CAR DESIGN IN 7 STEPS

The design of each new BMW model remains a secret until series production starts. An exclusive look behind the scenes of the BMW design studio.

1

Recognize trends

Designers need to anticipate what will be perceived as contemporary in the world and mobility of the future. And how the needs of customers could have changed by then.

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2

Hand-drawn sketches

The first contact with a new model is a white sheet of paper and a pen. The designers first express their ideas in hand-drawn sketches.

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3

Tape drawings

In addition to the sketches, the designers visualize the proportions of their vehicle designs on a scale of 1:1 on the wall - with so-called tape drawings.

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4

Digital models

The CAS (Computer Aided Styling) designers then design a three-dimensional virtual model from the two-dimensional sketch.

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5

Clay models

The vehicle design is worked out three-dimensionally on a scale of 1:1. These models are made of clay and coated with a special foil that imitates a paint finish.

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6

Interior design

At the same time, the interior designers are refining their models. With the help of VR glasses, they can experience the entire interior in so-called seat boxes.

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7

Fine-tuning

BMW Design has their own team for design details, colors, and materials.

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