Category: Vellum Venom

By on May 28, 2015

Capture

Bob writes:

Hi Sajeev. I’m annoyed by styling that makes the trim height look wrong. Most cars today look like the front is sagging or the rear is too high. The stylists even slant side creases and trim strips down toward the front (Man, I hate that. – SM) to create this look even though a close look at the rocker panel shows that the car is level.

Why are they doing it? Does the public really like it?

Sajeev answers:

The delicate balance of physical + visual trim height adjustment is standard practice, proving itself over decades for both aerodynamic and stylistic enhancement. The problem? Jumping the shark. Read More >

By on April 9, 2015

 

While designing top-dollar luxury cars was a rare success during my year at CCS, it’s gotta be tough to get these into production.  Consider competition from lower-rung manufacturers, namely those parent companies owning the likes of Rolls Royce. How much shared engineering is forced upon them?  What financial (beancounting) and legal (pedestrian safety, carbon emission) design constraints are forced upon the uber-luxury Transportation Designer?

Design directives get muddy in any vehicle, yet weak design is intolerable at a $354,000 price tag. Read More >

By on February 12, 2015

 

This just happened. (photo courtesy: Ram)

Most design students don’t consider Peak Oil in their studies, but The Reckoning was on my reading list back then. While Peak Oil is tangentially connected to car design, we clearly reached Peak Emblem.

It cannot get any worse than what’s being introduced in Chicago this week.

Read More >

By on January 30, 2015

 

IMG_4189

A Fashionable Savior for the Budget Minded?

Rio is full of beauty: beaches, gorgeous people on said beaches, delicious caipirinhas served beachside andwait for ita healthy alternative to DLO FAIL.

Yes, a way out from the infestation of black plastic cheater panels: triangles of FAIL that plague Car Design from the cheapest subcompact to the most flagship-iest Cadillac. Read More >

By on January 23, 2015

 

A Captiva audience?

Aside from the car-less world of cruise/train travel, my post-CCS Design vacations involve seeing an American on the road only to feel their styling and (more importantly) proportioning are sleeker and prettier. Douchey perhaps, but it’s my benign contribution to American Exceptionalism.

Even if this “proper” Chevy is a German Opel (sold alongside many a Korean Daewoo) introduced in Frankfurt as the Antara GTC.  Harley Earl may spin in his perfectly-proportioned grave…but I digress. Read More >

By on January 15, 2015

 

1

This was my first vacation in, like, ever. And it was supposed to be a break from cars. No driving, wrenching, writing, photographing!  Stop looking at that Ford Versailles, don’t take a photo of that Renault, because car design is no vacation in such a beautiful place…right?

And then “my” Ford Ranger found me in Leblon. Oh, for the love of why did I walk down this street I can’t believe that stupid truck followed me from…

Read More >

By on December 9, 2014

 

p0wnage. (photo courtesy: Facebook.com)

I’ve been accused of Automotive Hipsterism for bragging about my bare bones Ford truck instead of aspiring to expensive vehicles. It used to be different, back when top-drawer dashboards were more Malevich and less Pollock in design. Because good design embraces Less is More, while poor design over thinks the solution.

Speaking of hipster, witness the design backlash on Gillette’s Facebook page, especially the red box.

Read More >

By on November 6, 2014

 

And sidewalls too, apparently.

Cafe regulations be damned, the regular cab truck is a fantastic design. It deserves a better rep: working for people with multiple vehicles, value-conscious fleet buyers, and bottom-tier credit risks dying for a cheap new non-econobox. Or a new lease on life, after an unexpected trip to the hospital.

Read More >

By on October 13, 2014

 

Capture

I was wrong about the 2015 Camry: it’s a handsome family sedan. But not for us, for the Russians.    Read More >

By on September 1, 2014

IMG_3381

Reader Request: discuss the Lincoln Mark VIII, preferably the second generation’s modest restyle. He likely didn’t care for my reply, as it follows my disapproval of the Original Testarossa versus that rolling abortion that disrespectfully ended Ferrari’s most iconic series.

Then I parked beside a 2000 Mercury Sable on a fine Houston evening.

Read More >

Recent Comments

  • Re: Junkyard Find: 1998 Audi A8

    CoreyDL - Frend: Only some when I have of a day off when I can come to here from end field and to write comment. There are tims, when so openion is strong and is urgently to...
  • Re: Ask Bark: Should I Lease a Jetta?

    28-Cars-Later - He’s never going to beat the game if you keep helping him defeat the level bosses.
  • Re: 2015 Subaru Legacy 2.5i Premium Review (with Video)

    TrailerTrash - No..I understand My MKS TT is AWD. But again, I am presuming this is due to the force of the TT and the lack of strength in their trans.
  • Re: Ask Bark: Should I Lease a Jetta?

    PeriSoft - “Geez kids parent themselves these days with the internet and all.” This is a lie. My son often needs assistance to get past boss levels.
  • Re: Junkyard Find: 1998 Audi A8

    CoreyDL - LOL, oh good I was hoping some British people had messed with it! I was thinking in my mind of the original 98 one, and all those had the 2.8 or the 4.2.
  • Re: Radar Detector Review: K40 RLS2

    tbp0701 - Not in Ohio. Last time I was pulled over I was doing 76 right before a 70 zone on I90. (The patrolman said he clocked me before I reached the sign, where the...
  • Re: 2015 Subaru Legacy 2.5i Premium Review (with Video)

    TrailerTrash - Alex informs me Ford explains the stick only on its Fiesta and Focus ecoboosted cars is nobody would buy them. This makes for a poor...
  • Re: Junkyard Find: 1998 Audi A8

    28-Cars-Later - Where have you been Grango?
  • Re: Junkyard Find: 1998 Audi A8

    CoreyDL - Hey frind;, I sjut want to say on here to you that it a true. My friend has special verszn 3.8L diesol version of Croatia. He has done to drive for it past 224.443.1...
  • Re: Junkyard Find: 1998 Audi A8

    PartsUnknown - I’ll do you one better – my ’04 A6 has the Cosworth-fettled 30-valve 3.0. This engine is universally derided on the Audi forums. So far though,...

New Car Research

Get a Free Dealer Quote

Staff

  • Contributing Writers

  • Jack Baruth, United States
  • Brendan McAleer, Canada
  • Marcelo De Vasconcellos, Brazil
  • Vojta Dobes, Czech Republic
  • Matthias Gasnier, Australia
  • W. Christian 'Mental' Ward, United States
  • Cameron Aubernon, United States
  • J Emerson, United States