Mitsubishi Is One Door Away From Making A Modern Isetta

I'm not livesketching the 2012 New York show show, but I did want to take a moment to sketch something that struck me as very important. Perhaps unwittingly, the Mitsubishi i-MEV Sport Air concept car really, really reminds me of a modernized Isetta. It even has a huge glass front end that would make a perfect door.… » 4/05/12 12:30pm 4/05/12 12:30pm

What's Your Favorite Door Configuration?

While most people consider automotive design in terms of what we look like getting from A-to-B, there's an entire (gull)wing of design devoted to how we get into and out of the things that get us from A-to-B. There's been a fascinating renaissance in the style of doors, as one can see in the 2009 Honda Element » 10/30/08 11:30am 10/30/08 11:30am, which…

BMW City Car Confirmed, 0-Series Or Return Of The Isetta?

In an interview with a German newspaper, BMW CEO Norbert Reithofer has confirmed that a small city car is being developed to cope with future European and American regulations for fuel economy and pollution. But we're talking about more than just an electric Mini » 9/12/08 5:00pm 9/12/08 5:00pm here. This will be an entirely new vehicle which will…

Over the Back Fence: BMW to Build New Isetta Minicar?

We're pretty sure there won't be a Hayabusa mill to perform miracles of speed. But the latest from the UK rumor mill is BMW's bringing back the Isetta, the popular econo-egg from the 1950s — created by Italy's Iso and popularized by BMW — that grabbed a generation of cosmopolitan Europeans by the lapels and screamed … » 11/28/07 8:00am 11/28/07 8:00am

Project Car Hell, BMW Edition: Isetta or Grab Bag?

Our readership hath decreed that the as-yet-unidentified Jalop writer who just bought a '64 Continental shall rip out the MEL 462 and swap in a turbocharged 460 in its stead, with that option taking a whopping 41% of the total votes. We're disappointed that the Lord Humungus Apocalypto-Mobile option fared so poorly,… » 10/01/07 5:30pm 10/01/07 5:30pm