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    Book review: Vintage Works – A car designer’s sketchbook


    Tim Pilsbury’s books have charmed us for years at CDN, from his instructive guides to automotive interiors to this series of sketch diaries, Pilsbury brings his perspective to bear on automotive classics as well as his personal favourites

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    What has happened to Audi design?


    (Single)Framing the rise and decline of design kings, Audi. Design critic Wayne Batty is unconvinced by the Bauhaus aspirations of the German marque’s ’Sphere series

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    Review: Motion – Autos, Art, Architecture


    Curated by architect Norman Foster, Motion: Autos, Art, Architecture at the Guggenheim Bilbao is an visually stunning and elegiac tribute to the golden age of the automobile

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    Reinventing Luxury with Chris Bangle


    At the recent Pratt Institute Design Symposium 2021 on Re-Inventing Luxury held at the Whitney Museum in New York City, car designer and thinker Chris Bangle shared his thoughts on creating a new narrative around luxury design. Car Design News publishes his talk here 

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    Opinion: a brand story untold – Mercedes’ EQS


    Telling the brand story will be the most important task for car designers in the future as electrification, urbanisation, congestion and developments around self-driving cars will conspire to curtail the driving experience. Thus, the brand story will soon be the only truly differentiating USP. Niels van Roij examines the Mercedes-Benz EQS in this light

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    An interview with Karl Smith, author of Brave New Car


    A new publication by longtime Car Design News contributor Karl Smith looks at the future of the car, examining how electrification, autonomy, fresh ideas around luxury, interior concepts can offer a way out of the current cul de sac we find ourselves in 

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    Opinion: Secret design sauce comes from expert artistry


    Car design is shrowded in mystery, with brands pedalling an intangible narrative that detracts from the talent and expertise of highly skilled professionals

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


    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


    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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    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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    Review – 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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    Comment: 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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    The Metro: An Unexpected Journey


    A stellar online exhibition on the Austin 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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    Design Essay: The role of humans in AVs


    Autonomous light commercial vehicles are a growing area – but where do humans fit into it?

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    Opinion: Why honest design matters


    Mild misdirection or visual lying? Here’s a firm view on the trend of design fakery

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    Are Beautiful Cars Really a Thing of the Past?


    They just don’t make ’em like they used to! Or do they?

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    Opinion: Discovery Sport and the long-term ramifications of pandering to the crossover convergence


    Having pored over the first pictures of the new Land Rover Discovery Sport and consumed the accompanying official literature, we’re left wondering why it shares so much of its design treatment with the Range Rover Evoque, while simultaneously removing the last vestiges of utility from the Discovery nameplate. From its virtually indistinguishable grille and lamp graphics, over its tapered roofline