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    Opinion: The car remains king in Barratt Homes Britain


    From automation, EVs and new ideas of urbanism – the role of the car is under question when it comes to urban centres. Venture outside metropolitan areas and you will find a new suburbia designed and built with the car at its heart. Good news for any OEMs wedded to the status quo but a challenge for proponents of new ideas of mobility 

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    Thar: Return of an Icon


    An authentic, purpose-built SUV with a rugged appearance and a go anywhere spirit, the original Thar by Mahindra & Mahindra developed a cult following in India. With the new model, which hit the market in October 2020, Mahindra and Mahindra hopes to build upon the Thar’s success by introducing the vehicle to a new generation of consumers. Head of design Kripa Ananthan unpacks the creative thinking behind the vehicle 

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    Chinese design talent dominates in Shanghai


    Shanghai proved a more relaxed affair than Beijing last year, PR nightmares for Tesla not withstanding, with European OEMs playing second fiddle to a slew of new launches by homegrown talent such as Arcfox, Nio and Xpeng

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    Can we design cars without killing the planet?


    It’s Earth Day, and car design should play a key role

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    Post Opulence: A Softer Tomorrow?


    A decade or more of adversarial design and in-your-face attitudes has left us in need of a breather. Might a new era of post-opulent aesthetics mellow us out? Aidan Walsh hopes so. 

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    Opinion: Transforming old into new


    Revered retrofit architects Lacaton & Vassal’s recent Pritzker Prize win poses some interesting questions for car designers, writes CDN editor James McLachlan

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    DeLorean: Back from the Future


    A testament to hubris wrought in stainless steel – the DeLorean story elevated the act of building a car into the realms of shakespearean tragedy. A fascinating new BBC documentary profiles the man at the heart of it 

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    Car Design News partners with GMC to bring you the Hummer EV


    The Hummer EV counters preconceived ideas of the nameplate thanks to its innovative design and technology, Car Design News partners with GMC to give you the lowdown

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    The three-box sedan: requiem or revival?


    Stateside, the three-box sedan seems to be in retreat with VW withdrawing the Passat and Lincoln phasing out the Continental. Is it all over for this time-honoured format, or does its future simply lie elsewhere in the world?

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    Car Design News: Best stories of 2020


    The editorial team at Car Design News highlights their favourite stories of the year: Lucid Motors, Jeep and Land Rover all make an appearance

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    Too much minimalism?


    Everyone is a minimalist these days, but beyond being a handy catch-all for pared back aesthetics, what does the term mean for car design? Are designers sacrificing ornament at the altar of functionality as embodied by touchscreens? 

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    CDR 7: SangYup Lee, Hyundai


    Hyundai’s design kingpin SangYup Lee on the Prophecy, Dieter Rams, and why he wants to create a car range that is like a chess set 

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    Hitting the e-SUV spot


    OEMs are rushing to bring out more electric SUVs in a bid to meet emissions targets and protect margins. But they will require innovations in design and engineering to stay desirable and competitive in an increasingly crowded field

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    The Metro: An Unexpected Journey


    A stellar online exhibition on the Metro by the British Motor Museum prompted an unexpected A-series engine-powered trip down memory lane for CDN editor James McLachlan 

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    Concept Cars: All Dressed Up With Nowhere to Show?


    The star turns of the motor show, concept cars provoke, excite and inspire. But what happens to the special guests when the party is cancelled?

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    How Mazda matched colour with design


    Mazda has developed paint coatings and application technology to fit with its vehicle design philosophy to both enhance the aesthetics and be environmentally sustainable

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    Concept Car of the Month: Gran Turismo Red Bull X1 (2010-19)


    Looking back to when a Formula 1 team and a video game studio collaborated to design the ultimate racing car

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    Design Essay: Surprise & delight, the importance of detail design


    What makes people fall in love with cars? Aidan Walsh argues that small details in design cement long-term love affairs with vehicles

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    Designer profile: Simon Humphries, head of design, Toyota


     Two years in at the top job, Car Design News chats to Simon Humphries, head of design for Toyota and Lexus

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    Jukeboxes: the unlikely automotive influence


    A look at the connection between mid-century American cars and jukeboxes