Spring 2021

 Editor's note

During our recent Car Design Dialogues virtual event, we asked attendees which design trend they would like to see far less of. To the surprise of no one, giant touchscreens were the runaway winner. So, have we reached ‘peak screen?’ It depends on who you ask. In this issue of Interior Motives, we examine a variety of viewpoints regarding the current state of the screen. The future of this often-polarising element of interior car design is as opaque as the black mirror in question, with Mercedes going all in on the screen with its EQS model and others urging restraint. Elsewhere, there is the usual excellent line-up of global launches. After a handful of false dawns, the team at DS has found its groove with the 4 ‑ marrying a sculpted exterior with a serene interior to refine its design language. The devil is in the detail with Nio too – the OEM is taking a sophisticated stab at a sedan, focusing on a few key design moves to establish a strong identity. Meanwhile, Hyundai is on something of a roll. We look inside its latest model, Ioniq 5, to experience what SangYup Lee calls its ‘cabin maximum’ approach. And finally, the thinking behind Mini’s mobility concept – Urbanaut – gets a serious airing. Given the moment at which we sit, it is an optimistic project that reimagines the car as a social space where people can meet and hang out. Hopefully, a scenario we can all enjoy again soon. 

Until next time

James McLachlan