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Hyundai's future cars could include steering wheel-mounted touchscreens
Hyundai's future cars could include steering wheel-mounted touchscreens

Like a design straight out of MTV's '90s TV show "Pimp My Ride," the early prototype for Hyundai's cockpit of the future unveiled Tuesday is full of touchscreens—even on the steering wheel. The two-spoke steering wheel doesn't include a single button and instead places two touchscreen panels...Read More»

Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid prototype in London, U.K.
UK trying out scenic roads to keep drivers awake

A British company has a colourful plan designed to help drivers keep their focus on the road. Highways England, a UK Government-owned company, is planning over £15 billion worth of purely visual improvements alongside the country’s highways over the next three years. Translation...Read More»

2015 Jeep Cherokee
Love It Or Hate It, The Jeep Cherokee's New Look Isn't Going Anywhere

As much as humankind hungers for variety and change, there's a part of us that appreciates consistency. We cherish having our tailgate cookouts at the same spot before every home game, we love the soup that our great aunts make for Thanksgiving, even though it's not as good as it used to be -- all...Read More»

Alfonso Albaisa
Five Questions: Infiniti Design Chief On QX30, EVs, And Eau Rouge

Infiniti has some grand plans. It’s taking the brand global, and to do that it’s completely redoing its product line, with a total of nine models expected in the next couple of years. Getting some smaller models into the lineup—like the QX30 crossover, closely previewed by QX30...Read More»

2015 Nissan Pulsar (Euro-market)  -  2014 Paris Auto Show
Nissan Sentra, Altima Due To Get 'Dynamic' Design Refresh Soon

A refresh due for the 2016 or 2017 Nissan Sentra still won't include a hatchback model; but it will wrap in the sporty, more expressive look of the new Nissan Pulsar hatchback, which made its debut this past week at the Paris Auto Show. Neither the Pulsar nor the performance-oriented Pulsar NISMO...Read More»

2014 Jaguar XJR  -  First Drive  -  August 2013
Six Car Styling Cliches Of 2014

Automotive styling tastes can be more fickle than fashion; and it only takes a quick look at how cars are seen as a sort of extended fashion statement here in the U.S. to understand why. ALSO SEE: 2015 GMC Yukon Video Road Test Most shoppers want a vehicle that fits in, yet one that stands out just...Read More»

Official design sketch previewing 2017 Honda Ridgeline
All-New Honda Ridgeline Due For 2016, But Skipping 2015 Model Year

It looked for a few years like compact and mid-size pickups were a dying breed. But with the introduction of an all-new Chevrolet Colorado this next year, along with a new-generation Honda Ridgeline under development, this portion of the truck market could rebound. That’s right; Honda today...Read More»

Corvette Stingray Concept split rear window
15 Car Styling Cues For The Ages

Visit any auto show, and you'll see plenty of concept cars. Most will leave you feeling "meh". Like, "These designers had the time and the money to dream big, big, big, and that's what they came up with? I weep for the future. Hey, does anyone want Jamba Juice?" Then there are the select few: some...Read More»

2013 J.D. Power Initial Quality Study brand rankings
J.D. Power: The Stuff That Car Owners Hate Usually Can't Be Fixed

J.D. Power has just released its highly anticipated 2013 Initial Quality Study, and on the whole, it contains plenty of good news for consumers and automakers alike. However, it also signals a major shift in the way that we relate to our vehicles and what we expect of them. The study is based on...Read More»

2002 Pontiac Aztek
Cheap Car Or Ugly Car: Which Would You Pick?

Car models are refreshed about every seven years, and just before the "new and improved" versions debut, many dealerships offer discounts on outgoing models. Which raises an interesting question: would you rather get a good deal on a new car that's built on a seven-year-old design, or would you...Read More»

Nissan Resonance Concept live photos, 2013 Detroit Auto Show
Nissan Resonance Concept At Detroit: Previewing The Next Murano?

At the Detroit Auto Show, Nissan has revealed a daring crossover design concept that previews a potential direction for the next-generation Murano crossover. Created at Nissan Design America, in San Diego, and penned by Nissan Motor Co. senior VP and chief creative officer Shiro Nakamura, the new...Read More»

Prototype of the R18 Ultra chair from Audi's Lightweight Design Centre
Audi Cops A Thousand Feels To Design The Perfect Chair

Crowdsourcing is everywhere these days. Astronomers use it to find rogue asteroids. City planners use it to revitalize downtown promenades. And it's the ethos behind the game-changing Kickstarter.com. So naturally, when Audi's Lightweight Design Centre needed to crank out a new chair, it followed...Read More»

2012 Hyundai Veloster
Christopher Chapman To Head Design For Hyundai America

Hyundai has announced that former BMW designer Christopher Chapman has been appointed to the position of Chief Designer at the Hyundai America Technical Center, Inc. (HATCI). In this role, he will have overall responsibility for new vehicle and concept vehicle design. Chapman takes over from Philip...Read More»

2012 Hyundai Veloster
2012 Hyundai Veloster: From The Show Floor To The Showroom

How does an all-new type of vehicle, like the 2012 Hyundai Veloster—with such radically different packaging and very extroverted looks—come to exist? That’s what we asked Brandon Ramirez, Hyundai Motor America’s product planning manager, a couple of weeks ago as we were...Read More»

2011 Volvo S60 Performance Project
Volvo Announces New ‘Designed Around You’ Brand Strategy

For decades Volvo has peddled its cars with an emphasis on their safety prowess, a reputation that still stands today, albeit somewhat diluted thanks to the introduction of 300 horsepower sports sedans like the S60 R-Design. However, thanks to strict regulations and increased consumer awareness...Read More»

Infiniti Digital Art Competition
Infiniti Launches Art Competition To Tout Its Design DNA

Calling all artists: Japanese luxury automaker Infiniti is sponsoring a digital art competition. Be forewarned, however, that it comes with strings attached. The gist: Infiniti has partnered with the high-concept art magazine Designboom to create a "Digital Art Competition". Contestants have three...Read More»

Ford Capacitive Touch Center Stack
Ford Is Improving Tech, Boosting Safety, And...Bolding Fonts?

Overnight, Ford sent out a barrage of press releases about the company's latest accomplishments. And jammed amongst the stories of tech developments and safety improvements was some news that made our resident typographer a little queasy: Fords are getting bolder. That's not metaphor: the automaker...Read More»

2011 Chrysler 200 S
Chrysler: Frequent Design Changes Key To Sales Growth

If you're shopping for a new car and have a preference for Chrysler Group products, expect to see frequent model updates from Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep in the coming years. Ralph Gilles, head of design at Chrysler (and president & CEO of Dodge) believes that frequent styling changes may be the...Read More»

Screencap from Opel's design contest website
Design Students: Opel Wants You To Create A 'Lounge In Motion'

Like Whitney Houston, Opel believes that children are the future -- of cars. The German subsidiary of General Motors has just launched a contest for design students, with the goal of creating a concept car that could one day roam the roads. The contest rolls out in two stages. Stage one centers on...Read More»

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