Design Essays

Studio Focus: Inside Mercedes’ global design operations

Studio Focus: Inside Mercedes’ global design operations

Many carmakers have more than one design studio. Some have as many as three - traditionally in Europe, US and Asia to tap into those key markets - but o...

15 December 2010
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Chevrolet Volt App: taking car ownership into the digital age

Chevrolet Volt App: taking car ownership into the digital age

When the Chevrolet Volt began to roll off the Hammtrack production line at the end of last month, it became - together with the Nissan Leaf - the new po...

13 December 2010
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Alfa Romeo: 100 years of design

Alfa Romeo: 100 years of design

That the company has made extensive use of the expertise of the carrozzeria in nearby Turin may go some way towards explaining the allure. Bertone, Ital...

29 October 2010
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Revival of the Minivan

Revival of the Minivan

A couple of years ago I met a young designer at Chrysler's studios in Auburn Hills, Michigan. He had grown up in a minivan, he told me, and he felt the ...

20 October 2010
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Italdesign-Giugiaro collaborates with Dassault Systèmes to ensure design leadership in the next decade

Italdesign-Giugiaro collaborates with Dassault Systèmes to ensure design leadership in the next decade

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27 September 2010
General Motors' 2030 Vision

General Motors' 2030 Vision

General Motors' impact upon the last century of automobility is rarely understated, but one crucial element in the company's success that is often ignor...

14 September 2010
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Chris Bangle: The future of auto design; the purpose of life

Chris Bangle: The future of auto design; the purpose of life

As part of the recent graduation exhibition at Umea Institute of Design, Chris Bangle was invited to give the keynote address. Given that the theme for ...

06 July 2010
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Dedicated automotive design school to open in India

Dedicated automotive design school to open in India

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12 June 2010
From 'Made in China' to 'Designed in China'

From 'Made in China' to 'Designed in China'

Visitors to the recent Auto China in Beijing may have noticed an impressive new Chinese sports car - called Aculeus - on one of the smaller exhibitor ...

27 May 2010
Could Michelin’s Active Wheel truly transform the car?

Could Michelin’s Active Wheel truly transform the car?

Cars today have evolved and been refined to an extraordinary degree, but carmakers - and car designers - are still always looking for ‘the next big thin...

27 April 2010
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