Tag Archives: Car Design

Floormats Are Bad

Floormats are stupid. They’re stupid because they have repeatedly caused life-threatening situations that force carmakers to do recalls for a component that’s as complex as a carpet sample, and because the very existence of floormats is a tacit admission that the materials used in car interiors are all wrong.…

Read more…

The Weird Reason Subaru SVX Owners Keep Getting the Wrong Windshields

Last week, I tracked down an explanation for why the glass roof on the Tesla Model 3 looks vibrantly orange under certain conditions, and one of our readers brought up something else that was interesting. Evidently the Subaru SVX had different colored window tint depending on the car’s interior, so I decided to track…

Read more…

Stop What You’re Doing and Take a Moment to Appreciate the Original Fiat Panda

From what I can tell, modern life feels like it’s composed of about 87 percent bullshit. Sure, there’s good stuff floating around, but there’s just a colossal amount of bullshit-wading one has to do to get there. That’s why I think it’s important to pause and contemplate the original 1980 Fiat Panda, one of the least…

Read more…

The Porsche 911 Lineup Is so Complicated They Had to Make Idiots Like Me an Explainer Video

People always joke that Porsche has just been making the same car, the Porsche 911, with marginal improvements for decades, but that just isn’t true. It actually makes a seemingly infinite number of variants of the 911, and it’s gotten so confusing the company produced a video to educate us.

Read more…

Southern California’s ArtCenter College of Design Is Where Magical Things Happen

If you want to be a car designer, you’d best be ready for a long and tough road ahead of you, because it isn’t easy. But a great place to start is by getting your ass into the ArtCenter College of Design in Pasadena, California. It’s got a stellar transportation design program. I went for a visit recently to check it…

Read more…

Reminder: Cars Don’t Have Bumpers Anymore and That Sucks

I’m not sure if you saw this story this morning, but modern cars are absolutely outrageously expensive to fix after even a minor collision. Some of this has to do with all the cameras and sensors and robotic feely-bits crammed into the extremities of cars, but a big part of the blame needs to fall on the fact that…

Read more…

This 1960 Article Could Be the First Public Proposal of Amber Rear Turn Indicators in America and Progressive Brake Lights

It’s always interesting to find that your obsessions had fellow obsessives long before you were born. That’s why I was so excited to see this old 1960 Popular Mechanics article about taillights, which is a deep dive into how taillights could be better, in an era when it seemed like the only goal was to see how much…

Read more…

This Car Has Too Many Badges

I’ve expressed my distaste for over-badging on cars before. Ideally, a car has two badges: One on its nose and one on its ass, with maybe its model name written somewhere once. So I’m speaking directly to Haval when I say that just because the real estate is available, it doesn’t mean it should slap a badge on it.

Read more…

These Special Edition Nissan Patrols Are Making Splash Decals Cool Again

We’ve been really hard on what Nissan has been doing with its stateside lineup lately, but it’s not our fault they save the coolest stuff for other markets. It’s been knocking its off-road stuff out of the park recently, first with bringing back the XTerra for everyone but us, and now with these rad Nissan Patrol

Read more…

Trend Alert: More Cars Come With Colored Headlight Accents Now

As technology has advanced, automotive headlights have become more and more intricate with LEDs, logos and funky shapes. Some are even broken up across the car’s face. A new trend to watch for is colored accents in headlights, and let me tell you—I don’t hate it!

Read more…