BMW Headlight/Taillight Designer Explains The 4 Series Coupe

4-Series | January 2nd, 2013 by 3
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After many years as an intern for several car companies, including Mercedes and Audi, and also an active member of car forums, Hussein Al-Attar joined …

After many years as an intern for several car companies, including Mercedes and Audi, and also an active member of car forums, Hussein Al-Attar joined the BMW design team. As an exterior designer, All-Attar is part of a large team of talented designers that compete every year for the ultimate prize: seeing the fruit of their labor on the road.

In his short career at BMW Al-Attar has already made a difference: his headlights/taillights design is the one featured by the new BMW 4 Series Coupe.

MotorTrend sat down with the talented designer to learn what inspires him and the challenges he faced during the design process.

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Headlights

The BMW 4 Series Coupe concept uses basically the same LED lighting technology found on the 6 Series lineup, but moves from rounded lines to an open hexagon. Al-Attar notes that connecting the light-emitting element to the grille — which is completely closed, by the way — is a new touch. It looks better in person than the LEDs on the current 3 Series sedan and is likely to be retained for the production BMW 4 Series coupe.

“We had a very clear picture in mind from the beginning,” Al-Attar says about designing the 4 Series Coupe concept’s lights. “At the end it was really fine-tuning and talking about where to put the line” connecting the lights to the grille, a few millimeters higher or lower.

Taillights

BMW 4 Series Coupe concept taillight in studio 655x409 BMW Headlight/Taillight Designer Explains The 4 Series Coupe

“If you look at the dynamic of graffiti lettering or in calligraphy, you can see that the thickness within the same letter is different and this gives it a very dynamic, very emotional appearance and this is what we tried here,” Al-Attar said. “With LED technology, we have the possibility to be very three-dimensional.”

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