In 2015, specialist rail vehicle design consultants, Industrial Design Alliance, were commissioned by CRRC to create exterior styling for the new Guangzhou Line 14 and Line 21 Metro passenger vehicles, which have recently gone into service. The brief was to create 2 distinctively different fronts ends that mate to a common car body, taking a modular approach to the design.
“We sought to create a distinctively Chinese look for both cars, taking inspiration from Guangzhou city and its natural surrounds”, said Tim Rugendyke, lead designer for the project. “The number of new metro systems being built throughout China each year is staggering with the demand for new and distinctive rolling stock design ever increasing – We are the forefront of this providing passenger rolling stock design that is both dynamic and relevant to its local environment”.
The trains have been entered into this year’s Chinese Red Star Design Awards.
For more, try these links; the first one highlights the growth of rail in China and the second one announces some of the new Guangzhou metro lines.