"Hypermiling" is the practice of saving gas by driving conservatively. Practitioners accelerate slowly, coast wherever possible, and let physics do most of the braking for them. Ardent hypermilers can improve fuel economy by absurd amounts, wringing 62.7 mpg from a 25 mpg car, for example. This gamification of fuel economy
During my ambulance days, a State Trooper explained to me that K-rails were designed to keep cars stuck to them in the event of a collision (as opposed to ricocheting the car back into traffic, where they would cause mayhem). Have you ever heard this? I was never able to
At this point, New York Fashion Week is basically just models and celebrities theatrically trying to one-up each other via expensive outfits. If you doubt this, come visit our office in Soho and people watch for a bit. But this fashion week cycle, it wasn't a model, a blogger or
Pickup trucks are big business in the U.S. Never mind annual statistics, which can be mind-numbing; consider that 6,500 brand-new pickup trucks are sold in America every day. The math shows that Ford sells a pickup truck about every 30 seconds, while GM and Dodge each average roughly one pickup
With Winter Storm Jayden currently bearing down on parts of the U.S., plenty of motorists will soon need to sweep the snow cover off of their cars. An easy task if you've got a small hatchback, not so easy if you've got a tall SUV. While most of us have
What's more interesting: To hear the statistics about a particular object, or to hear about how that object fits into someone's life? For engineers it's probably the former, for designers, the latter. Kevin Costner is perhaps more design-minded. He's got a pretty bad-ass customized Toyota Tundra that he uses on
Nissan's creatives have been busy. In addition to their crazy snowgoing Altima from Canada, they've turned an NV300 into a workshop on wheels. Conceived of as "a mobile workshop for creative woodworking professionals," Nissan produced the vehicle in collaboration with UK-based design/build firm Studio Hardie. The vehicle is kitted
Something I love: Cars that look as if the designer has never seen a car before. That's praise, not an insult. If your brain wasn't clogged with 10,000 Instagram images of what a car is supposed to look like, what would you draw? Designing something fresh was undoubtedly easier
With a snowstorm walloping a large swath of the U.S., more than a few drivers are undoubtedly wishing they'd invested in winter tires. Many have probably resolved to buy more snow-capable vehicles. In that latter category, Nissan has created something that will be tough to beat: The Altima-te AWD, which
Japanese automakers Infiniti and Lexus raked in four of the five coveted honors in the 13th annual EyesOn Design Awards, while Ford Motor Co. took home Best Production Vehicle for one its 2020 muscle cars. The awards—presented Jan. 15 at the 2019 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in
Every classic car brand has their undesirable models, and for Porsche it's got to be the unloved 924 (or arguably, the similar 944). Intended as an entry-level Porsche--the gateway drug to get you into the brand--the 924 debuted in 1976 with Porsche's first automatic transmission and an aesthetically unfortunate beltline.
I love having an all-wheel-drive turbo stickshift, but due to a recent close call, I've completely changed the way I drive. To explain, the roads where I live are all twisty country two-lanes. There's never any traffic nor kids in the road. I rarely even see other cars. So
Back when I was driving an ambulance, we got a call that a big rig had crashed on a nearby highway. Arriving on site, we saw tire marks going off of the road, then disappearing over an embankment. The driver had driven off the edge and tipped the vehicle over;
As a design student in the early '90s, I was fortunate enough to visit the big three auto manufacturers in Detroit on a class trip. One highlight was meeting Michael Santoro, who was then a brash young designer for Chrysler, and he showed us some revolutionary sketches of the then-forthcoming
At least for the Big Three automakers, sedans are a dying form factor. Last year it was announced that all three companies were largely abandoning them to focus on pickup trucks, which generate much more profit per unit. But just how much profit? Clickbait aside, the answer may surprise you.
The field of transportation covers a lot of ground, and offers a lot of opportunity for designers. Technology, manufacturing, concepts, classic styling, craftsmanship and stunning visuals are just a few of the aspects up for debate and discussion. The impact of transportation on the environment adds a level of urgency
Most sensible corporations understand that if designers aren't allowed to have a little fun once in a while, they'll become unhappy and unproductive. Here are the most interesting automotive innovations we saw this year from in-house design teams. GMC's design team came up with this six-function MultiPro Tailgate for pickup
Even the most innovative in-house car design studio is still part of a corporation, so there's only so crazy they can get before the accountants start reigning them up. Aftermarket manufacturers, however, have considerably more leeway to innovate. Here are some of the most interesting aftermarket car design features and
When I was a kid I worked at a restaurant in the suburbs. I can't remember how this started, but when my shift was over, the staff would give me money to drive their cars to a nearby gas station to fill them up. On the weekends, some of them
People seem to love crapping on Elon Musk, but give the guy a break. The man started PayPal and Tesla, he's launching and landing rockets, he figured out how to sell re-branded roofing torches as flamethrowers to the tune of $4 million, and now his Boring Company has completed their
Why hire a babysitter when you can use a Sound Sitter? Honda's design team in Japan got to thinking one day, "I wonder if the sound of our revving car engines would calm babies down instantly." So, naturally, they sampled the sounds of 37 different Honda car engines, put the
Admittedly, from a marketing perspective "suicide doors" is not a desirable name for a product feature. But it is one that people go gaga over, particularly if they're fans of Lincoln's 1960s Continental. Having rear doors that open the "wrong" way may or may not improve ingress and egress, but
The news broke yesterday that Apple hired yet another Tesla designer to join their design team, bringing back previous speculations that Apple is working on designing a car. Based on previous decisions made by Apple, we've put together our best guess at what we're calling the "iCar" experience might be
This year I bought a car, an all-wheel-drive Volkswagen Golf Alltrack. It's capable around the farm and has decent storage capacity; I've carried 10-foot-long PVC pipes in it with the hatch shut, and below I'm getting rid of a nine-foot children's slide left on the property by a previous tenant.
Alcyon is a student-project, realised at the Dessau Department of Design under the supervision of Prof. Manuel Kretzer and in cooperation with German car manufacturer AUDI. The project considers the future of mobility and how upcoming technologies, such as autonomous driving, might affect the relationship between driver and vehicle.
When you picture a powerful car clawing its way to victory at Paris-Dakar or the World Rally Championship, it's undoubtedly a stubby Subaru or a pugnacious Peugeot. But UK-based NeoMam studios, whose designers frequently render risible auto design mash-ups, asked themselves what ultra-exclusive supercars would look like in rally trim
I think buying a Porsche is partly about getting to drive a Porsche, and largely about gaining access to a relatively exclusive tribe. And the members of this tribe can be fanatical. Case in point is this "super-secret white Porsche collection," where the secret part is that they don't reveal
I can't tell if this vehicle has an identity crisis, or is a sign of some future in which people no longer use vehicles in the way they were originally intended to be used. A startup called Rivian plans to produce this $69,000 electric pickup truck which has at least
A company called Orbis has developed a hubless aluminum wheel fitted with an electric motorcycle motor inside. Incredibly, this weighs--and, they improbably claim, costs--about the same as a standard, conventional wheel. Yet it adds 50 horsepower per new wheel and turns your 2WD car into 4WD. As a proof-of-concept, they
Have a look at this "1980 Chevy Corvette Four Door [That] Can't Be Unseen," which is currently being sold for a whopping $217,203. Yes, it's got four doors. How did this monstrosity come to be? Interestingly, Super Chevy reports that: "Chevrolet had actually planned on making this family minded
Here's another "What if" from fanciful rendering firm NeoMam Studios, who this time asks: What if competing car brands came together to create a mash-up vehicle that incorporated both brands' styling cues? Here's their take on 6 Car Manufacturers' Collaboration Concepts: 1. Bentley – Ferrari"British class and Italian passion combined
What happens to decommissioned school buses? With their utilitarian seating, they are unsuited for commercial bus use, dissuading fleets from acquiring them. Yet they still offer long wheelbases and plenty of hauling space. With such functionality, should the roadworthy among them be sitting idle in junkyards? The answer, for a
The rumor is, it got started like this: 1. Japanese motorcycle racing enthusiasts needed a way to transport their bikes to the track. 2. Someone realized that the handful of secondhand Dodge cargo vans imported to Japan were perfect for the job--large enough to carry a bike, but stilly
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