Design

The Interior of the 2009 Ford F-150 Makes a Bold Design Statement
The Interior of the 2009 Ford F-150 Makes a Bold Design Statement

The first time I sat in the interior of the 2009 Ford F-150 a thought occurred to me. This is the first car I could actually live in. And that is really saying something when you consider the ill-fitting cheap plastic and mouse fur upholstery that made up the inside of the 1997-2004 model. The...Read More»

2011 Ford C-MAX
Ford Develops “Kinetic 2.0” Global Styling Language

Ford’s future involves a reduction in the current number of vehicle platforms used across the globe and a rise in the number of common models sold in different markets. The automaker also plans to feature a common design language, starting with its small and mid-sized cars and crossovers. The...Read More»

Coca-Cola 'Freestyle' machine by Pininfarina [via Dexigner]
Pininfarina Goes 'Freestyle', With A Little Help From Coke

Nothing goes together like Ferraris and coke -- at least that's what we've always heard, and now we have proof. Pininfarina, the Italian design house behind numerous Ferraris, Maseratis, and Aston Martins, has given form to Coca-Cola's upcoming "Freestyle" machine. The Freestyle offers over 100...Read More»

Mini Clubster S design study
Budding Designer Beats Mini To The Punch With Clubster S Roadster

The 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show is now only a couple of weeks away, and Mini in particular is ramping up to do the show in style. On Wednesday, the company revealed its new Coupe concept, and soon after that a sketch of a second Roadster concept that's expected to join the Coupe in Frankfurt surfaced...Read More»

District of Columbia road sign - from DCist
Stupid Signage Tricks From Our Nation's Capital

As initimitable Time magazine writer and frequent Tweeter Howard Chua-Eoan said, this sign "speaks for itself, I think." Courtesy of the DCist.com blog, it turns out that the image was originally sent out by the District of Columbia Department of Transportation on its Twitter feed. The sign is...Read More»

Traffic: Why We Drive The Way We Do (And What It Says About Us) by Tom Vanderbilt
New Book Explains Why We Do What We Do In Traffic

It all began, explains author Tom Vanderbilt, when he finally became a "late merger". Instead of meekly getting into line while those [fill in epithet here] zoomed past him to merge just before the end of the lane...he joined them. His wife cringed. He wondered what this would do to his self-image...Read More»

2009 Honda Element
Ingress/Egress - Better Vehicles for Tall Drivers

  The Honda Element provides welcoming ingress/egress dimensions. Ingress/egress, also known as Sliding Entry, involves simulating an occupants movements while entering (ingress) and exiting (egress) a vehicle. Seat cushion height (ground to seat) is an important factor. Additionally, the greater...Read More»

2011 Chevrolet Viva, to be sold in South America as Chevrolet Agile
First Sketches: 2011 Chevrolet Viva, or Agile, formerly Aveo

We've known for a while that the Chevrolet Aveo would be replaced by the 2011 Chevrolet Viva, which will be sold in Asia, Europe, and North and South America, courtesy of GM's new global product development process. Now the first official renderings have landed from GM, and if the production car...Read More»

Maserati Design Driven winning entry, by Holger Schubert
Maserati Helps Find Top Architectural Garages

You've likely seen one of several 'dream garages' books or Web sites that single out certain garages mostly by their collection of cars inside, their sheer size and number of vehicles, or celebrity ownership. To honor garage design itself rather than who or what's inside, Maserati and Architectural...Read More»

Yoshimi Inaba
Toyota Not Profitable In America, Evaluating U.S. Operations

Although many economists have begun to see light at the end of the recessionary tunnel, Toyota Motor America chairman Yoshimi Inaba claims that Toyota is not currently profitable in North America, even though the company has taken numerous cost-cutting measures in recent months. According to Inaba...Read More»

Audi Design grand piano, produced in partnership with Bösendorfer
The Next New Audi Model Is A...Grand Piano ?!?!?

Audi is celebrating its 100th birthday as a brand these days, with ceremonies that included the unveiling of a 32-foot-long, 10-ton model of the Audi TT sports car. So there was much anticipation around a gala event held last night at the Audi Forum in Ingolstadt, at which the company promised to...Read More»

2009 Volkswagen CC
Volkswagen CC Earns Major Design Award, But Sales Are Tepid

The Volkswagen Passat CC (called the Volkswagen CC in the U.S.) is by nearly all accounts a great-looking car. And now the smooth four-door coupe has won a prestigious red dot design award. The top award for vehicles, officially "red dot Design Award 2009 – Best of the Best," in the product...Read More»

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