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2022 Hyundai Tucson Lights Up for the Press

Hyundai’s promised something radical in the C-segment crossover space, and the next-generation Tucson is it. A strong-selling bread-and butter model, Tucson will split into two come the 2022 model year, Hyundai claims, broadening the crossover’s market appeal. The new generation will also bring unmistakable lighting to the table. Appearing in new teaser images emerging out […] The post 2022 Hyundai Tucson Lights Up for the Press appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Design, Autos, Crossovers, Hyundai, Tucson, Hyundai Tucson, News Blog, Product Planning, Future Models, Hyundai Tucson Lights


Refresh Awaits Hyundai’s Kona; N Line Model to Arrive for 2021

The subcompact Hyundai Kona earned itself no shortage of attention on these digital pages after it landed in dealers in February of 2018. Some of that press was, ahem, not favorable to the little Hyundai, which impressed neither in interior volume or in off-roadability. It’s a subcompact crossover, of course. Its utility will be limited. […] The post Refresh Awaits Hyundai’s Kona; N Line Model to Arrive for 2021 appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Design, Autos, Hyundai, Kona, News Blog, Refresh, Product Planning, Subcompact Crossovers, Future Models, Hyundai Kona, N-Line, 2021 Hyundai Kona


(Not) For Your Eyes Only: Jaguar Land Rover Loses Bid to Squash Defender Lookalike

Imitation, as the saying goes, is the sincerest form of flattery, but Jaguar Land Rover’s been burned in the past, what with a certain Chinese automaker rolling out near carbon copies of its Range Rover Evoque crossover. In the Defender lies far more heritage, but JLR just lost a bid to keep the visual rights […] The post (Not) For Your Eyes Only: Jaguar Land Rover Loses Bid to Squash Defender Lookalike appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Design, Heritage, Autos, Jaguar Land Rover, Land Rover, Law And Order, SUVs, Trademarks, Ineos, JLR, Grenadier, News Blog, Defender, Product Planning, Ineos Grenadier


2021 Ford Bronco Two-Door and Four-Door: Forward to the Past

Eventually, the absence of a body-on-frame, go-anywhere, dedicated off-road SUV was too great for the Ford lineup to bear — which is why, after a quarter-century absence, the Bronco triumphantly returns to do battle with its Mopar foe, the Jeep Wrangler. Talked about endlessly since Ford announced the storied model’s return and leaked as often […] The post 2021 Ford Bronco Two-Door and Four-Door: Forward to the Past appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Design, Ford, Autos, Retro, New Cars, SUVs, Off-road, Ford Bronco, Bronco, News Blog, Product Planning, Ford Bronco Two Door


Style King Bentley Bentayga Goes In for a Facelift

If you detected a whiff of sarcasm in that headline, your nose wasn’t off. Yes, style and beauty is entirely subjective, but the range-topping Bentley Bentayga has never found itself at the top of any writer’s sexiest-dressed list. And that’s okay! It’s big, it’s bold, and it sells, so Bentley naturally loves anything that generates […] The post Style King Bentley Bentayga Goes In for a Facelift appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Design, Luxury, Autos, Bentley, New Cars, SUVs, Bentley Bentayga, News Blog, Bentayga, Product Planning


After the Gold Rush: Rolls-Royce Ready to Embrace Minimalism

We’ve covered how mainstream automakers rose to the coronavirus challenge ad nauseum, but what about companies whose customers dream of rich mahogany and yachting off Cannes all night? Well, just like a Silicon Valley tech mogul, Rolls-Royce spent these past few months reflecting, peering deep within its soul, all to learn how to become a […] The post After the Gold Rush: Rolls-Royce Ready to Embrace Minimalism appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Design, Luxury, Autos, Silicon Valley, Rolls Royce, Cannes, Consumer Demand, News Blog, Bespoke, Buyer Preferences


2021 Kia Carnival/Sedona: Don’t Call It a Minivan

The vehicle you see here may bear the name of a minivan, but Kia Motors affectionately (and perhaps optimistically) refers to it as a “Grand Utility Vehicle.” Appearing in South Korea on Wednesday wearing next-generation duds, the Carnival —aka the North American-market Sedona — apparently wants to be mistaken for an SUV. The brand’s designers […] The post 2021 Kia Carnival/Sedona: Don’t Call It a Minivan appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: South Korea, Design, Autos, Kia, Don, Sedona, Kia Motors, Kia Sedona, News Blog, Minivans, Product Planning


QOTD: Are We Done With Retro?

Nothing like a nice evening drive on a warm summer’s night, streetlights whipping by as the western horizon glows with hues of peach and lavender. Yessir, there’s nothing like some leisurely motoring. And what’s that up ahead? Oh, an FJ Cruiser, Toyota’s answer to the retro craze sweeping the industry back in the early to […] The post QOTD: Are We Done With Retro? appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Design, Heritage, Autos, Toyota, Retro, Qotd, News Blog, Styling, Question of the Day


Does It Have to Be Said? Getting Hit by an SUV Is Worse Than Getting Hit by a Car, Study Finds

From the “No Shit” files comes a new study from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. In it, researchers reach an obvious conclusion that should surprise no one: tall, blunt-faced vehicles are far more likely to damage your sensitive, delicate body than low-riding passenger cars. Pick that jaw up off the floor. Analyzing car-pedestrian collisions […] The post Does It Have to Be Said? Getting Hit by an SUV Is Worse Than Getting Hit by a Car, Study Finds appeared first on The Truth About Car...
Tags: Design, Safety, Studies, Autos, IIHS, Pedestrian Safety, News Blog, Collisions, Insurance Institute for Highway Safety In


BMW M4 Leaks, Can Smell You Where You Sit

An abundance of fragrant pollen in your author’s neighborhood has led to increasing sinus distress over the past few days, but he wouldn’t trade places with the upcoming BMW M4 for a second. No, sir. Not with those flared nostrils. Leaked to the internet via the g20.bimmerpost forum, the muscled-up sibling to the 2021 BMW […] The post BMW M4 Leaks, Can Smell You Where You Sit appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Design, Autos, Bmw, M4, News Blog, BMW M4, Styling, Product Planning, Future Models


Face Time: 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe Drops the Towel

It seems potentially controversial front end treatments are today’s theme. After teasing its upcoming Santa Fe last week, Hyundai let it all out on Tuesday, debuting a wildly different fascia with which to temp buyers on the hunt for an “ultimate family adventure vehicle.” If you’re not up on your corporate marketing-speak, that’s how Hyundai […] The post Face Time: 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe Drops the Towel appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Design, Autos, Crossovers, Hyundai, Santa Fe, New Cars, Hyundai Santa Fe, News Blog, Styling, Product Planning, Giant Grilles, Hyundai Santa Fe Drops the Towel


Bat-distraction: New Batmobile Photos Released

As the year pivots from frustrating lockdowns amid a terrifying pandemic to utter lawlessness in the streets, we’ve all probably been waking up on the wrong side of the bed on a daily basis. Today, your author roused himself feeling particularly bitter as he realized the sniffle from last night has evolved into something a […] The post Bat-distraction: New Batmobile Photos Released appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Design, Autos, Batman, Batmobile, Movie Cars, News Blog, Automotive Design, The Batman, Model Cars, Hollywood Cars, Movie Builds, Prop Cars


See Anything You Like? Next-generation Lexus IS Looms

I must make a confession. Of all the vehicles on the market today — a diverse crowd if there ever was one — no car’s rear end annoys me more than that of the Lexus IS. The brand’s sporty compact offering went in a controversial direction for its third generation, entering the 2014 model year […] The post See Anything You Like? Next-generation Lexus IS Looms appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Design, Sales, Lexus, Autos, Is, New Cars, Sedans, News Blog, Lexus IS, Product Planning


2021 Hyundai Santa Fe: Refresh Time Already

Hyundai apparently feels that boasting the freshest faces in the industry will help it woo the American buying public. With a full stable of crossovers now realized, it’s not a terrible strategy. Just two model years after its debut, the midsize Santa Fe crossover (which replaced the Santa Fe Sport and necessitated a name change […] The post 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe: Refresh Time Already appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Design, Autos, Crossovers, Hyundai, Santa Fe, New Cars, Santa Fe Sport, Hyundai Santa Fe, News Blog, Styling, Product Planning, Cuvs, 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe


Thai-market Nissan Kicks e-Power Could be a Design Omen

Almost every day I go for a walk that takes me up the hill behind my apartment. And on that route, I pass by a black, base model Nissan Kicks parked in my neighbor’s driveway. A value special, for sure, and one with a decent amount of attributes — its starting price being topmost among them. […] The post Thai-market Nissan Kicks e-Power Could be a Design Omen appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Design, Technology, Autos, Nissan, Fuel Economy, Hybrid, Nissan Kicks, News Blog, Refresh, Styling, Product Planning, E-Power, 2021 Nissan Kicks, Nissan Kicks e-Power


Bolder, or Blander? Upcoming Mercedes-Benz S-Class Apparently Spied

A Spanish Instagram account seemingly leaked photos of an uncovered next-generation Mercedes-Benz S-Class late Tuesday, showing off the flagship’s new face and caboose and revealing something far more noteworthy: a screen-heavy cockpit that throws tradition to the wind. Not that the previous S-Class’ cabin was overly festooned with traditional buttons or dials. Still, the new […] The post Bolder, or Blander? Upcoming Mercedes-Benz S-Class Apparently Spied appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Design, Autos, Mercedes Benz, Spy Photos, News Blog, Product Planning, Mercedes-Benz S-Class, Future Models, S-class


QOTD: Keep a Lid on Things?

Last night’s online conversation about bad General Motors vehicles wasn’t the first of its kind, and it’ll surely not be the last. More important than restful sleep, wee-hours back-and-forths about rattly but somehow indestructible GM J-bodies are an important part of staying sane as lockdown measures remain in place on both sides of the Detroit […] The post QOTD: Keep a Lid on Things? appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Design, General Motors, Autos, Detroit, Qotd, News Blog, Styling, Question of the Day, Rooflines


Hyundai, Genesis Design Boss Hits the Road

The man behind the expressive designs rolling out of Hyundai and the newly sporty elegance of the fledgling Genesis brand is leaving the company. As reported by Automotive News, Luc Donckerwolke, who joined the automaker in 2015 after a prestigious career at Volkswagen Group, is stepping down as chief designer. The automaker cites “personal reasons” […] The post Hyundai, Genesis Design Boss Hits the Road appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Design, Designers, Autos, Road, Hyundai, Genesis, Volkswagen Group, Automotive News, News Blog, Luc Donckerwolke


Sometimes It’s Just Nice to Hear a Car Designer Talk About Driving

Ever been to a party where the most interesting person wasn’t the life of the room, but the quiet person in the corner, calmly — perhaps a little shyly — sipping their drink and taking in all the things occurring before them? Vehicle designers seem like that person. The braggadocious CEOs and upper-level execs can […] The post Sometimes It’s Just Nice to Hear a Car Designer Talk About Driving appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Design, Designers, Autos, Jaguar, Jaguar Land Rover, JLR, News Blog, Styling, Product Planning, Future Models, Julian Thomson


It’s Official: The Kia Telluride Is the Early ’90s Maxima

Awards mean damn little around here, as most “official” accolades foisted upon various models carry as much weight as a gnat. The GM X-body once boasted a well-stocked trophy case. And that’s the way it remains, for now and forever, though the recipient of the most recent big-ticket award deserves mention, if only because it […] The post It’s Official: The Kia Telluride Is the Early ’90s Maxima appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Design, Awards, Autos, Crossovers, Kia, Telluride, Kia Telluride, News Blog


Honda Snubs Touchscreen Controls: Good Idea, or Great Idea?

As the status of the North American Honda Fit remains unknown, its more evolved global sibling (the Jazz) hasn’t held our interest. With sales of economy vehicles still losing ground to crossovers and U.S. Fit volume going from modest to borderline meager over the last five years, there’s a good chance Honda may not bother […] The post Honda Snubs Touchscreen Controls: Good Idea, or Great Idea? appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Design, Editorials, Autos, User Experience, Honda, Interior Design, News Blog, Honda Fit, Automotive Trends, Volume Knobs, Touch Controls, Hona Jazz, HVAC controls, Physical Controls


FCA’s Lead Designer Seems to Be Having Fun With Us

With the coronavirus keeping everyone on the cusp of cabin fever, we’ve seen unaccompanied celebrities release collaborative renditions of terrible songs in order to maintain their fragile egos, museums offering virtual tours and activities, and texts from good people that we haven’t heard from in ages. The secret to living in isolation, it seems, is to […] The post FCA’s Lead Designer Seems to Be Having Fun With Us appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Design, Fca, Autos, Dodge, Ralph Gilles, Renderings, News Blog, Automotive Design, Auto Humor, Car Comedy


QOTD: The Worst a Man Can Get?

In this time of stress, fear, and uncertainty, please forgive the gendered headline, online Millennials. It applies to all genders. Having said that, this week’s release of the 2021 Hyundai Elantra, a bread-and-butter product for the Korean brand, got this author thinking about design. Specifically, the decisions taken by design teams between major styling revamps. […] The post QOTD: The Worst a Man Can Get? appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Design, Autos, Qotd, News Blog, Styling, Question of the Day


Working an Angle: 2021 Hyundai Elantra Teased

Nothing says Hollywood like the compact Hyundai Elantra, apparently. That’s where the next-generation Elantra sedan will make its debut, and you can bet hand sanitizer will be on hand at the March 17th world premiere. Global audiences are invited to tune in from their hermetically sealed apartments. As you can see here, the automaker’s best-selling […] The post Working an Angle: 2021 Hyundai Elantra Teased appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Hollywood, Design, Autos, Hyundai, Hyundai Elantra, News Blog, Product Planning, Future Models, Elantra, 2021 Hyundai Elantra


QOTD: Having a Change of Heart?

We’ve talked in the past about models that left a bad first impression, then grew into themselves over successive years and generations — eventually earning our respect, and perhaps even our desire. My choice in that exercise was the Mercedes-Benz CLS, a model that aged like Robert Downey Jr. over its 20-year lifespan. For the […] The post QOTD: Having a Change of Heart? appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Design, Robert Downey Jr, Autos, Qotd, News Blog, Mercedes Benz CLS, Question of the Day


2021 Genesis G80: Going Streakin’

Lexus has the spindle grille, BMW has kidneys, and Genesis now has twin horizontal streaks as its signature styling cue. Front and back and even on the sides, illuminated parallel lines are the next-generation G80 sedan’s defining design flourish. Revealed late Wednesday on Instagram (a coronavirus-free but still virulent venue), the upcoming midsize sedan looks […] The post 2021 Genesis G80: Going Streakin’ appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Design, Autos, Bmw, New Cars, Genesis, News Blog, Product Planning, Genesis G80, G80, Genesis Motors, 2021 Genesis G80


Nosing Into a New Era: BMW Concept i4

No, this isn’t the grille-heavy Concept 4 BMW released last year — it’s the Concept i4, a preview of the electric sedan slated for production next year. That other concept heralded the next-generation 4 Series. Sporting four doors and a front-end design BMW adamantly believes will attract more buyers than it repels, the Concept i4 […] The post Nosing Into a New Era: BMW Concept i4 appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Design, Electric Vehicles, Autos, Bmw, EVs, News Blog, I4, Product Planning, Future Models, BMW i4, BMW Concept i4


QOTD: Looking for a Legacy?

No, this question has nothing to do with a certain Subaru; rather, it’s a call to gaze into the past while still keeping an eye on the present. Retro styling cues, little design nods to a model’s heritage, are common in the auto industry, but the practice normally takes a one-size-fits-all approach. In other words, […] The post QOTD: Looking for a Legacy? appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Design, Heritage, Autos, Retro, Subaru, Qotd, News Blog, Question of the Day


BMW Concept i4, the ICE-mimicking EV, Prepares for Debut

If you’ve taken stock of the latest electric vehicles coming out of Germany, you’ll notice a clear trend: they’re not futuristic machines. While the vehicles’ powertrains are unconventional, the bodywork is strictly by-the-book — there’ll be no confusion among onlookers as to what badge belongs on that e-Tron, EQC, or Taycan. The same can be said […] The post BMW Concept i4, the ICE-mimicking EV, Prepares for Debut appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Design, Germany, Electric Vehicles, Autos, Bmw, Geneva Motor Show, News Blog, I4, Product Planning, Future Models, BMW i4, BMW Concept i4


2021 Ford F-150 Looks to Avoid Enemies

Given that domestic full-size pickups generate more money for their respective builders than a war bonds drive, every redesign is fraught with danger. OEMs walk an especially fine line in this segment, fearful of making a vehicle too bland or too similar to the previous generation, but understandably nervous about breaking out of the box […] The post 2021 Ford F-150 Looks to Avoid Enemies appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Design, Ford, Autos, F-150, Trucks, News Blog, Ford F-150, Full-size Pickups



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