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    Official: Fiat observes Paris Fashion Week with 500 Couture special edition
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    The Paris Motor Show may be where the bulk of new cars will be presented this week in the French capital, but it's not the only place. Fiat has chosen the swank Champs Elysées to unveil a trio of special-edition Cinquecento models as part of Fashion Week. The first in the 500 Couture line ...

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    Report: Lexus gets new boss, and he's a designer
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    A reshuffle in the uppermost ranks of Lexus could see the Japanese luxury brand further energize its recent focus on design. Tokuo Fukuichi, Toyota's global design boss, is the new head of Lexus International. Fukuichi will retain his role as the overall head of design for Toyota, Lexus and Scion, ...

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    Report: GM design boss Welburn says Lincoln isn't a Cadillac rival [w/poll]
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    General Motors Vice President of Global Design, Ed Welburn, had some dismissive words for a certain cross-town luxury brand during an interview with Car and Driver. When asked about his thoughts on Lincoln, Welburn deflected, before saying, "I don't consider Lincoln to be a competitor for ...

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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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    ETC: 100 designers give their interpretation of the wooden toy car
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    Automoblox, the little and terrifically simple wooden cars, are part of Autoblog's holiday giveaway every single year. And every single year, tons of people try to win them. So even though scale-model cars are as detailed as the real thing, R/C cars can go faster than and do things that real cars ...

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    Official: Chevy and Isaac Mizrahi hope that when you think of high fashion, you think Malibu
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    Isaac Mizrahi's clothing collection "inspired by the all-new 2013 Chevrolet Malibu" will hit the LivingSocial Shop in less than a week. Pitching the Malibu to women, Chevrolet announced in August that the fashion designer would create a line with cues taken not just from the Malibu, but also from ...

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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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    Feat of Clay: We take a peek inside Toyota's Calty design center
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    Toyota's Calty Design Research in Newport Beach, CA - Click above for high-res image gallery
    In anticipation of the debut of the all-new 2011 Toyota Sienna at the 2009 LA Auto Show in December, the folks responsible for the minivan invited us to take a peek inside their Calty design center in ...

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    REPORT: Ferrari poaches new design director from Volkswagen
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    Few lines are as fluid as those between the Italian and German automobile industries. Executives seem to move back and forth between the two faster than the exotic supercars for which they're responsible, and all the more so when it comes to designers. Frank Stephenson moved to Ferrari and on to ...

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    REPORT: Chrysler christens Brandon Faurote as new chief designer
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    Chrysler Firepower Concept - Click above for a high-res image gallery
    When Sergio Marchionne revamped Fiat, he installed new designers at each company division and charged them with creating products that would define each brand and move metal. Marchionne has apparently done the same with ...

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    Bertone family back in court over management issues
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    The Bertone girls can't seem to keep their disputes out of local courts, as the widow of the late Nuccio Bertone and their daughters are at each others' throats once again. Previous legal disputes centered around matriarch Lilli Bertone's attempt to sell the company to Domenico Reviglio, to say ...

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    Hyundai fills chief designer vacancy with GM's Phillip Zak
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    Hyundai's North American operations have been without a chief designer since the December 2008 departure of Joel Piaskowski, but the Korean automaker has finally announced a successor in Philip Zak, pictured at right with a woman's dress for some reason. By taking the reins at the Hyundai Design ...

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    BMW names Marc Girard head of interior design
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    The field of car design has been about as stable as an active volcano lately, with several major automakers replacing their design chiefs in quick succession. Over the past couple of weeks, Volvo's styling guru Steve Mattin quit, and he was replaced by Ford designer Peter Horbury, whose post in ...

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    REPORT: VW's California studio head Derek Jenkins to move to Mazda design
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    Derek Jenkins has spent his entire professional design career within the walls of the VolkswagenGroup, first working on the Concept 1 (which became the New Beetle) under J Mays. After having also worked on the Audi A2, the Microbus concept, the GX3 (seen above), as well as the Passat Gold Coast and ...

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    More Lambo shoes: Reventon sneakers!
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    Tim Cooper came up with a hideous set of pumps inspired by the Lamborghini Gallardo. Now, a French designer at Subaru in Japan has come up with sneakers that pull their inspiration from the Lamborghini Reventon. They're a little blunt at the front, but otherwise -- and as one might expect -- ...

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    Fly like a Hawk in Alex Hodge's single seater
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    Click above for a gallery of the Hodge Hawk
    We don't have anything against the T-Rex, but... you can keep it. Whenever we enter the market for a three-wheeled vehicle, we'll take this baby designed by New Zealander Alex Hodge. A fiberglass shell rides on an alloy chassis that connects the three ...

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    Industry crunch hitting design students hard
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    Another casualty in the collateral damage of auto industry woes: Graduating car designers are no longer finding jobs. The LA Times reports that in years past, manufacturer representatives would attend the Pasadena's Art Center College of Design's senior showcase and welcome a few visionaries into ...

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    Hyundai Motor America design chief Piaskowski resigns
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    The Genesis Coupe isn't even out yet and the primary pen behind it is leaving the company. Joel Piaskowski, Hyundai Motor America's chief designer since 2003, is walking out the door. Besides his work on the upcoming Genesis Coupe, Piaskowski is also known as being the driving force behind ...

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    Dodge Challenger Concept designer leaves Chrysler
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    Big name designers often skip from one job to another in the automotive world. Chrysler seems to be losing more than its fair share of artistic types, as the Auburn Hills-based automaker has lost two top designers in recent weeks. First, long time design chief Trevor Creed retired. Now Dodge ...

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    Chrysler design done with the 'edge,' going organic
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    Trevor Creed resigned from the position of Chrysler's head of design, and as of today is succeeded by Ralph Gilles, the man who designed the 300C. Since every change at the top comes with a "new sheriff in town" speech -- or at least one-liner -- this is what Gilles had to say: "It's definitely ...

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