How do you see the automobile world at the moment? It is, after all, undergoing a tremendous transformation. But is it just change for the sake of change?
Admittedly, it could be described as naive and overly optimistic. But what we’re doing is we don’t stand in the way of change, nor do we fatalistically say it’s too late and nothing can be done anyway. Instead, we work on it every day, in the positive belief that we can make a difference, no matter how small the steps. It is an optimistic feeling that the carbon-free future will be an even more attractive and better world, one that we can reach without having to make too many sacrifices. It will be a different life, with different experiences and adventures, where we find other things better than we did in the past. We just say: Okay, that was one era. Now we have something else and that is even better and more exciting.
Doesn’t this change the whole idea of the car?
The only thing that hasn’t changed so far is that a car has four wheels that turn, but otherwise the automobile has had to undergo constant transformations. Now we’re seeing another step in its evolution. It may seem like an enormous move ahead – but going from cars that were started with a crank to cars that have an electric starter was a huge leap as well. Or electronics in cars in general. Electric cars are certainly a quantum leap, but it’s not as if cars haven’t changed at all in the past hundred years.
If you hadn’t become a designer, what profession would you have chosen?
Farmer, carpenter, architect, physician, researcher . . . I can think of so many possibilities. No matter what you do, it always comes down to seeing the exciting things in it. Okay, I probably wouldn’t have felt as fulfilled in finance, but who knows.