Styling

The 7 most beautiful cars of 2018
The 7 most beautiful cars of 2018

Maybe we're inherently negative since it's easier to describe why a new car is unattractive than it is to put to words just what makes a shape evocative and eye-catching. Beauty is highly subjective, which is why it's a massive challenge for the editorial team at The Car Connection to agree on the...Read More»

2015 Alfa Romeo 4C
The Most Beautiful Cars Of 2015

Which cars are beautiful? Plenty of vehicles are undeniably handsome, or good-looking, or at least styled well. And then there are those that deserve a pile-on of adjectives: timeless, crushworthy, gorgeous. Those cars merit some special attention--and at The Car Connection they merit the highest...Read More»

2014 Jaguar XJR  -  First Drive  -  August 2013
Six Car Styling Cliches Of 2014

Automotive styling tastes can be more fickle than fashion; and it only takes a quick look at how cars are seen as a sort of extended fashion statement here in the U.S. to understand why. ALSO SEE: 2015 GMC Yukon Video Road Test Most shoppers want a vehicle that fits in, yet one that stands out just...Read More»

Car shopping
J.D. Power: Fuel Economy Is #1 Car Criteria, But Bad Styling Can Keep Customers Away

J.D. Power and Associates' annual Avoider Study offers an interesting look at car shoppers' habits. The study not only asks customers why they were drawn to certain vehicles, but also -- as you might guess from the survey's name -- why they avoided others. According to a press release, Power...Read More»

2003 Pagani Zonda
TheCarConnection.com's Top 10 Cars with Angry Faces

This might come as a shock if you've spent the last 10 years behind the wheel of a cutesy Mazda Miata or a snuggly Volkswagen New Beetle and thought all cars were like rolling versions of Hello Kitty characters--warm, fuzzy, and somewhat squishable. Now, the wonders of science have studied how cars...Read More»

Bo Derek
By the Numbers: TCC's 6 Perfect 10s for Styling

What's it take to get a perfect 10? Back before she became a thinky conservative, Bo Derek laid it out the rules for us all. Actually it's just one rule: you don't have to be particularly talented or smart, just quintessentially, no-excuses gorgeous. Get it right, and you can even put noisemakers...Read More»

2010 Cadillac CTS Wagon 5dr Wagon 3.6L Premium RWD Angular Front Exterior View
What Are Your Favorite Sedans-Turned-Wagons?

Already popular on the other side of the Atlantic, sport wagons have been gaining attention here on U.S. soil in recent years. With attractive styling and agressive performance and handling, the wagon can shed its traditional "family vacation" image and begin to attract enthusiasts. But, why bother...Read More»

BMW 5-Series: One 2010, One 2011.
2011 BMW 5-Series: A Return To Form, In Several Ways

As we reported last week in a first drive of the new 2011 BMW 5-Series, BMW has returned to form with an all-new 5er that's not only a more focused driver's car but also one that will fit right in, design-wise, to traditional BMW loyalists while also winning new friends. Although the...Read More»

2009 teaser shot of Buick crossover plug-in hybrid, a rebadged Saturn Vue quickly dubbed the 'Vuick'
GM Reveals New, Smaller 2011 Buick Crossover (Nee Saturn Vue)

General Motors announced today that Buick will launch a five-passenger crossover next year, with a plug-in hybrid version to follow in 2011. And it looks to us like the Saturn Vue is getting a three-shields makeover. GM released an image of the new Buick crossover's grille. Which looks a whole lot...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»

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»

2004 Jaguar X-TYPE
RIP Jaguar X-Type: Putting The Kitten To Sleep, At Last

Many histories of Jaguar have been written, and no doubt there will be many more. In most of them, the sad saga of the Jaguar X-Type sedan is likely to be covered as a misguided diversion--if it's spoken of at all. While the smallest Jaguar sedan was pulled from the US market after the 2008 model...Read More»

2009 Suzuki Equator
2009 Chicago Auto Show: Suzuki Equator Goes Three Ways At Once

A year after introducing the Suzuki Equator (a lightly disguised Nissan Frontier) pickup at the '08 Chicago Auto Show, Suzuki rolls out three customized Equators designed and built by enthusiast publications. All three magazines were given a blank slate Equator to start with, both stylistically and...Read More»

Chris Bangle
Not So Eternal Flame: BMW's Chris Bangle Out

Always controversial, always opinionated and always ready with a sketch pen and a cocktail napkin, BMW design chief Chris Bangle is stepping down from the German automaker to take on a role outside the auto industry. Bangle's influence on BMW style has been a veritable fountain of Haterade since he...Read More»

2009 HUMMER H3
SEMA 2008: HUMMER's Still Here

Despite being up on the auction block, HUMMER still beats with a GM heart, at least as of SEMA '08. The purveyor of over-the-top SUVs says that its H3T Weekend Warrior concept "demonstrates the added extreme capability and functionality that can be accomplished with the H3T and a few weekends in...Read More»

2010 Hyundai Genesis Coupe
SEMA 2008: 2010 Hyundai Genesis Coupe

Hyundai swept into Sin City with seven customized vehicles on its brand-new 2009 Genesis platform. Both coupes and sedans are modded to the max, and it's a look more believable on the sporty coupe than on the sedate Genesis sedan. Nonetheless, the vehicles highlight just how far the Korean...Read More»

2010 Mustang Powerdome
2010 Ford Mustang: Life Beyond the Powerdome

OK, so Ford is being quite coy with this, its latest reveal of the 2010 Mustang's sheetmetal. In this shot, we see a crease on the Mustang's power dome, lending its hood more flair than the 2008 Ford Mustang that sports three character lines running the length of the hood from lip to cowl. The...Read More»

2009 BMW 7-Series
2009 BMW 7 Series: Five Steps to a Smaller Bangle Butt

After years of car-writer controversy for its shape, its controls, and its inability to knock the stuffing out of Lexus, the BMW 7 Series is all-new. So what makes its subtly reworked shape work so much better than the previous generation? While I'm writing down my impressions for our full review...Read More»

Coach Builders Ltd. Challenger Convertible
Challenger Convertible to Bow at SEMA

GOTCHA. Or at least Florida-based Coach Builders Ltd., an aftermarket cabriolet converter firm, according to Carscoop, got us, prompting a feverish double-take at the evil green, uber-'70s bad boy with a dropped top and the HEMI 6.1-liter from the Challenger SRT8. Make that a Vortech-supercharged...Read More»

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