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Smart Fortwo, Forfour reborn with fresh styling on new platform [w/video]

Filed under: Budget, Videos, Hatchback, Smart, Design/Style Meet the 2016 Smart Fortwo and Forfour, a new pair of hatchbacks that Daimler hopes will revive the struggling Smart brand. We aren’t expecting to see the Forfour here in the US market, although the smaller Fortwo should eventually hit our shores in the future. Following yesterday’s teaser [...]

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Toyota design leader Dezi Nagaya moving to Yamaha

Filed under: Hirings/Firings/Layoffs, Toyota, Design/Style If you want to know who’s been responsible for injecting some attitude into Toyota’s designs in recent years, look to Akihiro Nagaya. As a design executive and as a freelance consultant, the rockstar designer known as Dezi has styled more concept and production cars for Toyota and its Lexus brand [...]

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Finally, a car bed for adults

Filed under: Etc., Design/Style Were you ever jealous of the racecar bed that the rich kid down the street had as a kid? Or maybe Ricky Schroder’s on the totally-’80s TV show Silver Spoons? You probably thought the chance had passed since no spouse on this planet would ever let a bed shaped liked a [...]

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Here’s Aston Martin’s DP-100 racer for Gran Turismo in all its virtual glory [w/video]

Filed under: Concept Cars, Coupe, Performance, Videos, Aston Martin, Toys/Games, Design/Style After a little bit of teasing, Aston Martin is finally unveiling its Design Prototype 100 Vision Gran Turismo Concept at the Goodwood Festival of Speed that makes it into Gran Turismo 6 in July. With the DP-100, the company’s designers have gotten a chance [...]

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Alfa Romeo turns it up to 11 with Harrison guitars and Marshall amps

Filed under: Concept Cars, Etc., Alfa Romeo, Design/Style To American enthusiasts, nothing might say rock n’ roll quite like a classic muscle car. But that doesn’t preclude the Europeans from trying. Volkswagen has partnered with Fender for its premium audio systems, and now Alfa Romeo is teaming up with some rocking powerhouses as well. The [...]

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Harley-Davidson LiveWire [w/video]

Filed under: Videos, Motorcycle, Design/Style, Electric, First Ride Days before Harley-Davidson shocked the world with news that after 111 years of building increasingly larger, gas-powered V-twins, it was going all Tesla with its plug-in electric LiveWire, I had the chance to ride it. The country’s largest and most iconic motorcycle maker had set up shop [...]

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2015 Ford Edge debuts with fresh tech inside and out

Filed under: Crossover, Ford, Design/Style, Deep Dive Edge will be the first Ford-badged product to come standard with EcoBoost power. Ford officially unveiled the all-new, second-generation Edge today at its Dearborn home, announcing that the latest version of the popular crossover will ride on the same CD4 architecture that underpins the Ford Fusion and Lincoln [...]

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Dartz Red Russian is a Putin-spec Mercedes G63 AMG 6×6

Filed under: Aftermarket, Performance, SUV, Truck, Etc., Mercedes-Benz, Russia, Design/Style, Luxury The creations that come from Dartz Motorz almost defy explanation. The company is known for modifying SUVs with so much over-the-top luxury that they seem unreal. For example, its last project was a Mercedes G63 AMG 6×6 with gold wheels and a portable smoking [...]

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Buick asks design students ‘What could a Buick sedan look like in 2030?’

Filed under: Concept Cars, Videos, Buick, Design/Style When you think of daring concept cars or emotional design-student projects, Buick probably isn’t the first brand that comes to mind. It’s not for lack of concepts; when General Motors ran down 11 concept-car highlights from Buick’s 110-year history, three of them are from the past 15 years, [...]

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Piloti back on track with new owner Canadian Tire, new shoes

Filed under: Etc., Design/Style A longtime favorite of racing drivers, enthusiasts and automotive journalists alike, Piloti emerged in 1999 to provide a unique line of driving shoes for both on-track use and off. Yet despite their popularity in the automotive marketplace, the brand disappeared a couple of years ago after the economy tanked. Enthusiasts didn’t [...]

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