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Design Review: 2003 Honda HSC

At the 2003 Tokyo Motor Show, Honda premiered the HSC (Honda Sports Concept), a prototype that looked like a suitable replacement for the ageing NSX which was in its last years of production. Thanks to its carbon-fibre body built on an aluminium chassis, the HSC weighed in at a svelte 1150kg...

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Mercedes-Benz: Next-gen designs will be evolutionary

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Mercedes-Benz: Chinese tastes influencing future models

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Mercedes-Benz C-, E- and S-Class to stay closely styled for next generation

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SAIC Motor opens London design studio

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