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Think automobile design and your mind might wander to great designers such as Sergio Pininfarina and Ferdinand Porsche, or companies like BMW, Lamborghini and Ferrari – all from the Western Hemisphere. Dilip Chhabria, however, has defied the notion that an aesthetically intelligent design can only come from the West.
Born in Mumbai, Chhabria came from a society where to be successful you had to be a doctor, a lawyer or a businessman. He, however, dared to be different and chose to study transportation design at the Art Center of Design in Pasadena, California. In 1993, he founded DC Design, aiming to offer design services to corporations and individuals.
Today, his company employs 400 designers, engineers and craftsmen and has produced over 700 concept cars for customers that include Porsche, Rolls Royce, Renault, Ford, Toyota and, closer to home, Maruti Suzuki, Tata Motors and Ashok Leyland. Prototypes designed by Chhabria’s company have also been showcased at the Geneva and Paris Auto shows. Continue reading