GM Product Development: Design Center

 

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

 

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Interior design of the new Ford Mustang, presented by Michael Thomson

Designer Michael Thomson is explaining the process they went through within the Ford Mustang Interior Design team.

We’re especially proud and interested to see Michael do this, since he started out his design career at Foresee Car Design. Congratulations Michael!

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2014 Volkswagen Beetle GSR.. Oh my…!

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Text Cor Steenstra, photos Jaap Dijkshoorn / Edward Breedveld-fwdmotiontv

We’ve had the new VW Beetle already in several versions, the normal, the Turbo and the convertible ones to be specific, but when I first aw images of this GSR version I immediately put in a request for it. This is not just a simple ‘Bumblebee’ version of the Beetle. It is in fact much more than that.

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2014 New Kia Soul

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Text Cor Steenstra, photos Jaap Dijkshoorn / Edward Breedveld-fwdmotiontv

We never had the pleasure to drive the previous generation Kia Soul, so I was really looking forward to experience this new generation one. The first Kia Soul has become a very familiar face on the streets here, seemingly outdoing the original Scion Xb’s substantially. It defiantly showed more style than the simple box the Scion was offering, even in the latest guise.

From the outside, I had always seen the Soul as a small compact car. First impressions of a boxy shape do that to you. I was totally astonished that, when I stand next to it, it is almost Minivan height, and then, when I entered the 2014 Kia Soul, I was floored. It is a very spacious vehicle, definitely not as Mini as I thought it was. Continue reading

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2014 Mazda CX9

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It had been several years since we last drove the Mazda CX9, back in 2010 when it was just introduced. Mazda has substantially changed most of its line up, but only face-lifted the CX9 thus far, so it was intriguing to find out why? Of course it is a vehicle in a higher segment, so less volume to write off a model renew over, but was the CX9 still up to date enough? Continue reading

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The new Lamborghini Huracán LP 610-4

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A new era is beginning for Automobili Lamborghini and the luxury super sports car segment: with the brand new Huracán Lamborghini is not only presenting the successor to the iconic Gallardo, but is also redefining the benchmark for luxury super sports cars in this segment. With its pure and unique design, an innovative technology package, outstanding dynamics and excellent quality, the Huracán offers a super sports car experience on a whole new level. The Huracán combines absolute performance with easy-todrive road behavior and both luxurious and sport-oriented finish. With the Huracán, Lamborghini is taking a big step into the future, and enhancing the brand’s illustrious history with the next automotive legend.

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2014 Nissan 370Z Convertible

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Text Cor Steenstra, photos Jaap Dijkshoorn / Edward Breedveld-fwdmotiontv

We were very lucky with the California weather when we had this 2014 Nissan 370Z Convertible on loan. We had plenty of opportunity to drive it with the top down, on local roads and even on the freeways. This version had an automatic gearbox with the option of using the flippers for gear change mounted behind the steering wheel. Continue reading

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Designing Difference in a World of Sameness by Chris Bangle at Stanford University

Former BMW Head of Design Chris Bangle discusses how to design innovative cars in time where where all automobiles look the same. This is illustrated with examples from his daring career as a chief designer at BMW whose work has provoked endless discussion.

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2014 Chevrolet Impala

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The top of the line Hyundai Equus and Azera are really good cars, with distinctive styling, excellent quality and performance. They’re just… still ‘only’ a Hyundai.. Well, for people who were pondering this question, how to own something this good looking and with this status, but reluctant to buy foreign, Korean, or Hyundai, Chevrolet has the answer for you: The 2014 Chevrolet Impala.

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2014 Mitsubishi Outlander

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It was unfortunate for this new Mitsubishi Outlander that I had just come off of a week experiencing the Kia Cadenza. The new Mitsubishi was actually $2,000 more expensive than the Kia, albeit in a totally different category of course. But thanks to that unfortunate coincidence it really brought to the front what is wrong with Mitsubishi at the moment. Continue reading

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