Here are the wing mirrors from a Peugeot and a Mercedes. As you can see what differentiates these 2 types of mirrors from the rest of the norm are their treatment of the turn signal. Peugeot’s wing indicator looks like any other signal, but it’s instead on the stalk? It’s just weird for the sake of being french…
Is the taillights.
Check out the grill closeup. The mishmash of angles, patterns, gaps Yuck! WHy do you HAVE to make electric vehicles so wierd? Reminds me of the Kona Electric grill
’17 Camaro 2.0T/auto RS convertible with cloth. Getting leather Monday. It’s white and looks alright in that color
Now I know a lot of you complain about oversized big gaping grills but I actually quite like this design element, a la Audi. Something about a well executed sharp-looking sporty big grill that lends such a presence to a car. I am sucker especially for black mesh patterns.
Happy MR2sday! Let’s talk MR2s. This one’s mine :D
Go-fast stripes aren’t always talked about as a key element of car design. We should change that. One stripe, two, three? Centered or offset? One color or multiple? The possibilities are endless. Post your favorites :D
Early/mid-90s sketch of a rear-end treatment for the W220 S Class. Interesting how similar the treatment is to the 7-Series thast came 7+ years later.
Today it’s laughable to think that a vehicle should be built for one purpose and nothing more, but that’s the market we live in. Safety and efficiency are good to shoot for, but many of us pine for a time when we could buy something downright agricultural from a car dealership and take it anywhere with nothing but …
Imagine you’ve just been hired as a design engineer at a major automotive manufacturer. Your boss introduces himself and says “Hey, are you ready to design the most innovative, mind-blowing, original car you’ve ever seen?” Now stop imagining that, because your boss isn’t going to say that. Maybe Elon Musk says that to…
I recently ran across this great page of 1950's-90's Soviet car design post cards featuring renderings by Eric Szabo. It’s pretty great.
His name is Facundo Castellano. Has some fun renders.
I’ve noticed something. Honda can get away with re-packaging styling elements that were considered ugly, or boring, but end up being called attractive. While I researched this little blurb, Car and Driver kept coming up. They seemed to keep pace with the styling tastes of autojournos who hated one, but loved the other.
I’ve been thinking lately about how square cars have gotten. I’m not talking about overall shape, but specifically about front and rear fascias. Take a look at an Alfa from the past, and contrast it with a modern machine.
In 1944, Italian entrepreneur Piero Dusio founded Consorzio Industriale Sportiva Italia, the company that would become Cisitalia just two years down the line. Dusio had spent the past fifteen years racing other people’s cars, and wanted to start racing his own. So, he hired Dante Giacosa, an ex-Fiat engineer, and…
And I don’t have a scanner right now, so here are some ipad pics of old prints.
I think Tesla is being intentionally subversive with the front end design. There are better ways to design a car without a prominent front grille, but the Model 3 actually has a very visible design element around the bumper that denotes where the grille should be. I think Tesla actively wants everyone who glances at a…
I’m going to get a lot of hate on this one. Probably just as much as that one Thrillist author who wrote that it’s time for the manual to go the way of the dodo. Let me at least partially deflect the bile towards the person who inspired this particular post: P.J. O’Rourke. Specifically, the interview Automobile did with…
Sometimes thoughts pass through my brain like clouds in a summer sky. Other times, they stick in there like a grain of sand in an oyster. And just like the oyster, I make that grain of sand into a pearl so it doesn’t drive me insane. This thought is a pearl: what car has evolved the most over time?