WAGENER: Yes. To me that was a dream come true, because in the end, as designers, we all want to do science-fiction movies, I guess.
BÉHAR: Totally! And what I love about Syd Mead is that many of his sketches show complete worlds, not only the cars. They’re very utopian. I’m very taken by these sorts of positive and utopian ways of imagining technology. Of course, there’s also plenty of great films that are dystopian. But what’s interesting for me as a designer is that we’re very good at imagining both futures: a utopian and a dystopian future. In a way, we like to imagine positive and negative futures which take a scenario all the way to its conclusion. In fact, I think this is actually the core purpose of being a designer: to create the future. Because, you know, the past has already been written.
WAGENER: What we create will be the future. In the car industry, at least. We work up to ten years ahead of the market. We’re constantly thinking about and deciding on the future of cars. We’re making science fiction every day. It’s an essential part of our job.