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That Time Design Legend Raymond Loewy Phoned In An Updated Volkswagen Beetle

Raymond Loewy was an legendary industrial designer, one of the few who have had great successes in industrial design, graphic design and automotive design. But that doesn’t mean he didn’t occasionally phone in an effort, like this wonderfully half-assed redesign of the iconic Volkswagen Beetle.Read more… Continue Reading at http://jalopnik.com

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This Is America’s Most Embarrassing Automotive Engineering Failure

America has had an incredible, dynamic, and often quite innovative automotive industry for well over a century, but that rich automotive history also includes many missteps and some outright failures. There’s one engineering failure, though, that makes the Pinto gas tank placement and the Vega’s engine woes seem like…Read more… Continue Reading at http://jalopnik.com

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Is There A Secret Message Hidden In The Taillights Of The Dodge Charger?

The Dodge Charger has more or less looked about the same since its 2006 re-introduction, with the occasional makeover of the front and back. But the latest redesign, with the continuous taillight stretching across the trunk, kind of like a neon sign, may be hiding something.Read more… Continue Reading at http://jalopnik.com

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The Man Who Designed The Look Of Star Trek And Blade Runner Once Tried To Design A Soviet Car

Syd Mead is something of a legend when it comes to designing how the future will look. From the grim, cluttered dystopia of Blade Runner to the well-cushioned and clean office-spaceships of Star Trek to the cybernetic metropolises of Tron, Mead is perhaps the best-known designer of the future. What he’s much less…Read more… Continue […]

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I Want The Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato Shooting Brake So Badly My Stomach Hurts

You ever see a picture of something and you make an involuntary, incoherent noise because the subject is just that awesome? That just happened to me when I saw this picture of an Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato Shooting Brake. Read more… Continue Reading at http://jalopnik.com

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I Want The Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato Shooting Brake So Badly My Stomach Hurts

You ever see a picture of something and you make an involuntary, incoherent noise because the subject is just that awesome? That just happened to me when I saw this picture of an Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato Shooting Brake. Read more… Continue Reading at http://jalopnik.com

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I Bet You’d Like To Know What Those Holes In The Sides Of Buicks Are Actually Called 

If someone were to run up to you on the street, seize you by the collar and look at you, wide eyed, shaking, and shriek, “Buicks! Tell me something about Buicks!” chances are good you may say, “They usually have three fake holes in their sides!” before shoving them away and getting the hell out […]

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How Volkswagen Could Have Built A Better Air-Cooled Beetle 50 Years Ago

Air-cooled-era Volkswagen was a company that revolved around a strange contradiction: it built cars that were fundamentally different from most other carmakers, but they were surprisingly conservative, technically. Any change to their core products was incremental and carefully considered. I think VW’s unwillingness…Read more… Continue Reading at http://jalopnik.com

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Chris Bangle’s Mystery Comeback Car Was So ‘Liberating’ It Made A Designer Sick

Chris Bangle was gladly talking shit about one, or possibly all, of the major automakers during the Frankfurt Motor Show this past week, but that overshadowed one very important detail: he’s finally working on another car for a mystery company and claims it was so liberating it made one designer physically sick.Read more… Continue Reading […]

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Who Was Ex-BMW Designer Chris Bangle Talking Shit About Here?

Chris Bangle was one of the few modern car designers who nearly reached household-name status—and not always because people loved his work. As head of BMW design from 1992 to 2009, he oversaw a transformation of the brand’s styling from boxy and conservative to radical and forward thinking. Sometimes it worked,…Read more… Continue Reading at […]

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What Should BMW Do About Its Increasingly Bad Struggle With Design?

BMW has been in a weird place concerning design for awhile, perhaps even decades, now. The main issue seems to be the company not being too sure how to adapt its classic kidney grille design to increasingly large vehicles. All of that has culminated in the new X7 SUV concept, which is borderline horrendous.Read more… […]

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What Should BMW Do About Its Increasingly Bad Struggle With Design?

BMW has been in a weird place concerning design for awhile, perhaps even decades, now. The main issue seems to be the company not being too sure how to adapt its classic kidney grille design to increasingly large vehicles. All of that has culminated in the new X7 SUV concept, which is borderline horrendous.Read more… […]

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