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This is Smart’s Send-off for the Internal Combustion Engine

Before Smart goes all-electric next year, Daimler plans to offer “an exclusive and strictly limited special edition” model as a farewell to its combustion-engine vehicles. Designed by Konstantin Grcic, a man known for designing mass-manufactured minimalist furniture, the automaker says these limited-edition cars are for the “most ardent collectors only.” Presumably, Daimler is referring to […] The post This is Smart’s Send-off for the Internal Combustion Engine appeared first on The Truth About ...
Tags: Smart, Autos, Daimler, Special Editions, Art Cars, News Blog, Automotive Design, Smart ForTwo, Konstantin Grcic, Limited Editions


How It Works: Modular Vehicle Platforms

A "platform" used to mean a frame, but today, it's primarily an engineering tool for building more than one vehicle on the same basic design. Find out how and why in my "How It Works" column at the National Post (Driving.ca). [Author: Jil McIntosh]
Tags: Technology, Autos, Jil McIntosh, Automotive Design


The top ten vehicle interiors for 2019

Each year, industry publication WardsAuto chooses its ten best vehicle interiors. What were they, and what do I think of the choices? Find out in my story at the National Post (Driving.ca). [Author: Jil McIntosh]
Tags: Autos, Jil McIntosh, Automotive Design


The best and not-so-best design turnarounds

Design isn't the only aspect of a vehicle, but it's the first impression, and automakers spend a lot of time and money trying to get it right. Some do ... and then, for whatever reason, some don't. Find out which ones fall into those categories in my story over at the National Post (Driving.ca). [Author: Jil McIntosh]
Tags: Lexus, Autos, Rolls-royce, Honda, Chevrolet, Audi, Volvo, National Post, Jil McIntosh, Automotive Design


Point Taken: Kia Mystery Concept Pokes Fun at Ridiculous Design Trend

Last week, Kia teased a mystery concept bound for a Geneva Motor Show unveiling as a way to show off its consistently improving skills in automotive design. With a second batch of teaser photos cropping up on Thursday, it’s now abundantly clear the brand made no small effort to create a shining beacon of vehicular style. […] The post Point Taken: Kia Mystery Concept Pokes Fun at Ridiculous Design Trend appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Autos, Concept Cars, Kia, Geneva Motor Show, Kia Motors, Geneva Auto Show, News Blog, Automotive Design, Automotive Trends, Kia Concept EV


Link About It: This Week’s Picks

Endangered insects, ending robocalls, women who pioneered auto design and more Efforts Underway to Stop Robocalls With estimated robocalls at 167.3 million per day in the US, many Americans simply ignore unknown numbers or “Scam Likely” calls. This doesn’t assuage the anxiety of missing something important or the sense of violation. Two programs—STIR (Secure Telephone Identity Revisited) and SHAKEN (Signature-based Handling of Asserted information using toKENs)—aim …
Tags: Auto, Design, Animals, Environment, Cars, US, Tech, Nature, Insects, Google Translate, Linkaboutit, Link About It, Wittgenstein, Automotive Design, Language Theory


Electrification’s Silver Lining: Audi CEO Announces PB 18 e-tron Production Plans [Updated]

Audi unveiled the PB 18 e-tron Concept at the 2018 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance with absolutely no assurance that it would ever be more than a fun idea. In fact, the company outright said it had no plans to put the vehicle into production. Miraculously, Audi flip-flopped, and the electrified hypercar is now slated for assembly. […] The post Electrification’s Silver Lining: Audi CEO Announces PB 18 e-tron Production Plans [Updated] appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Technology, Supercars, Electric Vehicles, Autos, Audi, EVs, News Blog, Automotive Design, Product Planning, Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, Shooting Brake, Super Cars, Audi Pb 18 E-tron, R18 e-tron Quattro


Electrification’s Silver Lining: Audi CEO Announces PB 18 e-tron Production Plans

Audi unveiled the PB 18 e-tron Concept at the 2018 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance with absolutely no assurance that it would ever be more than a fun idea. In fact, the company outright said it had no plans to put the vehicle into production. Miraculously, Audi flip-flopped, and the electrified hypercar is now slated for assembly. […] The post Electrification’s Silver Lining: Audi CEO Announces PB 18 e-tron Production Plans appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Technology, Supercars, Electric Vehicles, Autos, Audi, EVs, News Blog, Automotive Design, Product Planning, Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, Shooting Brake, Super Cars, Audi Pb 18 E-tron, R18 e-tron Quattro


Toyota’s Newest Autonomous Technology, “Guardian”

The brand's new system will work in tandem with the driver to prevent accidents but take over in learned situations While the capabilities of autonomous technology continue to expand, Toyota is emphasizing the importance of a balance in responsibility. The Toyota Research Institute is testing its 100% autonomous “Chauffeur” system, but it’s the “Guardian” program that is garnering a large portion of the brand’s attention, …
Tags: Auto, Design, Technology, Cars, Tech, Autos, Toyota, Autonomous Vehicles, Autonomous Driving, Toyota Research Institute, Automotive Design, CES 2019, Newest Autonomous Technology


What's involved in developing a vehicle?

There are lots of raw materials that go into a vehicle -- steel, rubber, plastic -- but what really costs the cash is what it takes to develop and engineer it in the first place. Find out what's involved in my "How It Works" column at the National Post. [Author: Jil McIntosh]
Tags: Technology, Autos, National Post, Jil McIntosh, Automotive Design


Video: Tesla Model 3 Pulled Over For Having a ‘Computer’ Attached to the Dash

Saying the Tesla Model 3’s interior is polarizing would be a massive understatement. While some absolutely love the minimalist design and singular, tablet-like interface, others criticize it for being too barren to be considered interesting. The vehicle also saw some blowback over its centrally mounted 15-inch display, which, for several reasons, can serve as a […] The post Video: Tesla Model 3 Pulled Over For Having a ‘Computer’ Attached to the Dash appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Safety, Distracted Driving, Autos, Law And Order, Infotainment, Tesla Model 3, News Blog, Automotive Design, Automotive Safety, Center Console


Kia Proceeds With Five-door Shooting Brake, Leaves North America Longing

Kia is readying the unveiling of its Proceed for European buyers later this month, taking great strides to ensure it matches the concept version. While the Ceed five-door already exists, the Proceed is a full-blown wagon. However, it’ll probably spend the majority of its time referred to as an “estate car” or “shooting brake,” since […] The post Kia Proceeds With Five-door Shooting Brake, Leaves North America Longing appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Teasers, Design, Autos, North America, Kia, Wagons, Kia Motors, Debuts, Hot Hatches, News Blog, Automotive Design, Station Wagons, Sport Wagons, Kai Cee’d, Kia Cee'd, Kia Proceed


Nissan’s New Juke Will Remain Uncompromisingly Weird

Nissan may have discontinued the North American-market Juke earlier this year, but the model remains a popular item in the European market, dating back to its 2010 debut. There, its polarizing looks and role as an enjoyable to drive city car helped keep the model relevant. As even the freshest of takes can get stale […] The post Nissan’s New Juke Will Remain Uncompromisingly Weird appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Autos, Automotive Industry, Nissan, Nissan Juke, New Cars, Overseas, Nissan Kicks, News Blog, Automotive Design, Subcompact Crossovers, Cuvs, Crossover Vehicles, second-generation Nissan Juke


Electrified in Monterey: Audi’s PB 18 e-tron Concept Is Phenomenal

Concept vehicles have been a bit of a snoozefest for enthusiasts lately. Despite the fact that automakers are still plenty capable of bringing out gorgeous designs, the autonomous angle has become so pervasive that it’s overridden the idea of having fun. Then, during this week’s Monterey Car Week festivities, Audi dropped the PB 18 e-tron concept at […] The post Electrified in Monterey: Audi’s PB 18 e-tron Concept Is Phenomenal appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Technology, Electric Vehicles, Autos, Monterey, Audi, EVs, News Blog, Automotive Design, Shooting Brake, Super Cars, Audi Pb 18 E-tron, R18 e-tron Quattro


Infiniti Unveils New ‘Prototype’ Concept at Pebble Beach

Last summer, Infiniti revealed an open-wheeled racer that merged the sex appeal of yesteryear with the electric powertrain of tomorrow. It was called the the Prototype 9 and it was stunningly beautiful. This summer, the brand attempted to repeat that success with the Prototype 10. While the vintage maxim of “lightning never strikes the same […] The post Infiniti Unveils New ‘Prototype’ Concept at Pebble Beach appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Design, Electric Vehicles, Autos, Infiniti, Concept Cars, Pebble Beach, News Blog, Automotive Design, Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, Infiniti Prototype 10


Nearly Better Than the Real Thing: Porsche Taps Video Game Tech to Break New Ground in Automotive Design

Porsche has grown rather chummy with the video game community of late. In 2017, the automaker used North America’s largest gaming expo as a platform for the debut of the 911 GT2 RS. You can attribute that to a relatively recent marketing push that resulted in its vehicles appearing in interactive media after a long-standing […] The post Nearly Better Than the Real Thing: Porsche Taps Video Game Tech to Break New Ground in Automotive Design appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Technology, Porsche, Autos, North America, Automotive Technology, Epic Games, Unreal Engine, News Blog, Automotive Design, Styling, Nvida, Porsche 911 Speedster Concept, Computer Design, Digital Drafting


Hyundai Wants to Be Sexier Than Alfa Romeo

Hyundai’s vice president of design, SangYup Lee, says the brand should be more than just a value nameplate and is setting his target extremely high. He thinks the company should be producing vehicles that are “sexier than Alfa Romeo.” While we used a photo of a 2011 Hyundai Accent to head the article as a bit […] The post Hyundai Wants to Be Sexier Than Alfa Romeo appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Autos, Hyundai, Genesis, Alfa Romeo, Hyundai Motor Group, News Blog, Automotive Design, Hyundai Accent, Automotive Styling, Design Language, SangYup Lee


The Milan Red Could Be the Ugliest Hypercar in History

We know you like to dog on supercars, and we’re right there with you. They’re extravagant toys for people you’re unlikely to encounter unless you were born into high society or made some exceptionally wise financial decisions. And that’s always lurking in the background whenever we discuss them. We drool over the specs as we […] The post The Milan Red Could Be the Ugliest Hypercar in History appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Supercars, Autos, News Blog, Automotive Design, Styling, Performance Cars, Hypercars, Being Rich, Milan Automotive, Milan Red, Rich Boy Toys, Too Expensive


Vehicle ergonomics: It's about style AND substance

Designing a vehicle's interior isn't just about how it looks; it also has to fit most people, and the controls have to be easy to reach and understand. It's a vital part of engineering a vehicle and far more goes into it than you might think. Find out more in my "How It Works" column at the National Post. [Author: Jil McIntosh]
Tags: Technology, Autos, National Post, Jil McIntosh, Automotive Design


Attempting to Understand the Chinese Luxury Aesthetic

Thanks to an interested and better-financed populace, luxury purchases have been on the rise in China for the past decade. Chinese consumers currently drop around $7.6 billion per year on premium goods, accounting for almost a third of the global luxury market. This has resulted in a massive influx of high-end items and brands that want […] The post Attempting to Understand the Chinese Luxury Aesthetic appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Design, Style, China, Luxury, Autos, Mercedes-benz, Daimler, Interior Design, Maybach, News Blog, Automotive Design, Aesthetics


Marchionne & Co.: Style Will Be Essential in the Vanilla Future We’ve All Been Promised

The future is going to be absolutely terrible. Everything is going to be so sterile and automated that humans won’t have anything to do between mealtimes but eagerly anticipate their own death. At least, that’s the picture being painted by experts. We’re probably further out from autonomous cars, world peace, and robotic butlers than society’s “thinkfluencers” […] The post Marchionne & Co.: Style Will Be Essential in the Vanilla Future We’ve All Been Promised appeared first on The Truth About Ca...
Tags: Design, Future, Sales, Tech, Industry, Fca, Autos, Chrysler, Automotive Industry, Autonomous Cars, Marchionne, Sergio Marchionne, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Tim Kuniskis, News Blog, Automotive Design


Smooth and slippery: All about aerodynamics

Cars may all have a similar shape these days, and that's because of aerodynamics. How air travels over a vehicle can affect its fuel consumption, as well as its engine cooling and wind noise. Find out more in my "How It Works" column at the National Post. [Author: Jil McIntosh]
Tags: Technology, Autos, National Post, Jil McIntosh, Automotive Design


Why Are Japanese Cars Starting to Look Different All of the Sudden?

While it’s impossible to imagine you haven’t already noticed, Japanese automakers are entering a new era of style. Disparate from each other and unabashedly novel, vehicles are beginning to crop up at trade shows and on the road that we couldn’t have seen coming a few years earlier. Right now, the most obvious examples are from […] The post Why Are Japanese Cars Starting to Look Different All of the Sudden? appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Design, Industry, Auto Industry, Autos, Toyota, Honda, Nissan, Subaru, Mazda, News Blog, Automotive Design, Styling, Automotive Trends, Design Language


Car design: The inside's as important as the outside

Car design isn't just about the exterior. The interior has to be created as well, and just like the outside, the cabin is created with sketches, computer design, and even clay models. Find out more in my "How It Works" column at the National Post. [Author: Jil McIntosh]
Tags: Technology, Autos, Bmw, National Post, Jil McIntosh, Automotive Design


The Rationale Behind Toyota’s Insane New Styling

Toyota has been the brand par excellence in terms of quality and reliability for as far back as many of us can remember. But, as value became its hallmark, someone decided to turn the excitement volume down to a faint whisper — breaking the knob off entirely in the mid-2000s, when the MR-2 and Celica were discontinued. Even with […] The post The Rationale Behind Toyota’s Insane New Styling appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Design, Autos, Toyota, Toyota Camry, Toyota Motor Corporation, News Blog, Automotive Design, Toyota C-HR, Brand Identity, Toyota Yaris, Design Language, Rationale Behind Toyota


Suppliers Scramble to Furnish Sophisticated Interiors (and Predict the Future)

You might not have noticed, but car interiors are growing increasingly more complex — not just in how they incorporate technology but also in the materials used. While the 1990s were awash in gray or beige plastics and upholstery, today’s vehicles source furnishings from a vastly broader palate. Hyundai’s Ioniq is a prime example. In addition to using […] The post Suppliers Scramble to Furnish Sophisticated Interiors (and Predict the Future) appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Design, Industry, Autos, Automotive Industry, Hyundai, Interior Design, Progress, OEMS, News Blog, Automotive Design, Automotive Suppliers, Vehicle Interiors


Open Diff: What don’t automakers understand?

Dashboard of the 2017 Fiat 124 Spider. Photo by author. For most Hemmings readers (and staffers), it’s hard to get worked up about new cars. Perhaps it’s the fact that anything interesting is priced well beyond the means of many, or perhaps it’s the fact that styling is now dictated more by wind resistance and safety regulations than by a designer’s vision or passion. Still, new cars can be a necessary evil, either for our own daily commutes or for those of friends and family. Technology meant...
Tags: Accessories, Autos, Fiat, Mazda, Hemmings Daily, Automobilia, Automotive Design, Open Diff


America’s Hottest Up-and-Coming Car Color Isn’t Teal, But It’s Close Enough

We took it for granted at the time, but automakers provided us with a cornucopia of lavish colors in the mid-1990s. While dark greens were the most popular hue of the day, there was no shortage of teal, deep red, beige, gold, dark blue, metallic purple, and burnt orange cruising down the boulevard, tempting us like […] The post America’s Hottest Up-and-Coming Car Color Isn’t Teal, But It’s Close Enough appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: America, Basf, Industry, Paint, Autos, Statistics, Teal, PPG, News Blog, Automotive Design, Automotive Trends, Automotive Colors


Virtual reality: Building a car in cyberspace

Car designs can still start with a pencil, but using high-tech methods, designers and engineers can work with the vehicle both inside and out, and some are starting the initial designs right at the computer level. Find out more about Ford's VR labs in my "How It Works" column at the National Post. [Author: Jil McIntosh]
Tags: Technology, Ford, Autos, National Post, Jil McIntosh, Automotive Design


Meet Canada's newest F1/Infiniti employee!

Each year, for the past four years, Infiniti and Renault Motorsports have sponsored the Infiniti Engineering Academy, which picks the top engineering students from around the globe to do a one-year stint with its engineers in Britain. Canada has been part of it for two years, and this year, Matthew Carsson of London, Ontario represents the country. Find out more in my story at AutoTRADER. [Author: Jil McIntosh]
Tags: Technology, Canada, Autos, Infiniti, London Ontario, Britain Canada, Jil McIntosh, Auto Industry People, Automotive Design, AutoTrader, Infiniti Engineering Academy, Renault Motorsports, Matthew Carsson



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