Automotive Design

This zone includes interviews with top designers, information on software and design tools as well as design strategies used by automakers and automotive suppliers.

Polestar 1 Crash Tested in Sweden

By: Gary S. Vasilash - November 02, 2018 at 6:31 AM

This is the carbon fiber body of the Polestar 1, a low-volume hybrid that provides 600 hp and, perhaps so as to be a good global citizen, an electric-only range of 93 miles.

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On the 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe

By: Gary S. Vasilash - November 01, 2018 at 12:00 PM

The fourth-generation of this compact crossover is improved, enhanced and optimized inside and out.

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Chevy Develops eCOPO Camaro: The Fast and the Electric

By: Gary S. Vasilash - October 30, 2018 at 8:09 AM

The notion that electric vehicles were the sort of thing that well-meaning professors who wear tweed jackets with elbow patches drove in order to help save the environment was pretty much annihilated when Tesla added the Ludicrous+ mode to the Model S which propelled the vehicle from 0 to 60 mph in less than 3 seconds.

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2019 Hyundai Veloster R-Spec

By: Gary S. Vasilash - October 19, 2018 at 6:17 AM

The thing about the 2019 Hyundai Veloster Turbo R-Spec is not the thing that most people might think of about the car.

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NIO’s Growing Numbers: Small But Notable

By: Gary S. Vasilash - October 17, 2018 at 6:55 AM

The ES8 from Shanghai-based NIO is a seven-seat, fully electric SUV.

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NACTOY and Product Development

By: Gary S. Vasilash - October 15, 2018 at 11:30 AM

OEMs have plenty on their proverbial plates right now, things that are requiring non-trivial investments, things like electrification and automation. So one might excuse them from having a lot of product on offer.

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Ford Makes a Sharper Edge

By: Gary S. Vasilash - October 15, 2018 at 6:19 AM

The 2019 Ford Edge ST is a variant of the midsize SUV that has been amped up by the folks at Ford Performance.

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2019 Volvo XC40 T5 AWD Momentum and R-Design

By: Gary S. Vasilash - October 09, 2018 at 8:47 AM

Back in 2004, Volvo introduced a concept vehicle, called “Your Concept Vehicle,” in which case the pronoun essentially referred to women because as the company pointed out, the YCC was “the first car designed and developed almost exclusively by women.” Some would say that Volvo was ahead of its time—way ahead—with this idea.

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From La Maison Citroën

By: Gary S. Vasilash - October 04, 2018 at 6:55 AM

Jean-Charles de Castelbajac is a Morocco-born French fashion designer who has created outfits from people ranging from Madonna to Pope John Paul II.

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Seriously Fun Stamps

By: Gary S. Vasilash - October 04, 2018 at 6:30 AM

Who says the government doesn’t have a sense of the whimsical?

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GM and Honda Collaborate on AVs

By: Gary S. Vasilash - October 03, 2018 at 10:42 AM

General Motors, and Cruise, the AV technology company that it owns, are collaborating with Honda to develop a purpose-built AV that will be used by Cruise and, more importantly, be “manufactured at high volume for global deployment.” This is no science experiment.

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TPE Checks the Boxes

By: Gary S. Vasilash - October 02, 2018 at 6:54 AM

Plastics supplier KRAIBURG has developed a thermoplastic elastomer lineup—the VS/AD/HM series within the THERMOLAST K suite—that checks the boxes of scratch and abrasion resistance, chemical compatibility and UV stability. 

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