover designer is up to these days – and that they’re turning out great looking cars. It debuted in Paris – and went down very well indeed. Lee is clearly proud of his design, and he thinks it looks good – ‘I think it would make a great Rover, what do you think, huh?’
Personally speaking, looking at the profile shot above, my answer is yes! What do you think?
Another recent example of Brit-led design hails from Spain – the lovely looking SEAT IBE Concept car. It’s an electric car that manages to look as sexy as it is green. The styling’s tight, taut and angular – very much a significant move away from SEAT’s recent Walter de’ Silva-influenced offerings.
I like it a lot and, although you’ve probably not heard of its Designer, you’ll know the name. Chris Axe, son of Roy, is responsible for this handsome car – clearly demonstrating that an eye for neat design is in the genes. Chris has not only inherited his father’s talent but has brought some of his own flair to the table as well.
I suspect we’ll be hearing a lot more from Chris Axe and Lee Mitchell in the future…
Is the Editor of the Parkers website and price guide, formerly editor of Classic Car Weekly, and launch editor/creator of Modern Clsssics magazine. Has contributed to various motoring titles including Octane, Practical Classics, Evo, Honest John, CAR magazine, Autocar, Pistonheads, Diesel Car, Practical Performance Car, Performance French Car, Car Mechanics, Jaguar World Monthly, MG Enthusiast, Modern MINI, Practical Classics, Fifth Gear Website, Radio 4, and the the Motoring Independent...
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