Category Archives: design and styling

Ford Introduces Black Appearance Package for Ranger 

The new Black Appearance Package gives Ranger customers another option – $1,995 (excludes taxes, of course) – and can be ordered at dealers now, with deliveries targeted to begin in early summer. Continue reading

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Porsche Dealerships Adopt New Corporate Architecture

It seems that every time Porsche executives get bored they go shopping for a new, and decidedly more expensive look. The first Porsche Experience Center opened on the factory grounds in Leipzig in 2002. It was followed by Silverstone (UK, 2008), Atlanta (USA, 2015), Le Mans (France, 2015), and Los Angeles (USA, 2016). A new center in Shanghai (China) was added in April 2018. (View AutoInformed on Porsche Opens Experience Center in Los Angeles) Continue reading

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Grabber Lime 2020 Ford Mustang

“It’s lime green on steroids,” said Barb Whalen, Ford color and materials manager. “This color traces back to a Mustang heritage color while bringing it forward with more modern, dynamic pigments and bold new energy.” Continue reading

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Custom Coachwork Beetles at Amelia Island Concours

“While everyone knows the humble Beetle, it’s less well-known that the Beetle platform was used by a number of coach-builders in Europe to produce the amazing, unique vehicles on show this weekend,” said Klaus Bischoff, Head of Volkswagen Design. Continue reading

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First Look – Hyundai Motor’s Revised Sonata Sedan

The Sonata takes some of its cues from the Le Fil Rouge concept, which debuted at the 2018 Geneva International Motor Show. Sensuous Sportiness is “defined by the harmony between four fundamental elements in vehicle design: proportion, architecture, styling and technology.” Continue reading

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Department of Dubious Research: Size Doesn’t Matter?

These findings come from a new survey MINI USA recently commissioned from market research and business intelligence firm Engine designed to identify car shopping trends among general consumers and millennials. Continue reading

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Not Cars – McLaren and L’Amy Sunglasses?

Available as both sunglasses and prescription eyeglasses, a claimed unique style is created by L’Amy in partnership with design teams from both McLaren Automotive and McLaren Racing. The lenses, including the option of Leica sun lenses, are fixed within the frames at two contact points. As well as a dramatic appearance, the “floating” structure ensures the glasses are light and strong. Continue reading

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Woodstock Revisited? Volkswagen ‘Light’ Bus Recreated

“The bus is really about being one people on one planet,” says Hieronimus, who is also a ‘symbologist’. “On every side of the bus is a story – many stories – and the stories all point to unification, working together and a higher consciousness, which is what Light really is all about.” Continue reading

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Rubber Soul? First-Ever UX to Celebrate a Sneaker

“We were excited to merge the streetwear narrative and design cues of our Air Force 1 with a brand like Lexus. We’re thankful they’ve allowed us to use this moment to celebrate the arts and to bring extra energy to our take on a classic,” said John Elliott. Continue reading

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Midwest Automotive Media Association Family Vehicles of Year

“Whether it’s a premium-brand or mainstream model, it should be versatile, reliable, efficient, and reasonably priced. MAMA members pooled their expertise and experience to select the best family vehicles from an outstanding group of new and significantly refreshed models, and the Subaru Ascent and Volvo XC40 came out on top,” said MAMA award coordinator Tim Healey. Continue reading

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First Look: 2020 Nissan Rogue Sport Freshening

Set for sale in fall 2019, Rogue Sport follows the rather more significant upgrades for the 2019 model year. Continue reading

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Season of Luxury Lifestyle with Aston Martin

“Art of Living by Aston Martin offers guests something different, something they cannot get elsewhere. A mindfully curated collection of events provides guests with the opportunity to truly live life the Aston Martin way.” Continue reading

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An Electric VW Dune Buggy at Geneva?

The fully electric buggy is based on the vehicles that were created in the 1960s in California. Back then, the crude Beetle chassis was the frame for these buggies. Hot rodders quickly discovered a Porsche boxer engine would easily bolt in resulting in zero-to-60 elapsed times that needed a stopwatch, not a calendar for measuring. Continue reading

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Hyundai Tate Research Centre: Transnational

Hyundai Motor will support the Centre from January 2019 to December 2024, in addition to their support of Tate Modern’s annual Hyundai Commission which began in 2015. During this time the Center will host several research events including annual symposia, seminars and workshops at Tate and beyond. Continue reading

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First Look: GMC Sierra and its Unique ‘MultiPro’ Tailgate

One self-evidently good detail is the (marketing babble alert) “MultiPro Tailgate” that has six functions and positions for loading, load-stopping, and the much needed pickup version of mountain climbing without ropes into the bed. Continue reading

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