Tag Archives: Car Design

My Weirdest Car Fetish: A Super Narrow Track

For some reason, I’ve got a thing for cars that feature what many designers would consider a serious faux pas: narrow track widths and wide bodies. No, I can’t explain it, either.

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The New Mystery McLaren Will Have Exhaust Pipes On The Engine Cover And I’m Already Sold

Regular, bottom-exit exhaust pipes: Who needs ‘em, I say! You want a car with unconventional exhaust exits. And this new McLaren, whatever it might be, looks like it has top-exit exhaust pipes. I don’t even need to see the rest of the car, I’m already in love.

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The 2019 Audi Q8 Boldly Shows Audi’s Willingness To Make A Terrifyingly Ugly Car

First, if you’re drinking coffee or something and just did a panicked spit-take when you saw that new redesigned 2019 Audi Q8 up there, I apologize. Unfortunately, there’s not much we can do about it. Audi’s press release claims this is the “new face of the Q family,” so unless you work with deep-sea angler fish for a…

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Nissan Leaf Convertible: Good

This convertible 2019 Nissan Leaf is what a weird electric vehicle should look like. It’s so good.

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The Toyota RAV4 Has Become The Automotive Equivalent Of Selling Out

The other day I was walking around town handing out flyers trying to convince people that yes, the Earth is flat, but it’s wrapped around a spherical core, so it just seems round. There’s a difference. While I was out I saw something that stopped me in my tracks: a first-generation Toyota RAV4. I haven’t seen one just…

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Apple’s Original Plans For A Car Of The Future Don’t Sound Very Revolutionary

Apple’s new deal with Volkswagen to build some self-driving shuttle vans for its employees marks a severe departure from the tech company’s initial ideas for the car of the future, the details of which don’t really seem as revolutionary as many people initially wanted to believe.

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Electric Seats Should Always Be An Option

After recently driving and enjoying the new 2019 Hyundai Veloster last week, one of the many things I couldn’t stop thinking about was whether or not the complete lack of electric seats mattered on the fully-loaded Ultimate trim. I’ve settled my thoughts. Electric seats should always be an option.

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Putting A Floor-Mounted Ignition Switch On The Saab 9-7X Didn’t Make It A Real Saab

Saab was one of those idiosyncratic little carmakers that inspired intense loyalty among its fans, thanks to some genuinely novel engineering, engaging cars, and some charmingly strange quirks. When the corporate giant GM bought out Saab in 2000, it made at least some attempts to keep the Saab spirit alive. One of…

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What An Autonomous Future Supercar Could Look Like, As Imagined By A Movie Car Designer

Supercars occupied a tiny niche at the fringe of the car market, but that hasn’t stopped them from capturing our imagination. In fact, it may even be part of why they do. Supercars adorn bedroom posters and find their way onto desks as scaled-down toy models. So, of course, it’s always fun to think about what they’d…

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The 1981 Lotus Esprit Turbo Has A Hidden Second Spoiler Because It Made Too Much Downforce

The Lotus Esprit’s initial design was a classic shape, one that Lotus didn’t want to change for a good three decades. Except when the 1981 Esprit Turbo added a big duck tail spoiler in the back, Lotus designers had to block it with another, smaller hidden spoiler. Why? Too much downforce.

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