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2009 Argus Competion Opens
8th L’argus European Design Competition for Students

Englishman Returns to head Volvo Design
Peter Horbury new head of Design at Volvo Car Corporation (again)

New Mazda Design Chief
In a wide ranging design shake-up at Ford brands, Ikuo Maeda becomes Mazda head designer

Vandenbrink Picks Up Design Award
The Vandenbrink GTO is awarded the Good Design Award 2008

New Ford Ka Unveiled at Paris
The new small car shares platform with Fiat 500

BMW X1 Unveiled
The new concept from the German manufacturer continues the sinewy, flame design into a small SUV

Lexus Reveals IS Convertible at Paris Motor Show
October 2, 2008 – Torrance, CA – Lexus today revealed the IS retractable hard-top convertible at the 2008 Paris Motor Show. Continuing the performance and styling trends set by the IS luxury sport sedans, the IS 250C and IS 350C will come to the U.S.

Mazda Kiyora to Debut at Paris
The Japanese car company will unveil it’s latest design vision at the 2008 Mondiale

Renault Ondelios
New French concept to be unveiled at upcoming Paris show

Volvo C30 Wins Interior Design Award
Ward’s AutoWorld gives the Swedish sport hatch recognition for interior styling

Steve Mattin on the Design of XC60
Volvo’s design director talks about inspiration, DNA & more.. (video)

Visteon & 3M to Unveil Automotive Technologies
Advanced electronics, materials and systems will be on show in the X-Wave Concept

Competitive Advantage Can Be Won Through Design
Autodesk Boss Proclaims benefits of design to boost commercial success

Automotive Computer Graphics Feature in Conference
First Annual Computer Generated Images for Advertising & Marketing Conference (CGAM)

Mercury Launches Catwalk Inspired Range
The US Ford subsidiary has announced production of a trim range based on a concept shown at the Miami Fashion Show

Volvo Competition Announced
The new topic for VOLVO SportsDesign has been revealed: EcoDesign – form follows sustainability.

Volvo Concepts at SEMA
Five modified Volvos on show at the Specialty Equipment Market Association tradeshow.

Bentley Designer Honoured
Dirk van Braeckel receives top Belgian award

Mini Clubman Concept Makes Production
Retro car design is alive and well with the new Mini station wagon

New iMac with Possible Automotive Inspiration
A statement in aluminium and glass, is it possible that car styling has influenced this design icon?

New Directors of GM Europe & China Design
GM appoints new European exterior chief and new director of PATAC

GM Design Chief Discusses the Future
Ed Welburn, head of design at GM discusses deep and meaningful car design

British Design Push for China
UK firm Creactive is amongst companies chosen to advance design business in China

Design Competition Shortlist Announced
Nominees for this year’s Interior Motives Design Awards are announced

Renault to Expand Design Presence in India
Mumbai design centre to be expanded with increased duties

DesignworksUSA Teams up with Yacht Company
BMW’s design group partners with Zeydon to produce a ‘luxury sports cruiser’

Mazda Designer Turns Hand to Watch
Assistant Chief Designer works with Sinn Spezialuhren Frankfurt to produce a chronograph inspired by the Japanese firm’s design style

Frank Stevenson Moves to Alfa
Fiat boss takes over design at Alfa Romeo

IED Students Create Abarth Concept
‘SS’ concept by students of the Istituto Europeo di Design

Changes to Design Leadership at Chrysler
Product design office sees new vice president appointments

RCA Show Opens Soon
Royal College of Art students are preparing to exhibit their work at the annual degree show.

New GM Europe Design Chief
Mark Adams becomes Vice President of Design

Argus Opens Transport Design Competition
Optimizing urban goods delivery in large cities is the theme of this year’s event

BMW CS Four Door Luxury GT
German prestige concept study aimed at the ever growing Chinese market

Nissan Bevel Multipurpose Concept
Quirky design study unveiled for far eastern markets

Buick Riviera
GM’s Asian Coupe Concept Unveiled in Shanghai

Camaro Concept at Geneva
Chevrolet’s concept coupe makes its European debut

Unusual Off-Road Design Unveiled at Geneva
Citroën goes back to its roots with the Cruise Crosser

IED unveils beON Concept
Istituto Europeo di Design of Turin presents their ’emotional hybrid’ – beON

Mitsubishi Prototype-X to be at Geneva
MMC is to unveil the European version of the Outlander and display the Prototype-X concept at the 77th Geneva International Motor Show in March

Hakaze Concept Unveiled
New Mazda compact crossover coupe with roadster feel, part of the Nagare design theme

Honda Accord Concept
Honda Coupe Concept reveals a totally new look for the next-generation Accord

Mercedes-Benz Ocean Drive Design Study
Concept Ocean Drive design study – the most comfortable and elegant modern-day convertible

Jaguar C-XF Concept at Detroit
The new Jaguar C-XF concept car has been hailed the star of the Detroit Motor Show

Mitsubishi Takes Design Award
“i” receives Gold Prize in Good Design Awards 2006

Lancia Delta HPE
The Italian firm releases details of its latest show car with strong visual styling

Nepta Four-Seater GT
Renault’s design team unveils its latest concept

New Iroc Concept Unveiled
VW release details of their latest design exercise

Student Company Unveils Sports Concept
Design aims to revive classic British motoring in modern style

Former Audi Design Chief to lead Kia Team
Peter Schreyer, former chief at Audi and VW is to become the Korean group’s styling boss

Unreal Imagery in Ford Promotion
Digital 3D rendering used to bypass actual images of real vehicles

CAD Used to Full Effect in RCA Project
The latest digital rendering technology helps to visualise student’s design

Mercedes-Benz Scoops Design Award
R-Class named ‘best of the best’ by North Rhineland-Westphalia Design Centre

Brand New CL-Class Unveiled
The design thinking behind the new Mercedes luxury coupé

Virtually Real Bentley
The prestige British marque acquires latest 3D rendering technology for its design studio

Mazda Concept Trilogy – behind the designs
Designers from the company’s three global design studios explain their latest projects.

Citroën C-Buggy Unveiled
French firm reveals new rugged supermini design concept

BMW Concept Coupé
Retro design study unveiled at the Mille Miglia 2006

Lancia Italian Design Tour
A century of automotive design is celebrated in a new exhibition featuring cars from many eras

Plasticon – Automotive Design
Students from the RCA’s Vehicle Design course to unveil the results of a GE Plastics challenge to interpret the future of polymers in automotive design.

Mini GP at Geneva
The new Cooper S with JCW kit will make its first public appearance at this year’s motor show.

Renault Unveil Sporty Estate Concept
A new vision of the station-wagon, the Altica combines performance and practicality

Aston Martin Rapide
The British luxury sports marque introduces its latest concept

Mazda Kabura Unveiled
The concept car designed for generation-Y is showcased at the NAIAS

The Volvo C30 Project
Automotive design that targets ‘dynamic customers with a hectic urban lifestyle’

Debut of the Oltre Fiat
The Italian firm unveils its monster off-roader

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