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Summit looks at the future of car design

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New technologies and business formats are redefining vehicle design and changing the industry landscape, an international summit in Shanghai heard on Friday.
Hu Yumo
Summit looks at the future of car design
Ti Gong

The organizer of the China car design international summit hosts an exhibition of more than 80 college students' car designs at Shanghai Auto Museum.

Emerging industries such as new-energy, intelligent and connected vehicles will reshape China’s future car designs, according to the China car  design international summit in Shanghai on Friday.

New technologies and business formats in the automotive sector are redefining vehicles and changing the industry landscape, the summit heard, and transforming the design of future automobiles.

This year’s theme is "Design Beyond Design" and the summit discussed long-term planning, important industry trends and major changes in design. More than 200 industry insiders from automakers at home and abroad, auto parts companies, colleges, design companies and related cross-industry experts took part. 

Hideichi Misono, vice president of the Japan Industrial Designers' Association, said classic skills are still very important in automotive design. At the same time, the scope of automotive designers has expanded.

Guan Qingping, from the Shanghai International Automobile City, said the company hoped to join with industry professionals to promote future development of China's car design sector.

Industry insiders said new-energy as well as intelligent and connected vehicles will have more smart features and latest technologies, and exterior and interior designs will be different from traditional gasoline vehicles.

Representatives from automakers including SAIC Motor, China FAW Group Corp and GAC Motor delivered speeches on the future of car designs.

The organizer of the summit also hosted an exhibition of more than 80 college students' car designs, and there will be a session where young designers, students and industry experts could share their views.

The summit was hosted by Shanghai International Automobile City and Tongji University at Shanghai Auto Museum.

Summit looks at the future of car design
Ti Gong

Some cars of the future as envisaged by college students


Summit looks at the future of car design
Ti Gong

Industry insiders discuss future car design trends at an international summit in Shanghai on Friday.

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