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Mitsubishi Closes U.S. Studio

The Eclipse was not a big seller for

The Mitsubishi Research and Design of office and design center in Calif. are being closed, and 60 are being let go, said Moe Durand, a for Mitsubishi Motors North on Thursday.

“It’s a reflection of is going on in the auto industry now and the economy as a whole,” Mr. Durand “Design functions will now fully to our headquarters’ facilities in

A small office of the design in Ann Arbor, Mich. will open. Research and testing is conducted there on an electric Mr. Durand said.

The Cypress which is near Long was primarily involved in design. more…

Mar 6, 7:19 am

Italian Car Go Global

Arnd Wiegmann/Reuters The Z-one car.

GENEVA — are built in Mexico. Chevrolets are in India. Mercedes, BMW and Toyota all vehicles in, well, the United The list goes on and on.

But one interesting uncovered at this year’s auto show is the globalization of most prestigious car designers.

“If you to survive the financial crisis, you to go global,” said Andrea president of Zagato design and the generation to run his family’s 90-year-old Zagato-designed classics are respected and around the world. Examples, a 1964 Aston Martin DB4 GT can fetch millions of dollars at Read more…

Mar 5, 1:59 pm

A Car Makes an Appearance

National Museum (The Harrah Reno, Nev. The Phantom was built in the 1930s on a Cord 810

The Phantom Corsair, one of the boldest cars of the 1930s, will be a sojourn from its home at the Automobile Museum in Reno, to star at the Amelia Island d’Elegance. to be held March at the Golf Club of Amelia Fla.

Heinz established himself as an designer in California. He began by a delivery vehicle for the Heinz called the Comet and then his dream car, the Phantom He died in an auto accident in Read more…

Mar 4, 6:46 pm

Supercars Fight to Be Fastest

Kurczewski for The New York Times Namir by Giugiaro, a hybrid concept that is a collaboration a hybrid technology firm and Giugiaro. Slide Show: From Geneva

GENEVA — don’t have to do an ugly car to be said Fabrizio Giugiaro . president and styling director of Giugiaro.

The Geneva auto for whatever reason, has traditionally a stage for an eclectic mix of small and engineering firms, and sports-car This is especially true year. As the world’s major struggle with the falling and sales market, the stage is for smaller companies to steal the Read more…

Mar 4, 8:38 am

Essence: Heavy Metal

Martial Trezzini/European Pressphoto The Infiniti Essence concept car have a 3.7-liter engine and an motor. Slide Show: From Geneva

GENEVA — The confirmed fact about the Essence concept car before its here at the Geneva auto on Tuesday was that it would with matching Louis luggage.

The Ford Capri as an Muse

A Preview of the Geneva Show

GENEVA — Fun is hard to in today’s automobile industry. But are pockets of resistance to all the gloom. One where the sun is likely to be shining week is the Geneva Motor here, where dozens of new will make their

PT Cruiser: From Hero to

Feb 19, 2:12 pm

A Mission to Build the Production Electric Motorcycle

The One electric motorcycle: 150 miles per (and per charge).

At the recent of the venerable TED (Technology, Education and Conference. Mission Motors out what the company calls the fastest production electric

Didn’t know that was a The story is less about the 150-mile-an-hour top speed than the 150-mile range per charge.

Motors was founded in San Francisco in by three engineers: Forrest who was a battery engineer at Tesla Edward West and Mason The design was the work of Yves of Fuseproject. noted for his work on the One Per Child program. Mr.

Behar advantage of the absence of a gas tank to the motorcycle, using a honeycomb

Sound like a world Here’s the fine print above the online reservation “We are now accepting reservations for the Premier Edition of the Mission One, to 50 numbered units to be delivered in … The deposit amount is $5,000, and the price is $68,995.”

Feb 17, 6:36 pm

Drops CLK for New E-Class Coupe

Mercedes-Benz E350 Coupe.

Two after Mercedes-Benz revealed the new sedan at the Detroit auto (sort of), it will further details of the coupe at the Geneva Motor Show in

But isn’t the CLK. introduced in as a 1998 model, the stand-in for the coupe? Used to be. Not anymore.

The E-Class coupe shares cues with its sedan same twin-headlamp face, Camry-esque taillights, same fender arch over the wheels, for which Mercedes the Ponton Mercedes. introduced in as inspiration.

From photos of the car in profile, the coupe appears quite a bit curved than the CLK. online reports have around the Audi A5 as a shorthand

There will be two models: the with a V-6 engine (268 258 pound-feet of torque) and the E550 a V-8 (382 horsepower, 391 pound-feet). A automatic transmission will be

Other than powertrain (and electronic safety like Attention Assist, for drivers), the only other information Mercedes is willing to is the coupe’s drag coefficient which, according to Mercedes, the E-Class coupe “the most aerodynamically efficient production vehicle.”

The 2010 coupe will go on sale in the States in June, with variants coming along next year.

Feb 13, 4:02 pm

BMW Its Gran Turismo Concept

The BMW 5 Series GT was introduced today in

Early Friday morning, BMW its latest concept car, the 5 Series Gran Turismo, will make its auto debut two weeks from now in

The introduction was in Munich and transmitted via video. This continues a of automakers choosing to launch online rather than the traditional (and pricey) of auto shows.

The Concept 5 GT continues BMW’s attempt to the gap between sedan and S.U.V. In it was called the Progressive Activity It looks like a crossover, or as if a hand pressed down on a BMW X6.

But BMW to call it something more a gran turismo, Italian for touring, which has become one of vague terms that frequenty hijack to make a sound more daring it actually is. Anyone remember the Celica GT? How about the Hyundai GT?

Chris Bangle, the departing of BMW Group design, spoke the concept car’s design. more…

Feb 5, 2:07 pm

‘No Bad Blood’ BMW, Bangle Says

E. Bangle at BMW’s design

In a brief telephone interview on morning, the designer Christopher E. said he left BMW “with no bad

Speaking from California, he was attending the TED conference, Mr. Bangle his departure did not stem from with executives or others at “It has nothing to do with how the company inside or with me,” he adding that he is not going to car company. “It was a moment I have planning for a long time.”

On BMW made the surprising announcement Mr. Bangle would step as head of BMW Group design, a he has held for over 16 years. van Hooydonk, currently head of BMW will take Mr.


On Thursday, Mr. Bangle said his successor had been groomed for a time and that he was emotional his departure. “There are tears of he said. Read more…

Feb 4, pm

The American Who Shaped BMW

The BMW Z4 coupe study, front, and the X Coupé of

It was announced on Tuesday that E. Bangle, who has headed BMW design for 16 would leave his post. He design for BMW, Mini and and administered Designworks, BMW’s known for shaping everything yachts to coffee makers. Mr.

approach to design also make BMW an aesthetically progressive one that became known for the architect Zaha Hadid to a factory in Leipzig, Germany, and the conceptual artist Olafur to create an art car. coated ice.

Mr. Bangle evolved the basic 3, 5, and 7 lines while the smaller 1 Series and the sporty 6 During his tenure, the company S.U.V.’s (the X3 and the X5) and the X6 crossover. The aluminum-bodied Z8 — launched by James — and many concepts go down to his

Despite avoiding postmodern or other “retro” cars, Mr. also helped to invent a history for BMW design, whose was thin. The Z3 and Z8 built on the cues of the 507 sports car. while the Miglia concept from and the M1 Hommage concept. introduced year, recalled cars the 1920s and ’70s. Read

Feb 3, 11:29 am

Controversial BMW Designer

Depending on whom you talk to, E. Bangle, head of BMW Group is either a forward thinker or a design agitator. BMW announced his on Tuesday, saying that the he quit was to pursue other in design outside the automotive

Christopher E. Bangle

“Christopher has had a lasting impact on the identity of BMW brands,” said Klaus a board member of the BMW Group. contribution to the company’s success has decisive, and together with his he has mapped out a clear and aesthetic into the future.”

Mr. Bangle, 52, be best known for his controversial of the BMW 7 Series earlier in the decade, but he and his were also responsible for the BMW Z3 and Z4 and the S.U.V.’s that have the appeal of the brand over the decade. He also oversaw of the new Mini and Rolls-Royce models and concepts.

Adrian van Hooydonk, the of BMW automobile design, will over the position.

Jan 28, 12:40 pm

100 Years of the Futurist Manifesto

It is the anniversary of the Futurist Manifesto. as Bangle, design chief of noted to me recently.

Published in the newspaper Le Figaro on Feb. 20, by Filippo Tommaso Marinetti, an poet and writer, the Futurist was one of the first documents to celebrate the as an object of beauty and to cite and acceleration as aesthetic elements. “We that the splendor of the world has enriched by a new beauty: the beauty of Marinetti proclaimed.

“A racing with its bonnet adorned great tubes like with explosive breath … a motor car which seems to run on fire, is more beautiful the Victory of Samothrace,” he continued in the memorable passage.

Umberto “Unique Forms of Continuity in from 1913. (Museum of Art)

Celebrating power and praising daring and danger, the created blurry paintings and sculpture. The Museum of Modern Art in New and the Estorick Collection of Modern Art in London are two institutions holding exhibitions commemorating the document.

But the had a short run: World War I gave culture more and power than anyone Several Futurists ended up as fascists.

The legacy of the Futurists less in their own art than in the they provided designers Mr. Bangle, who has often said automobiles are “mobile works of and “the sculptures of our everyday

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