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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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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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Trends: Aero Wheels

Trends: Aero Wheels

A quiet revolution is occurring right underneath our wheelarches. As 'efficiency' continues to be the buzzword of the automotive industry, so designers ...

05 April 2010
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Saab: A Look at the Past and the Future

Saab: A Look at the Past and the Future

As an aircraft manufacturer Svenska Aeroplan Aktiebolaget had little knowledge of how to build passenger cars - some of the key players didn't even have...

10 March 2010
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Essay: Tandem 1+1 Cars

Essay: Tandem 1+1 Cars

It seems that smaller cars will form an increasingly important part of our future transportation scene and most car makers are looking at what kind of n...

18 February 2010
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Turin's Automotive Design Studios

Turin's Automotive Design Studios

Turin - the capital of car design. A bit of a cliché maybe, but few areas in the world retain such a concentration of design facilities. Detroit of cour...

02 February 2010
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Essay: Confederate Motors

Essay: Confederate Motors

Car design is one of the most sophisticated crafts of the industrial age. The development of theme, refinement of form and the integration with many oth...

23 September 2009
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Essay: Open Source Car Design

Essay: Open Source Car Design

The concept of open source design has, until recently, existed almost entirely in the world of software and IT, with the best-known examples arguably Li...

02 September 2009
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Essay: Looking Back in Wonder

Essay: Looking Back in Wonder

We live in a world of wondrous high technology, the globe has never been more connected and access to technology never easier. For the majority of consu...

31 July 2009
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