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    Studio Visit: Nissan Design America

    2021-06-02T09:33:00Z

    With an eclectic spirit fostered by the late Jerry Hirshberg, the California satellite studio in La Jolla is a designer’s sanctuary with a storied history

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    Opinion: Rollin’ coal, culture wars and Ford’s ‘Truck of the Future’

    2021-05-27T16:18:00Z

    In the United States, the ICE versus EV debate became a battleground in an ongoing culture war. But as more and more combustion era icons go electric, can design help cut through the noise and usher in a new automotive culture?

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    Opinion: The car remains king in Barratt Homes Britain

    2021-04-29T11:58:00Z

    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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    Chinese design talent dominates in Shanghai

    2021-04-22T20:44:00Z

    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?

    2021-04-22T19:31:00Z

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

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    Post Opulence: A Softer Tomorrow?

    2021-03-31T19:46:00Z

    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

    2021-03-24T14:23:00Z

    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

    2021-02-25T14:07:00Z

    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

    2021-02-15T16:03:00Z

    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?

    2021-01-13T15:25:00Z

    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

    2021-01-04T14:28:00Z

    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?

    2020-12-21T15:29:00Z

    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

    2020-11-30T12:23:00Z

    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

    2020-11-09T10:39:00Z

    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

    2020-10-27T20:02:00Z

    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?

    2020-10-06T09:54:00Z

    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

    2020-08-11T08:59:00Z

    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)

    2020-04-17T22:57:00Z

    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: how adversity shapes cars

    2020-04-06T07:59:00Z

    The changing face of car design through difficult times is in fact a prime example of humanity’s remarkable adaptability and resilience – not to mention our collective mood.

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    Are ’quadri-mobiles' the future of small cars?

    2020-03-19T16:43:00Z

    Over the last ten to fifteen years, a combination of more rigorous regulatory demands and increasing customer expectations conspired to create the finest superminis ever made. One look at cars like the Volkswagen Up or the latest Hyundai i10 is enough to realise that buyers of entry-level models never had it so good