Maxine Morland

Maxine Morland

Maxine has been with CDN since 2015. She has worked in publishing for more than 24 years, starting on Trials and Motocross News, through editing the features desk of the Bermuda Sun, subbing at the Illustrated London News, to launching and editing customer publishing and trade titles. She has freelanced extensively as a writer, editor and print project manager and is now editor of Car Design News. Maxine lives in Somerset and works in London. Her first car was a 1971 BMW 2002 and her attraction to elderly BMWs continues (although she now also has a soft spot for mid 90s Japanese executive saloons too).

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    Yanfeng’s new XiM21 concept looks to the (very near) future

    2020-09-21T14:30:00

    From the moment the presentation of Yanfeng’s new concept began, it was clear that this was a bit different. For one thing, the concept has an exterior. While the focus is clearly not on the exterior, the fact it has one is noteworthy. Recent years have seen interior-only concepts from Yanfeng. This concept demonstrates lots of types of technology and solutions that can be seen on the latest releases (such as the S-Class) with some near-future tech too. As presenter Han Hendriks, chief technology officer YFT, explained, the feedback they recived on the futuristic XIM20 concept was: ‘but which technology can we put in vehicles in the next two years?’ XiM21 certainly answers that question.

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    Nissan Z Proto debuts

    2020-09-16T14:20:00

    Many people have been waiting a long time for the new Z car, and last night’s online reveal of the Z Proto (a near production concept) gives a good idea of what the new Z will be. Nissan hasn’t strayed too far from Z’s heritage, which will delight a lot of people, and the updates blend old and new neatly in a startling yellow package.

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    Envisaging the future of automotive design

    2020-09-08T12:57:00

    Envisage Group is well-known for producing motor show concepts for the world’s leading OEMs, but as Tim Strafford, CEO Envisage, and Mick Bradley, Production Director, explain, the work the company is currently undertaking goes far beyond that and is, in fact, servicing the leading edge of what modern car companies need from design support businesses. “Envisage Group is more than just a model-maker, it offers primary support services to design operations at all levels, from start-up, through one-off and bespoke vehicles to large automotive companies,” says Tim Strafford.

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    S stands for sophistication with the new Mercedes-Benz saloon

    2020-09-02T16:00:00

    In the (streamed and pre-recorded) launch of the new S-Class, Gorden Wagener stated that ‘minimalism is the true luxury of our time’. He is not the first to voice this opinion, but the new S-Class does exemplify a lot of what has made ’sensual purity’ such a successful design philosophy for Mercedes in recent years. 

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    Mahindra reveals new Thar SUV

    2020-08-20T16:53:00

    Mahindra has unveiled the new 4x4 Thar SUV, which gets an upgrade but stays true to it’s utilitarian roots

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    CDN Podcast Episode 3 featuring Rebecca Heath, lead colour and materials designer at Envisage Group

    2020-07-22T13:03:00

    Rebecca Heath, lead colour and materials designer at Envisage Group, explains how different approaches to sustainability could play a role in the car of the future

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    Ford F-150 redesign puts customers at its (mighty) heart

    2020-06-26T09:25:00

    The new Ford F-150, launched in the early hours of this morning, UK time, holds few surprises on the exterior, it is recognisably an F-150, look inside and the storage and truck-as-workplace solutions are beautifully resolved and carefully thought-out.

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    Polestar launches annual design competition

    2020-06-25T11:26:00

    Polestar announces a new design contest geared to inspire and promote automotive creativity, open to both students and professional designers 

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    CDN’s Production and Concept Car Award winners for 2019

    2020-06-19T13:05:00

    The Car Design Review 7 book has launched and the winners for the Concept and Production Cars of 2019 have been announced in a livestream with Land Rover’s Professor Gerry McGovern and FCA Europe’s Klaus Busse

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    Volvo hires new Colour and Material and UX leaders

    2020-06-10T14:44:00

    Claudia Braun has a longstanding track record in premium car design. At Daimler, she was responsible for colour and trim design for the Mercedes, AMG and Maybach brands, while she also played a significant role in colour and trim design at Porsche earlier in her career. “Volvo is the most stylish and sustainable brand. It is a perfect match to my vision of Scandinavian sustainable design and a responsible way of life,” she commented.

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    Opel’s new Mokka design has striking EV Vizor identity

    2020-06-10T12:09:00

    Opel goes full Mandalorian with a new EV grille identity and has released full images of the production Mokka

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    CDN best Concept and Production cars of 2019 shortlist announced

    2020-06-09T11:08:00

    The CDN best 10 concept and production car designs of 2019, as judged by a panel of 18 leading designers, have been announced - a Livestream on June 18 will reveal the winners and who our Lifetime Achievement Award winner is for 2019, plus our pick of the best students

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    2021 VW Arteon launched in grand tourer and shooting brake variants

    2020-06-03T17:17:00

    VW has launched the new Arteon in the form of two variants: the luxury grand tourer, and a shooting brake model

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    Pininfarina announces new tool to aid UX design

    2020-05-14T11:52:00

    The company has formed strategic partnerships to advance user experience design with the AutonoMIA demonstrator

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    Precept - Polestar’s manifesto of intent

    2020-04-07T16:25:00

    The Polestar Precept concept car was intended for a Geneva 2020 launch, and we were fairly excited to have a look at what Polestar had been working on. The Polestar 2 was innovative, in many ways, but was also based on an old Volvo concept. The Precept is the first concept car designed from scratch by the Polestar team. 

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    Interior Motives: Nissan IMk

    2020-03-26T17:32:00

    A deep dive into the design of Nissan’s IMk concept, exploring concepts like ‘Timeless Japanese Futurism’ and minimalism

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    BMW reveals Concept i4

    2020-03-03T10:28:00

    BMW has launched the near-production Concept i4 gran coupé which, as expected, builds on the design language set out in the Concept 4 from Frankfurt 2019

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

    2020-02-05T06:02:00

    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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    New Designing Car Interiors volume is invaluable resource for students

    2020-01-28T15:17:00

    Books for students of automotive design remain thin on the ground, particularly for interiors. Designer Tim Pilsbury is adressing this imbalance with his excellent Designing Car Interiors volumes

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    Design interview: Domagoj Dukec, BMW Head of Design

    2019-11-12T17:50:00

    The design direction BMW is pursuing may be controversial but is quite deliberate, as we discovered when we spoke to the man recently promoted to lead it, Domagoj Dukec

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