Tag Archives: Car Design

An Early Design For The Ugly 1996 Ford Taurus Looked A Lot Like A Tesla Model 3 

The 1996 third-generation Ford Taurus was an unfortunate attempt by Ford to redesign the best-selling car in the country to stand out a little more, but an early concept looked much better, because it looked a lot like the Tesla Model 3, if you can believe it.

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The Early Designs For The C4 Corvette Look Unforgivably Incredible

When the third-generation Corvette came out in the late ‘60s, it was a huge departure for the kind of car that it was, a major design departure. When it came time to replace that car all the way in the early ‘80s, there was a huge question about how radical that new design would be. And that meant that there were all…

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The Original Design For The Second-Gen Dodge Ram Was A Styling Disaster

The second-generation Dodge Ram established the big, macho and iconic look that continues to define truck design today, and it pushed the truck segment beyond the boring and square sedan-inspired aesthetic for good. But it almost didn’t happen.

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Let’s Be Honest: Famous Designer Raymond Loewy Did Some Wonderfully Terrible Things To Jaguars

I consider myself a fan of industrial designer Raymond Loewy. He basically created the modern concept of an industrial designer. He would drive a dune buggy in an ascot. And he designed some great-looking cars, like the Studebaker Avanti. He also did some pretty horrific things to some lovely Jaguars, too.

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These Are The Eight Official Pieces Of Luggage Used To Decide How Big Your Car’s Trunk Is

If you’re like most people, you spend most of your nights awake, pacing your home, a quivering, sobbing, obscenity-shrieking wreck because you can’t stop wondering just how the cargo capacity of automobile trunks are measured. That’s why I’m happy to tell you there’s an answer, and that answer involves eight very…

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It’s Amazing How Tiny Design Changes Can Have Huge Effects

Car design can be a surprisingly subtle undertaking. Little details can have effects far larger than you’d expect, and I think that’s what’s happening here. Early prototypes of the Giugiaro-designed Volkswagen Golf had headlights set in a slightly different location, and, at least to me, it looks and feels…

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What Kind Of Cars Are Emoji Cars Supposed To Be?

I’ve been pretty hard on the use of emojis as a substitute for normal human language, especially when it comes to the marketing of cars, for quite some time. Maybe I’m still bitter because a rebus-talking man killed my sensei many years ago. Maybe it’s just cloying? Regardless, it’s here, so I decided I might as well take a deeper look at the cars of the Emojiverse.

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This Is The Biggest And Least Noticed Trend In All Of Car Design

Many of us who spend the majority of our non-eating, non-masturbating hours thinking about cars often lament how much alike so many modern cars look. We decry how homogenous the carscape has become, and wish for a return to a mythical past. Sure, lots of cars do look alike now, but the truth is, it’s always been like that.

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A Strange Low-Speed Car Chase Is A Grim Reminder Of The State Of Car Colors In America

Earlier this month, there was an LA-area car chase involving a Mercedes, a bunch of traffic, and some crazy low-speed maneuvering. But I don’t want to talk about the car chase itself; I want to talk about what it revealed. That chase was a sobering look at the chromatic state of the car fleet of America.

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A Major Car Company Wants To Know How Cool You Like Your Crotch

Crotches. Along with feet, the human crotch probably represents the greatest challenge of the human body when it comes to thermal management. The crotch is the lusty armpit of the legs, and they do get hot. At least one major carmaker is aware of this, and came to us for advice. Let’s not let them down.

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