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By Car Design News2024-06-07T14:12:00+01:00
Car Design News looks at some of the design stories that may have gone under the radar over the past week. Read on for the latest from Dacia, Polestar, Rivian and more…
This week’s round-up includes news from recent motorshows, trends around colour and materials, safety tech and new model generations from the likes of Skoda, Nissan and Rivian. 
Unique Diablo wins London Concours 
As if a Lamborghini Diablo were not already striking enough, it was a special SE30 Supercharged Prototype that took best in show at this year’s Concours (taking home additional honours under the Purple Reign category, too.) Last year’s winner was the Schuppan 962CR P1, and the full list of 2024 category winners can be found at the link below. 
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…and CDN’s pick of the bunch
As it happens, we were on the ground at the London Concours and it was quite an unexpected model that caught our attention: the bonkers, amphibious TVR Scamander. A prototype released in 2007, it cuts a space-age figure that is not far off some of the creations being imagined by today’s design students
2007 TVR Scamander at London Concours 2024
2007 TVR Scamander at London Concours 2024
Sandriders hit the dunes 
We first saw the Dacia Sandrider at the start of the year (and later in the metal at Geneva) and it has since progressed to full on rough ground testing. Drivers included none other than rally legend Sebastian Loeb. ”The initial testing phase has exceeded expectations with very few issues experienced,” notes design director David Durand. 
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Skoda Superb
Now in its fourth generation, the Superb has entered production in Bratislava. The exterior has been refined but not fiddled with too much, while the interior sports an attractive fluted instrument panel. Offered in both saloon and estate variants, the first Superb hit the market back in 2001 and has remained the flagship model in the portfolio. 
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Piëch Automotive 
After a “comprehensive realignment” that sees ex-Mercedes AMG engineer Tobias Moers as both CTO and CEO, the start-up has revealed the GT, an electric sportscar due in 2028 that will be built by engineering firm Multimatic. We first saw Piëch Automotive at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show, but not too much since. 
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The Piech GT is due in 2028
Supplier reveals involvement in Italdesign concept 
Bcomp’s natural fibre composites have been used widely across the Italdesign Quintessenza concept, both for interior finishes and exterior body parts. It claims to be the world’s first vehicle to feature black-tinted natural fibre as a visual layer. In place of carbon fibre is ampliTex, used for several exterior parts including the front and back bumpers, side rocker covers and wheel arches.
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Polestar colour audit
A survey of the most popular colours selected using the Polestar 3 configurator reveals that Magnesium takes a 39% share – not white as might have been expected. 
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Polestar 3 configurator in Magnesium
Polestar 3 configurator in Magnesium
Rivian’s second-gen
The R1S SUV and R1T pickup are now in their second generation. There are only subtle tweaks to the distinctive exterior design, but “completely reengineered” underneath with ”hundreds of hardware improvements, performance upgrades, a fully redesigned software experience, and evolved in-house drive systems.”
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New Rivian R1T and R1S 2024
The new Rivian R1T and R1S 
ZF’s new safety tech 
German megasupplier ZF has revealed its latest innovations under the ZF LIFETEC brand. Highlights include a ‘seamless’ steering wheel and a driver airbag that deploys from the top of the steering wheel, not the centre. 
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ZF Lifetec’s innovative new driver airbag 
New Qashqai on the road 
There are a raft of updates to the latest Qashqai, from the completely redesigned front end – an intricate new grille, sharper headlights, ‘super red’ taillamps plus new wheels and colours. 
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2024-06-06T20:24:00Z By Karl Smith
To Car Design News’ delight, the late master’s Lancia Sibilo turned up at Milan Design Week 
2024-06-04T07:17:00Z By Karl Smith
A look back of the history of the Dodge Charger reveals the good, the bad, and the plain awful
2024-05-31T13:37:00Z By Mark Smyth
Cadillac is continuing to rebrand for the electrified era. Its first EV, the Lyriq, debuted four years ago and since then the design team at the famous American marque have brought us the luxurious Celestiq, the Escalade IQ and revealed the 2025 seven-seater Vistiq
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