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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...

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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...


Electrification, luxury and design: Talking with Marek Reichman and Andy Palmer
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Electrification, luxury and design: Talking with Marek Reichman and Andy Palmer

Andy Palmer sits near the top of the list of industry executives journalists like to talk to. There's a refreshing honesty to the 54-year old Brit, a willingness to slice through the sort of circumspect phrases his underlings put into press kits and speak his mind. He managed it when working in the ultra-corporate world of Nissan, where he rose to be head of global product development...


Hyundai HDC-1 concept previews 'Le Fil Rouge' styling direction
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Hyundai HDC-1 concept previews 'Le Fil Rouge' styling direction

Hyundai's latest senior designer, Luc Donckerwolke, has stepped up this week in Geneva to make his mark with the Korean brand's future looks. Donckerwolke was poached from the Volkswagen group in 2016, where he led the styling operations for Bentley, Lamborghini and Audi. His mandate at Hyundai was initially to lead design for the Genesis division, reporting to group styling boss Peter Schreyer...


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


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...