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2017 Shanghai motor show: Hits and misses

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2017 Shanghai motor show: Hits and misses

The opening press days of the 2017 Shanghai motor show have now wrapped up, with the biggest motor show in the region - and indeed, one of the biggest in the world - now open to the public...

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Skoda Vision E revealed in Shanghai
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Skoda Vision E revealed in Shanghai

The Skoda Vision E concept, previewed through sketches over the past month, has made its Shanghai motor show debut today. The latest in Skoda's long-running 'Vision' series of concepts, the high-riding Vision E previews a coupe-styled companion to the new Kodiaq SUV...


Aqua is back, baby!
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Aqua is back, baby!

You guys, have you noticed? Aqua is back. No, I’m not talking about the shit band from the 2000s that had the hit about Barbie. I’m talking about the colour. On cars, specifically. In even more specific terms, car brands are seemingly embracing the idea that not all cars have to be black, white, grey or silver, though the targeting is very much where you’d expect it – at the younger buyer group, the ones who aren't going to be spending more than about $40,000 on a car...


Genesis design heading towards cars that 'won't need headlights anymore'
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Genesis design heading towards cars that 'won't need headlights anymore'

The head of design for Hyundai’s luxury brand, Genesis, says headlights are on their way out, as the generation of autonomous vehicles look set to take over. Speaking to CarAdvice at the New York motor show this week, Luc Donckerwolke, the former design director at Audi, Lamborghini, Bentley and now the chief designer at Genesis, believes car designers need to get away from the cycle of repeating the same design elements and instead focus on pushing future-proof designs, starting with altering headlight requirements...


Kia Optima Sportswagon, Mazda MX-5 RF take top honours at Red Dot Awards
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Kia Optima Sportswagon, Mazda MX-5 RF take top honours at Red Dot Awards

The Kia Optima Sportswagon and Mazda MX-5 RF have received "Best of the Best" titles at this year's Red Dot Awards for product design, while the Kia Niro and Kia Rio also nabbed wins in their respective categories...


Hyundai dual-cab ute still not in the pipeline "at the moment", says design head
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Hyundai dual-cab ute still not in the pipeline "at the moment", says design head

It seems the dual-cab ute Hyundai Australia so very dearly wants is still a way off, with the Korean brand's design head saying such as model is not in the pipeline just yet. Speaking exclusively to CarAdvice at this week’s 2017 Seoul motor show, Hyundai and Kia chief design officer Peter Schreyer said, while he and his team are working on a number of vehicles, a ute is still not currently one of them...


2017 Seoul motor show: On the ground in Korea
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2017 Seoul motor show: On the ground in Korea

Started in 1995 and run biennially since 2005, the Seoul motor show is one of Asia's biggest auto shows behind Tokyo, Shanghai, and China. And while it may be smaller than the major European and US shows, this year CarAdvice was invited along to check it out first hand...


Audi wary of 'youth focused' styling: older buyers find it appealing too
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Audi wary of 'youth focused' styling: older buyers find it appealing too

Audi has made it clear that there's a fine line between youthful design and creating cars that older people will buy to feel young, and it's something the company is clearly wary of...


2017 Ferrari 812 Superfast: more than a (seemingly obvious) name…
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2017 Ferrari 812 Superfast: more than a (seemingly obvious) name…

With Ferrari opting to name its newest super-quick supercar the 'Superfast', there were more than a few stunned (read: unimpressed) faces when the new 2017 Ferrari 812 Superfast broke cover ahead of its world premiere at this year's 2017 Geneva motor show...


Ferrari: We don't despise SUVs, but a Ferrari SUV must be different
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Ferrari: We don't despise SUVs, but a Ferrari SUV must be different

The head of product marketing at Ferrari has told CarAdvice that although some manufacturers are claiming to have genuine performance SUVs coming up or already on the market, none are at the level the iconic Italian marque would consider to be satisfactory...


Don't expect to see Aston Martin take on Germany's latest power wagons
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Don't expect to see Aston Martin take on Germany's latest power wagons

Wagonistas the world over got a little hot under the collar at the 2017 Geneva motor show, as both Mercedes-AMG and Porsche took the covers off two super-brisk, super-practical estates – the E63 S Estate and Panamera Turbo Sport Turismo. But alas, British sports car brand Aston Martin says it is unlikely to enter that particular fray...


Kia Stinger: ‘a modern Gran Turismo’ inspired by Maserati
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Kia Stinger: ‘a modern Gran Turismo’ inspired by Maserati

Apart from being “probably the sportiest production car” Kia’s chief designer has ever penned, Gregory Guillaume says the Kia Stinger is also very much a modern interpretation of iconic Gran Turismo models from the 1970s. Speaking to Australian media at the Geneva motor show this week, Guillaume said that while building a traditional, two-door sports car would be a fun project, he’s smitten with the four-door, rear-drive Kia Stinger...


Audi design to become more differentiated from model to model
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Audi design to become more differentiated from model to model

Audi may have copped a bit of flak over its same-same-but-different car design over the past few years, but the company is looking to make its models appear mode distinct as they roll out. Andreas Mindt, head of Audi design exterior, told CarAdvice at the 2017 Geneva motor show that the German company is working on ways to ensure its models aren't as, shall we say, Russian Doll-like as they have been in the past...


Kia has no plans to take on Hyundai N and Genesis sub-brands, chief designer says
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Kia has no plans to take on Hyundai N and Genesis sub-brands, chief designer says

Speaking to Australian media at the 2017 Geneva motor show, Kia chief designer Gregory Guillaume said Hyundai’s N Performance and Genesis sub-brands might make sense for Hyundai, but neither is a path Kia has plans to follow. “When we work on and develop our cars, we don’t really think about Hyundai, to be honest,” Guillaume said...


McLaren 720S Spider years away, 570S Spider a matter of months
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McLaren 720S Spider years away, 570S Spider a matter of months

With the smoke barely cleared from the unveiling of the 2018 McLaren 720S at this week's 2017 Geneva motor show, the UK performance car brand has revealed a convertible Spider version of its latest Super Series car is in the pipeline. A previously confirmed drop-top version of the 570S Sports Series flagship will beat it into showrooms, however...


Volvo ute could appear after 2020
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Volvo ute could appear after 2020

A few weeks ago there was a story going around that a Volvo ute could be on the cards - and it seems that might not be such a crazy idea. The story was spurred on by images of a long-wheelbase version of the Volvo XC90 with weight over the rear axle of the car that was seen in Europe. It was, the internet speculated, the Chinese-owned Swedish brand's competitor to the Mercedes-Benz X-Class ute...


Audi Q8 sport concept debuts at Geneva motor show
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Audi Q8 sport concept debuts at Geneva motor show

The Audi Q8 just got a little more interesting, with the German brand unveiling the new Audi Q8 sport concept at the 2017 Geneva motor show. The new Audi Q8 model eschews the plug-in hybrid drivetrain of the original Q8 concept (shown just a few months ago at the Detroit motor show) and shoehorns a 3...


2017 Audi RS5 Coupe revealed
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2017 Audi RS5 Coupe revealed

The 2017 Audi RS5 Coupe has been unveiled at the 2017 Geneva motor show, with the second-generation sports coupe dropping its venerable V8 engine. Under the bonnet of the all-new RS5 is a 2.9-litre bi-turbo V6 petrol engine with 331kW - the same as the previous model - but with a huge 600Nm of torque, up 170Nm over the existing V8 naturally-aspirated model...


Screw your stupid hidden door handles!
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Screw your stupid hidden door handles!

What's with the disappearing rear door handles? Modern car designers seem to be getting more and more enamoured with the idea that making the rear doors of cars appear as though they're missing entrance levers is in some way sleek, modern or - God forbid - cool. It isn't. Door handles are important and they should be there for all to see and feel...


No Plans for coupe-style Range Rover Velar
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No Plans for coupe-style Range Rover Velar

Despite the fact the original Range Rover (and Velar-badged prototypes) was launched in a proper two-door coupe body style that continued production for 10 years before a four-door version was introduced, there are no plans to introduce that concept to the all-new Range Rover Velar line. “That’s not something we ever considered with the Velar, this car had a very natural birth...