The most innovative car designs set to emerge in 2018
Tehran (KNA) - Let's get a few things straight, shall we? When 2018 comes to a close, the world's cars will still have four wheels. The vast majority of them will still be powered by combustion engines. And they'll all still have steering wheels. Sorry to disappoint, but it had to be said.
Even so, the coming 12 months are likely to showcase just how dynamic the global car industry is at present -- in technology, innovation and design.
Global executives may not like the influences they so witheringly call "disruptors" -- everything from environmental concerns to AI processing power that can cope with autonomous driving -- but these forces are pulling car manufacturers in half a dozen different directions.
It may be some time before we know which path is best. But 2018 should give us an idea of who's betting on which outcome.
Electric goes mainstream
This should be the year when electric vehicles finally move beyond being a left-field choice to become featured products in the glossy brochures of mainstream manufacturers.
This, in turn, will bring considerable changes in technology and design. There is a school of thought that says eco-cars have to focus entirely on aerodynamics, slipping as efficiently as possible through the air to eke every mile out of the electric (or petrol-electric) powertrain. That's why, for example, the Toyota Prius and Hyundai Ioniq have such similar side profiles.
But from this point on, there's going to be such diversification in the world of electric vehicles that car manufacturers will be battling to grab their own slice of the market -- and that means we'll see big jumps in design.