Trend Report: IAA 2015

Some notable design trends at the Internationale Automobil Ausstellung (IAA) in Frankfurt in September, 2015.

Many automakers demonstrated autonomous / self-driving capabilities, especially self-parking. Fully self-driving cars are already available, just not yet fully legal in Europe. Here is Audi showing off its self-parking capabilities that are expected to be rolled out with the next generation R8.

Many automakers demonstrated autonomous / self-driving capabilities, especially self-parking. Fully self-driving cars are already available, just not yet fully legal in Europe. Here is Audi showing off its self-parking capabilities that are expected to be rolled out with the next generation R8.

Audi also demonstrated wireless charging ...

Audi also demonstrated wireless charging …

Many automakers demonstrated virtual dashboards fully integrating all the apps that used to belong to screens elsewhere in the car. Here is Audi showing off a virtual dashboard for the TT.

Many automakers demonstrated virtual dashboards fully integrating all the apps that used to belong to screens elsewhere in the car. Here is Audi showing off a virtual dashboard for the TT.

And here's one for Fiat's Cinquecento.

And here’s one for Fiat’s Cinquecento.

Finally got to see Mercedes-Benz's F 015 Luxury self-driving car, that I've been talking about in my trends presentation, in the "flesh". It's nice. And note the Tron-style detailing, also something that I see coming on strong in the next while ...

Finally got to see Mercedes-Benz’s F 015 Luxury self-driving car, that I’ve been talking about in my trends presentation, in the “flesh”. It’s nice. And note the Tron-style detailing, also something that I see coming on strong in the next while …

Finally got to see Mercedes-Benz's F 015 Luxury self-driving car, that I've been talking about in my trends presentation, in the "flesh". It's nice. And note the Tron-style detailing, also something that I see coming on strong in the next while ...

Finally got to see Mercedes-Benz’s F 015 Luxury self-driving car, that I’ve been talking about in my trends presentation, in the “flesh”. It’s nice. And note the Tron-style detailing, also something that I see coming on strong in the next while …

I also got to see Mercedes-Benz's concept that I'd read so much about. It changes shape depending on how fast it's going, to optimise airflow and wind drag around it!!!

I also got to see Mercedes-Benz’s concept that I’d read so much about. It changes shape depending on how fast it’s going, to optimise airflow and wind drag around it!!!

I also got to see Mercedes-Benz's concept that I'd read so much about. It changes shape depending on how fast it's going, to optimise airflow and wind drag around it!!!

I also got to see Mercedes-Benz’s concept that I’d read so much about. It changes shape depending on how fast it’s going, to optimise airflow and wind drag around it!!!

I also got to see Mercedes-Benz's concept that I'd read so much about. It changes shape depending on how fast it's going, to optimise airflow and wind drag around it!!! Note the Tron-style styling, inside and out, which I'm foreseeing we'll see more of.

I also got to see Mercedes-Benz’s concept that I’d read so much about. It changes shape depending on how fast it’s going, to optimise airflow and wind drag around it!!! Note the Tron-style styling, inside and out, which I’m foreseeing we’ll see more of.

I also got to see Mercedes-Benz's concept that I'd read so much about. It changes shape depending on how fast it's going, to optimise airflow and wind drag around it!!! Note the Tron-style styling, inside and out, which I'm foreseeing we'll see more of.

I also got to see Mercedes-Benz’s concept that I’d read so much about. It changes shape depending on how fast it’s going, to optimise airflow and wind drag around it!!! Note the Tron-style styling, inside and out, which I’m foreseeing we’ll see more of.

Bentley has an App called "Inspirator" downloadable from the Apple Store, which tracks your facial reactions to stimuli to propose personalised specifications for your Bentayga. This is what it proposed for me ...

Bentley has an App called “Inspirator” downloadable from the Apple Store, which tracks your facial reactions to stimuli to propose personalised specifications for your Bentayga. This is what it proposed for me …

And here's the front of the Bentley Bentayga, in all it's glory. Lights! Cameras!

And here’s the front of the Bentley Bentayga, in all it’s glory. Lights! Cameras!

Bentley also showed this Mulsanne Speed with an incredible coating which showed a gold sheen on top of a metallic ice-blue.

Bentley also showed this Mulsanne Speed with an incredible coating which showed a gold sheen on top of a metallic ice-blue.

A similar (rose?) gold sheen effect on a deeper metallic blue at BMW, on the 535d xDrive.

A similar (rose?) gold sheen effect on a deeper metallic blue at BMW, on the 535d xDrive.

Bentley was also at the Mansory stand, where Mansory showed this Continental GT with metallic orange finish, lots of sporty textured carbon fibre ...

Bentley was also at the Mansory stand, where Mansory showed this Continental GT with metallic orange finish, lots of sporty textured carbon fibre …

Bentley was also at the Mansory stand, where Mansory showed this Continental GT with metallic orange finish, lots of sporty textured carbon fibre ...

Bentley was also at the Mansory stand, where Mansory showed this Continental GT with metallic orange finish, lots of sporty textured carbon fibre …

Bentley was also at the Mansory stand, where Mansory showed this Continental GT with metallic orange finish, lots of sporty textured carbon fibre ... and a glittery textured finish at the back.

Bentley was also at the Mansory stand, where Mansory showed this Continental GT with metallic orange finish, lots of sporty textured carbon fibre … and a glittery textured finish at the back.

A close-up of the glittery effect on the Bentley Continental GT by Mansory.

A close-up of the glittery effect on the Bentley Continental GT by Mansory.

A riot of texture on a jet-ski at the Mansory stand. Textured carbon fibre and textured, quilted leather.

A riot of texture on a jet-ski at the Mansory stand. Textured carbon fibre and textured, quilted leather.

A riot of texture on an all-terrain vehicle at the Mansory stand. Textured carbon fibre, textured everything.

A riot of texture on an all-terrain vehicle at the Mansory stand. Textured carbon fibre, textured everything.

A riot of texture on this Lamborghini Huracán at the Mansory stand. Textured carbon fibre, textured everything.

A riot of texture on this Lamborghini Huracán at the Mansory stand. Textured carbon fibre, textured everything.

Another great effect surface at Mansory.

Another great effect surface at Mansory.

The Tesla P90D.

The Tesla P90D.

My favourite interior was actually the one of this vintage Alfa Romeo Giulia TI Super ...

My favourite interior was actually the one of this vintage Alfa Romeo Giulia TI Super …

I am convinced we will see more attempts to use light as an industrial/product design surface. One example is in the "Tron"-styling I have mentioned here before. EDAG have taken this idea and run with it. Their "Light Cocoon" concept is covered in light.

I am convinced we will see more attempts to use light as an industrial/product design surface. One example is in the “Tron”-styling I have mentioned here before. EDAG have taken this idea and run with it. Their “Light Cocoon” concept is covered in light.

Gorgeous interior detailing at BMW.

Gorgeous interior detailing at BMW.

There were a whole load of innovations on show at BMW, incl. the Ambient Air Package (i.e. scent control!), BMW Laserlight highbeams, Gesture Control of the instrumentation (you just wave at the dashboard) and this Display Key, which is a key with a touch display and Apps, incl. Remote Control Parking.

There were a whole load of innovations on show at BMW, incl. the Ambient Air Package (i.e. scent control!), BMW Laserlight highbeams, Gesture Control of the instrumentation (you just wave at the dashboard) and this Display Key, which is a key with a touch display and Apps, incl. Remote Control Parking.

There were a whole load of innovations on show at BMW, incl. the Ambient Air Package (i.e. scent control!), BMW Laserlight highbeams, the Display Key, which is a key with a touch display and Apps, incl. Remote Control Parking, and Gesture Control of the instrumentation (you just wave at the dashboard).

There were a whole load of innovations on show at BMW, incl. the Ambient Air Package (i.e. scent control!), BMW Laserlight highbeams, the Display Key, which is a key with a touch display and Apps, incl. Remote Control Parking, and Gesture Control of the instrumentation (you just wave at the dashboard).

Just a beautiful finish on the BMW M4.

Just a beautiful finish on the BMW M4.

Lots of very geometric 20s / 90s technology shapes, e.g. on the Audi e-tron Quattro concept.

Lots of very geometric 20s / 90s technology shapes, e.g. on the Audi e-tron Quattro concept.

Lots of very geometric 20s / 90s technology shapes, e.g. on the Audi e-tron Quattro concept. And note again the neon blue "Tron"-styling.

Lots of very geometric 20s / 90s technology shapes, e.g. on the Audi e-tron Quattro concept. And note again the neon blue “Tron”-styling.

More geometric technology shapes on the Audi A4 g-tron.

More geometric technology shapes on the Audi A4 g-tron.

More very graphic, geometric lights on the Skoda Fabia.

More very graphic, geometric lights on the Skoda Fabia.

Look at those eyes on the Alfa Romeo 4C - ironically not the one called "Spyder."

Look at those eyes on the Alfa Romeo 4C – ironically not the one called “Spyder.”

The diabolical glare of the Infiniti Q50 Hybrid.

The diabolical glare of the Infiniti Q50 Hybrid.

The sweep of the Porsche Boxster GTS taillight.

The sweep of the Porsche Boxster GTS taillight.

The rather cool and penetrating headlights of the Porsche Mission E concept electric car.

The rather cool and penetrating headlights of the Porsche Mission E concept electric car.

More gorgeous interiors: this is the VW Golf GTE Sport. More Tron-style interior styling!

More gorgeous interiors: this is the VW Golf GTE Sport. More Tron-style interior styling!

More gorgeous interiors at Rolls Royce.

More gorgeous interiors at Rolls Royce.

Everyone's favourite: the Bugatti Vision GT.

Everyone’s favourite: the Bugatti Vision GT.

Lots of weird/cool exterior design touches on the Bugatti Vision GT.

Lots of weird/cool exterior design touches on the Bugatti Vision GT.

The Jaguar C-X75.

The Jaguar C-X75.

The Maserati Gran Cabrio Sport.

The Maserati Gran Cabrio Sport.

The Ferrari 488.

The Ferrari 488.

The BMW 428i.

The BMW 428i.

The Lamborghini Huracan Spyder.

The Lamborghini Huracan Spyder.

The Mercedes SL 500.

The Mercedes SL 500.

More gorgeous interiors: fascinating interior in the Thunder Power concept, with pale wood and more Tron-style interior styling!

More gorgeous interiors: fascinating interior in the Thunder Power concept, with pale wood and more Tron-style interior styling!

This buttery metallic yellow on the Fiat 500X Cross Plus.

This buttery metallic yellow on the Fiat 500X Cross Plus.

The Rolls Royce Wraith.

The Rolls Royce Wraith.

The Alfa Romeo 4C Spider.

The Alfa Romeo 4C Spider.

The Alfa Romeo 4C Spider.

The Alfa Romeo 4C Spider.

 

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