We'll Drive This Tanker: Ford Airstream Concept

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Think of it as a Mini Winnie for the retromod generation. Ford's Airstream concept utilizes what we believe must be a hybrid construction of ALUMINUM UND SHTEEL. Powered by a fuel cell that does nothing more than keep a charge in the car's lithium-ion cell, the Airstream apparently draws inspiriation from Barbarella-esque space-pods, Panama City hotels with shag carpeting, the Manor at Circus Circus Las Vegas and of course, the trailer from which it draws its name and polished Coke-can-derived exterior.

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drewdraws2
drewdraws2

Ford has some serious design identity issues right now.

They're getting all Dave on the Interceptor and the Five Hundred, then they show this thing as a concept next to it? I don't hate it, but it's incredibly derivitive of Renault's concept small "monovolumes" like the Ellypse or the Koleos of several years ago and doesn't fit into Ford's design language in any way with its soft forms and integrated grill/headlamp area.

I think Ford is looking at a serious design crisis. The new Focus is the fugliest and least original thing out of Detroit in years and this looks like the "Way Backward" for their minivans.

There is a euro concept that I can't put my finger on from several years ago that looks a lot like this. If I think of it, I'll post it.