Coventry University design students showcase their automotive designs of the future
11 June 2010

A radical Jaguar XK shooting brake concept and a 1+2 Mini city car were among the designs on show at the annual Coventry University Automotive Design degree show.

The university has a reputation for producing talented designers who go on to work in the industry, and this year's show had plenty of eye-catching designs on display.

See pics of some of the students designs, including new Jaguar, Mini and Bugatti designs

The Jaguar XK shooting brake concept was created by Andy Webber and Reiss Finney on a six-week internship at Jaguar. It shares the current XK's platform and is an all-wheel drive hybrid. The pair described it as a "niche design" but one which found favour with Jaguar's design studio.

The pair's fellow students gave the car the 'Dear God Make This Now' award.

The Mini2 (Mini squared) design was the work of Christopher Cheng. The concept sits between the Smart ForTwo and Toyota iQ in terms of size, but is actually smaller than the original Issigonis Mini. It is a true three-seater with room for three adults.

Cheng described the car as "capturing the essence of the classic Mini in a contemporary fashion".

Other designs on display included two Saab concepts. One was a modern interpretation of the classic 92 (a car Saab boss Victor Muller is working on as well) by Sam Fowling and a Porsche Cayman-sized coupe, described by its designer David Panton as a spiritual successor to the Saab Sonnet.

Some students turned their hands to designing luxury and supercars. Douglas Hogg's Bugatti Aerolithe was a modern and elegant grand tourer inspired by classic Bugattis from the 1930s.

Perhaps the most detailed and striking design on display was the work Ian Barnes. His Tag Heuer Hydrodynamics imagined what a car designed by the Swiss watch maker would look like.

The students awarded Barnes the 'Best in Show' award.

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11 June 2010

I think the XK shooting brake is the best. The Bugatti is nice too. Very Batman.

11 June 2010

Liking that Saab Sonnet! The 9-2, not so much. Nice to see Saabs are once again in vogue and that young designers can see the potential for this reborn brand!!

11 June 2010

Love the Tag Heuer car, it would match my watch...

12 June 2010

Love the Jaguar XK Shooting brake the most. The Tag Heuer looks nice but is it original? (Looks a lot like the Audi R8 to me)

12 June 2010

Well with me i would choose modern version of the classic Saab 92.Because,the color itself is awesome.However,since these are new modern version,let me go with that saab 92.

12 June 2010

On a side note it just show's that Jaguar have found a new styling direction. This shooting brake design show's how flexible Jaguars styling can be.

4 April 2014
it will be interesting to read the first driving impressions in due course.


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