This Tesla-design-criticizing Tweet is making the rounds:
Okay, point taken: Blending the rear hatch into the bumper is a terrible idea from a damage/replacement cost standpoint. It was probably done to give the user the lowest-possible loading lip height.
However, we should point out that this design flaw, if we can call it that, is not unique to Tesla. Here's the 2019 Chevy Blazer:
And the 2020 Mercedes EQC:
If we go back in time a bit, look at Acura's 2013 design for the RDX:
Note that the 2020 redesign does away with the practice:
It seems that auto design staff who pay attention to things like insurance rates have a learning opportunity.
I’m a lapsed industrial designer. I was born in NYC and figured I’d die there, but a few years ago I abandoned New York to live on a farm in the countryside with my wife. We have six dogs.
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