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Toyota Mirai Sets a World Record with 845-mile Zero Emission Journey

The new Toyota Mirai has set an official Guinness World Records title for the longest distance covered by a hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicle without refuelling.

It covered an unprecedented 845 miles on a single, five-minute complete fill of hydrogen on a round trip in Southern California, establishing a new distance benchmark for zero emission vehicles.

“In 2016 the Toyota Mirai was the first production fuel cell electric vehicle available for retail sale in North America, and now the next generation Mirai is setting distance records,” said Bob Carter, executive vice president, Toyota Motor North America. “We are proud to be leaders of this exciting technology, which is just one of a growing line-up of zero emission vehicles in our portfolio.”


The official record attempt was monitored by Guinness World Records and adhered to its strict rules and documentation procedures. The Mirai logged an impressive 152mpge (miles-per-US gallon equivalent), with water its only emission.  Guinness World Records adjudicator Michael Empric validated the car’s tank with a seal at the start and end of the journey.

The Toyota was driven by professional hyper-miler Wayne Gerdes and co-piloted by Bob Winger, using specialist driving techniques that maximised the car’s fuel efficiency potential, while respecting safety and the rules of the road. The two-day trip began on 23 August at the Toyota Technical Center (TTC) in Gardena, California, home of Toyota’s fuel cell development group. The duo travelled south to San Ysidro and then north to Santa Barbara, cruising through Santa Monica and Malibu beach along the Pacific Coast Highway. They returned to TTC that evening and logged 473 miles with only two driver swaps during the day.

The next day consisted of local driving loops, where they pushed through 372 miles of morning and afternoon rush hour traffic on the San Diego freeway until the fuel was used up. They coasted back into TTC with a total of 845 miles driven, as witnessed by Empric.

“As a Guinness World Records adjudicator for 10 years, I’ve had the opportunity to witness incredible attempts, including several distance-related feats,” said Empric. “The Toyota Mirai’s journey without the need to refuel showcases the power of fuel cell electric technology. This technology and the design ingenuity of the team at Toyota led to a history-making moment.”

By the end of the trip the Mirai consumed a total of 5.65kg of hydrogen and passed 12 hydrogen stations along the drive routes without refuelling. It was driven mainly during rush hour traffic in temperatures between 65 to 83 degrees Fahrenheit. It produced zero CO2, where a standard internal combustion engine vehicle would have emitted about 300kg of CO2 over the same distance.

The record achievement is the latest in a series of Mirai efficiency feats. In June this year, it broke through the 1,000km (600-mile) range barrier in an economy run during the Paris de l’hydrogène hydrogen energy exhibition in Paris. In 2018, the first generation Mirai became the first hydrogen-fuelled car to make the journey from John O’Groats to Land’s End in a marathon drive organised by Toyota and Autocar magazine.

InFocus 22.10.21
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E-Mobility India Forum launch edition concludes after a prolific dialogue on ‘electrifying’ the future of Indian mobility

Launched by Messe Frankfurt India, the E-Mobility India Forum, powered by NGV India Summit, succeeded in bringing the industry face-to-face to discuss the way forward for EVs. Consisting of members from top OEMs, auto component manufacturers and government, the forum highlighted various hurdles and opportunities that the industry is set to encounter on the road to achieving an expansive EV ecosystem.

The launch edition of ‘E-Mobility India Forum’ turned out to be a productive event for the industry that converged together to gain an elaborate understanding of the business dynamics and possibilities concerning the Indian EV industry. Held on 7th October at Le Meridien, New Delhi, the conference united a wide spectrum of industry experts, inclusive of EV brand leaders and luminaries from major OEMs, auto component, power and government sectors.

The forum was inaugurated by eminent industry figures, including:

  • Mr Mahesh Babu, CEO, Switch India, & COO, Switch Global
  • Shri Sudhendu J Sinha, Advisor, Infrastructure Connectivity & Electric Mobility vertical, NITI Aayog
  • Shri K C Sharma, Superintending Engineer (Mechanical), Ministry of Road Transport & Highways
  • Shri N Mohan, Head - EV Charging Infrastructure, Convergence Energy Services Ltd
  • Mr Winston Pereira, General Manager, Messe Frankfurt Trade Fairs India Pvt Ltd

Hosting 155 delegates under its roof, the E-mobility India Forum delved into various fundamental topics pertaining to the Indian EV industry following a detailed agenda. The versatility of deliberations enabled the attendees to gain a deep-dive perspective on the contemporary and future landscape of the Indian EV space.

The forum discussed topics, such as: the Future of mobility post the conversion to EV; EV Incentives, Policy, Challenges & Government Support in accelerating electrification; Opportunities & Challenges for Auto OEMs; Accelerating EV Component Manufacturing Growth through Make in India; EV Infrastructure & Innovative Business Models, and Interactive Session with EV Startups and Future Guidance.

Mr Balbir Singh Dhillon, Head, Audi India, who was also a part of the illustrious panel, expressed his views on the EV revolution: “When it comes to the success of e-mobility in India, I think we are on the way to becoming a big market for EV. OEMs, policy makers or infra companies converging together is creating a massive pull towards this movement and our responsibility as OEMs, is to give charging facility to our customers. The road to e-mobility is a marathon and we are just getting started. I am sure


that in the coming years we will see it moving in a very positive direction.”

Opportunities in EV

According to a Grant Thornton Bharat-FICCI report, India will require around 4 lakh charging stations for around 20 lakh electric vehicles in the country by 2026. Investment in infrastructure and government support will play a significant role in fast-pacing the growth of e-mobility in India.

Sharing about the current penetration level of EVs in India as well as the investments in EV infrastructure by the government, Shri Sudhendu J Sinha, Advisor, Infrastructure Connectivity & Electric Mobility vertical, NITI Aayog, stated: “In India, E-2Ws and E-3Ws have already achieved TCO (Total Cost of Ownership) neutral, Electric Bus and Shared E-4Ws will be next. Public transport, especially city transport with fixed routes and limited distance is very much suited for EVs.”

“Massive opportunity is available to create dense network of charge points to charge electric vehicles in Tier-1, 2 & 3 cities. Recent policy announcements, re-strategising of Faster Adaption of Manufacturing of Electric Vehicles (FAME) scheme of INR 10,000 Crore, PLI scheme for Advanced Chemistry Cell (ACC) worth INR 18,100 crore and the new PLI scheme for automotive sector with incentives worth INR 26000 Cr for a period of five years will enable India to leapfrog from traditional fossil fuel-based automobile transportation system to environmentally cleaner, sustainable, advanced and more efficient Electric Vehicles (EV) based system.” Sinha, signed off.

Mr Mahesh Babu, CEO, Switch India, & COO, Switch Global, shared: “One of the most important task that India has is to bring all stakeholders together. I am pretty happy to see the GOI, industry and all other stakeholders, including component manufacturers have participated in this (E-mobility India Forum), in a very active way. Such forums will create a great ecosystem of e-mobility development from vehicles to components, and also educating consumers on the benefits of EV in India.”

Enthused by the success of its launch edition, the E-mobility India Forum aims to support India’s ambition of harnessing electric mobility by serving as a premiere networking and knowledge-sharing industry forum.

InFocus 21.10.21

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Porsche deliveries up by 13 percent

Record result for the first three quarters: between January and September 2021, Porsche delivered 217,198 vehicles worldwide. This
represented a 13 per cent increase for the sports car manufacturer.

Demand rose across all sales regions, with the US again recording particularly strong growth. “The very high demand for our sports cars continued into the third quarter and we are delighted to have been able to supply so many cars to customers during the first nine months of the year,” says Detlev von Platen, Member of the Executive Board for Sales and Marketing at Porsche AG. “The order books are nicely filled and are, in turn, filling us with optimism and enthusiasm as we approach the year-end rush. However, the coronavirus situation remains dynamic and we are facing challenges in sourcing semiconductors. For these reasons, we are keeping a very close eye on current developments to ensure that we can continue to react in a flexible manner.”
The Porsche Cayenne remains the most successful model, with 62,451 examples delivered, followed by the Macan with 61,944 units, a 12 per cent increase. The fully electric Taycan was also extremely popular, with 28,640 cars being delivered to customers. Now in its second full year on the market, it is on a par with the iconic 911 sports car, 27,972 of which were delivered in the first three quarters– an increase of ten per cent. The 718 Boxster and 718 Cayman were purchased by 15,916 customers, which represents a rise of one per cent compared to the same period last year. Deliveries of the Panamera also remained firmly at the previous year’s level with 20,275 examples – an increase of one per cent.

Increased demand in all sales regions

Once again, the largest increase was seen in the US: Porsche delivered 51,615 vehicles there in the first nine months, which represents an increase of 30 per cent compared with the same period last year. The strong positioning in North America is also reflected in the findings of the most recent J.D. Power APEAL study: as in previous years, customers still see Porsche as the most appealing premium brand. Across the American continent as a whole, Porsche made a total of 63,025 deliveries, 29 per cent more than in the first three quarters of 2020.

The Cayenne remains the most successful model in terms of deliveries.

China, which is the largest single market, contributed 69,789 vehicles to the total number delivered, an increase of 11 per cent. In total, deliveries to Asia-Pacific, Africa and the Middle East increased by 12 per cent. Porsche cars were delivered to 97,841 customers in these regions. Porsche’s sports cars also enjoyed great popularity in Europe: 56,332 vehicles were delivered to customers, an increase of two per cent on the previous year. In Germany, demand increased by nine per cent between January and September, with 19,099 units delivered.

InFocus 19.10.21

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Neste and Hesburger to launch a significant circularity collaboration – used cooking oil collected from more than 300 restaurants to produce renewable diesel

Photo: Heikki Salonen

Neste and Hesburger, a Finnish restaurant chain, will engage in a significant circular economy collaboration. Used cooking oil from more than 300 Hesburger restaurants in Finland and in the Baltics will be recycled to produce renewable diesel. As a result of the collaboration, Hesburger will begin using Neste MY Renewable Diesel™ in the majority of its transport vehicles in Finland, reducing the greenhouse gas emissions in these transports by up to 90%* compared to fossil diesel use.

“We reduce our emissions by investing in plant protein products and energy efficiency, and by planning our transports effectively. Recycling and the circular economy have also been important focal points in the development of our activities, and this circular economy collaboration with Neste is a perfect match with our aims. Every year, our restaurants in Finland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania produce up to 420 tons of used cooking oil which is collected and transported as ecologically as possible. Neste uses the cooking oil and other renewable waste and residue raw materials to produce renewable diesel to be used also in Hesburger’s trucks. As the used cooking oil is collected by trucks delivering goods to the restaurants, it will not result in extra mileage,” says Heini Santos, Communications Manager at Hesburger.

Hesburger’s transportation vehicles that will begin using Neste’s renewable diesel travel annually a total of roughly 680,000 kilometers. By replacing fossil diesel with Neste’s renewable diesel, the amount of annually reduced greenhouse gas emissions compares to removing as many as 350 private cars from Finland’s roads for one year.

Only 6% of Finns consider climate actions easy outside their own home


In September 2021, Neste and Hesburger conducted a consumer survey on climate actions** of 1,000 people in Finland. A total of 52% of the respondents considered everyday actions related to the climate to be easier in matters related to their own home and living. Outside the home – when moving, traveling or eating at a restaurant, for example – climate actions are considered to be much more difficult. 65% of the respondents felt that companies and consumers share the responsibility for climate actions.

“Concrete actions and close collaborations between companies are needed to combat climate change. This circularity collaboration with Hesburger is a concrete example of how collaboration can improve sustainability. At the same time, our climate action creates value for consumers visiting Hesburger restaurants, as the cooking oil used in making their french fries can be reused as a raw material for renewable diesel to reduce transportation emissions. In this way, we can provide consumers with an opportunity to make more responsible everyday purchasing decisions in Finland and in the Baltic region,” says Heidi Peltonen, Team Lead for Sustainable Partnerships in Marketing & Services at Neste.

*) The methodology for calculating life cycle emissions and emissions reduction complies with the European Union’s Renewable Energy Directive (2009/28/EC).

**) The survey by Neste and Hesburger was conducted as a national consumer panel through IRO Research Oy’s study between February 21 and 29, 2021. A total of 1,000 Finnish consumers responded to the survey nationwide.

InFocus 18.09.21

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The All-Electric MOKE

“MOKE going electric secures the appeal of one of Britain's best loved marques for many generations to come. MOKE’s marriage of fun, personality and open air thrills will only be enhanced through the performance and silent running of an electric powertrain. We are proud to write a new chapter in one of British automotive folklore’s best love stories.” 

Isobel Dando, CEO, MOKE International

MOKE International is delighted to announce the introduction of the all-electric MOKE.

The introduction of full electric MOKEs reflects consistent customer demand for an evocation of one of the best loved vehicles in the world ready for the pressing global requirement for clean-air powertrains. Indeed, electrification enhances the unique promise of MOKE with significantly increased performance married to the benefits of a silent powertrain for undisturbed open-air motoring. 

Nothing matches the thrill of traversing the world’s most beautiful beach resorts in an open-top MOKE. This experience is only made more fun through the instant and silent power delivery derived from an EV powertrain. Indeed, the new MOKE sprints to 55km/h in just 4.5 seconds. Maximum power of 33Kw proves plenty for a vehicle that weighs just 800 Kg. Range is fit for 5 round trips between Cap-Ferrat to Monaco (144km). Charging takes 4 hours on the Type 2 EU Standard and top speed is 100km/h. 


Electrification writes a bold new chapter for one of British automotives most loved and storied marques. The MOKE was the brainchild of legendary Mini designer Sir Alec Issignois. He was tasked to create a vehicle robust enough to be parachuted behind enemy lines from an aeroplane. The MOKE proved far more popular with a 1960s glamour-set that included The Beatles, The Beach Boys and Brigette Bardot, in doing so establishing its legend as the ultimate beachouse-to-waterfront shuttle. 

MOKE International revived the brand in 2017 introducing a number of special editions that have proven highly popular amongst MOKE officianods and an entirely new generation of fun-seekers. This commercial success has underpinned the significant investment in securing the long-term future of the brand through electrification. 

All electric MOKEs will be manufactured in the marque’s home, the United Kingdom at a state-of-the-art facility operated by the Fablink Group. The company is headquartered in Northamptonshire, the centre of Britain's automotive heartland and attracts some of the most talented manufacturing, technical and engineering professionals in the industry. 


To deliver on the promise of a next-generation powertrain vehicle, MOKE has gathered a team under the leadership of former Rolls-Royce product lead, CEO Isobel Dando. These highly skilled engineers, designers and technicians are drawn from some of the leading names in automotive engineering and design including: Polestar, Jaguar Land Rover, Rolls-Royce, MINI and BMW. 

Together they have created a contemporary interpretation of MOKEs classic open-top driving dynamics with full scope for clients to personalise the vehicles to their exact tastes and sensibilities. The engineers have a focus on maintaining the sense of fun and freedom that has endeared the car to so many for more than five decades. 

The new electric MOKE has been designed from the ground-up with a view to significantly enhancing the driving experience. The use of aluminium panels has significantly reduced the weight of the vehicle for a more agile ride, while the instant torque from the electric motor dramatically enhances acceleration and driveability. The electric MOKE benefits from a number of other updates across the vehicle from improved braking systems to increased occupant and pedestrian safety features. Finally, power-steering, regenerative braking and heated windscreens delivers ease-of-use. All luxuries far beyond Issignonis’ original brief. 

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InFocus 15.10.21

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Porsche 962 C restored to its original condition down to the last detail

The Porsche 962 C at the ADAC Würth Supercup at the Nürburgring in 1988.

Almost 35 years later: Hans-Joachim Stuck meets his racing car from the 80s

Stuttgart. Hans-Joachim Stuck has had to wait almost 35 years for a reunion with the fully refurbished 962 C and its first rollout. So the surprise was all the greater when the silk cloth was drawn back to reveal the vehicle at the Weissach Development Centre. The racing car from the Porsche Heritage and Museum department has been restored to its original 1987 condition over the past year and a half. “It feels like coming home,” smiles Stuck, stroking the car’s left wing. The racing driver says he has nothing but fond memories of the victorious car with the racing number 17. “By arranging this reunion after more than three decades, we have not only surprised Hans-Joachim Stuck, we have also taken a little journey through time. The history of the motorsport story surrounding the 962 C is unique,” says Achim Stejskal, Head of Porsche Heritage and Museum. At the Weissach Development Centre, where the vehicle was first built and now has been restored to its original condition, Stuck also meets his race engineer of the time, Norbert Singer, and designer Rob Powell, the man responsible for the car’s black, yellow and red livery.
The race car from the Porsche Heritage and Museum department has been restored to its original 1987 condition over the past almost one and a half years.

It is 35 years since the now 70-year-old won Germany’s prestigious and fiercely contested ADAC Würth Supercup. During the inaugural series for Group C sports car prototypes, he tested the then-new Porsche dual clutch transmission (PDK) at racing speed. The vehicle’s appearance changed before the second race, the Norisring 200 miles, when Shell came on board as a sponsor. Porsche also competed in yellow and red the following year and Stuck worked hard to successfully defend his Supercup title. This 962 C then began its second life as a test car in the aerodynamics department at Weissach, later serving as a reference vehicle for the sports car manufacturer’s corporate collection.

Armin Burger and Traugott Brecht from Historic Motorsport were jointly responsible for the racing car’s rebuild. “We kept passing this car in the warehouse. Then, about a year and a half ago, we decided to get it out of there, transfer it to Weissach and start working on it,” recalls Burger. He and his team had to rebuild many parts because they were long gone. “The cooperation with the other departments from Porsche was great. We found almost everything we needed within a radius of just 30 metres,” says Burger. At the very beginning of the reconstruction work, he invited Powell and Singer into the historic motorsport workshop. “When you hear the right people talking by the vehicle, everything immediately becomes clear. We learned an incredible amount from two witnesses who were right there when it all happened,” he adds. The experts completely rebuilt the underbody, changed the arrangement of the radiators and made many other bodywork adjustments. Then they presented the Supercup championship car to European media at a journalists’ workshop at the Weissach Development Centre.

Livery designer Powell brought along various thicknesses of tape, stencils and design sketches from 35 years earlier. “Stucki immediately liked the design of my first sketch,” he recalls. Stuck gives him an affirmative nod over the roof of the car while the designer tapes the lines and applies a stencil to the front headlight: “This is very important, for example, so that the painters can plan the cut-out correctly. By the way, I still think the colour combination of yellow and red looks modern,” says Powell, putting the rolls of tape over his arm, ready for the numerous questions from the press. Stuck, who was involved in the development of the car, also takes questions and waits for his turn to do the first laps on the run-in and test track. “I’m a big fan of the Porsche PDK dual-clutch transmission and proud that I was allowed to test it in the 962 back then. Being able to keep my hands on the steering wheel when changing gears at full throttle felt great right from the start,” he says. Today, PDK is available on the road in Porsche sports cars.

A second surprise awaits Stuck just a few metres from the test area, when he discovers his red racing suit from the 80s and is delighted to find he still fits into it. “For me, the time with Porsche was the most successful of my entire career,” he says, putting on his white star-decorated helmet and climbing in. Unlike the basic model, the 962 C has a wheelbase that’s 120 millimetres longer and pedals that are mounted behind the forward-mounted front axle. “We gave Stucki a very warm welcome at Porsche. He was always one of the drivers whose feedback I could interpret accurately, like the data from a sensor,” reveals Singer, who first introduced an aluminium monocoque with the 956 Group C car and its direct descendent the 962, as well as the Ground Effect underbody. Stuck starts his first lap on the two-and-a-half-kilometre test track in Weissach and all the spectators fall silent as they watch the Group C racer. “The car automatically takes me on a journey back in time and brings back many fond memories. I will never forget the atmosphere at the race tracks,” smiles Singer.

The 962 C made its first public appearance a few weeks ago at the Porsche Museum’s digital Sound Night. It will make many more appearances over the coming year, with driving and presentation events planned for the upcoming ‘40 years of Group C’ anniversary. “The 962 C was one of the few cars I was allowed to drive on my own, without team-mates and with exactly the setup I wanted. You never forget a car like that,” Stuck concludes, promising: “In 2022, we’ll celebrate the 40th in style!”

InFocus 12.10.21

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The Rolls-Royce Cellarette:  A bespoke WHISKY and cigar chest

  • Latest addition to Rolls-Royce Connoisseur’s Collection unveiled
  • The Rolls-Royce Cellarette, a Whisky and Cigar Chest, is designed to entertain and delight guests
  • Leather lined, black anodised aluminium bottle holder accommodates an array of bottle sizes
  • Spanish Cedarwood-lined humidor, complete with hygrometer
  • Intricately detailed cigar cutter and lighter, made by S.T.Dupont, Paris

“The Rolls-Royce Cellarette, the latest addition to the Rolls-Royce Connoisseur’s Collection, offers our clients new ways to enhance their lifestyle beyond the experience of their Rolls-Royce motor car. Historically, Cellarettes were used to secure wine and spirits. This bespoke chest can be configured to stow aperitifs or digestifs, dependent on the client’s preferences, alongside prized cigars, in a spectacular fashion.” 

Nicholas Abrams, Bespoke Designer, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars



The House of Rolls-Royce is delighted to present the newest addition to its portfolio of collectables, the Rolls-Royce Cellarette. Containing an array of accoutrements designed to perfect any soiree, the Cellarette derives from the marque’s rich heritage of providing clients with effortless and affable hosting opportunities. The Cellarette will both surprise and delight those who encounter it.

The Cellarette epitomises true Rolls-Royce style: precision engineering, exquisite hand craftsmanship and a breath-taking presentation of luxury. The polished aluminium chassis, enveloped by embossed Rolls-Royce Havana leather complete with an Obsidian Ayous Open Pore veneer serving tray with Spirit of Ecstasy inlay, makes the Cellarette the perfect accessory for any Rolls-Royce owner with a passion for convivial hosting. Although the Cellarette will fit into the rear of any Rolls-Royce, it truly comes into its own as a centrepiece at an al fresco dining experience, or as an accompaniment at an intimate gathering. 

The dark exterior opens to emit a warm ambient glow. Armagnac leather highlights are accentuated by a soft light, evoking the atmosphere of a distinguished Members’ Club.An array of beautiful accessories are revealed in a mechanical fashion, mirroring the opening of the coach doors of a Rolls-Royce motor car. Once unfurled, the client is presented with hand-blown lowball glasses, each exquisitely finished with the ‘RR’ monogram. These glasses rotate outwards as the unit opens, evoking a charming sense of theatre.

In unison with the glasses, a magnificent Armagnac leather-lined bottle pannier is revealed. The ‘RR’ embellished holder can adapt to different bottle sizes, with the bottle held in place magnetically by a polished aluminium fastener,ensuring safe stowage of any one of the client’s preferred refreshments. At the opposing end is a humidor which, when opened, offers the user a cigar tray. Cigars are nestled in Spanish Cedarwood at the chosen humidity level for optimum enjoyment, a measure that is precisely monitored by a hygrometer. Featuring unique detailing, the hygrometer recalls the hands of the fabled Rolls-Royce clock.

Accompanying the humidor are the perfect accessories for the cigar enthusiast. Magnetically held at either end of the cassette are two smaller containers – one foran intricately detailed cigar cutter and lighter, made by S.T. Dupont, Paris, and engraved with the Spirit of Ecstasy Expression, and the other for an ashtray. To ensure compact transit, the ashtray’s cigar cradles extend only once the container is opened.

The Cellarette represents The House of Rolls-Royce’s commitment to producing the finest luxury products and experiences for its patrons, well beyond the confines of the automotive environment. Like any Rolls-Royce product, the Cellarette can be tailored to the client’s exact specification.

The Rolls-Royce Cellarette is available to acquire through Rolls-Royce dealerships, with prices starting from £40,570 excluding local taxes.

InFocus 11.10.21

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From runway to motorway: Volvo Cars teams up with 3.1 Phillip Lim for sustainable weekend bag

Volvo Cars and 3.1 Phillip Lim, who share a commitment to sustainability and the use of materials made from bio-based and recycled sources, have joined forces to develop a new luxury fashion accessory made from Volvo interior materials.

As one of the leading pioneers in responsible fashion, world-renowned fashion brand 3.1 Phillip Lim has collaborated with Volvo Cars on the passion project to create a limited-edition weekend bag for the eco-conscious traveller.

From a carbon-neutral dress made from algae to elevated recycled materials, 3.1 Phillip Lim is well known for pushing the boundaries in sourcing alternative materials to create conscious luxury and effortless style, revolutionising the modern fashion industry.

The designer weekend bag is made from a new sustainable material for Volvo interiors called Nordico and follows the announcement earlier this year that, starting with the C40 Recharge, all new fully electric Volvo models will be completely leather-free. This commitment reflects Volvo Cars’ ambition to actively find high-quality and sustainable sources for many materials currently used in the wider car industry.


Nordico is a new, high-quality and innovative material created by Volvo Cars, which will make its debut in the brand’s next generation of fully electric cars. Consisting of textiles made from recycled material such as PET bottles, bio-attributed material from sustainable forests in Sweden and Finland, and corks recycled from the wine industry, Nordico sets a new standard for the future of premium car interior design.

The perfect companion for a weekend getaway, the bag has been inspired by the essence of Scandinavian design, and features discreet storage, a double strap and a special signature pouch.

The eco-conscious bag will also take inspiration from luxtainability: a trend identified in ‘The rise of conscious design’, a report by Volvo Cars and leading trend forecasting company The Future Laboratory to investigate tomorrow’s materials. The emerging trend is driven by the design world’s desire for sustainable materials – without compromising on quality.

While the bag is not available for purchase due to the exclusive limited-edition run, people may have opportunities to get hold of a limited number of bags through local market initiatives such as competitions, charity auctions and giveaways.

Phillip Lim, Co-Founder and Creative Director of 3.1 Phillip Lim, said: “Sustainability has been a part of the 3.1 brand from the beginning; working to achieve a sustainable balance in everything we do. Our brand mantra is to make less, mean more. Connecting with Volvo Cars on this sustainability project was an instant alignment of values. I strongly feel that in our collective current state of mind, we have the freedom to find sustainable solutions with new materials, while still being able to achieve high design, which is the ultimate luxury.”


“We have a vision of where we need to go in the future, with the first step to ensure we harness sustainable, natural and recycled materials,” said Robin Page, Head of Design at Volvo Cars. “The collaboration with 3.1 Phillip Lim, to create a bag inspired by tomorrow’s materials, solidifies both our ambitions to challenge the wider design industry to reconsider the materials we use. From creating runway collections to the interiors of cars, we have a shared responsibility to find sustainable material alternatives.”

For the full version of The rise of conscious design: a report about tomorrow’s materials, click HERE.

InFocus 09.10.21

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BMW Group invests in innovative method for efficient and sustainable lithium extraction

New process from Lilac Solutions focuses on sustainable extraction, efficiency and costs

The BMW Group is stepping up its expansion of electromobility and will be releasing about ten million fully-electric vehicles onto the roads over the next ten years or so. By 2030, at least half the BMW Group’s global sales are expected to come from fully electric vehicles. This will also increase the need for lithium, an important raw material for production of battery cells.

To promote environmentally-friendly, resource-efficient extraction of lithium, the BMW Group is investing, through its venture capital fund, BMW i Ventures, in an innovative process developed by US startup Lilac Solutions. Lilac Solutions has developed and patented an ion exchange technology that will significantly improve efficiency, costs and sustainability by extracting lithium from brine resources, which are natural deposits of salt water.

“Innovative technologies provide better, more sustainable and more efficient access to raw materials. By investing in startups, we are speeding up development of new technologies, stimulating competition and providing impetus that will make it easier for young companies to access the market,” said Wolfgang Obermaier, Senior Vice President Indirect Goods and Services, Raw Materials, Production Partners at the BMW Group. “By investing in Lilac Solutions, we are supporting technological progress in the field of lithium extraction, with a focus on responsible and sustainable methods.”


Lilac Solutions has developed a new ion exchange technology to make mining lithium from brine resources more efficient and cost-effective. The company seeks to significantly reduce environmental impact compared to conventional methods, while, at the same time, protecting local communities and ecosystems. The technology has already been proven in initial field pilots and must now demonstrate that it can be scaled and industrialised in the mid-term. The process could then be used with brines worldwide, even if they have a low lithium content.

BMW Group provides battery cell manufacturers with responsibly extracted lithium

The BMW Group has made sustainability and resource efficiency central to the company’s strategic direction. A key aspect here is compliance with environmental and social standards in the supply chain. Eliminating infringements of human rights and environmental standards presents a particular challenge in the case of critical raw materials – as is the case with lithium. For this raw material, BMW Group Purchasing has therefore implemented additional measures and is sourcing lithium directly from the mines and making it available to battery cell suppliers. In this way, the company creates complete transparency about the origin and mining methods of the material.

InFocus 08.10.21

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Mobilize is a partner of the French Pavilion at the Dubai 2020 World Expo.

From 1st October 2021, through to 31st March 2022, Mobilize will invite visitors to discover, through an immersive experience, what a more responsible mobility would look like.

Future mobility must be smart, greener, more accessible, shared more, by all and for all, everywhere in a more sustainable world.
The French Pavilion, located in the World Expo’s Mobility District, is where Mobilize will invite visitors to reflect on what solutions are needed to build more responsible cities.

"We have a collective responsibility within the automotive industry to reduce CO2 emissions and ensure that our mobility solutions are more sustainable. Achieving carbon neutrality by 2050 is a major objective for Renault Group and Mobilize has an important role to play in reaching that target," says Clotilde Delbos, Managing Director of Mobilize. "On behalf of Mobilize, we are therefore very proud to have partnered with the French Pavilion for Expo 2020 Dubai. We will present our vision and above all our commitments for more responsible mobility and an ever-smarter management of the full life cycle of EV batteries."

A sleek, immersive space
Moving beyond automotive, toward mobility that is smarter, more environmentally friendly, and accessible to all, toward better energy management, toward solutions that are suited to the needs of people and cities… this is what Mobilize will showcase throughout its 50m2, fully transparent space.

Visitors will be immediately encouraged to think about what it means to adapt mobility to one’s own needs, about how to use energy better, and about all the solutions that are needed to attain carbon neutrality.

The centre of the space will house a 3-metre-high monolith. Visitors will be invited to stand in front of the immense structure that will use sensors hidden in the ground to come to life, immersing each individual visitor in a unique experience combining sound and images.
Mobilize wants for each visitor to experience their own unique show: trigger an emotion, make them feel what breathable and responsible city is like, a place where energy is renewable and renewed, where movement is unbridled.

About Mobilize
Mobilize manages mobility, energy, and data services. It is part of Renault Group. Built around open ecosystems, Mobilize provides flexible mobility solutions and promotes a sustainable energy transition, in line with Renault Group’s target to reach carbon neutrality and its ambition to develop value from the circular economy.

InFocus 01.10.21

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Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este 2021 is held this
year as an exclusive Special Edition

Villa d´Este present impressive technical and aesthetic automobile concepts from eight decades in eight classes:

+++ Jeff Koons will also be present as the artist for the edition of the BMW M850i xDrive Gran Coupé
+++ Presentation of a pioneering concept for sustainable urban mobility with the BMW i Vision Circular
+++ Lake Como is the perfect backdrop for the Rolls-Royce Boat Tail, presented for the first time in public.


Munich/Cernobbio. The most exclusive edition of the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este so far is being held in Cernobbio on the shores of Lake Como at the Villa d‘Este from 1st to 3rd October 2021. The hallmark of the beauty contest is passion for elegant coachworks and timelessly beautiful designs. For organizational reasons and due to attendance limits dictated by the anti-covid rules the public event in the parkland of Villa Erba and the Concorso di Motociclette are not being held in 2021.

The organisers ask for understanding in relation to the unusual form of the event this year and will enable the loyal public to follow the legendary parade of cars from 2.00 to 4.00 p.m. on Saturday 2nd October 2021 in a livestream on the website

Jeff Koons will give initial insights into his project with BMW at a Closed Room presentation of THE 8X JEFF KOONS, his limited edition of the M850i xDrive Gran Coupé. The result of this collaboration embodies precision, refinement and craft artistry, and it is a perfect match with the atmosphere of the Renaissance residence on the shores of Lake Como. Jeff Koons will join together with the Head of BMW Group Design, Adrian van Hooydonk, to talk about the connection between art and mobility, inspiration and creativity, and interaction between these different areas.

This year, the Head of BMW Group Classic, Helmut Käs, is taking over the Presidency of the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este from Ulrich Knieps, who defined the prestigious event from 2014 to 2020, and who will also be present at this year’s edition.

About 50 exclusively selected Historic Cars will be shown in eight classes at this edition of the Concorso d´Eleganza. The evocative titles of the classes highlight the most exciting and most attractive interpretations in the history of the automobile:

Class A – Twentieth Century Style: From Touring Torpedo to Racy Roadster
Class B – Developing the Theme: Space, Pace and Grace
Class C – Showroom Showdown: Britain and Germany Battle for Luxury Supremacy
Class D – Granturismo all´Italiana: Finding the Perfect GT Formula
Class E – Big Band ´40s to Awesome ´80s: Five Decades of Endurance Racing
Class F – A Passion for Perfection: Celebrating 90 Years of Pininfarina
Class G – The Birth of the Supercar: Latin Style Landmarks
Class H – The Next Generation: Hypercars of the 1990s


In addition, the participating Concept Cars & Prototypes will provide a global highlight.

Five visionary one-of-a-kind specials will be presented alongside each other for the first time in a unique showing.

The BMW Group will also present a pioneering concept for sustainable mobility at this year’s Concorso d´Eleganza Villa d´Este: the BMW i Vision Circular. The vision car has been consistently designed on the basis of the principles of the circular economy. The aim is to achieve 100 percent use of recycled materials and 100 percent recyclability. The BMW Group intends to become the most successful and most sustainable premium manufacturer for individual mobility. That’s why the company is adopting a responsible approach and placing these issues at the centre of its strategy. The BMW i Vision Circular also demonstrates that a premium aspiration need not be a contradiction with sustainability.

The worldwide debut of the Rolls-Royce Boat Tail in the Mosaic Garden of Villa d’Este will undoubtedly create a sensation. This is an initial apogee of a coachbuilding project over four years with three unusual Rolls-Royce clients. A personalised automobile of superlative
excellence has been designed for each one. The convertible has a length of 5.80 m and comes from the British luxury marque with a long “Boat Tail” designed like a yacht to provide a perfect accompaniment for the journey along the fabulous winding road on the banks of Lake Como.

This year, the programme of the Concorso d´Eleganza will once again be defined by the exhibition of participating cars, the exquisite aesthetics of their styling and contours, and the crowning of the most elegant and technically excellent winners of the beauty contest by the Jury. The winners of the Coppa d´Oro Villa d´Este will receive their award on Saturday and the winners of the various vehicle classes, the Concorso d’Eleganza Design Award and the Best of Show Award for the overall winner of all classes will be presented on Sunday.

Once again this year, we would like to extend our thanks to our loyal partners A. Lange & Söhne and Vranken Pommery, both of whom have accompanied us over many years.

InFocus 30.09.21

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  • Rolls-Royce reflects on heritage of electric power ahead of historic announcement
  • Extraordinary prophecy of founding father, Charles Rolls, revealed
  • Rolls championed electric cars in 1900, deeming Columbia model best of its type
  • Royce, one of the first electrical engineers, supplied motors to earliest electric cars
  • CEO, Torsten Müller-Ötvös, pledged to bring Rolls-Royce electric this decade
Visit today 29 September at 13.00 BST for the next chapter in this story

“In April 1900, our founding forefather, Charles Rolls, made a prescient prophecy about automotive electrification.  Move forward over 120 years to when I made a public promise, on the record, that we would bring the first fully electric Rolls‑Royce to market within the current decade.  And, right now, our company is embarking on an historic undertaking to create the first, super-luxury car of its type.  This will happen sooner than many thought possible, through the incredible skills, expertise, vision and dedication of our engineers, designers and specialists at the Home of Rolls-Royce.
"In this ground-breaking endeavour, we are drawing on a remarkable heritage, unique in our industry.  Our founders and those who worked alongside them in the marque's formative years were all important pioneers of electric power, as well as their era's leading experts in automotive engineering.  As we herald a new electric future at Rolls-Royce, I am proud and humbled to share their inspiring stories, which have never been told in one place before, and shine a fresh and fascinating light on our company's earliest days."

Torsten Müller-Ötvös, Chief Executive Officer, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars


Electrification has long been promoted as the future of automotive propulsion.  Mainstream manufacturers are increasingly embracing hybrid and battery electric vehicle (BEV) technology, supported by the expansion of national charging infrastructures.


To date, Rolls-Royce has communicated its electrification strategy in three simple statements:

  • The marque will introduce an all-electric car this decade (2020 - 2030).
  • This car will be a pure BEV, not a hybrid of any kind.
  • It will be launched only when the time is right, and every element meets Rolls-Royce's technical, aesthetic and performance standards.

There is considerable interest and media speculation surrounding Rolls-Royce’s plans.  Ahead of further official statements, we invite the media to reflect on the marque’s unique heritage in electric power, which pre-dates the founding of Rolls-Royce the company itself, and involves many of the principal protagonists whose names are forever associated with it.


The internal combustion engine (ICE) was not the only, nor the default, means of propulsion for early motor cars at the beginning of the 20th century.  Indeed, in the early 1900s engineers and manufacturers initially divided their loyalties precisely between three competing technologies: the ICE, steam power and electricity.

Steam power, though well understood, relatively sophisticated and, at the time, ubiquitous in industry and other forms of transport, quickly proved less practical for use in motor cars.  It therefore fell to internal combustion and electricity to vie for supremacy.

Electric power lost the battle for two main reasons: extremely limited range and the absence of a charging infrastructure.  A century later, despite significant advances, these remain as barriers to widespread adoption (although increasingly less so), both in terms of technology and consumer perception. 

But the characteristics that first drew engineers to electric power – silent operation, instant torque, tremendous power and the absence of exhaust fumes – remain highly alluring, particularly for luxury motor cars.  Indeed, some have speculated that, had he been able to solve the range and charging issues, Sir Henry Royce might have chosen electric power alone for his motor cars.

The innate and perfect suitability of electric power underpins the marque's explicit commitment to deliver an all-electric Rolls-Royce this decade.  In doing so, it can draw on a unique history and heritage; a connection with electric power that pre-dates the company itself, and featuring the main protagonists who would, between them, create the world's most famous automotive brand – beginning with Sir Henry Royce himself.



Born in 1863, Henry Royce was one of the world's first electrical engineers.  After his apprenticeship with the Great Northern Railway was cut short for family financial reasons, he worked briefly as a toolmaker at Greenwood & Batley in Leeds, where he first developed an interest in electrical power.

In 1881, he joined the Electric Light & Power Generating Company (EL&PG) in Southwark. During this time, he attended evening classes in electrics at the City & Guilds of London Institute, having received only a year of formal schooling as a child.  A year later, aged just 19, he moved to the EL&PG's new subsidiary, the Lancashire Maxim-Weston Electric Co. Ltd, as Chief Electrician, providing street and theatre lighting to the city of Liverpool.  But within two years, the company folded, and the famously driven, hardworking Royce struck out on his own.
His new enterprise, F H Royce & Co, initially made small electrical appliances such as doorbells, lamps, fuses and switches.  The business thrived, and was soon producing larger, more complex devices including dynamos, electric motors and winches.  In 1902, Royce supplied electric motors for Pritchett & Gold, a London-based battery-maker that had diversified into building electric cars.

Though Royce himself never built or owned an electric motor car, he created internal combustion engines that delivered the driving experience we associate with electric propulsion today: effortless torque, silent running and the sensation of one continuous, powerful gear. His technical expertise and pioneering achievements underpin the marque's historical claim as a world leader in electrification in both luxury and social settings.


The Hon. Charles Rolls was also a highly gifted engineer; but his enthusiasm for electricity began even earlier in life.  When he was just nine years old, he rigged up an electric bell between his bedroom and the stables at The Hendre, the family's ancestral home in Monmouthshire.  He also planned and supervised the installation of electricity in the servants' quarters; deploying the powers of salesmanship that would later make him world-famous, he persuaded his father, Lord Llangattock, to pay for it.

Rolls' passion for motor cars was equally precocious.  In 1896, aged 18, he travelled to Paris and bought his first car, a 3¾ hp Peugeot Phaeton. Two years later, while still an engineering student at Cambridge, he acquired his only electric-powered car, an American-made vehicle called The Columbia Electric Carriage, imported into the UK by Paris Singer (heir to the sewing machine dynasty) and sold as the 'City & Suburban' car. Rolls regarded this as the best then available.

In an interview published in TheMotor-Car Journal inApril 1900, Rolls described electric propulsion, in terms that, over a century later, carry the ring of prescient prophecy:

The electric car is perfectly noiseless and clean.  There is no smell or vibration, and they should become very useful when fixed charging stations can be arranged.  But for now, I do not anticipate that they will be very serviceable – at least for many years to come.”

Rolls made his own small contribution to solving the problem, by providing a battery-charging station at his car showroom on Lillie Road in Fulham for the private or rentable electric Broughams that were all the rage in London at the time.

In 1904, Charles Rolls agreed to become an agent for the ContalElectromobile electric car.  But on meeting Henry Royce and seeing his new motor car, he cancelled the agreement.

As he correctly predicted, it would be a long time before electric vehicles became truly viable on any scale.  But it is tempting to think that had this visionary entrepreneur survived the air crash that claimed his life at the young age of just 32, the day might have come rather sooner.


While Rolls and Royce are immortalised as the founders, others, perhaps less well-known, were intimately and crucially involved in the events that led to the creation of the Rolls-Royce marque.  They, too, were luminaries in the worlds of motoring and electric power around the beginning of the 20th century; history and the marque are indebted to all of the following:


In his early career, Henry Royce worked for Brush Electrical Engineering Company Ltd, where he met Henry Edmunds, the company’s engineer.  Edmunds earned his place in history when, on 4 May 1904 at the Midland Hotel in Manchester, he announced: “Mr. Royce, may I introduce you to Charles Rolls”.

The man who would be remembered by posterity as 'The Godfather of Rolls-Royce' was a towering figure in his own right.  A friend of Joseph Swan (the inventor of the incandescent lightbulb) and Thomas Edison (the inventor of almost everything else), he was a pioneer of electric lighting, traction and telephony, and was present at both the first successful sound recording and telephone call.  He also brought into being the world's first electrified underground railway, when he persuaded the engineer in charge of London’s City & Southwick Railway (now the City branch of the Northern Line) to operate trains powered by electricity rather than steam.

In 1888, Edmunds established W T Glover & Company, which became the world's leading manufacturer of electricity cabling.  In 1894, he supplied lighting cables for a vast dock complex and industrial estate (the world's first) serving the Manchester Ship Canal: the lighting itself was designed and installed by Henry Royce.

No proof exists that Edmunds played any part in the development of Royce's motor cars. He was, however, the most experienced motorist among Royce's friends and colleagues, so presumably offered expert advice and encouragement as Royce painstakingly turned his ideas into reality.


Conventional wisdom states that Royce co-founded F H Royce & Co with a partner, E A Claremont.  However, research has shown that Claremont joined the company some six months after its formation; Royce himself wrote, 'I was induced to found… a small company in my own name' and none but his was ever used.

While the original myth may be flawed, it is certainly true that the two men’s careers were closely entwined for many years.  Claremont was a partner in F H Royce & Company, Joint Managing Director of F H Royce & Company Limited, Chairman of Royce Limited and the first Chairman of Rolls-Royce Limited; both were also Members of the Institute of Electrical Engineers.


Broad-shouldered, extroverted and a talented salesman, Johnson was the self-styled 'Hyphen in Rolls-Royce'.  In 1903, he quit his role as secretary of the Automobile Club of Great Britain & Ireland – whose members included the aforementioned Henry Edmunds – to work for Paris Singer's City & Suburban Electric Carriage company.

After less than a year, however, Johnson left to join C S Rolls and Co, later becoming Managing Director of Rolls-Royce Ltd.  He was responsible for much of the company's early publicity: in advertisements produced for the UK and US markets, he described Rolls-Royce as 'a petrol car as smooth and quiet as an electric'.  And to complete the symmetry, Paris Singer became the world's first owner of a Rolls-Royce motor car.


In the spirit of these founding figures, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars remains an electrification pioneer today.  When the first production fully electric Rolls-Royce reaches the market, it will be the culmination of research and development work that has been in progress at the Home of Rolls-Royce at Goodwood, for well over a decade.

2011 – PHANTOM EE (102EX)

In 2011, the marque released Phantom Experimental Electric (EE), codenamed 102EX; a fully operational and road-legal battery-electric version of its pinnacle product.

Phantom EE was never intended for production, serving instead as a working test-bed for clients, VIPs, the media and enthusiasts to experience electric propulsion and share their experiences, thoughts and considerations directly with Rolls-Royce designers and engineers.

The car's 6.75-litre V12 petrol engine and gearbox were replaced with a lithium-ion battery pack and two electric motors mounted on the rear sub-frame, connected to a single-speed transmission with integrated differential.  This system gave a maximum power output of 290kW and torque of 800Nm, compared to 338kW and maximum torque of 720Nm, delivered at 3,500rpm, for the V12 Phantom of the time.

While Phantom EE drew widespread acclaim for its technical accomplishment, particularly its near-total silence and impressive torque delivery, its limited range, long charging cycles and three-year battery life remained significant hurdles that Rolls-Royce would need to address in order to satisfy the expectations of its clients.


Launched in 2016, this radically innovative concept car set out to define the marque's long-term vision of luxury mobility.  It presented the motor car as offering truly individualised personal mobility, and an immersive emotional and sensory experience.
103EX was built around four key design tenets:

Coachbuilt bodywork will allow clients to commission a car that reflects their personal vision.  A virtual assistant and chauffeur powered by artificial intelligence offer an effortless journey. The interior creates a Grand Sanctuary, crafted from rare and exclusive materials.  And with its size and scale – 5.9 metres long and 1.6 metres high – the car ensures a Grand Arrival on reaching its destination.

Built on an advanced lightweight platform and powered by a proprietary, all-electric drive train, the motor car is completely autonomous.

The EX-suffix confirms that 103EX was a purely experimental car, never destined to enter production.  Following a spectacular debut in London, the car embarked on a three-year world tour, returning to the Home of Rolls-Royce at Goodwood in 2019.

Visit today at 13.00 BST for the next chapter in this extraordinary story.

InFocus 29.09.21
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Lexus will present its Takumi Townhouse at London Craft Week (4-10 October), celebrating the unique Japanese concept and tradition of takumi, the artisans who dedicate years to mastering their skills. Taking place across two floors at UNIT X in Seven Dials in Covent Garden, the exhibition will explore ‘takumi’ in the UK today, focusing on work with leather, glass, wood, metal and paper, materials that are used to express the hand-crafted luxury of Lexus cars.

This is the first time that Lexus has participated in London Craft Week, which is returning for its seventh edition with a programme of events showcasing exceptional craftsmanship and creativity from hundreds of emerging and celebrated makers in almost 400 events. The Lexus Takumi Townhouse will host talks and demonstrations from five British master craftspeople who collaborated with Lexus in creating bespoke pieces of work inspired by a different Lexus model and material. These commissioned works will also be on display.

The featured craftspeople are:

Otis Ingrams is considered one of the best young leatherworkers in britain. His bespoke leather seat reflect the design and takumi craftsmanship found in the Lexus LC flagship coupe. He will talk about the traditional and contemporary techniques he uses to create leather objects.

Paper artist Claire Pentlow, whose intricate model is inspired by the instrument panel found in the Lexus UX 250h compact luxury SUV, will give a demonstration and workshop on the possibilities of paper through cutting and folding (1-4pm on 4 October).

Blacksmith Will Barker, whose steel sculpture is influenced by metal design elements in the Lexus ES saloon, will give a talk and workshop in which participants can create their own steel keyring (noon, 3pm and 5pm on 7 October).

Further artworks on display will include artist Sally Burnett’s sculpture inspired by wood design elements found in the Lexus RX L seven-seat SUV, and glassmaker Peter Layton’s sculpture inspired by the kiriko glass inserts in the Lexus LS saloon’s door panels.
A wooden sculpture by Sally Burnett will be on display at the Lexus Takumi
Townhouse during London Craft Week

Lexus will also display two versions of its UX SUV – the zero-emission battery electric UX 300e and a special, one-off version of the full hybrid electric UX 250h – the world’s first tattooed car.

These will be on show in the Japanese courtyard garden at the Takumi Townhouse, located at The Stables, 25 Shelton Street, London WC2H 9LH. Entry is free and the opening hours are:

4-7pm on Monday 4 October
11am-7pm on Tuesday 5, Wednesday 6, Thursday 7 and Saturday 9 October
11am-5pm on Friday 8 October
11am-6pm on Sunday 10 October

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InFocus 28.09.21
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Volvo Cars and The Future Laboratory explore the future of sustainable luxury materials in new report

Two-thirds of consumers consider a brand’s environmental policies as a critical factor when purchasing luxury products, according to a recent study*. The same percentage of buyers would like to see carbon labelling on products as a way of providing greater transparency on the environmental impact of products and materials**.

This means the material world is evolving and designers around the world are actively sourcing high-quality, sustainable and responsibly-sourced materials as they strive to create the luxury products of the future.

These and other conclusions appear in The Rise of Conscious Design, a new report issued by Volvo Cars in collaboration with leading trend forecasting company The Future Laboratory.

The publication of the report coincides with Volvo Cars’ announcement that all of its new fully electric models will be completely leather-free. The newly launched C40 Recharge is the first model to be fully devoid of leather.

The report draws on a wealth of existing research as well as new interviews and insights from thought leaders from a variety of industries, such as Claire Bergkamp, COO of The Textile Exchange and former Worldwide Sustainability and Innovation Director for Stella McCartney; Wen Zhou, CEO of 3.1 Phillip Lim; Dr Leonardi Bonnani, Founder and CEO of Sourcemap; and Xu Gang, co-Founder of Bentu Design.

The conclusions and insights in the report in many ways reflect Volvo Cars’ own vision on the future of materials. In coming years, Volvo Cars will launch a completely new family of pure electric cars and by 2030 it aims to offer only fully electric cars – all of them free of leather.

As part of its ambitions to go completely leather-free, Volvo Cars is working actively to find high-quality and sustainable sources for many materials currently used in the wider car industry.

Volvo Cars' new leather free material for its next generation cars consists of textiles made from recycled material such as PET bottles, bio-attributed material from sustainable forests in Sweden and Finland, and corks recycled from the wine industry


“We have a vision of where we need to go in the future, with the first step to ensure we harness sustainable, natural and recycled materials,” said Robin Page, head of design at Volvo Cars. “The next challenge is to change what we do with these materials, whether that’s making car parts that last forever, re-enter the circular economy or go back into the earth.”

“Conscious design can fundamentally transform our society and it’s integral that brands harness the opportunities on offer,” said Martin Raymond, co-founder of The Future Laboratory. “Conscious design is showing a way forward and could transform the world in the process.”

By 2025, the company is aiming for 25% of the material in new Volvo cars to consist of recycled and bio-based content, as part of its ambition to be a fully circular business by 2040.

Instead of leather interior options, Volvo Cars will offer its customers alternatives such as high-quality sustainable materials made from bio-based and recycled sources.

For example, Nordico, a new interior material created by Volvo Cars will consist of textiles made from recycled material such as PET bottles, bio-attributed material from sustainable forests in Sweden and Finland, and corks recycled from the wine industry – setting a new standard for premium interior design. This material will make its debut in the next generation of Volvo models.

Volvo Cars will also continue to offer wool blend options from suppliers that are certified to source responsibly, as the company looks to ensure full traceability and animal welfare in its wool supply chain.

Volvo Car Group in 2020
For the 2020 financial year, Volvo Car Group recorded an operating profit of 8.5 BSEK (14.3 BSEK in 2019). Revenue over the period amounted to 262.8 BSEK (274.1 BSEK). For the full year of 2020, global sales reached 661,713 cars (705,452), a decline of 6.2 per cent compared to 2019.

About Volvo Car Group
Volvo Cars was founded in 1927. Today, it is one of the most well-known and respected car brands in the world with sales of 661,713 cars in 2020 in about 100 countries. Volvo Cars has been under the ownership of the Zhejiang Geely Holding since 2010.

As of December 2020, Volvo Cars employed approximately 40,000 (41,500) full-time employees. Volvo Cars' head office, product development, marketing and administration functions are mainly located in Gothenburg, Sweden. Volvo Cars' head office for APAC is located in Shanghai and for Americas in Mahwah, NJ. The company’s main car production plants are located in Gothenburg (Sweden), Ghent (Belgium), South Carolina (US), Chengdu and Daqing (China).

Under its company purpose, Volvo Cars aims to provide customers with the Freedom to Move in a personal, sustainable and safe way. This purpose is reflected into a number of business ambitions: for example, by the middle of this decade it aims for half of its global sales to be fully electric cars, half of its sales to be online and half of its software to be in-house. Volvo Cars is also committed to an ongoing reduction of its carbon footprint, with the ambition to be a climate-neutral company by 2040.

About The Future Laboratory
The Future Laboratory is one of the world’s leading strategic foresight consultancies. It exists to help companies make a better future by giving them the confidence to take the decisions today that will create economic, environmental, technological and social growth tomorrow. From its offices in London and Melbourne, The Future Laboratory offers a range of strategic foresight products and services to help its clients harness market trends, adapt to emerging consumer needs, and keep them ahead of their competitors. Stay on top of the latest consumer trends and market shifts by visiting its trends intelligence platform,, and find out more about its client work at

* Source: Vogue Business Index, Winter 2020
** Source: The Carbon Trust, 2020 YouGov Survey

InFocus 27.09.21
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“The Silver Ghost is arguably the most famous Rolls-Royce model of all time. It was through its success in the early trials of speed, reliability and endurance that it earned Rolls-Royce its reputation as 'the best car in the world'. Winning the 1911 London-Edinburgh Trial was a landmark moment for Silver Ghost 1701: that the same car, now a priceless collector's item, can repeat the endeavour 110 years later is testament to its remarkable engineering, materials and build quality. Our sincere congratulations to our friends at the 20‑Ghost Club on this fantastic achievement."
Andrew Ball, Head of Corporate Relations, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars

• 20-Ghost Club re-enacts historic London-Edinburgh Trial of 1911 with the winning Silver Ghost, chassis number 1701

• Starting from the Royal Automobile Club, Pall Mall, the two-day run replicated as much of the original route along the Great North Road as possible

• Trip ends with a celebration at Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Edinburgh

• Gearbox locked in top gear for the entire journey to Edinburgh, as required in the original event


History literally repeated itself recently, as Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost 1701 re-enacted its astonishing run in the 1911 London-Edinburgh Trial.
The car, designed as an 'Experimental Speed Car', won the original event locked in top gear for the entire 799-mile return trip between the two capitals. Given the primitive state of Britain's Edwardian roads, its average speed of 19.59 mph was highly impressive – and its then unheard‑of fuel efficiency of over 24mpg even more so. To prove that the car had not been modified in any way, it achieved 78.2 mph on a half-mile speed test conducted immediately after the Trial; it also became the first Rolls-Royce to exceed 100 mph in a later test at the fabled Brooklands circuit in Surrey.

The re-enactment was as faithful to the 1911 event as possible. The car, now a priceless collector's item and wearing registration R-1075, departed from the Pall Mall headquarters of the Royal Automobile Club (which oversaw the original Trial) at 06.00 on Sunday 5 September 2021, then travelled to Edinburgh on a route that followed the old Great North Road as closely as practicable – locked in top gear just as it was 110 years before.

To add to the spectacle and sense of occasion, 1701 was accompanied by a further nine Rolls‑Royce Silver Ghosts, all of a similar age and in equally magnificent condition, from the 20-Ghost Club. And to complete the pageant, the cavalcade was escorted all the way to Edinburgh by a brand-new Ghost, hand built at the Home of Rolls-Royce at Goodwood and finished in Tempest Grey.

The run concluded with a grand reception at Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Edinburgh on Monday 6 September 2021.

Andrew Ball said, “Silver Ghost 1701 has a unique and special place in the marque's history and affections. It's difficult to think of many machines that can still perform exactly as they did 110 years ago; this extraordinary car is a remarkable tribute to our predecessors who designed, engineered and built it. We're proud to continue their work and uphold their values in today's Rolls-Royce motor cars – which are still the best in the world."

InFocus 25.09.21

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Sustainable design with a twist, by Paul Smith.

Munich/London. The MINI STRIP (co-)created by Paul Smith celebrated its world premiere in London on 12 August 2021. This custom-made one-off car is a product of the collaboration between MINI and Paul Smith announced in November 2020, which has resulted in these two iconic British brands sharing creative thoughts on sustainable design for the past few months. The MINI STRIP shines the spotlight on an innovative approach to the issue of sustainability in automotive manufacturing. Guided by the overarching theme of ‘Simplicity, Transparency, Sustainability’, the car showcases inspirational ideas for a more sustainable method of automotive design. As the name suggests, the process began by completely stripping down a three-door MINI Cooper SE and reducing it to its structural essence. Only those elements that the designer viewed as absolutely necessary were then defined, implemented and put in place – with sustainability taking a front seat.


“For me, the MINI STRIP shows in an impressive way that MINI and Paul Smith share the same bold way of thinking about the future in terms of innovation and design - and together we create more. Paul asked essential questions right at the start of the design process with his non-automotive and therefore fresh perspective. We are proud to have developed such a strong character statement together.“ explains Oliver Heilmer, Head of MINI Design.

An outside perspective provides an important source of inspiration.

MINI has always been receptive to views from beyond its universe; they help the brand to sharpen its view of itself and of how it approaches challenges. As a designer with a passion for bicycles, books and much more besides, Paul Smith asked questions that provided fresh new impetus to explore beyond the obvious. “I’m incredibly grateful for the opportunity to rethink the iconic MINI,” he says. “I know and love the existing car, but by respecting the past and looking to the future we have created something very special. I feel very privileged that the MINI team have given me the confidence and freedom to think laterally about the approach to the design of the car. Together I think we have created something truly unique, by going back to basics, reducing things down and stripping the car.”

The design – the perfect imperfection.

The jointly-led process applied the principle of maximum reduction to produce a minimalist, high-class design with a fresh and unconventional appeal. Numerous clever touches endow the exterior of the three-door MINI Cooper SE with a totally unique aesthetic. Raw materials are a very deliberate part of the exterior design. This meant the body was left in its unfinished state with no coloured paint applied, but instead just a thin film of transparent paint to protect against corrosion. Grinding marks from the factory have been consciously left intact on the galvanised steel panels to clearly identify the car as a functional object and robust companion for everyday life. This intentionally rough-hewn effect was also dubbed “the perfect imperfection” by Paul Smith.

The unaffected expressiveness of the materials.

Sections of the familiar MINI black band are 3D-printed from recycled plastic and their basic material qualities have been left exposed, like the metal panels. Bicycle enthusiast Smith – who enjoys rolling up his sleeves occasionally and replacing or modifying individual parts of his road bikes himself – provided the inspiration for the visible screws in the add-on parts, which show how simple dismantling would be and how easily the vehicle could be reincorporated into the raw-material cycle at the end of its service life. The functional and distinctive front and rear apron inserts were likewise manufactured in a 3D printing process, which produced their striking texture.

The blanked-off radiator grille of the MINI STRIP and its wheel covers help to reduce drag in hallmark electric car fashion, thereby increasing its theoretical range. The grille trim and aerodynamic covers on the wheels are made from recycled Perspex, saving both weight and resources. Recycled Perspex was also used for the large panoramic roof that allows curious eyes to view the largely bare structure of the bodyshell inside.

A love of detail.

MINI calls it a ‘twinkle in the eye’, Paul Smith a ‘classic with a twist’ – both refer to unexpected details such as high-contrast colour accents that are only revealed through the designers’ work at second or third glance, betraying their fondness for details. The same is true of the MINI STRIP: Opening the doors reveals the signature Paul Smith stripes in a vivid composition of five colours. The charging flap adds a splash of neon green when opened, while the engraved drawing of an electric plug on the flap is Paul Smith’s own work.

Radical reduction in the interior.

The MINI STRIP holds true to the motto of ‘Simplicity and Transparency’ on the inside, too, courtesy of some radical stripping-back. All trim parts have been purposefully omitted (with the exception of the dashboard, topper pad and parcel shelf), turning the bodyshell into the dominant visual feature of the cabin. It has been coloured blue at the explicit request of Paul Smith, producing a particularly eye-catching effect. The exposed basic material and intense blue tone give the interior an aesthetic appeal all of its own; it is bare yet feels “dressed” at the same time.
Instead of the usual multi-part design, the dashboard consists solely of a large, semi-transparent section with a smoked-glass finish. Taking its cue from MINI design’s traditional use of circular elements, the geometry has been greatly simplified with a far more graphical interpretation. There is no classical centre instrument, leaving the driver’s smartphone to take centre stage instead. It is placed where the centre display would normally be, connects automatically to the car and, in so doing, becomes the media control centre. The only physical controls in the interior are located lower down in the centre stack, where the toggle switches for the power windows and the start/stop function can be found.

Innovative materials conserve resources.

Alongside the minimalist geometric design inside the MINI STRIP, the use of recycled, environment-friendly materials also underpins the car’s sustainability credentials. The interior is completely free of both leather and chrome, with seats upholstered in a knitted fabric. The completely mono-material design for the seat coverings means they are fully recyclable, including the piping, allowing material circularity to be maintained. The floor mats are made from recycled rubber. Their terrazzo-like pattern is a by-product of the recycling and manufacturing process and positively showcases the multi-coloured constituent elements enjoying a second life as part of this material.

The dashboard topper pad, door shoulders and parcel shelf also display a highly simplified geometry and are made from recycled cork. The type of cork used here doesn’t contain any synthetic binding agents and is also fully recyclable. With its pleasing firmness combined with a soft feel, cork could provide a substitute for foamed plastics in future. Due to cork’s recyclability and its status as a renewable raw material that actually “fixes” carbon dioxide during its production, there is potential here for reducing greenhouse gases. Another positive side effect of knitted fabric and cork is that they are both open-pore materials that enhance interior acoustics.

Minimalist and functional – the details.

The steering wheel, which is also a focal point of the interior, has been reduced to the most essential functions. Its rim has been wrapped in handlebar tape in true road bike style. Three aluminium spokes connect the rim to the steering wheel’s impact absorber, whose mesh covering makes it possible to see the airbag behind. As on the outside of the car, there are visible screws here showing how easy it would be to dismantle the steering wheel at a later date and reuse the aluminium. A small fabric Paul Smith label in the one o’clock position is one of the pointers to the collaboration that can be found in the interior.

The door panels are made from the same mesh material that covers the airbag. The door structure can be clearly seen behind the mesh panels, which are held within a frame. The transparency of the knitted mesh changes according on the angle of view, adding a further dimension to the interior’s appearance. The pull handles in the door shoulders are made from wound climbing rope and, together with the matching seat belts, liven up the interior with their bright orange finish. Like the pull handles, the door openers in milled aluminium are housed in the cork door shoulders and provide a high-class finishing touch for the door area. As the eye wanders further up the door, it arrives at the exposed airbag unit in the roof pillar. This has the same effect as the visible cable routing in the interior, deliberately drawing attention to functions that are normally concealed during manufacture and employing them to aesthetically agreeable effect.

Sparking ideas for a more sustainable future.

Form follows function in all the ingenious details incorporated into the MINI STRIP. Simplicity, transparency and sustainability formed the central themes of the design process and shine through in every aspect of the car. This has enabled the MINI STRIP to translate MINI’s Creative Use of Space philosophy into a radical and fundamental redesign of a MINI – especially in the interior. As such, it can provide a catalyst for more sustainable use of resources in automotive design.

InFocus 24.09.21

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Piaggio Group wins first-instance european patent infringement suits against Peugeot Motocycles in Paris and Milan

The Piaggio Group continues its fight to protect its products against counterfeits

Paris - Milan, 20 September 2021 – The Piaggio Group (PIA.MI) said that, with rulings issued within a few days of each other, both the Tribunal Judiciaire of Paris and the Court of Milan had found Peugeot Motocycles (now owned by an Indian Group) guilty of infringing a European patent on the technology of the Piaggio MP3 three-wheel scooter with the Peugeot Metropolis model.

The patent in question owned by the Piaggio Group to which the rulings in its favour refer (still subject to appeal) relates to the control system that enables a three-wheel vehicle to tilt sideways like a conventional motorcycle.

For the infringement, Peugeot Motocycles has been sentenced in France to pay damages calculated at 1,500,000 euro, in addition to further penalties for infringement and legal expenses.

The ruling of the Paris court also prohibits Peugeot Motocycles on French territory from producing, promoting, marketing, importing, exporting, using and/or possessing any threewheel scooter that uses the control system patented by the Piaggio Group (including the Peugeot Metropolis), on penalty of payment of a fine for every counterfeit vehicle.


The Court of Milan has prohibited Peugeot Motocycles on Italian territory from importing, exporting, marketing and advertising (offline and online) the Peugeot Metropolis, with a fine of € 6,000 established for every vehicle sold after a term of 30 days from the announcement of the sentence. Peugeot Motocycles must also withdraw all counterfeit vehicles from sale in Italy within 90 days, on penalty of payment of an additional fine of € 10,000 for every day of delay in executing the order.  
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In a broader scenario with respect to the sentences, the Piaggio Group notes that its sizeable R&D investments, which have put it at the cutting edge of three-wheel vehicle technology, have won the Piaggio MP3 a leadership position on the market. 

The suits are part of a wider range of activities against counterfeiting pursued by the Piaggio Group for years, involving continuous monitoring of competitor products and of international patent databases. In recent years, lawsuits brought by the Piaggio Group have led to the recognition of the unique nature of the design and technological innovation of its products, which are admired all over the world. 
InFocus 23.09.21

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Eighth Porsche Experience Centre worldwide opens in Italy

Porsche has opened its eighth Porsche Experience Centre (PEC) worldwide in Franciacorta, Italy. The new brand experience venue covers approximately 60 hectares and includes the Autodromo di Franciacorta handling circuit. The opening ceremony took place on Saturday, 11 September. The new PEC in Franciacorta is located in Castrezzato (Brescia), a scenic area of northern Italy. The location is not only appealing because of its proximity to Lake Iseo and the airports of Milan, Bergamo and Verona but also because the vineyards in the surrounding area have made the Franciacorta name world famous.

“The PEC Franciacorta combines many of the things that make Porsche special: the racing atmosphere, a unique design with iconic architecture and a brand experience venue for our global fan community,” says Oliver Blume, Chairman of the Executive Board of Porsche AG. “In Franciacorta, we have found the ideal location for a new Porsche Experience Centre. People in Italy are passionate about our brand. Here, they can now indulge that passion.”

S21_4812: (f.l.t.r.): Mark Webber, Porsche Brand Ambassador; Oliver Blume, Chairman of the Executive Board of Porsche AG; Detlev von Platen, Member of the Executive Board for Sales and Marketing at Porsche AG; Pietro Innocenti, CEO of Porsche Italia.

Customer Centre with eye-catching architecture

The new Porsche Experience Centre consists of two main areas: the customer centre and the drivers’ paddock. The customer centre has a futuristic appearance and an eye-catching curved structure. It covers an area of around 5,600 square metres and includes a central space, or agora, from which various areas can be accessed: training rooms, a showroom for picking up vehicles, a panoramic restaurant and bar overlooking the handling circuit, a shop and an area for children. There is also a business centre with a meeting room. The paddock, with its 29 garages, is dedicated to motorsport events, such as the Porsche Carrera Cup Italia.

A wide range of training facilities for sports car fans
The heart of PEC Franciacorta is its handling circuit, which has three different training areas. The 2.5-kilometre, highly technical main circuit has a variety of corners and chicanes that are perfect for fine-tuning driving skills. A low-friction handling circuit made of polished concrete


allows Porsche drivers to practice in extremely slippery conditions. On the low-friction circle, controlled oversteer can be perfected with the ideal combination of throttle and steering on wet, polished concrete. The cars’ braking-system efficiency and their stability during emergency manoeuvres can be experienced in the dynamic area. An off-road course with ramps, curves and a gravel track allows drivers to experience the off-road performance of the Cayenne and Macan SUVs.

Vehicles with driving aids are available for people with disabilities. Franciacorta also boasts a simulation lab for virtual reality and esports, equipped with eight latest-generation simulators and an e-kart track. A training centre from Porsche Italia for the dealer colleagues will also be completed by the end of the year.

“Porsche is more than its products, Porsche is a promise for a unique brand and product experience,” says Detlev von Platen, Member of the Executive Board for Sales and Marketing at Porsche AG. “At our Porsche Experience Centres, we promise unique and thrilling experiences that visitors will never forget. Here, the Porsche community can put our sports cars through their paces and enjoy an authentic brand experience.”

In line with the Porsche corporate strategy, the PEC Franciacorta is geared towards sustainability. Existing infrastructure has been reused as far as possible. In addition, the entire facility is powered by renewable energy.

Porsche Experience Centres are a unique concept in the automotive industry and offer Porsche fans and customers exciting experiences with the sports car brand and its products. In addition to Franciacorta, there are PECs in Silverstone (the first), Leipzig, Atlanta, Le Mans, Los Angeles and Shanghai, and, since October 2019, at Germany’s Hockenheimring. A further PEC is set to open in Tokyo in October this year.

InFocus 22.09.21
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IN THE #micamtales PROJECT
The advertising campaign inspired by fairy tales continues.
The famous glass slipper becomes a fashion icon and will be the theme of three editions of the international footwear Fair held in Milan.

Following the success of the previous award-winning edition, the international footwear fair MICAM – due to take place at the Fiera Milano Rho from 19-21 September – will continue the #micamtales communication campaign with a second fairy-tale: MICAM Glass Slipper.

In particular, the story chosen to represent this precise moment in time, when the footwear sector is full of renewed vigour in the wake of the pandemic, is that of the famous glass slipper.

“At a time when there is an overwhelming desire to restart, to begin dreaming once again - says Siro Badon, MICAM Chair - we chose one of the world’s most famous fairy-tales, because of the message of hope it contains”.

The creative idea and direction were curated by the MM Company, with accounting by Laureri Associates.

As happened with the previous “MICAM in Wonderland” theme, the fantasy world of “MICAM Glass Slipper” will accompany visitors to the trade show over the coming 3 editions of MICAM, focusing on three key moments in the tale. In September 2021 (Spring/Summer) the first chapter, “Glamorous disaster”, will show the protagonist unsuccessfully trying to create an outfit for the Ball on her own; in the second chapter, “the enchanted gown”, in February 2022 (Autumn/Winter), we will be drawn, spell-bound, into the magical moment that culminates in the creation of the enchanted dream shoes; and lastly, in September 2022 (Spring/Summer) the

third chapter, “the Ball”, will focus on the quintessential fairy-tale Ball and the loss of the iconic glass slipper. Three increasingly intense moments that symbolise the creative process: first you strive to create something, perhaps making mistakes in the attempt; then you obtain the perfect result and, finally, you show it off on the most propitious occasion.

The shots taken for the campaign by photographer Fabrizio Scarpa are accompanied by a short-film for each chapter, directed by Daniele Scarpa. The narration plays on the contrast between an imaginary fairy-tale world - evoked by romantic atmospheres and slow dreamy pace, as well as by the location and clothes - and narrative hyperrealism: the original fairy story is revisited and given a contemporary twist, showing all its fragility, uncertainty and contradictions.

The first chapter, to be featured in the September 2021 edition, is entitled “Glamorous disaster” and will show the protagonist trying unsuccessfully to create an outfit for the Ball all by herself, an attempt that ends in an ironic glamorous disaster. And speaking of disasters, over the last year the pandemic has hit the footwear industry hard, but thanks to the well-known resilience and tenacity of our master shoe-makers we can now look to the future with a certain optimism. Great attention has been given to the story which will present the public with a fantastic selection of outfits created by major international talents, such as Sara Wong and MonRoi Roma (a dress and shoes respectively, chosen for the campaign), 19:13 DRESSCODE, Avaro Figlio, Antonio Corposanto, Rami Kadi and Renato Balestra. The outfits are complemented and enhanced by footwear created by Oteri, MonRoi Roma, Antonio Corposanto, A.Bocca, Le Saunda, and by bags, accessories and jewellery by Halìte, Salar Milano, Benedetta Bruzziches and Sharra Pagano. A tribute on the part of MICAM to the world of creativity, which has the power to make us dream again and to promote ‘made-in-Italy’ in new avant-garde ways.

“Glamorous disaster”, the first chapter in the ad campaign, will also be present ‘live’ inside the physical Fair venue, where there will be a special exhibit-experience on the theme. An example of integrated communication that is becoming an increasingly important feature of the MICAM world, thanks to the wide range of communication platforms available: physical Fair, digital Fair, social media, website, traditional and digital media.

The appointment with MICAM and its creative collections is from 19 to 21 September at Fiera Milano RHO.

InFocus 20.09.21
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22nd-24th Septemebr 2021: MIPEL Lab makes its debut

MIPEL Lab, the innovative and revolutionary project conceived by Assopellettieri, dedicated to the sourcing of Italian leather goods, makes its debut at LINEAPELLE - the world's most important exhibition for sourcing leather, materials and accessories for the fashion, luxury and design industries.
A physics, that is a new fair format in collaboration and at the same time with Lineapelle (22-24 September at pavilion 13 of Fieramilano Rho).
And a digital one, which goes beyond the 3-day presence at Lineapelle. In fact, Mipel Lab is also an "all year long" match-making platform developed by Assopellettieri in collaboration with EY and with the support of the software house DS GROUP, able to easily put the best Italian leather goods producers in contact with national and international luxury brands.
The objective of MIPEL Lab is to become the point of reference for exclusively "Made in Italy" sourcing, a link between manufacturers, brands and designers.


This is what Lineapelle CEO Fulvia Bacchi says "We are really satisfied that Lineapelle hosts MIPEL Lab, a project that we started talking about with Assopellettieri even before the pandemic. Our fair, which has the ambition to contribute with concrete initiatives to enhance and promote the development of the entire leather industry made in Italy, is enriched and takes a further step in this direction through a high-profile synergistic operation. Italian leather goods manufacturing expresses an unparalleled quality in terms of product and service. A leadership that, by creating a system with Lineapelle's product offer and its stylistic proposal, thanks to MIPEL Lab will give rise to significant and stimulating opportunities for evolution".


The President of Assopellettieri Franco Gabbrielli says: "The main objective of MIPEL Lab is to involve brands that are not present in Italy today and provide them with an innovative service to put them in contact with the most suitable producer for their needs, creating new important business alliances with national and international operators. The project meets the real need of the supply chain to join forces, because today more than ever it is essential to work as a team. Being a partner and inside LINEAPELLE is strategic, because luxury brands, designers, private labels and startups can find high profile production partners and, at the same time, discover ideal leathers and materials to create their collections. ”

MIPEL Lab is an "exclusive club" to which only Italian producers of excellence belong. The companies that will be present at MIPEL Lab during the three days of LINEAPELLE and that have firmly believed in the new project are: Bric's, Dimar Group, Mabi International, Most, Metal Studio, P&C, Pelletteria Fiorentina Montecristo, Rica, Pelletterie Sagi, Sapaf, Tigamaro, Tripel Due, Tivoli Group, to which several others will be added in the coming months.

InFocus 17.09.21
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272 leading galleries from 33 countries and territories to present a wide range of artistic oeuvres for the first time since the pandemic during Art Basel.

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Andy Warhol BMW M1, 1979 (07/2019)

Munich/Basel. From September 24 to 26, 2021, 272 leading galleries from 33 countries and territories will present a wide range of artistic oeuvres for the first time since the pandemic during Art Basel in Basel. As a long standing global partner of the shows in Basel, Miami Beach and Hong Kong, BMW will once again offer its VIP shuttle and celebrates 50 years of BMW Group Cultural Engagement with an interactive exhibition.

Marc Spiegler, Global Director Art Basel, congratulated and stated: “Congratulations to BMW Art and Culture from Messeplatz where we started Art Basel in 1970. We are looking forward to collaborating with BMW, especially on our joint initiative the BMW Art Journey, which was created to enable emerging artists to undertake a creative journey to destinations of their choice, as we are both entering the sixth decade in promoting the visual arts.”

On the occasion of its anniversary, BMW joined forces with Acute Art in 2021 to initiate a unique exhibition: For the first time ever, the renowned BMW Art Car Collection is shown in augmented reality (AR). The project will make the Art Cars digitally visible anywhere in the world. Through the app, which is free of charge, the vehicles can be viewed, placed, and shared on social media either individually or as a group. To this end, the real Art Cars were carefully scanned from all angles using a photogrammetry methodology, capturing every detail of the artists’ intervention on the car's surface. Finally, the cars were assembled digitally to create an accurate representation of the Art Cars in AR. All Art Cars will be available on the App to coincide with Art Basel in Basel.

On September 22 and 23, 2021, BMW Group is guest at Kunstmuseum Basel showing the digital BMW Art Car Collection. The BMW Art Car by Alexander Calder, 3.0 CSL, 1975, will be on display and a specially created augmented reality area will invite guests to experience the “rolling sculptures” on-site.

To visit the exhibition please note that prior registration and booking of a time slot is mandatory.

To fully discover and experience the interactive BMW Art Cars, the


Acute Art app is available free of charge on the App Store and Google Play.

1. Scan the QR code (in the PDF attached) using your smartphone and download the Acute Art App via the App Store or Google Play.
2. Open the Acute Art app and select “BMW Art Cars”, select a car and then the “place” button.
3. Point your phone towards the floor and tap to place the work. Drag your finger across the screen to rotate and scale it.

The Acute Art app uses cutting-edge technology that works best on high-end phones with the latest software. The devices supported are iPhone X or above, and Samsung Galaxy S8 or equivalent. The app requires a phone with a minimum of 4GB of memory and Apple iOS 11 or Android 8.0 Oreo (API 24) operating system. For more information, please visit

Since more than 50 years after its first edition, Art Basel has become one of the artworld’s leading events, attracting gallerists, artists, curators, journalists, and art lovers from all over the globe edition after edition. BMW Group is delighted to take part in this success story as a long-term partner. The BMW Group laid the foundation of its cultural commitment in 1971. At that time the artists Gerhard Richter was commissioned to create three large-scale paintings for the entrance hall of the new Munich corporate headquarters. Since then, a hundred long-term cultural initiatives of the BMW Group in the fields of modern and contemporary art, classical music, jazz and sound as well as in architecture and design have been well established throughout the decades. BMW Group was receiving manifold congratulatory messages to celebrate 50 years of BMW Group’s cultural engagement.

InFocus 16.09.21

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Boeing forecasts $9 trillion aerospace market opportunities in commercial, defense and services over next decade

- Boeing Market Outlook forecasts continued path to long-term growth, with signs of industry recovery

- Over 10 years, the 2021 BMO shows $9 trillion addressable market, up from $8.5 trillion in 2020

- Increased demand for dedicated freighters, including new and converted models

CHICAGO, Sept. 14, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Boeing [NYSE: BA] today released its annual forecast for the commercial, defense and space aerospace market, reflecting signs of the industry's recovery following the impacts of COVID-19. The 2021 Boeing Market Outlook (BMO) – Boeing's analysis of long-term market dynamics – states that commercial airplanes and services are showing signs of recovery, while the global defense, space and government services markets have remained stable.

The BMO projects a $9 trillion market over the next decade for aerospace products and services that Boeing addresses. The forecast is up from $8.5 trillion a year ago, and up from $8.7 trillion in the pre-pandemic 2019 forecast, reflecting the market's continued recovery progress.

"As our industry recovers and continues to adapt to meet new global needs, we remain confident in long-term growth for aerospace," said Boeing Chief Strategy Officer Marc Allen. "We are encouraged by the fact that scientists have delivered vaccines more rapidly than imaginable and that passengers are demonstrating strong confidence in airplane travel."

Commercial Market Outlook
The new Commercial Market Outlook (CMO) reflects that the global market is recovering largely as Boeing projected in 2020. Demand for domestic air travel is leading the recovery, with intra-regional markets expected to follow as health and travel restrictions ease, followed by long-haul travel's return to pre-pandemic levels by 2023 to 2024.

Within the Boeing Market Outlook, the CMO projects 10-year global demand for 19,000 commercial airplanes valued at $3.2 trillion. Boeing's 20-year commercial forecast through 2040 projects demand for more than 43,500 new airplanes valued at $7.2 trillion, an increase of about 500 planes over last year's forecast.

In a significant area of growth, projected demand has increased for dedicated freighters, including new and converted models. With sustained demand for air cargo tied to expanding e-commerce and air freight's speed and reliability, the CMO projects the global freighter fleet in 2040 will be 70% larger than the pre-pandemic fleet.

"The aerospace industry has made important progress in the recovery, and Boeing's 2021 forecast reflects our confidence in the resilience of the market," said Stan Deal, president and CEO, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. "While we remain realistic about ongoing challenges, the past year has shown that passenger traffic rebounds swiftly when the flying public and governments have confidence in health and safety during air travel. Our industry continues to serve an essential role of bringing people together and transporting critical supplies."

Highlights of the new 20-year CMO forecast include:

  • The availability and distribution of COVID-19 vaccines will continue to be critical factors in the near-term recovery of passenger air travel. Countries with more widespread vaccination distribution have shown rapid air travel recovery, as governments ease domestic restrictions and open borders to international travel.
  • Passenger traffic growth is projected to increase by an average of 4% per year, unchanged from last year's forecast.
  • The global commercial fleet will surpass 49,000 airplanes by 2040, with China, Europe, North America and the Asia-Pacific countries each accounting for about 20% of new airplane deliveries, and the remaining 20% going to other emerging markets.
  • Demand for more than 32,500 new single-aisle planes is about equal to the pre-pandemic outlook. These models continue to command 75% of deliveries in the 20-year forecast.
  • Carriers will need more than 7,500 new widebody airplanes by 2040 to support fleet renewal and long-term passenger and air cargo demand growth in longer-haul markets. These projections are up slightly compared to 2020 but remain down 8% from 2019.

Airplane demand, 2021-2040

Airplane type 


Total deliveries 

Regional jets 

90 and below 



90 and above 




Freighter widebody 






The CMO is the longest-running jet forecast and is regarded as the most comprehensive analysis of the commercial aviation industry. Learn more about the Commercial Market Outlook.

Services Market Outlook
Boeing forecasts a $3.2 trillion market opportunity for its served services market with commercial, business and general aviation services representing $1.7 trillion and government services representing $1.5 trillion through 2030.

Digital solutions, including analytics offerings, interiors modifications


and freighter conversions, have proven to be bright spots in the long-term services landscape as customers adjust to leaner operations for future growth and meet strong cargo demand.

Training services will see a near-term increase in demand as personnel transition to new aircraft types, maintain certifications and return from pandemic-related pauses in active service. Demand for services dependent on aircraft utilization, such as maintenance, parts and supply chain, will continue to follow the market recovery.

"Our customers are preparing for growth, and we see fleet modifications and continued parts consumption going hand in hand with the global fleet expansion," said Ted Colbert, president and CEO, Boeing Global Services. "This demand will be coupled with the continued adoption of digital tools and services to enhance fleet readiness, reliability and efficiency."

Learn more about the Services Market Outlook.

Defense and Space Market Outlook
The BMO also projects the defense and space market opportunity will remain consistent with last year's forecast at $2.6 trillion during the next decade. These large, stable markets have enduring demand driven by geopolitical and security challenges. This spending projection continues to reflect the ongoing importance of military aircraft, autonomous systems, satellites, spacecraft and other products for national and international defense, with 40 percent of expenditures expected to originate outside of the United States.

"While we've seen resiliency and stability in the global defense and space market, the threat environment continues to evolve," said Leanne Caret, president and CEO of Boeing Defense, Space & Security. "Winning the future fight will require speed and flexibility, and Boeing is committed to designing, testing, building and sustaining in a way that will enable our customers to adapt at the speed of relevance and derive the most value from our platforms for decades to come. Our mission – which is grounded in safety, quality and integrity – is to deliver the most digitally advanced, simply and efficiently produced solutions that are intelligently supported to our global customers."
Learn more about the Defense and Space Market Outlook.

Pilot and Technician Outlook
As the commercial aviation industry continues to make progress toward recovery from the pandemic, a steady increasing supply of personnel and effective training remain critical to retain the health, safety and prosperity of the aviation ecosystem. Long-term demand for newly qualified aviation personnel remains strong, with projected demand for more than 2.1 million personnel needed to fly and maintain the global commercial fleet over the next 20 years, including 612,000 pilots, 626,000 maintenance technicians and 886,000 cabin crew members.

Learn more about the Pilot and Technician Outlook.

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Many factors could cause actual results to differ materially and adversely from these forward-looking statements, including the COVID-19 pandemic and related industry impacts; the 737 MAX, including the timing and conditions of 737 MAX regulatory approvals, lower than planned production rates and/or delivery rates, and increased considerations to customers and suppliers; economic conditions in the United States and globally; general market and industry conditions as they may impact us or our customers; reliance on our commercial customers, our U.S. government customers and our suppliers; the overall health of our aircraft production system, as well as the other important factors disclosed previously and from time to time in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Any forward-looking statement speaks only as of the date on which it is made, and we assume no obligation to update or revise any such statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law.

As a leading global aerospace company, Boeing develops, manufactures and services commercial airplanes, defense products and space systems for customers in more than 150 countries. As a top U.S. exporter, the company leverages the talents of a global supplier base to advance economic opportunity, sustainability and community impact. Boeing's diverse team is committed to innovating for the future and living the company's core values of safety, quality and integrity. Learn more at 

InFocus 15.09.21

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Booming Lithuanian biotech sector inspires painting with microorganisms

Painting with Microorganisms: New Creative Installation in Vilnius Blends Science and Art


Vilnius, Lithuania, unveiled an original project where live microorganisms in Petri dishes spell out the word “MOMENT.” The synthetic biology-inspired installation was designed by promising Lithuanian talents and future life sciences researchers Vilnius-Lithuania iGEM team together with a recognized artist Jolita Vaitkutė to help the public visualize the role of life sciences
in everyday life.


Up-and-coming Lithuanian scientists, based in Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania, have come up with an idea to teach the general public about synthetic biology by using art. The team has collaborated with a renowned artist to unveil an art installation, titled “MicroMoment,” that spells out the word “MOMENT” with tightly sealed Petri dishes (dishes used for keeping bacteriological cultures) containing microorganism colonies.

The word “MOMENT” captures an instant where the invisible side of everyday life—microorganisms—is laid out in plain sight. The artist of the installation, Jolita Vaitkutė, has been widely known for creating art from unexpected materials—one of her more memorable projects involves a food-based installation depicting famous football rivals Christiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. Therefore, the project incorporating microorganisms was right up her alley.

“I’ve always been fascinated with the idea of painting with microorganisms because of their unpredictability. Since we live surrounded by colorful microorganisms, I believe it necessary to talk about it to dissipate common fears,” said Vaitkutė. “I used to have a Petri dish where I would observe the ever-changing processes. The collaboration with the scientific team has enabled me to gain more in-depth recognition on the biological side of the world.”

Since the year-long global crisis has highlighted the importance of science more than ever—from groundbreaking work in coronavirus testing to international cooperation on creating a modern vaccine—future Lithuanian scientists decided to use the project to enlighten the public about the scientific novelties, and, especially, the intricate world of synthetic biology.

The exclusive collaboration with the artist has been initially proposed by the Vilnius-Lithuania iGEM (the International Genetically Engineered Machine) 2021 team. While last year’s team made the headlines by winning the grand prize at the iGEM 2020 Competition, the 2021 team, despite working in a laboratory, is focusing on public engagement and education. Since the iGEM Competition promotes discussions with the community on interdisciplinary subjects, one of the current projects of the team is the event cycle “Sense Lab,” which is set to make science more approachable to the community.

“Even though art and science may seem like incompatible disciplines, we wanted to show everyone that is not the case,” added Greta


Zaburaitė, Head of Vilnius-Lithuania iGEM team and one of the initiators of the project. “The event cycle is interconnected by human sensations to be evoked by various triggers. Therefore, the installation complements the sensation of sight in a way that it is visually exciting and unique but still conveys ties with life sciences.”

“People, who see the world in a different light—scientists, creators—and share their provoking, unconventional ideas, make Vilnius a place where different communities can get together and collaborate on eye-opening projects,” commented Inga Romanovskienė, Director at Go Vilnius, the official tourism and business development agency of the City of Vilnius.

Vilnius’ tendency to merge life sciences and artistic explorations mark significant steps taken by Vilnius towards involving the public in biotechnologies. It has also been prompted by the ambitious goals of Lithuania to double the contribution of life sciences to the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) by 2030.

As a booming industry, the Lithuanian biotechnology sector reached 87% growth during 2020, experiencing the fastest growth in the past decade. Given that the majority of biotechnology companies operate in Vilnius and have produced a number of pandemic solutions, such as the manufacture of vaccine reagents or testing kits, the capital has created a sturdy ecosystem to facilitate future life sciences breakthroughs.

InFocus 14.09.21
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Construction begins on world’s first integrated commercial plant for producing nearly CO2-neutral fuel in Chile

• Ground-breaking ceremony for the lighthouse Haru Oni project sponsored by the German Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs
• Porsche will use the nearly CO₂-neutral eFuels in motor sports from 2022
• Preparations for the next major commercial phase already underway

Sports car manufacturer Porsche and Siemens Energy have joined forces with a number of international companies to build an industrial plant for the production of nearly CO₂-neutral fuel (eFuel) in Punta Arenas, Chile. The ground-breaking ceremony for this pioneering project took place today in the presence of Chile’s Energy Minister Juan Carlos Jobet. A pilot plant is initially being built north of Punta Arenas in Chilean Patagonia, which is expected to produce around 130,000 litres of eFuels in 2022. The capacity will then be expanded in two stages to around 55 million litres by 2024 and to around 550 million litres by 2026. The necessary environmental permits have now been obtained by the Chilean project company Highly Innovative Fuels (HIF). Siemens Energy has also already started preparatory work for the next major commercial phase of the project.

“I’m pleased that we’re making progress on this international lighthouse project for the hydrogen economy together with strong international partners from business and politics,” said Armin Schnettler, EVP for New Energy Business at Siemens Energy. “With Haru Oni, we’re bringing our power-to-X technologies to the global market. We’re jointly developing and realising the world’s first integrated and commercial large-scale plant for producing synthetic, climate-neutral fuels. In southern Chile, we’re implementing one of the energy industry’s most exciting projects for the future and driving forward the decarbonisation of the mobility sector. It means we’re making an important and rapidly effective contribution to reducing CO₂-emissions in the traffic and transport sector.”

The sports car manufacturer Porsche initiated the demonstration project and will be using the eFuels in its own combustion engine vehicles. Michael Steiner, Member of the Executive Board for Research and Development at Porsche AG, said: “Porsche was founded with pioneering spirit. That’s what drives us, we thrive on


innovation. We also see ourselves as pioneers when it comes to renewable fuels, and we want to drive development forward. This fits in with our clear overall sustainability strategy. It means that Porsche as a whole can be net CO₂-neutral as early as 2030. Fuels produced with renewable energy can make a contribution to this. Our icon, the 911, is particularly suitable for the use of eFuels. But so are our much-loved historic vehicles, because around 70 percent of all Porsches ever built are still on the road today. Our tests with renewable fuels are going very successfully. eFuels will make it possible to reduce fossil CO₂-emissions in combustion engines by up to 90 percent. Among other things, we’ll be using the first fuel from Chile in our Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup race cars from 2022.”

Chile has set itself ambitious targets as part of its National Green Hydrogen Strategy. It plans an electrolyser capacity of 5 gigawatts (GW) by 2025, rising to 25 GW by 2030. The aim is to produce the world’s cheapest hydrogen and develop the country into a leading exporter of green hydrogen and its derivatives.

The Haru Oni project takes advantage of the perfect climatic conditions for wind energy in Magallanes province in southern Chile to produce the virtually CO₂-neutral fuel using low-cost green wind power. In the first step, electrolysers split water into oxygen and green hydrogen using wind power. CO₂ is then filtered from the air and combined with the green hydrogen to produce synthetic methanol, which in turn is converted into eFuel. The pilot plant is scheduled to start production in mid-2022. In addition to Siemens Energy, Porsche and HIF, Enel, ExxonMobil, Gasco and ENAP are participating in the Haru Oni project.

More information about the “Haru Oni” project at:

InFocus 13.09.21
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#BIGLOVE is the MINI way of showing how two small words can inspire positive action. Ever since the brand was born in 1959, MINI has been all about doing more with less and finding the most creative ways to use space. The current campaign being run by the British premium brand goes one step further. #BIGLOVE is an expression of diversity embraced in practice in all its forms, welcoming fresh thinking and new ideas no matter where they come from. At the IAA Mobility 2021 in Munich, the MINI brand presented its path towards more sustainable mobility and an inclusive future for everyone based on the claim “We’re all different, but pretty good together”.

For the duration of the trade fair, under the motto “BIG LOVE from Munich”, MINI contributed to the revitalisation of the vibrant industrial site in the suburbs of Munich called “Sugar Mountain”, which focuses on creativity, sport, personal fulfilment and community. The site of the former concrete factory is now enhanced by a multi-coloured mural on an old tower, designed by London-based artist Lakwena Maciver especially for the occasion. Lakwena’s artistic style thrives on bold statements and bright colours. Her aim is to make art accessible to everyone. This is why she mainly paints in public spaces, bringing art to people who might otherwise not have access to it. This approach makes her the perfect partner for MINI, conveyed in the messages that appear in her colourful mural with the words “DIFFERENT BUT GOOD TOGETHER” and “BIG LOVE”. The installation will continue to embellish the district of Obersendling in Munich after the IAA Mobility 2021 is over.

Sugar Mountain represented the kick-off of MINI’s IAA “Big love from Munich” campaign with MINI friends taking part in a wide range of activities here. Exciting matches on the World Club Tennis Court, high-speed races on the BMX pump track and laid-back tricks on the Jam Skate Park – they had plenty of space to spontaneously engage in sports or express their own personal style. There was also the opportunity to improve their DJ skills at a DJ set master class, with the sound of relaxed beats providing the perfect background for people to meet and relax in the spacious community area.

Furthermore, adventurers and outdoor lovers alike experienced an urban campsite with the AUTOHOME special edition roof tents for the MINI Countryman. The roof tents, produced for the first time with recycled materials, are made with bottles collected from the ocean and fully match the brand’s design and the MINI pioneering spirit, where every day offers new sustainable adventures and perspectives.
MINI’s IAA BIG LOVE campaign continued in the MINI Pavillon at Lenbachplatz in Munich where visitors were able to take part in a variety of activities from culinary to sport. With displays created by British fashion designer Paul Smith, the MINI Pavilion was also


transformed into a fascinating and versatile hotspot for fresh ideas. The MINI STRIP, a custom-made one-off car by Paul Smith in collaboration with MINI, presented here focused on the topics of sustainability and innovation for increased environmental protection. The MINI STRIP shines the spotlight on an innovative approach to the issue of sustainability in automotive manufacturing. Guided by the overarching theme of ‘Simplicity, Transparency, Sustainability’, the car showcases inspirational ideas for a more sustainable method of automotive design.

Visitors also had the opportunity to find out about the future design of individual mobility and urban living spaces through displays and panel discussions involving designers and visionaries from the creative tech start-ups that are being supported in connection with the MINI Start-up Accelerator URBAN-X. The ideas presented were then debated live with thought leaders from the dialogue platform “The Sooner Now” under the motto “The city of tomorrow is made today”.

This dialogue between visionaries and the MINI community during the IAA Mobility 2021 in Munich was thus entirely dedicated to the crucial issues of our time facing MINI: urban mobility, sustainability, cosmopolitanism and individuality. In this way, the future-oriented brand was able to leave behind positive stimuli and a feeling that lasts – #BIGLOVE.

Fuel consumption, CO2 emission figures and power consumption are measured using the methods required according to Regulation (EC) 2007/715 as amended. They refer to vehicles on the German automotive market. With regard to ranges, the NEDC figures take into account differences in the selected wheel and tyre size, while the WLTP figures allow for the effects of any optional extras.

All figures have already been calculated based on the new WLTP test cycle. NEDC figures listed have been adjusted to the NEDC measurement method where applicable. WLTP values are used as a basis for the assessment of taxes and other vehicle-related duties which are (also) based on CO2 emissions and, where applicable, for the purposes of vehicle-specific subsidies. For further details of the WLTP and NEDC measurement methods, see also

For further details of the official fuel consumption figures and the official specific CO2 emissions of new cars, please refer to the “Manual on the fuel consumption, CO2 emissions and power consumption of new cars” available free of charge at all sales outlets, from Deutsche Automobil Treuhand GmbH (DAT), Hellmuth-Hirth-Str. 1, 73760 Ostfildern-Scharnhausen and at

InFocus 10.09.21
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Volvo Car UK furthers core sustainability aims with multi-year Eden Project collaboration

Volvo Car UK has announced a new three-year partnership as the Official Automotive Partner of the Eden Project and the Eden Sessions music concerts, a deal brokered by AEG Global Partnerships.

This long-term collaboration aims to inspire and educate visitors about people’s relationship with the environment and how we can protect the planet to create a safer future.

By partnering with the Eden Project – the UK-based educational charity dedicated to connecting people with the natural world – and the Eden Sessions concert series, Volvo hopes to firmly establish its commitment to supporting a more sustainable future and share expertise across industries.

Volvo Car UK will provide the Eden Project with a fleet of Volvo XC40 Recharge pure electric vehicles to support its ongoing operations. By working together collaboratively, Volvo and the Eden Project hope to tackle some of the challenges and barriers consumers have around purchasing and driving electric cars, and accelerate the uptake of zero-emission vehicles.

Alongside the partnership with the Eden Project, Volvo Car UK will also be the Presenting Partner of the Eden Sessions, the annual series of concerts which takes place this month (September 2021) in front of the world-famous biomes near St Austell in Cornwall.

Artists taking part this year are Ben Howard (September 11), McFly (September 12), Royal Blood (September 14), Snow Patrol (September 16), The Script (September 17) and IDLES (September 18).

Kristian Elvefors, Managing Director of Volvo Car UK, said: “In 2020, Volvo set a number of bold climate targets, including the goal of being a completely climate-neutral company by 2040. Furthermore, our transformation to becoming a fully electric car manufacturer by 2030 is already well underway with the launch of the XC40 Recharge pure electric and the forthcoming C40.

“This is a collective effort, and to achieve these targets we need to


partner with organisations and individuals that share our same vision. The Eden Project is the perfect long-term partner for us in this respect.
As a business, we can learn a lot from their ongoing initiatives that provide an eye-opening insight about our relationship with the planet. With our shared values, we hope to bring this environmental message to the forefront of everyone’s mind and continue to be a catalyst for change.”

Sir Tim Smit, Co-founder of the Eden Project, said: “Eden rocks! By 2023, the pioneering Eden Project will be completely powered by renewable energy. A combination of deep geothermal energy and solar continues our journey to make Eden the most ecologically sympathetic visitor destination in the world. Transport is a vital ingredient of this, and we are hugely impressed by Volvo’s vision for the future and are entering a long-term partnership with them to show our global audience what a post-combustion-engine age can look like. Shared values and a shared vision will make us better. Eden and Volvo are demonstrating a future that remains ours to make… today.”

Matthew Zweck, Director of Global Partnerships AEG Europe, said: “It’s been fantastic to bring Volvo, a world-leading brand committed to a sustainable future, together with the Eden Project and the Eden Sessions in this three-year deal. The Eden Project’s dedication and educational drive is invaluable to all of us, and through this partnership it will help to reach further audiences with key information around electric vehicles.”

This partnership is Volvo’s latest commitment to support and work with those whose initiatives are making a genuine and authentic difference to supporting planetary safety.

To learn more about Volvo’s sustainability commitments, please visit

For more information about the Eden Project, visit

To book tickets or learn more about the Eden Sessions, visit

InFocus 09.09.21
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Volvo Cars reports sales of 45,786 cars in August, sees weaker second half of 2021


Volvo Cars reported global sales of 45,786 cars in August, down 10.6 per cent compared with the same period last year. Overall underlying demand in the car industry and for Volvo Cars’ products remained very robust.

Since mid-July, supplier shut-downs due to Covid-19 in South East Asia, especially in Malaysia, has worsened an already strained supply situation. These material shortages have led to temporary production halts at Volvo Cars’ facilities in Sweden, Belgium, China and the US, with reduced production volumes as a result.

Volvo Cars continues to monitor the situation and currently expects that, for the second half of 2021, it will be challenging to achieve the volume levels achieved during the same period in 2020. This will have an impact on revenue and profit, but Volvo Cars’ outlook for the full year 2021 still remains.

In the first eight months of the year, the company sold 483,426 cars globally, up 26.1 per cent compared with the same period last year.

The sales of Volvo Cars’ Recharge line-up of chargeable models remained strong and accounted for 24.2 per cent of all cars sold in the month. In Europe, Volvo Cars reached an all-time high as 47.0 per cent of all cars sold in August were from the Recharge line-up.

The US reported a solid sales performance in August with 10,686 cars sold, a 3.0 per cent increase compared with the same period last year. The increase was led by strong customer demand, mainly for the XC90 – which was the best-selling model – followed by the XC60.


For the month of August, sales in China were impacted by the Covid-19 outbreaks in South East Asia. This led to lowered retail deliveries despite strong underlying demand and order intake. Total volumes for the month reached 13,112 cars, down 17.2 per cent compared with August last year.

European sales for the month were 13,052 cars, a 25.4 per cent decline compared with the same period last year. The decline in sales was related to the material shortage, which affected the production volumes and, consequently, the sales performance in the region.

A detailed break-up of regional sales is given below::





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For the month of August, the XC60 was the top-selling model with sales of 14,972 cars (2020: 15,938), followed by the XC40 with total sales of 11,716 cars (2020: 13,828 units), and the XC90 with 8,023 cars sold (2020: 6,966 units).

InFocus 08.09.21
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New micromobility concepts for increased sustainability in urban traffic:
BMW Group grants licenses to partner companies CUBE and SoFlow.

+++ Licenses officially granted by the BMW Group to the partner companies CUBE and SoFlow at the IAA Mobility 2021 in Munich

+++ CUBE Concept Dynamic Cargo inspired by BMW: state-of-the-art, compact cargo bike concept with great agility and flexible usage options

+++ SoFlow Concept CLEVER COMMUTE inspired by BMW: e-scooter with excellent riding stability, taking up the smallest possible amount of space

+++ Test ride opportunities for media representatives

Munich. BMW Group is providing fresh impetus with two innovative micromobility concepts for emission-free urban mobility, intelligently rethought for increased sustainability in urban traffic. These concepts are being implemented in collaboration with partner companies CUBE and SoFlow. Official communication of the licenses granted by the BMW Group to the two partners will be made during Internationale Automobil-Ausstellung (IAA) Mobility 2021, which takes place from 7th to 12th September in Munich.

The CUBE Concept Dynamic Cargo inspired by BMW is a compact, three-wheeled cargo bike concept that combines high agility with flexible usage options and increased year-round suitability. It also boasts a variable-use loading platform with innovative attachments for transporting loads and/or children as well as for leisure activities.

The SoFlow Concept CLEVER COMMUTE inspired by BMW features an ergonomic design suitable for everyday use, excellent riding stability and extremely compact size when packed up. It provides a new mixed-mobility option; the innovative ‘public transport mode’ makes it easy to incorporate travel on public transport into longer journeys. Ideal for park & ride, the minimal size when packed makes it ideal for carrying in the car boot.

In its role as a premium provider for individual mobility, BMW Group is actively helping to create the liveable city of the future. Its approach to mobility also looks beyond the company’s core business. The BMW Group has presented a number of innovative micromobility solutions to the public in the past.

The CUBE Concept Dynamic Cargo inspired by BMW: the ideal combination of cycling pleasure, agility and safety.

The CUBE Concept Dynamic Cargo inspired by BMW is the first dynamic ‘pick-up’ cargo bike concept. The key component of the three-wheeled vehicle is the front main frame, which is connected to the rear section via a pivot axle and tilts in corners. It remains stable through all corners without tilting towards the road. This combines with the electrified powertrain – which is activated as soon as the rider starts to pedal and drives the two rear wheels – making the cargo bike just as easy to ride as a standard bicycle. As well as producing far greater riding stability in all weather conditions compared to two-wheeler designs, the rear wheels with their rigid, non-pivoting axle mounting also provide the basis for a versatile, pick-up-style transport platform. This can be fitted with a selection of innovative modular attachments for carrying luggage and/or children. The modular design principle paves the way for many more use cases, too. The non-pivoting design of the transport platform has the additional benefit that the rider is barely aware of any extra weight being carried, enabling safe, stable transportation of all loads.

Andreas Foti, CUBE CEO:
“The mobility of the future is one of the key challenges of our time. The e-bike is one of just a few potential solutions to have established themselves. We want to be actively involved in designing and implementing new mobility solutions. Inspired by the idea from BMW, we have put all our know-how into the development of a cargo bike that is suitable for series production. We have created an ultra-compact, agile and safe trike that can be used and enjoyed by anyone. The electrical support enables flexible usage, even outside urban spaces, while the compact design is light and easy to manoeuvre. The flexible transport options also make it possible to transport almost anything.”

The SoFlow Concept CLEVER COMMUTE inspired by BMW:flexible e-scooter for multimodal mobility.

With the SoFlow Concept CLEVER COMMUTE inspired by BMW, the BMW Group is now presenting an e-scooter concept that folds easily for carrying on public transport and/or by car without compromising riding stability in any way.

In ‘public transport mode’, the footboard folds up at the sides and the rear wheel pivots into the resulting aperture from below. This mechanism shortens the wheelbase of the e-scooter substantially so that it can even be carried on an escalator without difficulty. This is an important requirement if the journey includes underground transport routes.

It can also be rolled along on both wheels in this mode, rather like a trolley case. And the front wheel’s integral hub motor provides an electric impulse that makes it easier to push the SoFlow Concept CLEVER COMMUTE inspired by BMW up ramps in this mode. The compact dimensions of the e-scooter when folded up means that it should be possible to take it on all forms of public transport free of charge.

The SoFlow Concept CLEVER COMMUTE inspired by BMW can be folded up to a size that fits easily into small vehicle boots, with larger boots able to accommodate several of them for family outings. In the BMW Group range, this means that the SoFlow Concept CLEVER COMMUTE inspired by BMW fits into luggage compartments lengthways from the 3 Series upwards, for example, without any need to fold down the rear backrest, and it can be carried crossways in MINI boots.

With its unique product characteristics, the SoFlow Concept CLEVER COMMUTE inspired by BMW is a versatile companion in the city and allows any journey to be completed quickly, safely and easily. Its transformability makes it a truly ideal solution for multimodal travel.


Manuel Hug, Co-founder and CEO of SoFlow AG:
“The renewed collaboration with the BMW Group represents an outstanding chapter in the SoFlow success story, as we have already received the license to use the BMW ‘Personal Mover’ concept. Now we can bring our expertise to bear for the latest development in the area of micro e-mobility vehicles, the SoFlow Concept CLEVER COMMUTE inspired by BMW. We are looking forward to getting this innovative concept on the road soon.”

Jochen Karg, Head of Vehicle Concepts in the BMW Group's New Technologies and China division
“In its role as a premium provider for individual mobility, the BMW Group is actively helping to create the liveable city of the future. With regard to the steady increase in traffic density in city centres, concepts for micromobility vehicle can make a significant contribution to improving the interconnectedness of urban mobility. That is why we are deliberately looking beyond our company’s core business. The BMW Group has already presented innovative micromobility solutions to the public in the past, including the BMW Motorrad X2City, the Personal Mover Concept and the BMW Vision E³ Way elevated road concept. With the Concept Dynamic Cargo and the Concept CLEVER COMMUTE, our engineers are once again demonstrating their ability to transfer know-how from the automotive sector to concepts for micromobility vehicles. With regard to vehicles/concepts outside of our core business, granting licenses to partners from the relevant industry to drive implementation has thus far proved to be most efficient and an attractive option for both parties. We are therefore delighted to have concluded contracts with CUBE and SoFlow.”

Both concepts will be presented in a functional state during IAA Mobility 2021, which is taking place at the company’s home city of Munich for the first time. Visitors will be able to see the CUBE Concept Dynamic Cargo inspired by BMW being driven along the streetscape and it will also be presented at various BMW IAA locations:

- At the BMW Group ‘Summit’ stand at the Munich exhibition centre.
- In the heart of the city, in the BMW ‘Open Space’ at the Bavarian State Opera House, Max-Joseph-Platz.
- In and around BMW Welt.

Testing opportunities for media representatives.

On 7th September, media representatives will have the exclusive opportunity to take the CUBE Concept Dynamic Cargo inspired by BMW for an active test ride and receive more information. The vehicles will be issued at the BMW Welt Double Cone (Am Olympiapark 1, Munich), between 08:30 and 18:00. No advance registration is required. 

In addition to this exclusive media event, it will also be possible for media representatives to test the CUBE Concept Dynamic Cargo inspired by BMW during the rest of the exhibition week. This is possible from Tuesday 7th September to Sunday 12th September at BMW Welt, and also at the BMW ‘Open Space’ at Max-Joseph-Platz. Please register directly with CUBE staff at those locations. 

CUBE Bikes

CUBE was founded in 1993 by Marcus Pürner in Waldershof, in the Fichtel Mountains of Germany, and remains an owner-operated company to this day. CUBE has stayed loyal to its original location, keeping pace with continuous growth in more than 60 countries by adding over 1000 members of staff to become an important regional employer.

From getting the pedals moving on the way to work in the morning, to a smile peeping out from beneath the helmet on the way home, or the beads of sweat during competition: we make bikes that embody pure cycling pleasure and allow us to look beyond the horizon - and we love riding them too. We are convinced that bicycles can provide a solution to some of the world’s more complex problems – from environmentally-friendly traffic to more flexible, safer mobility for all – and our portfolio now boasts over 350 models.

New ideas keep the world moving, so we never stop working on ourselves and on developing the perfect bike. Driven by the aspiration to get the maximum out of every bike, our development team is constantly investigating how to improve materials and constructions and optimise production processes. Smart innovations, ingenious technology, optimal material composition, combined with creative applications that suit the intended purpose – we put our heart, soul and know-how into every bike. Aero-optimised bikes for the Tour de France, gravity bikes for the DH-Worldcup, light bikes for young riders, everyday bikes, touring bikes or new mobility solutions for urban spaces, we focus on all types of mobility on two wheels. Alongside virtually all product types in the e-bike and bike areas, we also offer a comprehensive collection of apparel and accessories.


SoFlow AG was founded in Switzerland in 2015, to provide mobility solutions for the ‘last mile’. The company designs, develops and produces high-quality, innovative micro e-mobility vehicles such as e-scooters and e-boards for a range of applications. SoFlow has the vision of making e-mobility products accessible to all, providing everyone with the opportunity to choose a means of transportation that matches their lifestyle and allows them to get from A to B. They can contribute to protecting the environment with emission-free vehicles at the same time.

InFocus 06.09.21
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  • The vehicle in the accompanying photograph is confirmed as the replacement for the Morgan 3 Wheeler undergoing testing
  • The new model will be defined by its all-new design, significant engineering enhancements, and a spirit of adventure
  • New design language inspired by the early jet age ensures that the new model will be instantly recognisable from its predecessors
  • The all-new model will be powered by an internal combustion engine at launch, specifically an inline three-cylinder naturally aspirated engine from Ford

The use of a Ford engine continues Morgan’s long-established application of Ford engines.  In fact, the company has used Ford engines in both three and four-wheeled models since 1933.

The Morgan Motor Company has confirmed it is working on an all-new three-wheeled vehicle to replace the outgoing Morgan 3 Wheeler. An early glimpse of the model shows a heavily disguised engineering prototype undergoing durability testing.

Having previously stated “The Morgan 3 Wheeler will return”, this announcement of a new model officially marks the beginning of the next chapter in the story of Morgan’s three-wheeled vehicles.

Whilst a name is not confirmed for the new three-wheeled model, it will be defined by an all-new design, adventurous character, and significant engineering advancements. In particular, the vehicle will take inspiration from the many owners of the outgoing model that have embraced adventure travel and touring, and whose incredible journeys have reached all corners of the globe.

Whilst many details on the new model are yet to be announced, the use of an internal combustion engine can be confirmed. Specifically, a naturally aspirated inline three-cylinder Ford engine continues the company’s long-standing use of Ford power plants.  Its testing and durability programme marks the most extensive validation of any Morgan ever developed.


Orders for the previous Morgan 3 Wheeler – which started production in 2011 – closed at the beginning of 2021, with production of these vehicles taking place throughout the year. This includes the final 33 P101 cars, which saw a number of cosmetic enhancements to celebrate the end of the model’s highly successful ten-year production run.

Morgan’s three wheelers date back to the founding of the company in 1909, when its founder, HFS Morgan, built a three-wheeled vehicle to transport him around the Malvern Hills. It immediately proved popular and spawned many variants over the coming decades. In fact, it wasn’t until nearly thirty years into the firm’s history that it would start producing four-wheeled cars.

Steve Morris, Chairman and CEO of Morgan Motor Company, said: “We are thrilled to confirm plans for an all-new three-wheeled Morgan, a model that continues an incredible story dating back to 1909. The outgoing 3 Wheeler was adored by customers and enthusiasts alike, and will inspire this next generation. The upcoming model is an all-new ground-up design and the first whole vehicle programme to be completed under the stewardship of Investindustrial. Morgan’s team of engineers and designers have considered everything that the company has learnt from the decade of building and selling the previous model. We look forward to sharing more about this exciting new vehicle in due course.”

InFocus 03.09.21
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The coming year will be the year of “little adventures” according to the Lexus NX report The Art of Feeling More, as our approach to exploration has changed, with a much stronger focus on hyperlocal day-tripping. This, coupled with our desire to be surrounded by nature, means that we’ve found plenty of off-the-beaten-path, secret spots right on our doorsteps.

Award-winning French photographer Floriane de Lassée has discovered how much her local area offers, especially for her creativity: “Being at home over the last 18 months, I discovered the wonders of the surrounding forest. I’ve lived in the same place for 40 years and hardly knew it. The forest is not a direct source of inspiration, but a way that allows the brain to disconnect and find peace, so that deep thinking can take place.”

A survey conducted by Destination Analysis in 2020 gave further confirmation of the ‘little adventures’ trend, as 57 per cent of those asked said they planned to avoid crowded places for their next trip, and 40 per cent said they’d consider camping, renting a motorhome and heading for more remote destinations.

Floriane believes that a distinction needs to be made between a break and travel: “People often confuse taking a vacation and travel. I always take my vacation in France. I think taking your vacation locally will be a big trend. The car will become a symbol of freedom for this kind of local or European trip.”

Getting to the best destinations requires the best transport, and the all-new Lexus NX’s driver focused cockpit, built with the tazuna philosophy, creates the perfect experience for those looking to escape from the outside world through travel. The quiet cabin experience gives drivers and passengers the ultimate opportunity for calm and relaxation, while the head-up display creates a feeling of companionship and connection with a car that is built with comfort and relaxation in mind.

InFocus 02.09.21
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Launch of a new communication and experience platform dedicated to circularity and sustainable thinking

RE:BMW Circular Lab is an invitation to experience the transformation of the BMW Group into a circular economy in a variety of ways

Storytelling and interaction on numerous media channels

Munich. The BMW Group is launching its new communication and experience platform “RE:BMW Circular Lab”.

The RE:BMW Circular Lab is an invitation to accompany the BMW Group on its journey of transformation into a circular economy. The RE:BMW Circular Lab focuses on circular thinking and awareness of new, sustainable courses of action. Oliver Zipse, Chairman of BMW AG’s Board of Management, emphasises the importance of a sustainable circular economy: “The future of our planet depends on circularity.” The BMW Group aims to use the RE:BMW Circular Lab to raise awareness of circularity: circular rather than linear. Rethinking the entire process. Reducing what can be reduced, and reusing what can be maximally reused.

Communication and experience platform for enhanced dialogue, cooperation and new perspectives The newly created communication and experience platform RE:BMW Circular Lab is a hybrid experience for every user. Its aim is to communicate the BMW Group’s development as a sustainable organisation in a manner that is transparent, interactive and accessible to all. Numerous features and exciting, informative storytelling offer an authentic insight into the BMW Group’s progress towards holistic product development, the responsible use of resources, and its transformation into a circular

On this path, the BMW Group is guided by four basic principles: RE:THINK, RE:DUCE, RE:USE and RE:CYCLE. The BMW Group uses the RE:BMW Circular Lab to tell the story of its transformation on the basis of these principles; however, the platform is also an invitation to collaborate and participate in discussion. To underscore the joy of discovering new perspectives together, the RE:BMW Circular Lab invites everyone to walk this path and shape the future collectively. Special emphasis is placed on interactivity and dialogue: users can attend analogue and digital workshops and use social media to experience the BMW Group’s transformation into a circular economy in a variety of ways. At the same time, insights into topics such as circular economy and circular design aim to provide exciting ideas for personal action.

Four guiding principles: RE:THINK, RE:DUCE, RE:USE and RE:CYCLE

An overview of the four principles of circular economy:

RE:THINK – We keep circularity in mind during all our deliberations.
The key principles are RE:DUCING, RE:USING and RE:CYCLING throughout the process and far beyond: new materials, new technologies, new processes and above all new ideas. We have to rethink all our activities within the BMW Group and beyond.

RE:DUCE – Using less to achieve more, wherever and however we can.


This opens up enormous creative scope for ideas and possibilities. Imagine a new premium segment for the future, with new materials, different components and flexible combinations. The art is to leave things out without compromising on the driving experience.

RE:USE – Extending the use of our products for as long as we can.
We extend and expand the value, possible applications and use of our products by means of modernisation, digital functions and many other options. New mobility concepts will provide an interior that can be used in a variety of ways: for work meetings, for gatherings with friends, and as an additional living room. And, naturally, to drive from A to B. What is important is daily use and how we can inspire our
customers every day.

RE:CYCLE – Keeping resources in circulation for as long as we can.
Using as many unmixed mono-materials as possible. Using materials that are already m in circulation, such as recycled plastic, recycled aluminium and recycled steel.m Detachable connections are essential for easy dismantling. Being able to separatem materials more easily makes it easier to recycle them. What is important is the environmental footprint of our products and our business operations as a whole.

Have fun discovering circularity with the CIRCULAR HEROES

The BMW Group is fundamentally resetting its design strategy with circular design, which focuses on circularity throughout the design process and far beyond. “Circular design is all about creating more with less; fewer resources, more emotion,”m says Adrian van Hooydonk, Senior Vice President of BMW Group Design, explaining m the fascination of circular design.

The principles of circular design are brought to life in a playful manner by the CIRCULAR HEROES, four sustainable characters created by Milanese architect and designer Patricia Urquiola who are constantly exploring the possibilities of design, shape, materials and colour. “Every time I work with BMW, I learn something new about mobility and the possibilities it offers, but this particular project is one-of-akind.
I had the opportunity to experiment, work with utopian models and even venturem beyond design boundaries,” says designer Patricia Urquiola, talking about her work on CIRCULAR HEROES. As each CIRCULAR HERO represents the various types of bond between parts and materials, each of them has their own specific approach.

The BMW Group understands the RE:BMW Circular Lab as an invitation to join it on the circular path and shape the future – with the goal of discovering new perspectives together.

Discover the RE:BMW Circular Lab now:

InFocus 01.09.21
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Porsche expands its engineering and assembly capacity


Sports car manufacturer sees further growth opportunities in Asia

Stuttgart. Porsche meets the needs in Asia and is expanding its global engineering and assembly capacity. The development work of the sports car manufacturer has a long tradition of using foreign development sites in search of tomorrow’s perfect sports car and services. From next year on the capacities will grow even further to include a new permanent research and development satellite in China, allowing a sustained focus on what is Porsche’s biggest single market. Furthermore, the company is strengthening its presence in the emerging markets of Southeast Asia. Beyond projects, such as the implementation of the region’s first cross-border high performance charging network in cooperation with Shell, Porsche will set up a small-scale local assembly in Malaysia to join the company’s network of production sites. The vehicles will specifically match local requirements and will be available for Malaysia only.


“We’re driven by curiosity, by perpetually learning and fine tuning our cars,” says Oliver Blume, Chairman of the Executive Board at Porsche. “Having a permanent home for this work in China will bring obvious benefits, particularly when it comes to reflecting and predicting our customer’s needs in China, a nation that has truly welcomed Porsche and has taken our cars to heart to the extent that it’s been our biggest sales market for six consecutive years.” The R&D satellite location in Shanghai is supposed to increase the understanding of the Chinese customers and their requirements, and to improve the local product development. It comes as an addition to Porsche Digital China founded as independent company early this year and Porsche Engineering China with its presence in the market for more than 20 years already. Blume: “The Chinese automotive market is very dynamic and customer preferences are highly specific. We want to meet these demands the best way possible.”

To meet the needs of worldwide customers, Porsche has established a dedicated and ever-growing network of permanent research and development locations around the world. It carries out important engineering and design work – with the lessons learned finding their way into the finished cars. The network of permanent research, development and testing locations operated by Porsche is based on several continents – all directly linked to the company’s engineering home in Weissach (Germany). These range from the frozen lakes of Arjeplog in northern Sweden where the majority of extreme cold weather testing is conducted, to the unique climate and roads found in Johannesburg, South Africa to the dry heat of California, USA. This work affects not just dynamics and vehicle quality, but also comfort and convenience features and the technology fitted to current and future Porsche sports cars.

Another example of long-standing global investments already established exists in Porsche Digital, a subsidiary of Porsche established in 2016. The company concentrates on researching and developing new customer-focused digital services and is headquartered in Germany with key offices in the US, Spain, China, Israel and Croatia.

“We’re proud to be a vibrant, global business and to be investing in localised programs to ensure our cars and services do reflect the specific needs of our markets outside of Europe. To do this best requires a permanent presence,” says Michael Steiner, Member of the Executive Board, Research and Development at Porsche. “The addition of a Chinese R&D satellite location, joining the existing research and development operations in Europe, North America and elsewhere, underlines our commitment to ensuring our cars remain relevant and attuned to our markets.”

Seize further growth opportunities in the ASEAN region
Southeast Asia represents a very dynamic market environment with significant growth and innovation potentials. Porsche is expanding its footprint in the ten-member ASEAN region (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) by setting up a local assembly together with its long-standing partner Sime Darby Berhad. Located in Malaysia, the site will be responsible for the final assembly of specific models for the local market from 2022 onwards. The facility will operate alongside Porsche’s established European network of production sites.

“We’re fortunate that, due to careful planning, our existing factories are more than up to the task of meeting current and future global demand for our cars,” says Albrecht Reimold, Member of the Executive Board for Production and Logistics at Porsche. “However, the new assembly site in Malaysia meets specific market needs and, although a standalone project and modest in size and capacity, it signals our willingness to learn and adapt to specific local market conditions.”

For the last ten years, Porsche has enjoyed a close and trustful relationship with Sime Darby Berhad as the exclusive importer and distributor for the brand’s sports cars. That partnership coupled with a growing and dedicated Porsche fan-base in Malaysia has delivered impressive results even in challenging conditions, as reflected in a nine percent increase in deliveries in 2020. As a founding state of the ASEAN bloc, Malaysia offers significant business opportunities and a well-established automotive landscape.

“Malaysia and the whole ASEAN is a region of great potential and we look forward to the first locally assembled models reaching our Malaysian customers next year,” says Detlev von Platen, Member of the Executive Board for Sales and Marketing at Porsche. “As Porsche is moving into a new era of mobility, Malaysia and the ASEAN region are gaining an increasing importance. This step now is part of a long-standing initiative to keep pace with rapidly evolving customer and market demands.”

InFocus 31.08.21
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Geneva, August 2021 – Czapek & Cie has released the latest model in its Antarctique family of timekeepers. The split-second chronograph takes this modern and sportive line deeper into grande complication territory. The Antarctique Rattrapante is the first split-second chronograph whose fascinating mechanism is visible from the dial side.

Ever since its launch in 2015, Czapek & Cie has relentlessly sought to maintain a delicate balance between high-end mechanics and refined aesthetics. The brand new Antarctique Rattrapante, a split-second mono-pusher chronograph with a unique, dial-side mechanism, embodies these ideals. “The Antarctique line was released in 2020 as the epitome of sporty elegance,” says CEO Xavier de Roquemaurel. “It was calling for a complication that would amaze our aficionados.”



The roots of the project trace back to the founding of the company, Xavier explains. “In 2012, we launched a limited-edition chronograph run on a small series of vintage Valjoux 7733 as part of the re-registration of the name Czapek, and then sold a few pieces to friends as a way to raise funds for the project.” One buyer noted the hypnotic beauty of the cams as they pivoted. This sparked the idea of making a Czapek chronograph with the mechanism exposed on the dial side.

This was 2015, and good concepts often take time to mature. The difficult equation of putting together creativity, R&D, and volume could not be resolved initially, however, over the years, the chronograph idea kept recurring. The eureka moment was a combination of serendipity and stubbornness. At one point the split-second idea emerged, while manufacturing partner, Chronode, was now ready to produce a viable split-second chronograph. “We loved the idea of being able to control time, stop it and then catch up”, says Xavier with a smile. “Plus, we would place this module on the dial side and give the wearer full visual access to the ballet of cams, levers and wheels.”

A split-second chronograph is, in fact, a quite complex mechanism, a grande complication, the pinnacle of mechanical creativity. The most noticeable element is the clamp, which will instantly immobilize one of the chrono wheels when the split-second pusher is activated. Meanwhile, the other chronograph hand must continue its time-counting undisturbed. When the clamp is released, the immobilized hand will “catch up “ (rattraper in French) to its companion. Each part must be manufactured to the highest specifications to ensure absolute precision.

A glance at the SHX6, Czapek’s proprietary calibre created in collaboration with Chronode, is a work of art from the mechanical and aesthetic standpoint. For one, the number and thickness of the main components had to be reduced to make sure the timepiece would keep its streamlined look and feel and fit well into the 42.5-millimeter case. “As with the classic chronograph, the split-second runs on energy tapped from the second wheel,” explains Xavier. “This time, we favoured a horizontal clutch rather than a vertical one to highlight the aesthetics of the transmission”.

The focus of the movement is the tripod bridge in the centre that holds down a patented satellite minute train and the patent-pending split-second mechanism just below. The two column wheels, one at the top (for the chronograph) and the bottom (for the split-second mechanism) divide the movement into two halves. The minute totaliser at four o’clock and the small seconds at seven o’clock serve as visual anchors to this high-flying, modern and dynamic timepiece, and maintain the link to the company’s spiritus rector, the great nineteenth-century watchmaker, François Czapek, who was using vertical symmetry as a visual guide. The Antarctique Rattrapante comes with Czapek’s bespoke stainless-steel bracelet, whose links are shaped as a stylized letter C. It will be available at the brand’s boutique in Geneva, official retailers and online at as a subscription in a limited edition of 77 pieces.

InFocus 30.08.21
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  • Rolls-Royce marks the 144th birthday of
    co-founder The Hon Charles Stewart Rolls on Friday 27 August 2021

  • The marque celebrates by taking Ghost on a pilgrimage around London, stopping off at places connected with Rolls’ life and career

  • Tour recorded in new images shot at locations including Rolls’ birthplace, the Royal Aero Club, Royal Automobile Club and the site of the original Rolls-Royce car showroom

“While he is of course best known as one of our co-founders, The Hon Charles Stewart Rolls, born on this day in 1877, was also a pioneer of aviation, a successful racingdriver and a gifted engineer. His audacity, fearlessness, love of adventure and willingness to push boundaries continue to inspire us and our products. To mark this occasion, which means so much to our company, we’ve visited significant places from Rolls’ story with Ghost – a motor car with technology, performance, craftsmanship and excellence which embodies everything this remarkable man stood for, cherished and pursued during his extraordinary life and career.”
Torsten Müller-Ötvös, Chief Executive Officer, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars marks the 144th birthday of co-founder The Hon Charles Stewart Rolls on Friday 27 August 2021. In honour of the occasion, the marque undertook a pilgrimage around London locations associated with the great man’s life and career, capturing striking images of Ghost at each stop along the way. The itinerary took in the following sites:

35 Hill Street, Mayfair
The Hon Charles Stewart Rolls was born in this house close to Berkeley Square on 27 August 1877. As the third son of Lord and Lady Llangattock, he was born into a life of wealth and privilege, going on to be educated at Eton and Cambridge and enjoying the freedom to indulge his passions for aviation and motorracing.
By contrast, his business partner, Henry Royce, came from a humble background. In 1876, aged just 10, he was working as a telegram delivery boy at the Mayfair Post Office. His ‘beat’ included Hill Street, so it is perfectly possible that he delivered congratulatory letters and telegrams to Rolls’ proud parents.

119 Piccadilly
Until 1961, this Grade II Listed building on Piccadilly was the home of the Royal Aero Club, which Rolls co-founded in 1901 with Frank Hedges Butler, a leading London wine merchant, and Butler’s daughter, Vera. Rolls began his flying career as a balloonist, making over 170 flights and winning the Gordon Bennett Gold Medal in 1903 for the longest sustained time aloft. In 1910, he became only the second person in Britain to be awarded an aeroplane pilot’s licence; that same year, he achieved the unique feat of being the first Englishman to fly an aeroplane across the English Channel, and the first aviator ever to fly non-stop from England to France and back again. Though now based outside the capital, the Royal Aero Club remains the national governing and coordinating body of air sport and recreational flying in Britain.

Royal Automobile Club (RAC)
Rolls was also a founder member of the Automobile Club of Great Britain and Ireland, which became the Royal Automobile Club (RAC) in 1897. It was a fellow RAC member, Henry Edmunds, who arranged the historic first meeting between Rolls and Henry Royce at the Midland Hotel, Manchester, on 4 May 1904. The Club’s Secretary, Claude Johnson, was Rolls’ business partner in his car dealership, C S Rolls & Co, and later became the first managing director of Rolls-Royce.
The Club took up residence in its current home at 89 Pall Mall in 1911, a year after Rolls’ tragic early death in a flying accident, aged just 32.

14-15 Conduit Street
This building on Conduit Street, which connects Bond Street and Regent Street, was the West End headquarters of Rolls-Royce Ltd for much of the twentieth century. From 1905 until his death in 1910, Rolls had his office here, and used it as a base for demonstration drives of early Rolls-Royce models. On 22 March 2010, its historic significance was marked with an English Heritage Blue Plaque, unveiled by Lord Montagu of Beaulieu.

Berkeley Street
A stone’s-throw from Rolls’ birthplace and one of the most prestigious addresses in London, Berkeley Street is regarded as the heart of Mayfair. Today, it is the site of Rolls-Royce’s flagship UK store, the first in the world to be transformed with the marque’s new corporate identity.

InFocus 27.08.21
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