News from designboom of buratti architetti’s work for Alfa Romeo in Milan, leading on the connection between a new car showroom and the museum collection (via an arresting-looking red lift shaft) of the dealership’s owners,  Cozzi While there’s a interesting interior design story here, what’s perhaps more intriguing is the exterior. Considering the usual approach […]

I was snagged by an interesting report yesterday by gforces.co.uk, that while a year old, bought some considerable clarity to the argument for the real role of a car dealership for customers. I make the distinction (for customers specifically) recognising the other pressing operational issues that represent running a sales, service and distribution centre… Many […]

It’s great fun to speculate on the future of this or that, and let’s face it, no-one ever got famous (or in the case of those usually engaged in the daily grind of business, tried to generate sales) saying thing’s would broadly stay the same. So here’s a prediction about what the future holds for […]

I’ve become accustomed to see the world represented artificially, especially in architecture, through the medium of super-high-definition rendering engines. Artist’s impressions used to imply a degree of artistry more associated with the water-colour box than the screen palette, and the result is a strange sense of reality – where the future seems strangely more real […]

Spotted on designboom, this Shigeru Ban proposal that integrates a concert venue with  food hall as its Réinventer Paris proposal. Fairly sings at night, with some grace, as proposed in the competition entry’s renders: Not much more that needs saying, other than what a really neat spectacle.

…on this car, please. Used to be that I thought vending a business card from a machine at motorway service stations was a (briefly distracting) novelty. But here’s the thing, what about coin-op for collecting your next car? The story here is rather more to do with fulfillment than show-rooming and sales – it’s intended […]

Google Auto was formed as a limited liability company in late 2011. Who knew? Not me at least, as the information came to light through an FOI request by the Guardian. Working in partnership with Roush, it might be that the smarts for bringing the tech-sector’s take on the (perhaps very specific type of) car […]

One of the many buildings that were abandoned wholesale in Cyprus, following the 1974 military coup and subsequent conflict, is a Toyota dealership, the showroom of which still contains a number of cars that are more than 40 years old yet have only delivery mileage on them. It was surprising to find, however, that dealerships […]

…more likely to steer drivers towards new models of ownership? Kandi Technologies is a company based in Hangzhou, China that wants to challenge the idea of traditional car ownership. In a country where air pollution is a serious environmental and health hazard, the company has created a giant vending machine that allows citizens to rent […]

71% of GX and Y’s would rather shop in a bricks-and-morter store than go online. Clearly that doesn’t mean they won’t shop online when it’s more convenient, but faced with an alternative to the dull ordinariness of mass retail, what would you rather? More importantly than that, is that these store experiences’ we’re seeking out […]