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Haval design boss: Doubt Chinese cars at your peril

For a long time, China has been an easy target for automotive enthusiasts. Silly names, copycat designs and laughable crash test results showed how far the Middle Kingdom's automotive industry languished behind its Asian neighbours, not to mention Europe...

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Design Review: Lamborghini Calà (1995)

Design Review: Lamborghini Calà (1995)

The Lamborghini Calà, a concept which stunned the world with its design back in 1995, offered an enticing preview into the Raging Bull's future entry-level supercar. Today, the Lamborghini Calà is widely regarded as the predecessor of the Gallardo (and later, the Huracan). The stunning yellow supercar was revealed in near production form at the 1995 Geneva Motor Show, alongside the Diablo SV...


2019 NEW YORK MOTOR SHOW: Genesis Mint electric car concept

Hyundai’s luxury brand Genesis is poised to introduce its smallest car to date: an electric hatch with 300km of driving range and fast-charging capability.


Kia Habaniro concept unveiled
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Kia Habaniro concept unveiled

The Kia Habaniro was revealed overnight at the 2019 New York motor show. Said to feature an all-electric drivetrain, the Habaniro has a driving range of over 480 kilometres (300 miles). The car has an electric motor for each axle, but Kia has not provided any power or torque figures...


Genesis Mint concept points to electric city car
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Genesis Mint concept points to electric city car

Hyundai’s luxury brand Genesis may be in its infancy but it has an eye on the future with the Mint concept unveiled on the eve of the New York motor show overnight. The two-seater show car is a pointer to an electric hatchback that promises more than 300km of driving range and 350kW fast-charging...


Infiniti Qs Inspiration concept unveiled in Shanghai
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Infiniti Qs Inspiration concept unveiled in Shanghai

Infiniti has released its latest concept, the Qs Inspiration, designed to blend classic sedan proportions with a fashionable tall ride height. According to the company, the design is inspired by Japanese modern art and architecture with "smooth, muscular spaces between sharp, sheer lines in the bodywork"...


Toyota RAV4 gets TRD, Modellista kits for Japan
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Toyota RAV4 gets TRD, Modellista kits for Japan

Alex Misoyannis • Toyota’s Japanese arm has unveiled a range of factory-fitted accessory packages for its RAV4 midsize SUV. The four packs announced belong under either Toyota’s Modellista brand or its TRD performance division. Starting with the former, two Modellista kits are on offer: the road-biased ‘Urban Solid Strider’ and the rugged ‘Jaos’...


2020 Hyundai Venue sketched
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2020 Hyundai Venue sketched

Hyundai has offered an early look at the final design of its upcoming Venue compact crossover, ahead of its full reveal at the New York motor show on April 17. Following the leaked images of a pre-production car last week, the sketches show a fairly muscular take on the new model, which clearly draws design inspiration from the larger Santa Fe and Palisade...


Design Review: GM Futurliner (1939-56)

Design Review: GM Futurliner (1939-56)

This Design Review is very special as it has to do with one of my all-time favourite vehicles. The Futurliner built in 1939 by General Motors was a truck-like promotional vehicle that participated in the Parade of Progress - a mobile exhibition promoting new technologies for the future...


The Car Designer of the Century

The Car Designer of the Century

Chances are you’ve driven in one of his creations, and possibly even owned one. And you’ve definitely seen them on roads the world over. It’s estimated some 60 million of his cars have been built; a roll call as vast as it is iconic. His career spanned six decades across numerous brands – from supercars to hatchbacks and compact MPVs (a segment he is credited with inventing), this man’s pen has created some of the best known cars in history...


What does the perfect driving position look like?
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What does the perfect driving position look like?

Given how much time we spend in our cars, getting your driving position right is important. It's also something of an inexact science, given each manufacturer sets up their cabins differently. Although it's a branded piece of YouTube content, this video from Jaguar takes an interesting walk through the key elements of a good driving position – even if the animated driver is wearing what appear to be fairly high heels...


Design Review: Saab Aero-X Concept (2006)

Design Review: Saab Aero-X Concept (2006)

For this Design Review we go back to 2006 to examine the Saab Aero-X, a concept car that introduced the new design language used on the last production models from the Swedish automaker. The Aero-X was launched at the 2006 Geneva Motor Show where it stood out amongst the most impressive exhibits...


Porsche 917 'concept study' revealed
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Porsche 917 'concept study' revealed

Porsche has revealed a very special 'concept study' as it celebrates 50 years of the 917 – dubbed by the marque as "the most famous racing car of all time". First presented at the 1969 Geneva motor show, the Porsche 917 (below) dominated various motorsport events (including Le Mans and the North American CanAM Series) from the late 1960s through to the mid-70s...


Geneva 2019: Concept cars

If you want to know what we’ll be driving in the near future, these Geneva concept cars all hold large clues.


Lamborghini Huracan Evo: How it draws inspiration from the Countach
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Lamborghini Huracan Evo: How it draws inspiration from the Countach

There’s no mistaking a Lamborghini for anything else – and it’s been that way since Ferruccio Lamborghini formed his sports car company in 1963 in the tiny rural town of Sant’ Agata Bolognese. The 350GT was the first model to roll out of the factory in 1964 (only 131 were ever built), but it was the drop-dead gorgeous Miura that took the motoring world by storm and single-handedly created the supercar segment, well ahead of arch-rival Ferrari...


Design Review: 2003 Honda HSC

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. Power came from a 3...


Mercedes-Benz working on artificial engine sounds
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Mercedes-Benz working on artificial engine sounds

Mercedes-Benz says that it is actively working on artificial sounds for the exhaust and the engine sounds, as it becomes tougher and tougher to create vehicles with naturally loud exhaust notes due to ever-tightening laws...


Mercedes-Benz: Next-gen designs will be evolutionary
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Mercedes-Benz: Next-gen designs will be evolutionary

German manufacturer Mercedes-Benz says it will continue down an evolutionary path with its current design language, rather then starting afresh when it unveils the next step in its current ‘Sensual Purity’ design language with the next-generation S-Class...


Mercedes-Benz: Chinese tastes influencing future models
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Mercedes-Benz: Chinese tastes influencing future models

As the world’s largest car market, China is continuing to dictate the future success and planning of new vehicles from nearly all manufacturers, including the likes of Mercedes-Benz, which admits it has to cater to Chinese taste. Speaking to the media at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas today, the chief designer for Mercedes-Benz, Gordon Wagner, said that the next S-Class will bring about a new generation of exterior and interior design...


Next-gen Mercedes Benz SL confirmed: Will draw upon original Gullwing
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Next-gen Mercedes Benz SL confirmed: Will draw upon original Gullwing

The chief designer of Mercedes-Benz says the new-generation of the company’s flagship SL sports car will take inspiration from the iconic 300SL of the 1950s, as the brand seeks to recreate an icon of the modern era. Speaking to media at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Gordon Wagner, confirmed a new generation is in the works and that the future of the SL will be very bright...