McGovern: spot the new De­fender clues

Land Rover de­sign chief re­veals the ob­jects that have influ­enced his work.

CAR (UK) - - INSIDER - By Colin Over­land

MOD­ERNISM IS ONE of the big­gest el­e­ments of Land Rover de­sign chief Gerry McGovern’s think­ing. Which means he’s faced a par­tic­u­larly tricky chal­lenge in the de­sign of the new De­fender – a car that re­places a much-loved piece of au­to­mo­tive his­tory. A lot of peo­ple will be dis­ap­pointed if it keeps the name but noth­ing else, be­cause they’re ex­pect­ing and hop­ing for some­thing that em­braces the Land Rover her­itage. But retro is not McGovern’s style.

In a talk to cel­e­brate the Range Rover Velar win­ning the De­sign of the Year gong in the World Car of the Year awards, McGovern looked back over the his­tory of car de­sign, his own 40-year (and count­ing) ca­reer, and the places, ob­jects and cars that shaped his tastes. De­fender clues must be here, but where?

Whereas Audi de­sign­ers look like their cars – cheek­bones, polo necks, frame­less specs – Gerry McGovern is a glo­ri­ous one-o

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