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    Official: Ex-BMW styling boss Chris Bangle gets Lifetime Achievement from Eyes On Design [w/video]
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    Even to casual car enthusiasts, Chris Bangle needs no introduction. One of the most controversial designers of all time, the "Bangle Butt" redesign of the BMW 7 Series is still hotly debated even today. Introduced in 2002 during Bangle's tenure as chief designer at BMW, the E65 7 Series only ...

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    Official: Audi opens first digital showroom in London [w/video]
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    When BMW recently opened a store on Paris' Avenue George V, that was first and foremost a retail play that offers interaction with its cars. Audi has just opened Audi City, a metropolis cyberstore in London, and gone the other way: this is where you go to buy a car as if you were shopping in a ...

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    Video: History of Formula One cars in wireframes is neato
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    Say what you will about Formula One, but the sport remains a showcase for some of the most impressive automotive engineering on the planet. That's nothing new, either. F1 has always served as a showcase for pure design in the pursuit of a singular purpose. One creative soul has taken the time to ...

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    Official: Giles Taylor succeeds Ian Cameron as head of Rolls-Royce design
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    Back in the day, a Rolls-Royce looked pretty much the same as a Bentley, but with a different grille. Once BMW took over Rolls-Royce, however, it was faced with the challenge of visually separating itself from its former sister brand. And most would agree that it did so pretty well. But its cars ...

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    Official: London celebrates Italian design with Pininfarina showcase
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    Most tend to think of Pininfarina as the company that designs Ferraris. And indeed it is. Most every Ferrari to leave the factory in Maranello over the past several decades has been styled by Pininfarina. But that's far from the only thing the famous design house and coachbuilder has done over ...

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    Report: New Acura design chief admits company went "a little overboard" with The Beak
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    Automotive News reports Toshinobu Minami, the new head of global design for Acura, says the company may have gone "a little overboard at some points" with the company's shield grille. Minami said Acura has had bad feedback on the design from multiple directions, but says the company isn't going ...

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    Official: Peugeot branches out into product design with new Peugeot Design Lab
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    Design might not be the first thing that comes to mind when we think of Peugeot. (Actually, since it doesn't market in North America, we don't tend to think of Peugeot much at all - particularly since it withdrew its Le Mans program.) But much as any automaker does, Peugeot has a fully developed ...

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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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    What supercars would look like if they were designed by engineers [w/video]
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    Often, engineers are forced to sit and watch as accountants and stylists wreak havoc on a vehicle's design. GrabCAD recently decided to turn the tables by giving engineers the chance to pen a body for a ready-made chassis by 500 Group. The site was flooded with 200 unique designs completed in ...

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    Official: BMW names Karim Habib new design chief
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    With BMW putting its Chris Bangle days behind it, one name that has emerged as a dominant force in the design of German luxury sedans has been Karim Habib. The Canadian-Lebanese designer and engineer rose up through the ranks of the BMW Group design offices, styling among other vehicles, the ...

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    Chrysler Barracuda makes possible appearance in 60 Minutes piece
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    If you haven't had a chance to sit down and watch the full 13-minute CBS "60 Minutes" segment on Chrysler that aired this weekend, we have yet another reason for you to do so. The good people at Allpar.com seem to have spotted something interesting lurking in the background of an interview with ...

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    Official: Bentley hires David Hilton as new Head of Exterior Design
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    Bentley has named designer David Hilton as the company's head of exterior design. Hilton ran his own successful design firm for 12 years before accepting the position with the ultra-luxury automaker. He will now report to Dirk van Braeckel, director of design and styling. Hilton is stepping into ...

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    Detroit: Chevrolet Code 130R Concept is a rear-wheel-drive dream [w/video]
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    General Motors would like to lure in younger buyers with a new small car that boasts more evocative styling. To that end, the company unveiled two new concepts at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show that may hint at things to come from Chevrolet. This is the first called the Chevrolet Code 130R Concept, ...

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    Report: Volvo designer pens P1800 for 50th anniversary, no chance at production
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    It's been 50 years since Volvo introduced the P1800, and the Swedish automaker has chosen to mark the occasion by releasing a few sketches of what a modern interpretation of the sports coupe would look like. Christopher Benjamin, chief designer with Volvo, just so happens to be a big fan of the ...

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    Video: Lincoln offers peek into new styling direction with design boss Max Wolff
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    For a while there, it looked like Ford forgot about Lincoln, and dismal sales numbers reflected the marque's lack of attention. But just when it was beginning to look like Lincoln was on its last leg, Ford's luxury arm unveiled the refreshed MKS and MKT at the Los Angeles Auto Show. Those models ...

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    Evolution of Speed: Chevy speedometers through time
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    The devil is always in the details when it comes to industrial design. Sure, there are some ugly and disjointed consumer products that should never have been wrought upon the buying public, but the differences between most of the things we build and buy are subtle. Paying attention to the little ...

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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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    Report: Pininfarina exits carmaking business, plans to concentrate on design
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    Reuters reports that Pininfarina will lay off 127 workers as the company shuts down its manufacturing business to focus more heavily on design and engineering. The Italian company points to the declining automotive market as the reason behind the move. The layoffs are expected to cost the company ...

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    Official: Ford teases new concept car among other Frankfurt debuts
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    We're inching ever closer to the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show, and automakers are beginning to tease us with the wares they'll have on display in Germany. Ford has announced that the company will show off a new "major new design concept" as well more details of a hopped-up version of the Focus. The ...

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    Report: Hyundai treats Kia "just like any other competitor"
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    Hyundai and Kia have a unique relationship. The two automakers are owned by Hyundai, which is a conglomerate consisting of several companies. But while the two automakers share engineering and development resources, they have separate sales, marking and distribution organizations. So how do the ...

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