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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: Ford's J Mays feels vindicated by Fusion reception
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    It's hard to think back now, but the same man overseeing the design of the 2013 Ford Fusion also presided over a rather lackluster period in Ford design, highlighted by vehicles like the Five Hundred and Freestyle. With the redesigned Fusion receiving high praise, J Mays tells Automotive News that ...

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    Official: Highway patrol car of the future picked as this year's LA Auto Show Design Challenge theme
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    For the last nine years, the Los Angeles Auto Show Design Challenge has been part of the LA Auto Show, pitting design studios from around the world against each other in a forward-thinking competition. In the past, there have been a variety of challenge themes, including last year's "movie cars" ...

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    Video: Fashion guru Isaac Mizrahi shills for... the Chevy Malibu?
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    If we didn't know that this news came from AdWeek we'd think it came from The Onion. Fashion designer Isaac Mizrahi, previously connected to everything from Bergdorf Goodman and Liz Claiborne to QVC and "Project Runway," is throwing his name behind the Chevy Malibu. You see, General Motors, ...

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    Video: A closer look at the Red Skull's 1942 V16 Coupe from Captain America
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    The V16 Hydra Schmidt Roadster is the kind of bolide that makes kids rather be villains than do-gooders. It was the personal carriage of Johann Schmidt who, as alias Red Skull, was Adolf Hitler's head of weaponry, Captain America's nemesis and one of "the greatest threats to humanity." In his ...

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    Domino's wants you to design the ultimate pizza delivery vehicle [w/video]
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    When you want the crowd to help you design something automotive related, Local Motors seems to have become the go-to. The Phoenix-based company that birthed the Rally Fighter has since collaborated with DARPA, Edison2 and Peterbilt among others, and now it can add Domino's Pizza to the list. The ...

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    Video: Lexus shows off LS reveal video, reminds us how strange debut events can be
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    Lexus has revealed more of the 2013 LS through a video 'news broadcast' of its unveiling ceremony. Through the party footage, we are able to seem more angles of the Japanese automaker's spindle-grilled flagship, which shares quite a lot visually with the slightly smaller GS. The Lexus shindig ...

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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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    Official: Stillen wants you to design its FR-S body kit
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    There is little doubt that the darling of this year's SEMA Show in Las Vegas will be the Subaru BRZ/Scion FR-S twins. Stillen is one of many aftermarket tuners hoping to capitalize on the popularity of these two cars, and, in addition to developing performance parts like a cold-air intake, ...

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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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