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    Hyundai Prophecy wows the internet (if not the crowds)


    The Hyundai Prophecy concept has to be one of the (virtual) stars of the 2020 Geneva Motor (No) Show. A cursory glance at social media conversations – from grown-up experts, not trolls – reveals a stream of very positive comments, with favourable comparisons to the classic 1947 UrSaab and also modern-day Teslas, as well as perhaps a sprinkling of 70s Porsche 911 in the rear wing. None of which is to suggest this concept is derivative, but just confirms what we already suspected: that Hyundai’s current design team have good taste, a broad palette and an increasing licence to be creative.

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    Geneva Motor Show officially cancelled due to Coronavirus threat


    The 2020 Geneva Motor Show and Car Design Night are both cancelled due to the threat of the COVID-19 coronavirus.

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    Gordon Murray Design’s Motiv concept


    The Gordan Murray Design Motiv concept was recently shown at the MOVE 2020 mobility show in London. We speak to one of the lead designers involved in the project

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    Going viral: How design studios in China are coping with the coronavirus


    The Coronavirus continues to have a significant impact on the automotive industry and car design

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    Concept Car of the Month: Opel Experimental GT (1965)


    In the guiding hands of a young of Erhard Schnell, this month’s concept car, the Experimental GT, marked a turning point for Opel Design

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    First sight: Tata’s new take on the classic Sierra launches in Delhi


    Tata’s new Sierra concept has just been unveiled at the Delhi auto show 2020. We got a preview of it last week when we spoke to Martin Uhlarik and Pratap Bose

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    Driven: Mazda 3 Skyactiv-X


    A week with the revelatory new Mazda hatchback’s design and UX

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    Automotive design stories fresh from CES 2020


    Sony sparked speculation that it was entering the car market by unveiling an impressively well-finished prototype electric car, the Vision S, at the CES show in Las Vegas this week.

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    CES 2020: Toyota debuts a concept city


    After the smorgasbord of tech and mobility solutions we saw  at the Tokyo motorshow last year, we wondered what else Toyota could have up it’s sleeve for CES 2020… turns out it is a whole city

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    CES 2020: BMW brings an ‘Urban Suite’ to Vegas


    BMW brings a luxury mobility concept interior to CES 2020 – squeezed inside an i3

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    Remembering Syd Mead, 1933-2019


    Syd Mead, visual futurist, automotive designer, motion picture concept designer, industrial designer, and an inspiration to almost everyone working in these design fields, has died at the age of 86, succumbing to complications of lymphoma, which he had fought for the last three years.

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    Land Rover Defender 2019


    Land Rover’s new Defender has taken enough elements of the old Defender to respect the heritage, while playfully updating and reinterpreting the brand identitiy for a modern context. CDN spoke to Massimo Frascella, Gerry McGovern and Andy Wheel about the exterior design. The full interior story will follow in a few weeks…

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    CCotM: The Chevrolet Nomads


    Our final Concept Car of the Month for 2019 is, in fact, three different GM concepts cars, all inspired by the Chevrolet Nomad’s design

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    Mercedes moves into France’s tech hub (near Nice)


    Car Design News strolled around the futuristic new Mercedes-Benz advanced design studio in Nice, France, where the German brand’s heads of department showed us around and explained the reasons for the move

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    LA 2019: VW ID Space Vizzion concept


    The 2019 version of VW can’t be accused of shirking its environmental responsibilities. Hot on the heels of the production version of the ID.3 at September’s Frankfurt Motor Show, just two months later it revealed the latest in its all-electric ID family in the shape of the Space Vizzion concept at the 2019 LA Auto Show.

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    Chevrolet Corvette walk around with Tristan Murphy


    Tristan Murphy, Lead Interior Designer of the Chevrolet Corvette, provides a run down of the vehicle to CDN before they presented it at Car Design Night LA 2019

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    BMW Design spotlight


    BMW has shown some really interesting Vision concept cars in the last few years, most recently, the Vision M Next. If you want to understand what BMW design’s aesthetic values are – the Vision cars are a good place to start.

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    2019 Tokyo Motor Show preview


    All the big teasers, preview images and news announcements from Japanese car manufacturers ahead of the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show

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    Enovate - interview with Hakan Saracoglu


    Enovate is one of a raft of electric car startups in China which supposedly reached 450 at their zenith. “They’re consolidating now, it’s the right thing to do there were way too many” says Enovate vice president of design, Hakan Saracoglu. The Turkish born German national has fifteen years’ experience with Porsche along with shorter stints at Ford and Chery

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    First sight: Yanfeng XiM20


    Yanfeng’s Red Dot award-winning XiM20’s concept focuses on making a connection with people using a vehicle for short-trip travel, within a framework of the users being a group who value experiences over posessions