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Jordan Katsianis

Senior staff writer at Auto Express, Jordan joined the team after six years at evo magazine where he specialised in news and reviews of cars at the high performance end of the car market. His role in Auto Express features in print, online and on video where his specialities cover a much broader remit including car design and sustainability, with a bedrock of experience drawn from his Degree with Honours in Industrial Design (Automotive Design) at RMIT in Melbourne, Australia.  

Jordan says… 

“It’s a tumultuous time in the car industry with challenges in every direction. The pressure to reduce carbon emissions through electrification is one, but how to create the sort of passion and following that the last 100 years without their character-inducing combustion engines is perhaps even more challenging. I relish the opportunity to see what the best and brightest minds in the business have in store.”

Jordan Katsianis’ main areas of expertise:

  • Car design
  • Sustainability
  • Driving dynamics
  • Automotive engineering
  • Performance testing

Jordan Katsianis Q&A

Q: What was your first car?

A: "I was given very clear boundaries from my dad when time came to buy my first car: no turbos, no more than four cylinders, no hot hatchbacks. So I went out and purchased the most powerful car I could find according to those rules… A 181bhp 2003 Honda Accord. This was promptly replaced by a flat six-powered Subaru Legacy 3.0R Spec-B (manual) estate."

Q: What is your dream car? 

A: "The Lexus LFA as an example of momentous engineering skill, a manual Ferrari 612 Scaglietti as the ultimate form of automotive sophistication, and a Maserati Quattroporte IV (the Gandini one) as my weird crush"

Q: If you could change one thing about cars, driving or the car industry today what would it be?

A: "Unfortunately, alongside the car industry’s highs are far too many lows. Most manufacturers seem to be heading in the wrong direction. Electrification has created many cross-roads, and few are making the right choices. Many new cars are too heavy, too ‘styled’, and too compromised. This should be a period of great innovation, but few have so far achieved it. 

How would I change things? Put faith in out-of-the-box thinkers, both engineering and designers, to execute cars drawn from inspiration rather than customer clinics. Be an iPhone in a world of Nokias – follow a path of true innovation, rather than designing for a public that don’t know what they want…  "

Social media and e-mail

  • e-mail: jordan_katsianis@autovia.co.uk
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