Very good choice (though I would of course argue the TT should be in that slot). The G35 coupe is the best Infiniti design to date for me. Ray, did you know that it was actually designed by Porsche? Porsche was going through some rough times and they contracted their team out for other companies behind the scenes... I've thought about buying one of these I like it so much.Mr-914 wrote: 2000's - Infiniti G35 coupe
Why: Less is more. There isn't a lot going on here. Very little trim, fairly monolithic form. However, that lack of detail allows the sculpting and proportion to shine through, and I think the G35 is one of the best of all time in that respect.
I will give a caveat though. The G35 interior was pedestrian.
I did not know that! It makes sense though.yo wrote:Very good choice (though I would of course argue the TT should be in that slot). The G35 coupe is the best Infiniti design to date for me. Ray, did you know that it was actually designed by Porsche? Porsche was going through some rough times and they contracted their team out for other companies behind the scenes... I've thought about buying one of these I like it so much.
The Twingo was a ground breaker in Europe. It was nice to see that kind of attention to detail at the lowest possible price point. However, looking back, I feel like it's just another cheap Euro-box. Can you convince me otherwise?mo-i wrote:IF I tried to filter out "car of the decade" designs it would be as follows.
Early 90ies: Renault Twingo (Patrick Le Quement):
Mid 90ies: Alfa Rome0 156 (Walter de Silva)
(close second the aforementioned Passat)
End 90ies: Alfa 166
( I am on the fence about this one. But it did influence a lot what went on at BMW after Bangle)
Indeed! I think the Z4 might be my '00s honorable mention.mo-i wrote: Early 2000s: BMW Z4 (Chris Bangle)
Possibly. I think the next 7-10 years will tell us what was really important about car design this decade. I doubt the Pagani, but MB does look like it might setting the tempo for the future.mo-i wrote: and after that?
What are the trends out of the last decade?
For me it has to be Retro futurism or "steam punk"combined with "bionic" as in Pagani and Mercedes-Benz:
Pagani Huayra (Horacio Pagani):
Mercedes C-Class (Gordon Wagener?)
Where can I learn/read about these design languages, from Ford or other brands? It's helpful to see how the pros create a strong aesthetic from a specific theme. I found the New Edge and Kinetic Design wikipedia articles, but I want more!ralphzoontjens wrote: The actual car of the 2000s was the Ford GT90 because it introduced the New Edge design language (I informally call it Playstation style) way before its time. Then it trickled down to brands like Audi, Nissan and to some extent BMW. My pick would be the Audi TT with the Z4, Audi R8 and Nissan 350Z being other contenders.