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    Obituary: Tom Karen OBE (1926-2022)


    With the passing of Tom Karen in January 2023, the design world lost a true original. A classic industrial designer blessed with a boundless imagination, Karen designed the Reliant Scimitar, Bond Bug, Raleigh Chopper and Luke Skywalker’s Landspeeder. Car Design News looks back at his life in design

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    Obituary: The French maestro Robert Opron


    One of the finest car designers of the 20th Century, Robert Opron, passed away last week, aged 89. Responsible for masterpieces for Simca, Citroen, Renault and Alfa Romeo from the late 1950s to the late-80s – and one of the few recipients of the Car Design News Lifetime Achievement Award – we salute his life and influence, via still vivid memories of visiting his house south of Paris back in 2016 to discuss his career over Scotch and Pringles…