The design of car concepts and new production models is getting more and more bizarre and wild. Both legacy, established manufacturers and start-up brands compete for our attention, much like social media, and this shows by what they bring to market; digital modeling tools and advanced manufacturing techniques are producing tools that were unimaginable (for better or worse) just a decade ago.
Here are the ones who came across the traverse in 2022:
Volkswagen’s GEN.TRAVEL concept vehicle with modular interior.
Hyundai’s Ioniq 6 EV with the new “Electrified Streamliner” design language.
Genesis’ EV Speedium concept.
Citroën has actually broken the design mold with the Oli EV concept.
Lincoln unveiled his new electrical design direction…
…and also introduced this wild-looking autonomous EV concept.
Mini’s Aceman EV concept also swings for fences.
Polestar’s New O2 concept has an onboard drone that can be engaged while driving.
Volkswagen introduced an ID.4 with an onboard drone and a landing strip on top.
Even some non-car companies got into the concept game. Industrial design consultancy Seymourpowell has unveiled the concept of Lean Auto Design.
Robotics startup Astrolab has unveiled the FLEX Rover, a vehicle with no design premise.
Apple supplier Foxconn has unveiled two new EVs, including a pickup truck.
Here’s a quirk: Pininfarina has designed an iPhone case inspired by the famous Ferrari Modulo concept car.
Alongside the concept cars, a number of eye-catching new production (or small production) models hit the road this year.
Rolls-Royce showed us some design sketches and production shots of the latest Boat Tail model.
With My Ami Cargo, Citroën answered the question: What should a single-seater designed for trades look like?
Startup Electric Brands’ XBUS is a promising modular EV (it has one terrible design decision).
Canadian startup Potential Motors’ Adventure 1 recreational off-road EV is barely 1.5 meters wide.
Chinese luxury off-road automotive brand Dongfeng introduced its first crazy-looking model.
U Power’s EV “skateboard” platforms will bring a new wave of (not necessarily good) automotive designs.
If applicable, this brutal one has huge combo rotors slapped on top of Xpeng’s flying car.
Finally, these only have two wheels, but I had to include them to make them look good:
An incredible custom aluminium-clad BMW motorcycle by FabMan Creations.
This beautiful stainless steel electric scooter by Bandit9.
This is a deconstructive electric scooter and an Akira-like bike by Horwin.
Assuming that vehicle design to some extent reflects the times we live in, I assume this roundup will get weirder every year.