Five keys to the SEAT CUPRA design essence

Five keys to the SEAT CUPRA design essence

23.02.2018: The courage, daring and determination of tribal civilisations inspire the design of the logo

    The courage, daring and determination of tribal civilisations inspire the design of the logo


    The designers explored new shades and natural materials, such as copper and granite, to convey the personality of the new brand


    Elements such as the steering wheel or exhaust pipe reflect the identity of the CUPRA Ateca, its first icon





In what way can a colour, a texture or a symbol convey the personality of a new brand? Coming up with the answer falls within the scope of the work carried out by designers in the automotive industry.




 “The new CUPRA Ateca is refined, bold and stylish” says Tony Gallardo, the head of Design at SEAT, when referring to the first model of the new CUPRA brand. The following are the five key aspects that define its essence:



1) A perfectly symmetrical logo: To reinforce the launch of the CUPRA brand, a powerful logo design was essential – two overlapping, symmetrical ‘C’s. “It goes far beyond a simple logo.



It’s an emblem. It symbolises the sense of belonging to a clan, the CUPRA clan”, says Jordi Font, the head of Color & Trim at SEAT. “The design of the inverted triangle was modelled on the attitude of tribal civilisations, on their courage and daring”, he adds.





2) A custom designed shade: “We looked for colours that accentuate the refinement of these models”, explains Font. This is how he describe the study performed by the team to find the right shade for the wheels, door mirrors and some of the interior trim that characterise the brand’s new models. The end result? “The Cup Copper colour, a shade that perfectly matches the model’s refined character”, he adds. The other shade that defines the brand is Petrol Blue, a mixture of cyan and hints of black that Font says “emphasises its personality”.


    The design of several key elements accentuate the sportier look of the CUPRA Ateca


    The Cup Copper colour on interior trim or elements such as wheels and door mirrors enhance the sophistication of the car



3) Natural textures that enhance the colours: Formulating colours is “a return to nature”, explains Font. In order to show its full depth, the new colour palette was inspired by natural materials with different textures, such as copper or granite.


    The perfectly symmetrical tribal logo symbolises the sense of belonging to a clan


    The logo design was key to strengthening the launch of the new brand




4) The first CUPRA icon: The CUPRA Ateca presents a sporty, robust image, according to Gallardo, which is consistent with this one-of-a-kind 300 hp SUV. This is achieved with a series of distinct elements, such as “the redesigned steering wheel or the dual exhaust pipe, which heighten its sporty silhouette”.


    The design details of each part must reflect the new model’s sportiness, style and strength


    The Cup Copper tone, featured on the logo, was custom designed to convey the new brand’s refined character




5) Each detail, a character trait: Building on the sporty CUPRA nature, some elements have been modified to increase its level of sophistication. Changes made to the front grille and door sills, among other details, give the car a combination of “style and strength”, says Gallardo. “Viewed as a whole, they convey the character of the CUPRA Ateca, the first model of the newly created brand: courage, passion, instinct and determination”.

    The courage of tribal civilizations inspired the logo design


    The designers sought to ensure that the CUPRA Ateca elements convey courage, passion, instinct and determination





Gemma Solà,Vanessa Petit- photos Seat

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