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    Video: Motor City Masters trailer isn't here to make friends
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    Here is the first 30-second trailer for the reality show Motor City Masters, and there's one thing we know for sure: it looks like a reality show. Announced last October and put together by the team behind Project Runway, the premise swaps fashion designers and frocks for car designers and ...

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    Report: Audi design chief Egger leaving for Italdesign Giugiaro
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    Wolfgang Egger, Audi's chief designer, is leaving the company according to a Automotive News Europe, which cites a report from Germany's Automobilwoche. Egger won't be going far, though, remaining within the Volkswagen family and taking up head design position Italdesign Giugiaro, a VW subsidiary ...

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    ETC: Project Runway team readying reality show about car designers
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    Like most of the Autoblog staff, I've fostered a love for both automobiles and writing since I was young, and I consider myself tremendously fortunate to have made these passions my career. But had I had any sense of design whatsoever – a better sense of scale, proportion and perspective ...

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    Video: Design Handbook tackles the secret of sports car proportions
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    Trends in car design have come and gone and reappeared over the years, but Jim Hall in his latest Design Handbook entry for Autoline Daily, makes the argument that sports cars have more-or-less kept the same proportions for over a century: long hoods with cockpits placed close to (if not on top ...

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    Report: Bangle urges auto design shakeup, says industry not innovating
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    Controversial designer Chris Bangle, the man behind the notorious E65 BMW 7-Series "Bangle Butt," has some rather sharp criticism for the current crop of automotive designers in an upcoming full-length interview with Automotive News Europe. The preview, posted on Automotive News, details parts of ...

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    Report: Chery hires Porsche's Saracoglu as new head of design studio in Shanghai
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    The eastward migration of automotive designers bearing European pedigrees continues with Chery Automobile reportedly hiring former Porsche stylist Hakan Saracoglu. The move comes almost a year after Chery hired James Hope from the General Motors Exterior Design Studio in Russelsheim, Germany to be ...

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    Report: VW design boss de'Silva says clean and simple design is the new black
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    Moving forward, we can expect Volkswagen to shift its design language away from anything remotely extravagant. While speaking at the Tokyo launch of the Volkswagen Up!, company global design chief Walter de'Silva said minimalist styling is set to make a resurgence. De'Silva made it clear he ...

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    Report: GM designer Lyon bails just days before taking over Opel/Vauxhall
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    Dave Lyon won't be taking over as head of design for Opel and Vauxhall after all. The Detroit Free Press reports the designer abruptly left General Motors last week for unknown reasons, just days before he was supposed to step into his new role. The defection is the latest in a string of ...

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    Confirmed: Legendary designer Sergio Pininfarina passes away
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    The world of automotive design has lost another great. Sergio Pininfarina – the honorary chairman of the Pininfarina Group that bears his family name – passed away last night at age 85. Sergio took control of Pininfarina as chairman back in 1966 after his father, Gian Battista ...

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    Video: Jaguar designers deconstruct XF clay model... with axes
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    It's no secret that automotive designers build large clay models of their cars while working out a final design. But let us axe you something: What happens when a design is approved and the car is put into production? Deconstruction. And boy, it sure looks like fun. Jaguar gave its XF sedan an ...

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    Poll: LA Design Challenge concepts toast Tinseltown
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    As we revealed last month, the theme for this year's LA Design Challenge is Hollywood – more specifically, what the silver screen's next iconic automobile might be. For some reason, this year's challenge features a lot fewer entrants than year's past. In fact, half of the field comes from ...

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    Are sex and biology the future drivers of automotive design?
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    It might not get you a date, but this Porsche definitely taps into our biology drives and pumps us up
    "Is that a Porsche in your pocket, or are you just happy to see me?" That's the subtitle on a funny and informative piece by colleague Diego Rodriguez over at AOL Autos. In it, Rodriguez looks ...

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    REPORT: Honda closing European design office in Germany
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    2008 Honda Open Study Model – Click above for high-res image gallery
    The car design community has been sent reeling by word that Honda plans to close down its European design studio. The office forms part of Honda R&D Europe in Offenbach on the outskirts of Frankfurt, Germany, and while ...

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    REPORT: 'Personality traits' of automobiles studied
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    Reader-submitted "Cars" Photoshops - Click above for image gallery
    The styling of your vehicle makes a statement, of course. Designers spend years perfecting the craft of automotive sculpture, and are finely attuned to what types of shapes and conventions send a given message. Now, the ...

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    Peter Horbury returns to head Volvo design; Moray Callum in as Ford's design chief
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    Peter Horbury is returning to finish what he started. The charismatic British designer is shifting from leading Ford's American design efforts back to Volvo, the Swedish automaker at which he helped bring emotional surface language to the fore in the Nineties. Horbury leaves the Blue Oval having ...

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    BREAKING: Volvo design chief Steve Mattin leaves company
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    Details are scarce at the moment, but we have learned that Volvo's award-winning design director, Steve Mattin, has left the company. While no further details are immediately available (why he left, where he is headed, possible successors, etc.), Dan Johnston, Volvo's East Coast PR manager ...

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    Where the hell was this? Car design summer camp launched for Michigan high school students
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    Design sketch by program director, Vance HannaDude, I would not be blogging right now if this were offered to me in high school. Actually, more than one of us had that reaction to this news item. High school students with a desire to get into automotive design are being offered a unique summer camp ...

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    Land Rover designer quits, says no more
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    Geoff Upex worked with Land Rover for 23 years to help create and re-create the company's iconic boxy Range Rover line and in August, he relinquished the helm to Gerry McGovern. This week, Upex took his retirement on step further, saying that after his last day on Dec. 25, never again will he ...

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    Audi's next A4 to get edgy
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    Wheels24 has produced a sketch of what it believes the next Audi A4 will look like based on insider info and analysis of recent Audi design trends. The A4's face appears much more aggressive the the current model's, with headlights angled down towards the large grille and similar LED light bars to ...

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    Fantastic plastic sparks freaky future designs
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    Here at Autoblog we are flat-out fascinated by concept cars, the wilder the better. The design shown above is one of the award winners in the Royal College of Art's recent "PLASTicon" project, sponsored by GE Plastics (the creators of lexan and other wonder materials).As you might expect, the ...

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