2014 Mazda Mazda3

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Text and photos by Cor Steenstra

The new Mazda Mazda3 is quite a stunner in real life. It carries over the positives of the previous generation, but adds the new design language in quite a sporty, boy racer type of way. As such, despite the more common proportions in a relatively crowded market, it clearly does stand out from the bland crowd around it. Continue reading

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2014 Nissan Versa Note

2014_Nissan_Versa_Note_003 2014_Nissan_Versa_Note_007 Text and photos by Cor Steenstra The Nissan Versa Note is a nice, compact and nimble run-0about vehicle. With my 6’4″ I still found easy and comfortable space to operate the car in comfort and with confidence. With the available horsepower to weight ratio, combined with the suspension it made for a fun drive across mountain roads, easily getting a nice rhythm through the tighter corners, and clear indications of where the limits of grip were. Continue reading

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2014 Kia Forte Koup SX T-GDI

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Text and photos by Cor Steenstra

I liked the first generation of the Kia Forte Koup, a segment that was new to Kia at the time. With this generation I thoroughly thrust back to the glory days of the Honda Civic CRX and even the original Golf GTI. This is the kind of car that you can drive very sportingly around, that I would think the clever rice-rocket-racers would use to tune up, and something that looks better than the current competition in that segment, like the mondaine Honda Civic Si, the massive Ford Focus STi and the also massive current VW Golf GTI. The Kia is light and nimble, sticks to the road, and looks and feels the part. Continue reading

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2014 Nissan Pathfinder Platinum

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Text and photos by Cor Steenstra

The latest version of the Nissan Pathfinder of which we drove the Platinum Edition, has been restyled to reflect Nissan’s latest design language. In line with that the front end shows massive amounts of Chrome in the grille and headlight treatment with an upside down trapezoid main grille element. The fenders on the side are accentuated by the side body treatment which pulls in towards the front and rear allowing of a height increase which creates more shampher area over the fenders. Continue reading

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Audi A7 Quattro TDI

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Text, animation and photos by Cor Steenstra

Aesthetically athletic, emotion-packed design, sporty character and innovative technology: The Audi A7 Sportback marries the strengths of a coupe with those of a sedan and an Avant.

Body and interior
Measuring 4.97 meters (16.31 ft) in length, the five-door model is an Audi in top form. Its low, dynamically drawn roof line and flowing rear lend it the character of a coupe. Every detail of the elegant interior documents the care with which Audi builds cars. High-quality materials spoil the senses. The front seats are optionally available with ventilation and massage functions. The MMI operating system comes standard; among the optional equipment is a head-up display. Continue reading

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Ferrari F599 GTO exterior and interior rendered in Autodesk VRED 2015

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Text, animation and photos by Cor Steenstra

After my recent experiments using Autodesk’s VRED 2015 for the exterior of the 2014 Corvette StingRay, I wanted to find out how VRED would handle an interior. For that I used a detailed model of the Ferrari F599 GTO. The model was extensively detailed and had very detailed color maps assigned for the to make things more realistic, and I used those color maps in combination with provided VRED shaders to make a few variations of this interior. Continue reading

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A cracking sports car race: Porsche 919 Hybrid finishes fourth in Spa

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Photos and videos by Porsche Ag.

Following the podium finish at the season’s opener in Silverstone, the new Porsche 919 Hybrid came fourth at the second round of the World Endurance Championship (WEC). Drivers Romain Dumas (France), Neel Jani (Switzerland) and Marc Lieb (Germany) had started with the car no. 14 from pole position for the six hour race and was the leading car for a long time. But then incidents cost time. An electric problem required a reset by Dumas while he was driving and on the final laps Jani had an extra pit stop due to a puncture. Continue reading

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First pole position for the Porsche 919 Hybrid

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Photos and video Porsche AG

Wet, dry, humid – pole position: Porsche starts first on the grid for what is only the second race after returning to the top category of the Sports Car World Championship WEC. The thrilling qualifying for the six hours of Spa took place on a drying track. It was Marc Lieb who achieved the overall fastest lap of 2:00,334 minutes in the last minutes of the session. He shares the Porsche 919 Hybrid no. 14 with Romain Dumas and Neel Jani. The sister car of Timo Bernhard, Brendon Hartley and Mark Webber will start fifth at 14:30 hrs on Saturday.

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2014 Chevrolet Corvette StingRay rendered using Autodesk VRED

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Chevrolet has not been willing to loan us the new Corvette Stingray, 15 months after the introduction. I have no clue as to the logic behind their politics, but they did send an expensive law firm on our neck for publishing our iBook on this Corvette. I can only assume that there were business considerations hampered by our publication, and we are being retaliated against, although, as said, that is pure speculation, but it is just unusual. Continue reading

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GM Product Development: Design Center

 

What happens at Design Center including digital design, clay modeling of GM product development

 

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