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#TBT: Original Audi TT Conceptual Intel via Freeman Thomas Sketches

posted by on 11 September 2014 in Design Vintage & Youngtimer News

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Earlier today we reported on the new TT Illustrated magazine published by Audi to coincide with the launch of the latest third-generation TT range. For enthusiasts, the magazine is a veritable treasure trove of little information. In particular, the story whereby designer Freeman Thomas returns to the studios of the Audi Design Team grabbed us not just for the content, but also for the design drawings shared from Thomas’ original notebooks.
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Audi Q8 Design Study by Ismet Cevik Hints at Upcoming New Crossover Q-Ship

posted by on 25 August 2014 in Design Rumors, Renders & Spy Photos

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Word from Audi’s dealer meeting in Berlin earlier this summer is that when the new coupe-like Audi Q8 crossover was paraded across the stage, that it garnered a standing ovation from the assembled dealer principals and Audi employees. That would seem to corroborate other rumors from around the industry that the Q8 both breaks aggressive new ground for the Audi brand, but also does so in a very attractive way. More…

Audi Airomorph Design Study is Eric Kim’s Art Center Senior Thesis

posted by on 22 August 2014 in Design Motorsport

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Imagining the future of motorsport is always a fascinating consideration. Technology on the track today can lead to cars on the the road in several years. So where will motorsport be by then? One theory comes in the form of designer Eric Kim’s senior thesis for the Art Center College of Design… the Audi Airomorph design study. More…

Revealed: Late 1990s Mid-Engine R8 GT1 & G-TT GT2 Race & Road Car Proposals

posted by on 25 July 2014 in Design Miscellaneous Features

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We first encountered designer Peter Stevens on Facebook earlier this month. We learned that longtime automotive designer was once involved with an Audi Le Mans project that pre-dated that of the R8R LMP1. At the time, Audi was exploring both the building of a supercar and the entry into Le Mans style sports car racing. GT1 & GT2 efforts were the hot formula at the time and the Audi TT was Ingolstadt’s only sports car. More…

Visual Comparison: New Audi S7 and the 100 S Coupe

posted by on 23 July 2014 in Design Vintage & Youngtimer News

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Audi Germany has released a series of photos that offer an interesting visual comparison of the new and improved Audi S7 with the 1970s era 100 Coupé S. Though decidedly different beasts from even more decidedly different eras, the inspiration for the S7 becomes very obvious when you look at it in this context. More…

More Drawings of that upcoming TT-Based Concept for Beijing Motor Show

posted by on 14 April 2014 in Design Rumors, Renders & Spy Photos

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We’ve stumbled across a few more Audi Design Team drawings out there of the 4-door TT-based crossover concept bound for this month’s Beijing Motor Show via the French website L’Automobile.
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Speed Racer, Your Audi Has Arrived. Edward Tseng Imagines Open-Top quattro

posted by on 8 April 2014 in Design

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There’s no doubt that design is an important tenet to the Audi brand. As such, we always enjoy seeing how independent designers and design students envision the Audi brand and its products. Case in point is Edward Tseng and this shot from his Tumblr feed. More…

Audi Teases Second TT-Based Shooting Brake Style Concept with 4-Doors ahead of Beijing

posted by on 8 April 2014 in Audi News Design

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Audi has revealed design drawings of an upcoming concept car (or perhaps crossover) ahead of the 2014 Beijing Motor Show. Just three drawings were revealed, though it’s not hard to infer front these drawings that the car is based on the TT, a 5-door configuration and likely an extension of the idea behind the allroad shooting brake concept shown in Detroit in January.
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Italian Design House Bertone Confirms Bankruptcy, Seeks Buyer

posted by on 3 April 2014 in Design Industry News

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The storied Italian design house Bertone has confirmed that it has filed for bankruptcy. Mounting debt for the Turin-based firm has caused the company to lay off most of its employees and, according to a report from TopGear, it has until April to find a buyer or risk being sold off by an Italian court.
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Italian Designer Renders Liberty-Walk Style Look for Lamborghini Huracan

posted by on 6 January 2014 in Design Lamborghini News Rumors, Renders & Spy Photos

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You can thank 1970s Datsuns, or more recently Rau Welt 911s, for the exposed fastener flared awesomeness that seems to be taking the modified car world by storm as of late. Some of the coolest cars at SEMA this year were built by Liberty Walk, a firm that applied the look to Italian exoticars with mind-blowing effect. And, while there’s no Lamborghini Huracan yet on the market for such firms to flare, that hasn’t stopped independent designers like Luca Polizzotto for envisioning what may come.
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Personnel Changes at Audi Design

posted by on 19 December 2013 in Design

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Wolfgang Egger (50), Head of Design at Audi since May 2007, is to move to the Audi subsidiary Italdesign Giugiaro S.p.A. as Styling Director with effect as of February 1, 2014. His successor at Audi will be Marc Lichte (44), who is currently in charge of Exterior Design for the Volkswagen brand.
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Audi Teases Detroit Concept – A Compact Sports Car with a New Look

posted by on 5 December 2013 in Audi News Design

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Sporty, compact and versatile: With these attributes, the new Audi show car is making its debut in January 2014 at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit. The two-door model with its high ground clearance is a crossover – a car for all roads and tracks, for everyday driving and sporty recreational use.
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