Design

2014 PARIS AUTO SHOW

Renault bets on SUV looks to revive Espace

Oct. 2, 2014 10:46 CET
Renault has turned the new Espace into a crossover from a minivan as it seeks to revive the model's European sales and follow a market shift to more rugged-looking vehicles....
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2014 Eurostar winner Marco Tencone

Sept. 30, 2014 06:01 CET
The executives chosen as 2014 Automotive News Europe Eurostars achieved success by exceeding expectations. Marco Tencone, Alfa Romeo, Lancia and Maserati styling center coordinator, is this year's Eurostar winner for Design....
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Mazda's old-school design secret

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2014
Breaking with the modern-day reliance on computer-generated design, design chief Ikuo Maeda took Mazda old school. He has overhauled the design process to begin every project with sculpting and handed the clay modelers even more clout in steering a vehicle's style....
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ANALYSIS

Is Mercedes design finally on right road?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2014
Gorden Wagener, Mercedes-Benz' chief designer since 2008, has taken flak for the uneven lineup that he largely inherited. Meanwhile, Audi and Volkswagen have been celebrated for clean, product-design-inspired styling language. But the view has started to change....
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Infiniti Q80 Inspiration points to brand's design direction

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2014
The large four-door fastback concept that Infiniti will unveil at the Paris auto show this week signals the styling for a stream of new products planned over the next four years....
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READY FOR TAKEOFF

2015 Mustang's interior design inspired by airplane cockpits

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2014
Interiors have never been one of the Ford Mustang’s selling points over the years. That’s about to change with the airplane-inspired cockpits in the 2015 models that will go on sale next month....
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A sleek, supple, sophisticated Mustang

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2014
The 2015 Ford Mustang arrives in dealerships next month as the most ballyhooed car of the year....
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Transit PTV: Ford's fresh take on the paddy wagon

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2014
Don't expect much in the way of in-car entertainment in the newest version of Ford's 2015 Transit full-size van. That's because the purpose is incarceration....
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Mazda design chief insists no new RX without rotary engine

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2014
Ikuo Maeda, Mazda Motor Corp.'s global design chief, who designed the RX-8 sports car and whose father penned the RX-7, wants to resurrect the signature RX series....
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CR-V goes 'aggressive and bold'

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2014
Honda released an image of the updated CR-V that goes on sale Wednesday, Oct. 1....
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Gear hauler

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2014
At the State Fair of Texas in Dallas last week, Chevrolet introduced the 2015 Colorado Sport, a midsize pickup shown in this sketch with GearOn, a storage system that handles bicycles, kayaks and other equipment....
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GMC boss pushing for Denali version of new Canyon pickup

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2014
None of the new GMC Canyon midsize pickups that began shipping to dealerships this month wears a Denali badge signifying the truck brand's high-end trim line....
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A cool way to cool the Hellcat

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2014
On other Challenger models, the left inner headlight has a clear plastic center section. But on the Hellcat version, what looks like a headlight is actually a combination turn signal/ parking lamp and air scoop that Chrysler calls an "air catcher."...
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Windshield could be the display screen

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2014
Inspired by video games and wearable devices such as Google Glass, car companies and their suppliers are pouring resources into head-up display (HUD) technology, despite daunting challenges that stand in the way of turning the whole windshield into a display screen....
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Chrysler's Busse has a surprise for you

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2014
Klaus Busse, Chrysler Group's head of interior design, and his team enjoy hiding what they call "Easter eggs" throughout Chrysler Group vehicles for owners to discover. Easter eggs are fun, unobtrusive art elements that feature landmarks or historical images related to the vehicle....
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Ford goes Hollywood at virtual reality studio

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2014
Studio 2000X, Ford's virtual reality design house where Disney-style technology meets the car industry, is used to build advanced renderings of vehicle designs to show top management, often before final design approval. The renderings are often shown on 20-foot screens....
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Bob Boniface and the art and science of designing Cadillacs

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2014
Bob Boniface remembers every detail of his father's 1966 Cadillac Sedan DeVille, the points and the turn signal repeaters above the headlights, everything. And they continue to fascinate and inspire him now that he is Cadillac's exterior design chief....
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Q&A

Ford interiors boss is driven to end distraction

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 28, 2014
J Mays, retired Ford global design chief, recruited Amko Leenarts in 2012 as a strategy director, and Leenarts quickly stepped up to the top global interiors job in 2013....
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Toyota design chief erases the rules

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 27, 2014
Tokuo Fukuichi, the avant-garde, nonconformist global design chief at Toyota, is the kind of creative free spirit who counts brainstorming in the sauna as an essential part of his daily work regimen. That's why he was elevated to Toyota's board in June and made president of its Lexus luxury brand....
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Infiniti's new London studio ignites brand's Aston Martin aspirations

Sept. 27, 2014 06:01 CET
Infiniti executives think that its brand new London design studio will help it create models that appeal to customers purchasing some of Britain's most exclusive vehicles....
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Mazda ponders designer goods line in upscale push

11:42 am U.S. ET | Sept. 24, 2014
Does Mazda have enough brand cachet to market designer goods -- such as gadgets, apparel and furniture -- as luxury marques such as Porsche have done?...
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2014 PARIS AUTO SHOW

Toyota concept shows Europe-led design shift

Sept. 23, 2014 06:01 CET
Toyota turned to its styling center in southern France to create the C-HR concept that will be displayed in Paris next week. Toyota says the hybrid crossover hints at what it intends to bring to the compact SUV segment....
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Detroit automakers vs. Hollywood filmmakers for top digital design talent

1:03 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 23, 2014
When it comes to hiring hot young car designers, Detroit's automakers face tough competition from an unlikely but glamorous source: Hollywood....
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2014 PARIS AUTO SHOW PREVIEW

French automakers focus on fuel economy as rivals push zoom factor

Sept. 22, 2014 06:01 CET
French automakers will focus on ultra fuel-efficient concepts at the Paris auto show while their rivals showcase sporty cars such as the Mercedes-AMG GT, Jaguar XE and Mazda MX-5....
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PARIS AUTO SHOW PREVIEW

Sports cars to shine in City of Light

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 22, 2014
The spotlight will be on sports cars at the Paris auto show, with debuts of models such as the Mercedes-AMG GT, Mazda MX-5 Miata and Audi TT roadster. Two former Ford-owned brands, Jaguar and Volvo, also have important launches -- Jaguar's XE compact sedan and Volvo's long-awaited redesign of the XC90 crossover....
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