2014’s Paris Mondial motor show closed last week and we are happy to release our DVN Report. This report focuses on especially notable lights and related design and styling elements on selected concept and soon-to-be-released production vehicles on display at the Paris Mondial Motor Show which remains the world’s busiest area with more than 1.25 million visitors this year.
More than 100 first showings were presented and during the days reserved for the press, 10,000 journalists from 100 countries were present .
Mondial was different this year than in the recent past; the atmosphere was optimistic with a proliferation of unveiled production cars and concept cars. The takeaway message? the automotive crisis in Europe is now behind us.
In the DVN Report we elucidate several main retainable points:
• Most new premium and middle-range cars use LEDs not only in the rear, but also in the front;
• LED headlamps with square, rectangular, and specialized contours are quickly pushing the big-round-lens look off the stage. We see very nice styling in the lamps of cars like the DS3 and the Audi A6 and A7;
• We’re definitely seeing industry-wide use of DRL and rear lamp design for styling differentiation and to reinforce brand signature. Full red/white light bars and light guides are used more and more, emphasising the brand signature;
• A trend unveiled in several concept cars is fully-red (rear) or fully-white (front) perfectly homogeneous functional light blocks, using new materials and techniques;
• We see proliferation of ADB (adaptive driving beam/ glare free high beam). All the premium cars and also the middle range cars now use this technology and their display booths communicate on it.
The report contains small pictures; find big ones on www.DrivingVisionNews.com.
DVN General editor