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Your assignment: Design the interior of the self-driving car

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 23, 2013
Vehicle interiors have long been designed around the driver. But what happens to the look, feel and function of the inside of cars that drive themselves? That's a question designers and engineers are pondering as they prepare for the first generation of autonomous and semiautonomous vehicles.... Read More »

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New cars give peek at tomorrow's center stack

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 23, 2013
New information display technologies, touch screens and other gizmos are allowing automotive designers to reimagine center stacks and interiors. Designers say that data displays, and how drivers interact with the data, will have an impact on vehicle interiors.... Read More »

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How Japanese quake rebooted Honda's design

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 23, 2013
Japan's killer earthquake-tsunami double punch slammed the country in 2011, knocking out Honda's operations -- and those of its domestic rivals -- for months. But the disaster carried a silver lining for Honda.... Read More »

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BMW design chief tests a luxury look for the future

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 23, 2013
With their simple body lines and extensive use of recycled materials, BMW's i electric cars establish a new design language for premium but eco-friendly vehicles, says Adrian van Hooydonk, BMW top design executive. He calls the i cars the "next premium" -- a new generation of luxury vehicles.... Read More »

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Auto exteriors get new splash of colors

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 23, 2013
Susan Lampinen, Ford's group chief designer for color and material design, keeps a keen eye on trends in fashion, art and design. Her responsibilities cover vehicles from Fiesta subcompacts to F-series pickups and Lincolns.... Read More »

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M-B nonconformist is a hit with car buyers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 22, 2013
Yes, there are cliches about car designers: They wear black jackets and shirts, they admire Bauhaus architecture and minimalist product design and they spend every free minute at furniture and fashion shows to get inspiration. But Mercedes-Benz design boss Gorden Wagener takes a different approach.... Read More »

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Toyota's design overhaul about to bear fruit

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 21, 2013
Four years before taking the helm of Toyota in 2009, Akio Toyoda began quietly studying auto design under a veteran stylist at the carmaker's dome-roofed creative studio here. Call it a premonition.... Read More »

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A new heyday for J Mays

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 24, 2012
J Mays says his days as an egotistical artiste-car designer are ancient history. These days, Mays, 57, feels vindicated because the 2013 Ford Fusion was a smash at the Detroit auto show, winning best-in-show raves from many critics. The car embodies Mays' long sought vision for a global Ford design language.... Read More »

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The challenge: Great design that satisfies the law

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 24, 2012
These days designers' talents are being pitted increasingly against global crash and safety regulations and the desire for aerodynamic efficiency. The quest to create a beautiful form while meeting the letter of the law is a huge challenge.... Read More »

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Designing for 2016: It's all about aerodynamics

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 24, 2012
Four years from now, vehicles emerging from the world's design studios will be more aerodynamic -- and more sculpted. Extreme design will be out of favor. You'll see fewer bumps and bulges and asymmetrical shapes, the kinds of things that kept popping up in the past decade.... Read More »

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Design wars: Go flashy or play it safe?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 24, 2012
Nissan design honcho Shiro Nakamura says he's not done with outlandishness. And Toyota may just be getting started.... Read More »

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