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Tesla’s Looking to Hire Designers — Video Game Designers

CEO Musk tweeted that V9.0 will have some Atari video games in it.

by on Aug.02, 2018

Tesla CEO Elon Musk took to Twitter to recruit new hires to the company: video game designers.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk is certainly known for his unconventional approach to his businesses, as well as his proclivity for espousing his ideas about them on Twitter.

Those two things met again recently when Musk put out a call to video game designers.

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“If you’re into video game development, consider applying to Tesla,” Musk tweeted Wednesday. “We want to make super fun games that integrate the center touchscreen, phone & car [in real life].” (more…)

Cowabunga! Tesla Lets Fans Hang 10 with New Surfboard

Just 200 will be made and check eBay — they're already sold out.

by on Jul.30, 2018

Tesla is producing just 200 of its limited edition surfboards costing $1,500 each.

Electric cars and trucks, solar roofs, rockets, tunneling equipment, a rescue sub, flame throw, er, not-a-flame throwers and now surfboards.

Is there anything Elon Musk won’t take stab at designing and manufacturing during his seemingly unused seven minutes each day?

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Tesla’s latest novelty product is the Limited Edition Tesla Surfboard. The black and red shortboard gives company aficionados the ability to hang 10 without worry about battery range or potential glitches beyond the rider’s own skill level. (more…)

Air Force One Makeover Erases Tie to Famed Auto Designer

New planes will be red, white and blue.

by on Jul.23, 2018

The current livery for Air Force One has been in place since the Kennedy administration, and was designed in part by Raymond Loewy.

Air Force One, which next to the White House is the ultimate symbol of American Presidential power and prestige, is being replaced by two new Boeing aircraft of a cost of just under $4 billion.

In the process, the plane’s exterior may be getting a facelift that could erase a design that was gifted to United States by an iconic designer who also had a major impact on American business including the auto industry.

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Raymond Loewy, the French-born industrial designer who designed everything from locomotives to delivery vans, and automobiles to Coca-Cola vending machines, as well as the logos for Shell, Exxon and TWA, offered his services to President John F. Kennedy in 1962, according to Presidential historian Michael Bechloss. (more…)

Nissan Pushes the Limits With Italdesign GT-R50

Concept marks twin 50th anniversaries.

by on Jun.29, 2018

The Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign commemorates the 50th anniversaries of both the GT-R and Italdesign.

Nissan is nothing, if not proud of its affordable supercar, the GT-R. It’s stretched the boundaries with a number of variants, in recent years, including the 2018 Nismo edition. Now, it is teaming up with the legendary Italdesign to come up with it calls a GT-R “without limits.”

Somewhat surprisingly, it marks the first time Nissan and the Italian design house have worked together, and they clearly wanted to put pedal to the metal.The newly revealed take on the GT-R pushes the boundaries from a design standpoint, with its distinctive gold and gray color scheme enhancing a variety revisions to the exterior of the latest-generation GT-R.

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“How often do you get to ask, ‘What if we created a GT-R without limits,’ and then actually get to build it?” said Alfonso Albaisa, Nissan’s senior vice president for global design. (more…)

Flexibility Will Drive Success of Autonomous Vehicles

Needs of owners will lead to customization of self-driving cars.

by on May.11, 2018

GM's Mike Abelson suggested that self-driving cars, like the Cruise AV, could be redesigned to customer wishes in the future.

Automakers appear to have moved on from if they can produce self-driving vehicles to what might they look like once the technology is ready — and if one automaker is correct, the sky will be the limit.

And to put a twist on an old phrase, you’ll get to pick the color of the sky in your world, according to Mike Abelson, GM vice president of global strategy. Speaking at Citi’s Car of the Future conference in New York City.

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These designed-by-you vehicles might be owned or leased by individual customers, Abelson noted, adding that he sees a market outside of large cities where ride-sharing services, like Uber or Lyft, may not available. (more…)

RAV4 Remake Could Be Toyota’s Biggest Intro in Years

SUV now outsells sedan mainstay Camry.

by on Mar.28, 2018

The new 2019 Toyota RAV4 gets an exterior makeover that injects passion into the design.

You don’t mess with success, goes the old adage. But there’s an alternative way of looking at things: no risk is the biggest risk of all. Or, so goes the long-time mantra at Toyota.

Which is right? We’ll likely learn in the months ahead as buyers get a look at the all-new Toyota RAV4 that’s making its debut this week at the New York International Auto Show. These days, few vehicles are more important to the Japanese giant, booming sales of SUVs propelling the RAV4 at an explosive pace. Last year, it surged past the Camry to become Toyota’s best-selling model and it was fourth overall in the U.S. market, behind only three full-size domestic pickups.

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At a time when the overall U.S. market has been sliding, demand for the original “cute ute” rose 15% last year, topping 400,000, an almost unseen number anymore. So, any mistakes with the new model and you can just imagine the impact on the bottom line – and careers. (more…)

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Are Sedans a Dying Breed?

by on Jan.15, 2018

The 2018 North American International Auto Show is making big news this week and revealing some of the significant trends reshaping the auto industry.

Of course, TheDetroitBureau.com is still combing the show floor to bring stories and analysis so keeping checking the site often for additional must-know news and the latest updates. (more…)

Infiniti Inspired: Q Inspiration Concept Hints at Future Flagship

Q45 reborn?

by on Jan.03, 2018

Infiniti provides a rear view of the Q Inspiration Concept coming to the NAIAS this month.

Infiniti has a long history of teasing us with exotic concepts that eventually translate into slightly more sedate production vehicles. So, what to make of the inspiring new fastback prototype it plans to bring to the North American International Auto Show in mid-January.

Though the brand now uses “Q” to designate all of its passenger car models – and QX for its SUVs and CUVs — the name, Q Inspiration Concept, clearly suggests it is envisioned as the long-awaited successor to the original Q45 sedan that first put the brand on the map.

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“Experimenting with new proportions in a typically conservative segment, the Q Inspiration features a shorter hood and elongated body,” says Karim Habib, here delivering his first major concept car as the newly named Infiniti executive design director. “We aim to take the traditional sedan architecture to its next stage of evolution.”

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Alfa’s Next SUV Will Be Bigger, Hybrid-Powered

Making “a little big bigger.”

by on Dec.28, 2017

Auto Express used a bit of Photoshop magic to give a hint of what the larger Alfa SUV might look like.

Alfa Romeo’s next SUV will not only be the brand’s biggest model ever but also its first hybrid, according to the Italian automaker’s chief technical officer.

With the Stelvio, Alfa’s first ute, clicking with buyers around the world, the brand is betting the next, as yet-unnamed SUV will continue to power its global revival plan. But it will be just one of three new models set to debut during the next couple years.

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“The Stelvio for sure is an example of Alfa DNA, why don’t we translate that in a car which is a little bit bigger?” asked CTO Roberto Fedeli, in an interview with Britain’s Auto Express magazine. (more…)

Jurassic Drive: Hennessy Unleashes New Beast— VelociRaptor 6×6

New 600-plus horsepower 6x6 ready for anything.

by on Dec.19, 2017

John Hennessey and his gang are at it again with the new VelociRaptor 6x6.

What do you get when you cross a dinsosaur with a Ford F-Series pickup truck? Hennessey Peformance Engineering’s latest creation: the VelociRaptor 6×6.

Hennessey’s VelociRaptor 6×6 is what one imagines if the Ford Raptor was combined with the speed, agility and cleverness of a velociraptor. The 6×6 beast will be limited to a production run 50 vehicles. It comes in at $349,000.

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Taking 11 months from concept to finish, the VelociRaptor 6×6 is the successor to the original four-wheeled Hennessey Performance VelociRaptor, which debuted in 2010. (more…)