When we think of a generic image of a car, our minds often default to the classic child’s drawing – a three-box saloon. The iconic image has been the same since about 1950, and we all instantly recognise it – a front box for the engine, a central box for the passengers and a rear box for the luggage.
But recent developments in consumer demand, technology, packaging, and regulations have altered our understanding of a ‘car’ – perhaps permanently.
The modern car has rapidly morphed from three-box architecture to a two-box SUV or CUV, and electric power could well invite the monospace to return in new, sculptural variants (see our gallery of the Icona Nucleus – one recent attempt to define a future vehicle shape – at the right). Pickup trucks, once the humble workhorses of tradesmen and farmers, have become upmarket luxury cars in some markets… [Read the full article]