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The new BMW 8 Series Concept is gorgeous. It’s the kind of big grand touring coupe we rarely see anymore. It’s almost as if whoever designed it had a special love for the original 8 Series from the 1990s. Turns out that’s the case after all, and if you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to remake your favorite car for…
Of all the Nissan Z cars, arguably two endure the most today: the original 240Z, and the sleek and twin-turbocharged Z32 300ZX of the 1990s. And the designer of that car, Toshio Yamashita, wasn’t just content to design rad cars back in the day. He’s been helping teach the art of car design to the next generation, so…
Are you familiar with “restomod” aesthetic? It’s when an old car is restored with modern goodies like power windows and LED lights. In some ways it feels like the 2017 Dodge Challenger, one of the last decidedly retro new cars left, is the ultimate restomod. It’s really just missing a few key pieces.
Former Nissan designer Yoshihiko Matsuo is the hero we need right now: a true believer in designing fun cars for the common man. His legendary 240Z went on to spawn an entire lineage of Datsun and Nissan Z cars. Yet Matsuo’s bosses at Nissan corporate thought he was insane for even suggesting a car like the first Z.…
Acura believes that awkward looks—not drivetrain, features or anything else—were what kept buyers from flocking to the TLX reports Automotive News. So, for their refreshed TLX, ditching the giant silver jaw-thing was priority number one. Thank goodness.
No generation falls for the same cars as their parents. Wagons and minivans fell out of favor as soon as the children of those eras grew up. No luxury buyer is after a giant land yacht these days. Cadillac wants you to think of it as more than just your grandma’s big, lazy brougham, and that’s why this race car is…
The world is quickly turning towards an era where nothing stands to survive traumatizing, unexpected change seemingly for the sake of change. For some damn reason, the Aston Martin logo design, the most inconic of which a winged beauty that has graced time unchallenged, is seemingly at risk.
Man, I am just so tired of my furniture resting on something as predictable as the floor. Sick of conventional couches and daybeds on which to have boring naps. Good thing these mini robots weavers that can build gravity-defying structures exist.
It looks like somebody at Faraday Future liked the look of Toyotas, or at least their concepts. The maybe-Tesla challenger has hired Toyota’s studio chief designer, Jin Won Kim, to head up exterior design.
In 1991, Austrian motorcycle manufacturer KTM was forced into bankruptcy and a split into four independent companies. By 2015, it had fully risen from the ashes to become the best-selling European bike brand. How did that happen? One word: KISKA.
The Verizon IndyCar series unveiled a new logo today, however, it looked a little bland. Uninspiring. Not lilac enough. Clip-arty. So, we fixed it.
When automakers don’t get it right, they really, don’t get it right. From small interior tidbits to catastrophic mechanical failures, these are the ten worst automotive design flaws that our readers have experienced.
In the same 1953 issue of Popular Science that I found those trucks you can happily be run over by, I also came upon this small story about a proposal to use fake, 2D cutouts of cop cars to dissuade speeders. Not too weird, right? Except the article also suggests putting real cop cars behind the fake ones.
Derek Jenkins is Design Director at Mazda. He’s a designer whose work I respect a great deal, partially because he did VW’s amazing 2001 Microbus Concept when he worked there. But according to his LinkedIn profile, he’s just left that position to be Vice President of Design for “Stealth Project.” What’s going on here?
Our minds have been trained to identify a common shape or design of what a car should be. In the past, automakers have played around with that idea. Here’s what they have come up with.
I’m pretty sure we have more than our share of typography nerds in our readership, myself included. So when I saw Volkswagen was planning a change to their corporate font, I was interested — VW has been remarkably consistent with their strong typography over the years, so this change better be good! Sadly, it isn’t.
Now we've seen the 2016 Audi R8 in the flesh-metal-composite, we can use our reborn imageslidification technology to really see the differences in this redesign. As far as redesigns go, this is evolutionary instead of revolutionary, and I'm not quite sure exactly how I feel about it.