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Warsaw’s metro system is set for an upgrade in 2012, with a fleet of 35 new trains designed by the BMW subsidiary DesignworksUSA for Siemens. The new Inspiro train cars have a futuristic exterior with faceted edges, trapezoidal windows and lighting around the doors that drains away like an hourglass to indicate how long passengers have left to board.

The interior has a distinctly Scandinavian feel. Wooden seating (cantilevered to maximise the space) and wooden vertical rails shaped like branches lend a natural touch while…



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