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Poll: 2018 Mercedes-Benz A-Class styling is a hit

Well, this seems fairly conclusive: the new 2018 Mercedes-Benz A-Class is a hit, as far as its styling goes. With just over 1000 votes on the first of our new weekly Facebook polls, a whopping 78 per cent of respondents gave the new A-Class and its 'predator face' the thumbs-up...

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2018 Mercedes-Benz A-Class: 'Predator face' reserved for progressive models
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2018 Mercedes-Benz A-Class: 'Predator face' reserved for progressive models

Both the new Mercedes-Benz A-Class and CLS have aggressive triangular headlamps and reversed grille shape, but this look will not spread throughout the brand's entire range of cars. Gorden Wagener, chief design officer of Mercedes-Benz, told Australian media, at the launch of the new A-Class, the vehicle's 'predator face' will be "dedicated to our most progressive cars"...


Mazda, Alpine winners in Festival Automobile International design awards
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Mazda, Alpine winners in Festival Automobile International design awards

The Mazda Vision Coupe and Alpine A110 have taken out awards at the Festival Automobile International awards in Paris, France overnight. Alpine's compact Porsche Cayman-hunter was voted Most Beautiful Car of 2017 in a public online vote, while the Vision Coupe won Most Beautiful Concept Car of the Year...


Land Rover's Gerry McGovern named Designer of the Year
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Land Rover's Gerry McGovern named Designer of the Year

Gerry McGovern has been awarded Designer of the Year at the Festival Automobile International in Paris, France. The Land Rover chief design officer was recognised for the brand's original designs and their influence on the automotive industry, with the 15-strong jury highlighting the Velar as a "astonishing masterpiece"...


2018 Lexus LS: Interior works of art
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2018 Lexus LS: Interior works of art

The new Lexus LS hasn't quite made it to Australia yet, but that hasn't stopped the Japanese marque from showcasing the intricate pieces and trims that are available for the limousine's plush interior ahead of its local launch in April. Headlining the interior is the availability of beautiful moulded glass panels inspired by Japanese kiriko glass, contrasting with stitched leather upholstery, metal door handles and hand-pleated silk surfaces...


Kia's design bosses in Detroit: The best bits
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Kia's design bosses in Detroit: The best bits

Travelling with Kia to this week's Detroit motor show, Australian media were given the opportunity to chat with design supremos, Peter Schreyer and Gregory Guillaume. If you've been living under an old Cerato, here's a catch-up on these two fellows...


Nissan Design Europe celebrates 15 favourite models
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Nissan Design Europe celebrates 15 favourite models

Nissan Design Europe is celebrating 15 years at its London premises by showcasing 15 of its most significant models. The studio is the brand's creative hub and is vital to Nissan’s success in Europe, where it answered the demand for crossovers, in particular the Qashqai and Juke...


Japan owned the 2018 Detroit motor show
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Japan owned the 2018 Detroit motor show

Michigan may well be home to the ‘Big Three’ US brands, but the North American International Auto Show held in Detroit this week had a strangely contrarian element. The three most interesting concept cars - the lifeblood of any self-respecting motor show - were produced by brands with Japanese roots: the Infiniti Q Inspiration, Lexus LF-1 Limitless and Nissan Xmotion...


Mercedes-Benz launches new MBUX infotainment with new A-Class
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Mercedes-Benz launches new MBUX infotainment with new A-Class

In Las Vegas for the massive Consumer Electronics Show (CES), CarAdvice today had a taste of Mercedes-Benz's all-new smartphone-style operating system - MBUX - in, of all vehicles, the upcoming A-Class. You'd expect such clever, high-end technology to debut in something far more exotic such as a new S-Class, but according to the German Manufacturer, the all-new A-Class is the perfect platform to showcase the technology...


Autonomous car designs to be non-aggressive: Hyundai
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Autonomous car designs to be non-aggressive: Hyundai

The head of design for Hyundai says that autonomous and electric vehicles will likely adapt a non-aggressive design philosophy to suit their inherent nature going forward, with only the second-generation of these vehicles likely to deviate from the path...


Audi to better differentiate between models
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Audi to better differentiate between models

Audi is planning to branch out with its design, in an attempt to give each model its own identity. Having established itself in emerging markets like China, the German manufacturer is confident people will be able to recognise a broader range of design cues. "This [repetition] design process was used to make Audis more recognisable in newer and emerging markets,” Rupert Stadler, Audi chief executive, told Autocar...


Jeep Wrangler Old v New: Styling face-off
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Jeep Wrangler Old v New: Styling face-off

The new-generation 2018 Jeep Wrangler has now been revealed inside and out, but many will have trouble picking the difference between the old and new models. While full details about the new-generation off-roader won't be revealed until the Los Angeles motor show at the end of the month, we do know the new Wrangler will offer an evolved look, a more contemporary and higher-quality cabin, and Jeep's latest infotainment system...


Interview: GM Australia Design Director, Richard Ferlazzo
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Interview: GM Australia Design Director, Richard Ferlazzo

To celebrate the history of Holden's local manufacturing, Motorclassica in Melbourne displayed a vast collection of production and concept cars, along with the 2018 Commodore. GM Australia Design Director, Richard Ferlazzo made an appearance, talking to enthusiasts while standing beside his most famous design, the Efijy...


Interview: On the road with Richard Ferlazzo, Holden design boss
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Interview: On the road with Richard Ferlazzo, Holden design boss

As Holden winds down its Australian manufacturing operations, we take a ride with the company's design chief to see just what he - and the entire local operation - will be doing with themselves now that everything's imported...


New Lexus styling is 'deep simplicity', but no cookie-cutter
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New Lexus styling is 'deep simplicity', but no cookie-cutter

Speaking at the international launch of the fifth-generation Lexus LS sedan, Koichi Suga, the car's chief designer, laid out the design philosophy that will be seen on the next crop of vehicles from Toyota's luxury marque. In addition to being in charge of the LS's exterior design, Suga oversees the chief designers working on upcoming Lexus vehicles...


Rolls-Royce looks to coachbuilt future
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Rolls-Royce looks to coachbuilt future

Luxury car buyers value exclusivity higher than almost anything else, with Rolls-Royce CEO Torsten Müller-Ötvös confirming the company is looking to build both low-run coachbuilt specials, but also to dramatically expand the extent to which its cars can be customized by the factory...


Toyota HiLux gets mega makeover courtesy of Carlex design
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Toyota HiLux gets mega makeover courtesy of Carlex design

Polish car modification company Carlex mightn't be a household name in Australia, but the Toyota HiLux certainly is - and what you see here is the culmination of the two. The Toyota HiLux Hilly from Carlex's Pickup Design workshop apparently showcases what happens when a bunch of car-mad modders get their hands on a tough dual-cab ute and let their imaginations run wild...


Pierre Leclerq joins Kia as head of styling
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Pierre Leclerq joins Kia as head of styling

Kia has expanded its design team under supremo Peter Schreyer, announcing Pierre Leclercq as its new Head of Styling. Confirmed in September, Leclerq's appointment follows a four-year stint with Chinese manufacturer Great Wall Motors and a lengthy tour with BMW. The Belgian-born designer was most recently in the spotlight for his work with Haval, revealing the HB-02 and HR-02 concepts in 2016 and the HB-03 earlier this year...


Honda Sports EV concept previewed: Retro coupe bound for Tokyo show
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Honda Sports EV concept previewed: Retro coupe bound for Tokyo show

Reaction to the old-school Civic-inspired Urban EV concept is only just now starting to die down, and already Honda is preparing to roll out another take: the Sports EV concept. For now, Honda has revealed only a tightly cropped sketch of what we can expect, but it is clear the company is developing a bit of a theme when it comes to electric vehicle tech packed into retro-styled concepts...


Aston Martin Valkyrie only the start of Red Bull Racing collaboration
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Aston Martin Valkyrie only the start of Red Bull Racing collaboration

Amidst an announcement about its Formula One partnership future with Red Bull Racing, Aston Martin has confirmed that, once it officially launches next year, its V12 hybrid-assisted Valkyrie hypercar will only be the first product to come out of the 'innovation partnership' between the heavy-hitting pair...