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What came first, the Viaggio or the Dart?

24 April 2012

Its name may sound ill-advised to English speakers such as myself, but the Fiat Viaggio is more significant than its suggestive name

Concept Style Coupe: Finally, a Mercedes we can admire again

24 April 2012

It has not escaped the attention of Stuttgart that, in the recent past, we’ve been far from the biggest fans of Mercedes-Benz’s design direction

Trends: Beijing motorshow white flowers edition

24 April 2012

Why write about flowers on a car design site? A passing interest in floristry aside, it’s worth casting your eye idley around a show to see what’s happening in terms of stand and fashion trends

Imported heritage

24 April 2012

The infancy of the Chinese car industry dictates that the general public has zero perception of what brands – some of which have been around for ten times longer than this country’s entire mass car market – have achieved

Comment: Sport, luxury or both?

24 April 2012

The Rolls-Royce and Ferrari stands sit alongside one another in the halls of the Beijing auto show

DS: an object lesson in how to create a premium brand

24 April 2012

The DS Numero 9 captured much of the pre-Beijing press coverage thanks to the ‘leak’ of its pre-show Parisian photo shoot and Laurent Nivalle’s seductive video

Dongfeng’s Hummer

23 April 2012

In the scheme of Chinese copy-cat designs, this obviously Hummer-aping Dongfeng really has to be seen to be believed

Kia’s global branding slip-up

23 April 2012

We all know the score – Kia is the industry darling and has been for the last couple of years thanks to its meteoric rise in quality, design and brand image

Comment: Honda – continuing to frustrate and surprise in equal measure

23 April 2012

Honda continues to perplex. At a slick yet relatively understated press conference in Beijing today it unveiled two new concepts

Shouwang – just one of many new automotive names for China

23 April 2012

This is the Shouwang BCHD-1. Shouwang is one of many new brands that the Chinese government have mandated foreign brands launch in order to continue to sell cars in China