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Interview: OneRepublic's Ryan Tedder
A highlight of our trip to Paris for the Mondial de l'Auto was sitting down with OneRepublic's frontman—and singer, songwriter and producer for many other celebrated acts—Ryan Tedder at Molitor, the chic reborn swimming club and hotel. We spoke...
DESIGN
Interview: Gorden Wagener, Chief Designer Mercedes-Benz
by Matthew Askari As far as plum roles go in the industry go, being the chief designer for Daimler—parent of luxury stalwart Mercedes-Benz—is nonpareil. The brand’s carefully curated image bridges luxury and lifestyle in a way that others can only...
DESIGN
2015 Rolls-Royce Ghost
by Sue Mead Launched in 2009 as a slightly smaller luxury model within the Rolls-Royce line-up, the Ghost is positioned below the flagship Phantom. It rocketed the marque—known for opulence and magnificence—to “verticalized success,” as Rolls-Royce...
DESIGN
Test Drive: 2015 Aston Martin V12 Vantage S Roadster
by James Willard The V12 Vantage was originally created as a love letter to 12-cylinder motoring. When the beloved British brand squeezed its most potent V12 engine between the frame rails of its smallest model, Aston Martin wasn’t aiming for success...
DESIGN
Test Drive: All-New 2015 Ford F-150
Until just a few days ago, the only people to have driven the all-new 2015 Ford F-150 were employees and select dealers of the storied American automaker. In fact, few outside of Detroit had even laid eyes on the truck. This fact helped make sense...
DESIGN
Cool Hunting Video: Mercedes-AMG Engines
Mercedes-AMG invited Cool Hunting to Affalterbach, Germany, to see firsthand how their AMG engines are assembled. Expecting a loud warehouse full of bustling technicians, we were surprised by the incredibly tidy space filled with meticulous mechanics...
DESIGN
Maserati Centennial Gathering
Often times, the stories behind companies are something worth knowing, in particular when they talk about passion, intuition, genius, downfalls, and comebacks—and especially when each step is is punctuated with victories. Maserati was born in 1914...
DESIGN
Driving the Design of the 2016 Audi TT
by James Willard When the first generation Audi TT was unveiled in 1995, it was a sensation for the car-maker, its customers and the industry as a whole. Not only did the design of the car step away from the rest of the Audi line—reshaping the global...
DESIGN
Song of the Car: Ferrari 458 Challenge Evoluzione
When Filippo Tommaso Marinetti (architect of the Futurist movement) wrote, “We declare that the splendor of the world has been enriched by a new beauty: the beauty of speed,” he may have imagined a place where Italian super cars produced feverish...
DESIGN
Test Drive: 2015 Ford Mustang
In late 2013, a first look at the 2015 Ford Mustang with its design team impressed us, and since then we’ve been anxiously waiting to get behind the wheel. Finally, yesterday was the day—and it was everything we had hoped it would be. The all-new...
DESIGN
Jaguar Unveils New XE in London
Iconic British car manufacturer Jaguar unveiled the latest chapter in its history of “speed, beauty and innovation” (as Advanced Design Director Julian Thomson describes the company’s motto) with the release of the XE, its long awaited entry-level...
DESIGN
Cool Hunting Video: First Look at the Mercedes-AMG GT
Today Mercedes-Benz and AMG announce their new supercar. The GT is the latest in a long line of super-charged and sporty vehicles from the car maker. We were lucky to have the chance to see the GT in action on the salt flats of the Bonneville Speedway...
CULTURE
Horn Please: The Decorated Trucks of India
From the mountainous city of Leh in the north to the palm tree-lined tourist-haven of Kerala in the south, India is a vast nation of rich diversity—whether it's landscape, language, food or even automobiles. The country's intricate and ever-growing...
DESIGN
Song of the Car: 1932 Ruxton
Just before dawn at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, silhouettes of rare Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz and Maserati models cast a translucent blue haze in the eerie Pacific twilight. The vehicles are lined up, with their owners and handlers fussing...
DESIGN
Elliot Scheiner and the ELS Surround Premium Audio System
by Sue Mead “Audio’s been my life for over 40 years. I have always been passionate about what music should sound like,” explains renowned music producer Elliot Scheiner. The recipient of 25 Grammy nominations (with seven wins) and four Emmy nominations...
DESIGN
Song of the Car: 2016 Smart ForTwo
In the summer of 1998, bright orange cranes speckled the Berlin skyline. Young Europeans flocked to the streets by the thousands for the dance party called Love Parade and, after dark, they disappeared inside the dark corridors of a club called Tresor...
DESIGN
Electric Vehicle Sports Racer
"We are feeding it right now. It's hungry," says project manager and chief engineer of Electric Vehicle Sports Racer (EVSR) Charlie Greenhaus, referring to his electric racecar's appetite for a charge. Greenhaus, who founded EVSR, has spent over...
DESIGN
Aston Martin Revives Bespoke Lagonda Model
In 1976 Aston Martin introduced the William Towns-designed Lagonda, a cutting-edge automobile unlike anything the market had seen before. Now, nearly 40 years later, the British brand announces a return to the bespoke program with an entirely new...
DESIGN
Test Drive: 2015 Lexus NX
by Sue Mead “It’s the next wave of luxury inspired by passion,” says Lexus' Takeaki Kato, chief engineer of the all-new NX. Hallmarked by a gargantuan grille, the crossover was evidently designed not only to be safe, smart and eco-friendly, but...
DESIGN
Test Drive: Mercedes-Benz S550 Coupe and S63 AMG Coupe
Designed for crossing continents at top speeds in high style, the Grand Tourer class of automobile is, in many ways, the true mark of a manufacturer's ability. Hitting the optimal balance between a finely considered aesthetic, an interior that is...
TRAVEL
2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed
There are car shows, and then there's Goodwood Festival of Speed, held each year in West Sussex, England. Everything from rare, vintage and outright odd vehicles are put on display. Then there are the high-performance supercars and Formula One racers...
DESIGN
Test Drive: 2015 BMW M3 and M4
Now I get it. Many auto journalists I've chatted with over the years have raved about the BMW M3, several even calling it their all-time favorite sports sedan. I've always been a fan of the brand and the distinctive drive-feel of its products, but...
DESIGN
Style and Utility With the 2015 Lincoln MKC
Advertorial content: Continuing Lincoln Motor Company's evolution as a leader in the American luxury auto market, this summer sees the introduction of the first-ever MKC; a five-passenger, utility-minded crossover marked by a sculpted design and...
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