Design

How BMW created a boxier 2-series droptop

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2014
Karim Habib, BMW Group's head of design, says the 2-series convertible that debuted this month at the Paris auto show evokes legendary BMWs of the past....
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Acura teases next ILX

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2014
Acura has released this teaser photo of the freshened ILX compact sedan that will debut next month at the Los Angeles Auto Show....
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Scion's iM concept suggests Toyota's Auris is U.S.-bound

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2014
Toyota Motor Corp., on a mission to rejuvenate its youth-oriented Scion brand, may replace its boxy xB subcompact with a version of Europe's Toyota Auris, new images suggest....
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FOREIGN FLAIR

Chinese carmakers import design talent to compete globally

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2014
Not long ago, the styling of China's domestic brands was a laughingstock. Not anymore. Chinese automakers are hiring experienced foreign designers to mentor their fledgling programs....
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Cadillac convertible is back on the table, execs tell dealers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2014
Cadillac is considering a convertible that would be built on the platform that underpins the CTS and ATS sedans, General Motors executives recently told dealers....
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Fastback Maxima?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2014
Spy photos of the redesigned 2016 Maxima sedan suggest Nissan is going with the kind of fastback styling that mimics the four-door coupe body styles of several German cars....
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Mercedes-Benz design chief: S-class coupe is 'a revolution'

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2014
Mercedes-Benz design boss Gorden Wagener draws his inspiration from traveling the world....
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Rolls-Royce names BMW exec interior design chief

Oct. 24, 2014 06:01 CET
Daniel Starke is the new Rolls-Royce interior design head, a role he previously held at BMW's i electric and plug-in hybrid vehicle subbrand....
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Lotus names Carr as new design chief

Oct. 23, 2014 12:09 CET
Lotus's design boss, Donato Coco, a former styling chief at Ferrari, will leave the UK sports car maker. Coco, one of a number of star hirings made by former CEO Dany Bahar, will be replaced by the carmaker's current design manager, Russell Carr....
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Nissan's 2016 Maxima drives back to roots

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 21, 2014
Nissan's redesigned Maxima sedan may be getting back to its “4DSC” roots. Recent spy photos show an early prototype of the 2016 Maxima. The 2016 Maxima's fastback styling mimics the four-door coupe body styles found on several German cars....
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Q&A

Wagener: Mercedes-Benz S-class coupe a design 'revolution'

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 21, 2014
Gorden Wagener has been transforming Mercedes-Benz design since he took the helm as chief designer in mid-2008. His latest creation is the S-class coupe, which embodies what Wagener calls “sensual purity” and “modern luxury.”...
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Kia to build production version of GT concept

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 20, 2014
Kia's GT concept, a four-door luxury coupe that turned heads at the 2011 Frankfurt auto show, will be produced for sale in the U.S. The new Kia halo car is expected to appear in 2017, according to a person familiar with the company's plans....
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Q&A

Geely set to debut its first 'Horbury'

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 20, 2014
Geely's GC9, the Chinese brand's flagship sedan set to debut at the Guangzhou auto show next month, is being touted as the first Geely developed under the design auspices of Peter Horbury....
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SRT versions of Jeep Grand Cherokee to stay -- for now

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 20, 2014
When Chrysler Group said in May that the SRT designation would be for Dodge vehicles only, it was silent on the fate of the SRT versions of the Chrysler 300 and Jeep Grand Cherokee. Now, clues are surfacing about the automaker's plans for the vehicles....
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Hollywood comes calling for car designers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 20, 2014
Detroit's automakers face tough competition from an unlikely but glamorous source when it comes to hiring hot young car designers: Hollywood....
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Concept to signal new era for Audi design

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 20, 2014
Audi will introduce a new design direction with a concept car debuting next month at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The concept will be the first Audi vehicle styled under Marc Lichte, who took over as Audi's design chief in February after leading exterior design at Volkswagen....
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Rolls-Royce renews the Ghost

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 20, 2014
Rolls-Royce has made extensive styling and technical changes to the Ghost Series II for its midcycle freshening. The 2015 model shown at a press event here has newly styled adaptive headlights, pushed farther outboard and ringed with white LED daytime running lights; a new hood with a stylized center section Rolls calls a "wake channel"; and redesigned front fenders, bumper and grille that give the car a wider appearance....
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For 15 years, Nakamura has redrawn Nissan

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 18, 2014
Fifteen years after taking over Nissan's global design leadership, Shiro Nakamura has come full circle. Nissan will launch its third-generation Murano crossover late this year. In 2002, the Murano was the first Nissan nameplate that fully showcased Nakamura's creative touch. It also tops off a long list of edgy designs for Nakamura, who has begun to slip the word "retirement" into his conversations, as though testing the water. He turned 64 on Oct. 17....
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2014 L.A. AUTO SHOW

Audi concept to usher in new styling era

2:08 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 15, 2014
Audi will introduce a new design direction with a concept car debuting next month at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The concept will be the first Audi vehicle styled under Marc Lichte, who took over as head of Audi design in February after leading exterior design at Volkswagen....
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Nissan repolishes Murano for grown-ups

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 14, 2014
Nissan designers in southern California have reshaped the Murano for 2015 with curvier and more sensual body lines to stand out from the crowd as it did when originally introduced 12 years ago. The interior is more elegant, with fewer control buttons, roomier seating, heated ergonomic rear seats and a panoramic moonroof....
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Chrysler's Busse has a surprise for you

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 14, 2014
Klaus Busse, Chrysler Group's head of interior design, and his team enjoy hiding what they call "Easter eggs" throughout Chrysler Group vehicles for owners to discover. Easter eggs are fun, unobtrusive art elements that feature landmarks or historical images related to the vehicle....
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Q&A

BMW chief designer Karim Habib on creating a boxier 2-series convertible

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 14, 2014
Karim Habib, BMW Group's head of design, is the one responsible for creating the 2-series convertible the automaker introduced recently at the Paris auto show. The 44-year-old Lebanese-Canadian held various posts in interior and exterior design at BMW before getting his current title....
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Rolls-Royce Ghost Series II adds new tech, keeps old-school feel

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 14, 2014
Despite the addition of up-to-date electronic, entertainment, safety and luxury accoutrements, the refreshed 2015 Rolls-Royce Ghost Series II is still -- and this is no accident -- strictly an old-school and old-world luxury car....
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AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Renault design boss aims to 'seduce' buyers with French flair

Oct. 14, 2014 06:01 CET
Renault design boss Laurens van den Acker wants the brand's cars to "seduce" customers with their French styling. The styling chief explained his strategy in an interview with Automotive News Europe....
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Ford goes Hollywood at virtual reality studio

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 14, 2014
Studio 2000X, Ford's virtual reality design house where Disney-style technology meets the car industry, is used to build advanced renderings of vehicle designs to show top management, often before final design approval. The renderings are often shown on 20-foot screens....
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