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Subways and regional vehicles are mobile carriers of the cultural, traditional and local character of a city and region or serve as a framework for (re)developing the identity of a city and its surroundings.

As a result, metros and trams are always a part of urban popular culture that is seen and used every day and can also have an advertising effect on the image of the city.


Successful mobility and transportation design must therefore build a bridge between all factors that have to be taken into account in terms of mobility and manufacturing - such as ride comfort and safety, manufacturing processes, operation and maintenance within the framework of existing regulations for public transport - and the local or regional passenger experience.

Tram Huaian

Tram Huaian was our first low-floor tram project in China, and is the longest non-contact supercapacitor tram line in the world.


Our design approach is based on the "Seven Colors of Huai'an" as a city identity that reflects Huaian's long and deep historical and cultural significance.


The exterior of Tram Huaian visualizes the city's rich heritage as well as its open, inclusive and progressive image.

Customer: CRRC Zhuzhou


RTTE 160kmh regional train

The first RTTE regional vehicles with operating speeds of up to 160 km/h will be used on the Pinggu line in Beijing in the future.


We were responsible for the development of the interior and exterior design for the entire train. In addition, the platform design bears the signature of Tricon thanks to our comprehensive advice.

The design of the front fascia of the train enables the highest aerodynamic efficiency, and makes a futuristic impression with its strong visual impact.

Customer: RTTE

Tsingtao Metro

Tricon developed the entire design for the Qingdao R1 Express Line commuter train. The follow-up order from CRRC Sifang to adapt the exterior design of the R1 line to the new commuter train platform shows that this has struck a chord.

Customer: CRRC Sifang


DT5 Hamburg

Design in the field of tension between tradition and modernity

The design of the DT5 stands in the creatively stimulating field of tension between tradition and modernity.


The exterior design is characterized by a striking, functional form, as a logical continuation of the previous vehicles.

However, the reinterpretation of the beading structure and the large front end with the linear headlights create a highly modern vehicle.

This also applies to the interior:

The open passenger compartment with its maritime colors conveys lightness, freshness, even reflects the vastness of the sea and Hamburg as a port city - and makes the rather small vehicle cross-section appear larger and airier.

Customer: Alstom

Metro Izmir

Local living, local driving – combined in terms of design

The interior of the LRT vehicle for the Turkish city of Izmir initially impresses with a seat specially and individually designed for this project, which, with its high-quality upholstery, offers significantly greater comfort in local transport.


The interior design of the tram, especially the cross-section, is inspired by local architecture and uses traditional patterns and colors. These create a friendly and pleasant atmosphere for the passengers and aesthetically integrate the local transport into the overall picture of the city.

This also applies to the exterior design: the LRT vehicle is characterized by a characteristic head design with shortened A-pillars.

Customer: CSR Zhuzhou


San Francisco Street Car

For Siemens Mobility in Sacramento, California, we have been successfully designing vehicles of all types for more than 10 years. We develop comprehensive exteriors and interiors for Siemens, starting with light rail vehicles, locomotives and passenger carriages through to high-speed trains.

Our successful cooperation can be seen on the rails: Witnesses include the light rail systems in Seattle, San Francisco and Calgary.

Customer: Siemens USA

Calgary Street Car

The focus of our design for the Calgary Street Car was - in addition to optimizing functionality, modularity and safety - on the appreciation for the city and its design integration.

For the design of the front of the vehicle, we were inspired by the ice hockey mask of the Calgary Flames and symbolize sporting energetics, but at the same time safety and protection. The impression of a visor is created by the dynamic surface design and the offset from glass to GRP.

Customer: Siemens USA



Individual color concepts as a reflection of local culture

The source of inspiration for our design for the city of Mashad in northern Iran was the mining of the mineral turquoise there. Both on the outside and inside, our color scheme is based on local conditions and creates an identification of the passengers with their new tram - and thanks to the light tones, an atmospheric and pleasant driving experience.

The plastic bucket seats specially designed by Tricon are also characteristic of the interior. They have a modular structure, which can be clearly seen in the formal design: an H-shape forms the static framework, the seat and backrest are interchangeable and can be perfectly adapted to individual circumstances.

Customer: CRRC Changchun

Shanghai ML1

After completing the vehicle design for Shanghai Metro Lines 6, 7, 8 and 9, the new trains for Line 1 were put into operation in 2018, for which TRICON was responsible for and implemented the entire design process.


In the course of replacing the oldest trains on the Shanghai Metro, which were gradually reaching the end of their service life, we developed a modern, innovative design framework that continues the tried and tested and leaves enough room for new shape and color concepts.

Customer: CRRC Zhuzhou

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Zhengzhou Metro

In 2014, TRICON developed the holistic industrial design concepts and the design book for the tender for the procurement of the new vehicles for Zhengzhou ML 1 and 2. We thus created a basis for the familiar design identity of the Zhengzhou Metro vehicles without giving up the claim of modern sophistication .

Customer: CRRC Tangshan


Fuzhou ML6

In 2013, TRICON designed the trains of Fuzhou Metro Line 1, followed by the trains of Lines 3 and 5, which also benefited from Line 1's proven vehicle design.


Five years later and now in the second generation of the Fuzhou Metro fleet, we were once again very successfully responsible for all industrial design steps with regard to the new ML 6 Metro trains. 

Customer: CRRC Tangshan

Hong Kong Metro

With expertise right from the start: In close cooperation with CSR and Hong Kong MRT, we successfully designed the holistic industrial design for the first Chinese-made metro train for Hong Kong in 2008.


The completely newly developed design features of the front mask have since served as the standard design DNA for further MRI trains over the next 20 years.

Customer: CRRC Changchun

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Capital Airport Express

Capital Airport Express Beijin was TRICON's first rail vehicle industrial design project in China.


It didn't just get its charisma as part of the transport project in the run-up to the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing: the line that connects the city center with Beijing Capital International Airport impresses with its strong design character.

Customer: CBRC

Wuxi ML1

In 2014, TRICON also designed the first Line 1 metro vehicle for the city of Wuxin. The W-shape at the front end of the head and the "Moon Gate" style of traditional Chinese indoor gardens have become a unifying design feature of subsequent trains of Lines 2, 3 and 4 of the Wuxi Metro.

Customer: CRRC Zhuzhou

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Taizhou S1

The newest Taizhou commuter train line, which can reach speeds of 140 km/h, has also benefited from our holistic design approach:


The interior and exterior design underlines the sympathetic, lively and modern image of the city of Taizhou, which has made a name for itself as "the city of mountains and sea, a sacred land of harmony".

Customer: CRRC Tangshan

Wenzhou S1 Metro

The Wenzhou S1 train was the first new type of commuter train (EMU) to enter service in China.


The exterior design is based on the proven commuter train platform designed by TRICON for CRRC Sifang and at the same time takes into account the regional and cultural characteristics of the Wenzhou region.

Customer: CRRC Sifang

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