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Hyundai scoops three IDEA design awards

Hyundai has won three silver International Design Excellence Awards, with the Kona, Nexo and Santa Fe all recognised for their design. The awards, run by the Industrial Design Society of America, recognises quality design across 20 categories – along with automotive and transport, there are awards for technology, innovation and social responsibility...

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SAIC Motor opens London design studio
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SAIC Motor opens London design studio

The Shanghai Automotive Industry Corportation, better known as SAIC – parent of the LDV and MG brands – has opened a new design studio in London, UK. Dubbed 'SAIC Design Advanced London', the new creative hub is the company's second European-based design centre, after MG's Birmingham facility which opened in 2011...


Gordon Murray Design iStream Superlight chassis revealed
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Gordon Murray Design iStream Superlight chassis revealed

Gordon Murray Design (GMD) has unveiled the latest iteration of its iStream chassis, dubbed Superlight. The system promises to reduce "vehicle body weight by up to 50 per cent" compared to conventional construction methods, thanks to the combination of a high-strength aluminium frame and carbon-fibre composite panels...


Former Rolls-Royce design boss lands at Hongqi
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Former Rolls-Royce design boss lands at Hongqi

FAW has appointed Giles Taylor, formerly head of design at Rolls-Royce, as its new vice president of design and chief creative officer. Although the Chinese automaker has a number of in-house brands, including Junpai and Besturn, the company says Taylor will be "chiefly responsible for creating unique design strategies and style concepts" for its flagship Hongqi marque...


Skoda Vision RS Concept interior teased
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Skoda Vision RS Concept interior teased

Skoda has revealed another look at its upcoming Vision RS Concept, ahead of the car's reveal at the Paris motor show in October. The concept previews a new compact Skoda, likely the Rapid given the extended glass tailgate, and offers a glimpse at the styling cues that'll adorn the next generation of RS-badged models. We've already seen the outside – well, sort of...


Vauxhall GT X Experimental concept revealed
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Vauxhall GT X Experimental concept revealed

Vauxhall has revealed the GT X Experimental concept, which is said to preview the brand's next-generation design language for models arriving next decade. The vehicle itself is a futuristically-styled small coupe crossover concept powered by an all-electric drivetrain. Overseas publications, like Auto Express, reckon the GT X Experimental is a mix of every potential new model Opel and Vauxhall have in the pipeline...


Infiniti QX50: Interior detailed, Oz launch delayed
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Infiniti QX50: Interior detailed, Oz launch delayed

The Infiniti QX50 is still a while off for Australia – it's been delayed until mid-2019 at this stage – but the company has given some insight into how it came up with its cabin design. According to Nissan's luxury arm, designers were inspired by the "look and feel of luxury resort hotels", right down to the warmer colour tones, wood-inspired chocolate brown accents, and off-white surfaces designed to evoke sandy beaches...


Former Audi stylist to lead Mitsubishi design teams
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Former Audi stylist to lead Mitsubishi design teams

Mitsubishi has confirmed another new addition to its ranks, as the newest member of the Renault Nissan Alliance (now the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance) works to sharpen its global operations. This time it's in design, with Milan-born designer Alessandro Dambrosio to lead the caltrop brand's three design studios: Okazaki and Tokyo in Japan, and Frankfurt, Germany...


Mini designer: Our models don't have to be 'mini'
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Mini designer: Our models don't have to be 'mini'

While many criticise modern Minis for not being as 'mini' as the original, the company's lead for exterior design argues the requirements of modern cars and emerging powertrain technology don't mean the brand's cars need to be 'mini' anymore...


Mercedes-Benz Aesthetic Progressive Luxury concept teased
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Mercedes-Benz Aesthetic Progressive Luxury concept teased

Mercedes-Benz has teased the Aesthetic Progressive Luxury retro-futuristic concept ahead of its reveal at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance on August 26. The concept pays tribute to the legendary Silver Arrows racers of the 1930s, a family of streamlined silver streaks that went head-to-head with the best Auto Union (one of Audi's parents) had to offer, regularly topping 300km/h in the process...


MG: Similarities to Japanese, Euro designs ‘don’t matter’
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MG: Similarities to Japanese, Euro designs ‘don’t matter’

Any design similarities between MG cars and those of European or Japanese manufacturers are irrelevant, according to the brand, given its near-100 year history and the general direction of the modern automotive design. Speaking with CarAdvice at the brand’s R&D centre in Shanghai today, MG chief designer, Shao Jinfeng, said the brand is more British than ever and criticism of its identity or similarity to other brands is not a concern...


Rolls-Royce design boss quits
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Rolls-Royce design boss quits

Rolls-Royce head of design, Giles Taylor, has left the British luxury marque at short notice, with little explanation for the sudden departure provided. Taylor is the man responsible for the new Phantom and the first Rolls-Royce SUV, the Cullinan – not to mention the dramatic, forward-looking Vision Next 100 Concept, launched as part of BMW's centenary...


Good Design Awards: Lexus, Volvo, Hyundai nab titles
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Good Design Awards: Lexus, Volvo, Hyundai nab titles

The Lexus LC500, Volvo XC40, and Hyundai Kona have won prizes in the Automotive and Transport category of the Good Design Awards. Sitting atop the tree in exterior design was the LC500, which won the first-ever Best Exterior Design Award for Automotive and Transport, after being described as a "stunning vehicle in every regard" by the judging panel...


Toyota design chief: ‘We are okay with polarising now’
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Toyota design chief: ‘We are okay with polarising now’

Toyota’s new design language is finally flourishing on its latest models – including the Camry and Corolla – as the Japanese giant moves further away from its consensus-driven design methodology into a new era of risk-taking. Speaking to Australian media in Sydney last week, Kevin Hunter, president of Toyota's Calty design studios in California and Michigan, said the company is now okay with designing cars that don’t have universal appeal...


Porsche explains Mission E Cross Turismo design – Video
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Porsche explains Mission E Cross Turismo design – Video

Porsche split opinion with the Mission E Cross Turismo, unveiled earlier this year in Geneva. Following on from the stunning, slinky Mission E Concept, the high-riding electric car had big shoes to fill...


Genesis: Essentia concept shows direction for future models
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Genesis: Essentia concept shows direction for future models

The Genesis Essentia concept has paved the way for slinkier models in future, with a new styling team finally getting a chance to demonstrate its skills. Luc Donckerwolke, head of design at Hyundai, joined the Korean manufacturer at the end of 2015, right around the time Sasha Selipanov, head of design at Genesis, came on board...


Toyota talks Australian vehicle development, new HiLux editions
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Toyota talks Australian vehicle development, new HiLux editions

How much do you know about Toyota Motor Australia’s Product Planning and Development division in Port Melbourne? Apparently the answer for most of us is ‘not enough’. Which goes a long way to explaining why Australia’s dominant vehicle brand opened its doors a little wider than usual, and showed a number of media outlets around on the proviso it put stickers over our smartphone lenses...


2018 Mercedes-Benz C-Class: 25,000 new parts – why does it look the same?
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2018 Mercedes-Benz C-Class: 25,000 new parts – why does it look the same?

No one would be surprised to learn the C-Class is easily the most successful model in the entire Mercedes-Benz lineup. In Australia alone last year, it moved around 8000 units – but with the latest version of C-Class arriving on local shores in August, that number could well be exceeded this year...


2018 Aston Martin Vantage: Key design points explained
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2018 Aston Martin Vantage: Key design points explained

Few would argue the design merits of the previous generation Aston Martin Vantage. Even today, 12 years on from launch, it turns heads for all the right reasons. Fast forward to 2018, and the all-new Vantage has little (if anything) in common with its predecessor...


McLaren Senna designer: ‘I love the controversy it has caused’
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McLaren Senna designer: ‘I love the controversy it has caused’

McLaren’s head of design says he cherishes the controversy surrounding the Senna's styling, defending the function-over-form ethos driving the company's design. Speaking to CarAdvice at the Geneva motor show this week, Rob Melville, chief designer for McLaren, defended the Senna’s aggressive styling, arguing it’s a no-compromise car in search of 'ultimate road-legal track car' status...