These are photos from two new ‘MQB’ platform, VW-group C-segment products. One is supposed to be a spanish, fun brand. The other a German premium brand. But can you work out which car is which from this photo of the C-pillar, around the fuel filler door…? It leaves us asking the question: all conquering though VW is right now, isn’t there space for a little more bandwidth in the design language – particularly with brands like Seat and Skoda – which appear to be turning into clones of one another?
By Joe Simpson
Lexus’s recent show cars have all been “must see to appreciate” models, and the LF-CC that Lexus brought to Paris is no exception. Covered in unique and complex surfaces, folds, and creases, this preview of the upcoming IS brings something new to the table in a show where following the leader seems to be the norm.
Of particular interest are the details around the headlamps and tail lamps, where the traditional cut lines are turned on their heads, instead resembling folded paper that overlap and cut each other to create new and interesting interactions. The tail lamps themselves are a fascinating criss-cross of light that liven up the entire rear end of the car and extend all the way down into the rear wheel arch cut.
Although perhaps not an entirely successful design, especially the enormous “spindle” grille and extremely odd headlamp treatment, there is a lot to admire in the attention to detail of this concept that will give a big bump to Lexus design if successfully translated into production.