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Subaru Could Be In For An Extreme Makeover
Subaru Could Be In For An Extreme Makeover

Subarus are many things: sporty, reliable, fun to drive, and a favorite among tuners. But there's one thing Subarus aren't, at least by conventional standards: pretty. One man has been given the task of changing that. Since its U.S. launch in 1968, Subarus have been compared (unfavorably) to...Read More»

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Auto Brand Websites: Audi, BMW, Benz Great; Tesla, Lotus, Lambo Lousy

It shouldn't be news to any reader of this site that every automaker now has extensive product information on its website. But the relative usefulness of different carmakers' sites varies enormously, and now the Luxury Lab (L2) has evaluated every single one. Their Digital IQ Index ranking breaks...Read More»

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Good Things Come To Those Who Wait (For A Porsche Panamera)

Fact: we have not been especially kind to the Porsche Panamera. We've bashed its design, we've criticized it for watering down the Porsche lineup, and we've reveled in its imminent demise. Now that the first delivery of Panameras to the U.S. has been delayed for reasons unknown, you might expect us...Read More»

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Video: Audi's Entries For The 'YouthMobile 2030' Competition

A couple of weeks ago, we mentioned the "YouthMobile 2030" design challenge associated with the 2009 Los Angeles Auto Show. At the time, we highlighted GM's "Car Hero" entry, but Audi's designs deserve mention, too. The company has submitted two vehicles, the eOra and the eSpira, both of which were...Read More»

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L.A. Auto Show: Finalists In The 'YouthMobile 2030' Contest

The Los Angeles Auto Show is just a few weeks away, so now seems as good a time as any to skim through the submissions for its 6th Annual Design Challenge. This year's theme is YouthMobile  2030 -- the goal being to envision vehicles two decades down the road. Participating studios include Audi...Read More»

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Unofficial Preview Rendering Of Volksagen's New Midsize Sedan

It's no secret that Volkswagen plans to kill off the Passat and replace it with a larger, purpose-built-for-Americans midsize sedan codenamed, in a fit of startling creativity, the New Midsize Sedan, or NMS. But what the NMS will look like has been left to little more than monochrome watercolors...Read More»

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WTF Friday: What Detroit Really Needs?

From an architectural competition for a new cycling bridge in Lisbon, Portugal, comes this eye-raising design. Is it straight out of Idiocracy—or more Blade Runner crossed with The Dukes of Hazzard and a little bit of Rad? The entrants, Tiago Barros and Jorge Pereira, asked, "Why change the route...Read More»

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BMW Furniture For Bus Stops Would Look Awesome Anywhere

A handful of automakers like BMW and Porsche have strong industrial design programs separate from the ones that govern the look and feel of their vehicles. BMW's DesignworksUSA unit has been particularly well-regarded in the larger design world -- and its reputation will likely get another shot in...Read More»

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Midsize Volkswagen Will Be The First Designed For Americans

In an interview with the New York Times, Volkswagen's head designer, Klaus Bischoff, has indicated that Volkswagen plans to create vehicles targeted squarely at American preferences and tastes in the near future. More importantly, he believes that doing so will benefit VW's bottom line: "Designing...Read More»

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Ford Develops “Kinetic 2.0” Global Styling Language

Ford’s future involves a reduction in the current number of vehicle platforms used across the globe and a rise in the number of common models sold in different markets. The automaker also plans to feature a common design language, starting with its small and mid-sized cars and crossovers. The...Read More»

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Budding Designer Beats Mini To The Punch With Clubster S Roadster

The 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show is now only a couple of weeks away, and Mini in particular is ramping up to do the show in style. On Wednesday, the company revealed its new Coupe concept, and soon after that a sketch of a second Roadster concept that's expected to join the Coupe in Frankfurt surfaced...Read More»

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Stupid Signage Tricks From Our Nation's Capital

As initimitable Time magazine writer and frequent Tweeter Howard Chua-Eoan said, this sign "speaks for itself, I think." Courtesy of the DCist.com blog, it turns out that the image was originally sent out by the District of Columbia Department of Transportation on its Twitter feed. The sign is...Read More»

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New Book Explains Why We Do What We Do In Traffic

It all began, explains author Tom Vanderbilt, when he finally became a "late merger". Instead of meekly getting into line while those [fill in epithet here] zoomed past him to merge just before the end of the lane...he joined them. His wife cringed. He wondered what this would do to his self-image...Read More»

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First Sketches: 2011 Chevrolet Viva, or Agile, formerly Aveo

We've known for a while that the Chevrolet Aveo would be replaced by the 2011 Chevrolet Viva, which will be sold in Asia, Europe, and North and South America, courtesy of GM's new global product development process. Now the first official renderings have landed from GM, and if the production car...Read More»

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Maserati Helps Find Top Architectural Garages

You've likely seen one of several 'dream garages' books or Web sites that single out certain garages mostly by their collection of cars inside, their sheer size and number of vehicles, or celebrity ownership. To honor garage design itself rather than who or what's inside, Maserati and Architectural...Read More»

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Toyota Not Profitable In America, Evaluating U.S. Operations

Although many economists have begun to see light at the end of the recessionary tunnel, Toyota Motor America chairman Yoshimi Inaba claims that Toyota is not currently profitable in North America, even though the company has taken numerous cost-cutting measures in recent months. According to Inaba...Read More»

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The Next New Audi Model Is A...Grand Piano ?!?!?

Audi is celebrating its 100th birthday as a brand these days, with ceremonies that included the unveiling of a 32-foot-long, 10-ton model of the Audi TT sports car. So there was much anticipation around a gala event held last night at the Audi Forum in Ingolstadt, at which the company promised to...Read More»

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