The minivan has always had the stigma that it’s only for people with families, but Honda is not shying away from that. The all-new Odyssey has been completely designed around the family with its Magic Slide seats and loads of rear-seat entertainment. But not only that, it’s wider, lower and the body is more sculpted than the outgoing model.
For more than 100 years a vehicle’s interior has mainly been designed for the driver, but autonomy will completely turn that setup on its head. They’re more likely to look like a mobile living room. And we’re already starting to see automakers take their guess at what those future interiors of autonomous vehicles will look like. But does anyone really know what people will want? We talk with Steve Miller the president and CEO of giant interior supplier IAC to see where he thinks things are headed.
Nissan’s small crossover the Qashqai has been sold in certain markets around the world for 10 years and recently topped 2.5 million units. But it never made its way to the American market… until now that is. Starting in the summer of this year Nissan will offer the 2nd-generation of the Qashqai to U.S. buyers, but the company must have felt that customers would not connect with the name. So, it’s being changed to a name we’re a little more familiar with, the Rogue Sport. Despite sharing part of its name and a few styling cues with the Rogue, the two have little else in common. The Rogue Sport is much smaller, it only has two rows of seats and it’s aimed a completely different set of buyers. Where the Rogue has a lot of functionality and appeals to families, Nissan believes the Sport will attract younger, urban buyers.
Most concept cars are just exercises in design, but Audi’s new Q8 Concept is very close to what we’ll see in production. While there are bits and pieces that won’t make it past the concept stage, like a lack of any door handles, the hard lines have already been set. And Audi believes the Q8 will be a hit with its customers. The Q7 beat the company’s expectations last year and it believes the Q8 is a more emotional, coupe-like version of the Q7. It also features a number of interesting technologies, so check out the entire video to see what Audi has coming down the line.
The Chevrolet Traverse is coming off its best year in sales and now the company is introducing an all-new model. The team at Chevy listened to their customers to make sure the SUV kept its core values, like seating for seven, but it also gets a host of new safety and convenience features. On top of that the Traverse has been completely restyled. The folks from Chevy say it looks more rugged and mature, but you’ll also notice it ties in with its big brother, the Tahoe. Watch the whole video to get even more details on the all-new 2018 Chevrolet Traverse.
Derek Jenkins had a successful design career with Audi, Volkswagen and Mazda. But then Lucid Motors tapped him on the shoulder to come up with a bold new design for an all-electric sports sedan. He talks about how liberating it is to be presented with a clean slate, and how he took advantage of Lucid’s advanced electric propulsion system to create a remarkably large interior.
Peter Rawlinson was the chief engineer who developed the Tesla Model S. Now he’s taken on another clean-sheet design to develop the 1,000 hp electric luxury car for Lucid Motors. In the following interview he explains the different approach he took on coming up with his latest design, versus how he did the Model S.
Last year’s CES was Faraday Future’s coming out party. This year the company is showing the model it wants to hit the market with first, the FF91. It’s a full-size SUV that rides on Faraday Future’s modular architecture, which houses the market’s largest battery pack at 130kWh. John McElroy takes some time to talk with Pete Savagian, the company’s VP of Propulsion Engineering to find out what makes this car go. And go it does.
Ford’s latest iteration of its Level 4 Fusion mounts the LIDARs on the A pillars and incorporates 6 cameras into what looks like a roof rack. But it’s not about coming up with a cleaner installation. It’s about coming up with a better autonomous car.
Chrysler’s Portal Concept Car is more than a design exercise. It’s a demonstration test bed for interactive technology where the vehicle recognizes you and adopts to your needs and wants. Plus, it demonstrates an amazing audio system where each occupant can listen to their own music selections or take a phone call that no one else can hear.