The design of car concepts and new production models is getting weirder and wilder. Both old, established manufacturers and emerging brands compete, like social media, for our attention, and it shows with what they have rolled out; digital modeling tools and advanced manufacturing techniques yield vehicles (for better or for worse) that would have been impossible to imagine just a decade ago.
Here’s what came across the transom in 2022:
Volkswagen’s GEN.TRAVEL concept car, with modular interior.
Hyundai’s Ioniq 6 EV with their new “Electrified Streamliner” design language.
Genesis’ EV Speedium concept.
Citroën practically broke the design mold with their Oli EV concept.
Lincoln revealed their new electric design direction…
…and also unveiled this wild-looking autonomous EV concept.
Mini’s Aceman EV concept is also swinging for the fences.
Polestar’s new O2 concept has a drone on board that can be deployed while driving.
Volkswagen unveiled an ID.4 with a drone on board, and a landing pad on top.
Even some non-car companies got into the concept game. Industrial design consultant Seymourpowell unveiled its Lean Auto Design concept.
Robotics startup Astrolab revealed their FLEX Rover, a vehicle with no design predecessor.
Apple supplier Foxconn unveiled two new electric cars, including a pickup truck.
Here’s an odd one: Pininfarina designed an iPhone case inspired by the famous Ferrari Modulo concept car.
Apart from concept cars, a number of eye-catching new production models (or small series productions) also hit the road this year.
Rolls-Royce provided us with some design sketches and build photos of their latest Boat Tail model.
With their My Ami Cargo, Citroën answered the question: What should a one-person car designed for craftsmen look like?
Startup Electric Brands’ XBUS is a promising modular EV (with a terrible design decision).
Canadian startup Potential Motors’ Adventure 1 recreational off-road EV is barely five feet wide.
Chinese luxury off-road vehicle brand Dongfeng unveiled its insane debut model.
The EV “skateboard” platforms from U Power will bring a wave of fresh (not necessarily good) car designs.
This brutal, albeit serviceable, flying car from Xpeng has giant deployable rotors on top.
Finally, these only have two wheels, but I had to include them for eye candy:
An incredible custom aluminum clad BMW motorcycle from FabMan Creations.
This beautiful stainless steel electric scooter from Bandit9.
This deconstructivist electric scooter and an Akira-like bike from Horwin.
Assuming vehicle design to some extent mirrors the times we live in, I imagine this list will get weirder every year.