The Truth About Cars » Analysis http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Wed, 27 Apr 2016 20:11:12 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 Ramcharger Rebirth http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/02/ramcharger-rebirth/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/02/ramcharger-rebirth/#comments Fri, 12 Feb 2016 15:00:26 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1284234 In October, FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne addressed a group of automotive analysts, where he was quoted as follows. “We have a unique opportunity with renewal of the [Ram] pickup line, with the powertrains we selected, to significantly increase output. We will also be exploring, as a result of that investment, some other segments.” Speculation related […]

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In October, FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne addressed a group of automotive analysts, where he was quoted as follows. “We have a unique opportunity with renewal of the [Ram] pickup line, with the powertrains we selected, to significantly increase output. We will also be exploring, as a result of that investment, some other segments.” Speculation related […]

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Vellum Venom: 1988 Jaguar XJS http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/01/vellum-venom-1988-jaguar-xjs/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/01/vellum-venom-1988-jaguar-xjs/#comments Wed, 20 Jan 2016 16:00:25 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1251705 One of my CCS Design professors had a saying: it’s all about Proportion, Proportion, Proportion. Just typing that makes me cringe. Perhaps it’s a popular phrase for car design wonks, or a riff from the restaurant business. However, the theory is valid: Imagine if the Pontiac Aztek was proportioned a la Range Rover Evoque. It’s a fair notion. If […]

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One of my CCS Design professors had a saying: it’s all about Proportion, Proportion, Proportion. Just typing that makes me cringe. Perhaps it’s a popular phrase for car design wonks, or a riff from the restaurant business. However, the theory is valid: Imagine if the Pontiac Aztek was proportioned a la Range Rover Evoque. It’s a fair notion. If […]

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Toyota, Honda Dominate List of Cars Kept for More Than 10 Years http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/10/toyota-honda-dominate-list-cars-kept-10-years/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/10/toyota-honda-dominate-list-cars-kept-10-years/#comments Thu, 15 Oct 2015 18:30:23 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1196378 Nearly 30 percent of buyers who purchase a Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4 or Prius car will keep that car for more than 10 years, according to data from iSeeCars.com. Data from 400,000 car purchases was analyzed for the poll, according to the study group. The industry average for owners keeping their cars 10 years or longer was […]

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Nearly 30 percent of buyers who purchase a Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4 or Prius car will keep that car for more than 10 years, according to data from iSeeCars.com. Data from 400,000 car purchases was analyzed for the poll, according to the study group. The industry average for owners keeping their cars 10 years or longer was […]

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Vellum Venom: 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage ES http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/08/vellum-venom-2014-mitsubishi-mirage-es/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/08/vellum-venom-2014-mitsubishi-mirage-es/#comments Mon, 25 Aug 2014 12:04:13 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=898658   Design School forces considerations outside of a student’s artistic comfort zone: a unique price, demographic, or geography for starters. Just don’t present a pragmatic design based in sociocultural fact: a conventional sedan for the Indian market–isolating the wealthy from their hired help and their untouchable luggage—was a fantastically stupid mistake. Cultural and profit-minded relevance […]

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  Design School forces considerations outside of a student’s artistic comfort zone: a unique price, demographic, or geography for starters. Just don’t present a pragmatic design based in sociocultural fact: a conventional sedan for the Indian market–isolating the wealthy from their hired help and their untouchable luggage—was a fantastically stupid mistake. Cultural and profit-minded relevance […]

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Track Analysis: Challenger V6 Track Pack, HEMI Scat Pack, SRT Hellcat http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/07/track-analysis-challenger-v6-track-pack-hemi-scat-pack-srt-hellcat/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/07/track-analysis-challenger-v6-track-pack-hemi-scat-pack-srt-hellcat/#comments Tue, 22 Jul 2014 19:45:01 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=871714 Getting decent conclusions from very limited data is the sort of thing of which Nobel Prizes are made. What you’re about to read won’t be Nobel-worthy; however, I believe it will help you understand how fast the Hellcat and how it compares to both the other Challengers and the external competition. I got a total […]

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Getting decent conclusions from very limited data is the sort of thing of which Nobel Prizes are made. What you’re about to read won’t be Nobel-worthy; however, I believe it will help you understand how fast the Hellcat and how it compares to both the other Challengers and the external competition. I got a total […]

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Vellum Venom: 2013 Lincoln MKZ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/06/vellum-venom-2013-lincoln-mkz/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/06/vellum-venom-2013-lincoln-mkz/#comments Thu, 05 Jun 2014 13:07:15 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=837153 Car Design college was a wake-up call for this auto-obsessed kid: it festered with two-faced people. There are bastard-coated souls smiling to your face, stabbing you in the back during Portfolio Review. Or friends that pity you, being your crutch via white lies and false kindness.  Bad news, especially for a Lincoln-Mercury fanboi saddened by […]

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Car Design college was a wake-up call for this auto-obsessed kid: it festered with two-faced people. There are bastard-coated souls smiling to your face, stabbing you in the back during Portfolio Review. Or friends that pity you, being your crutch via white lies and false kindness.  Bad news, especially for a Lincoln-Mercury fanboi saddened by […]

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Analysis: Australia’s Free Trade Deals Are The Final Nail In The Coffin Of Its Auto Industry http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/04/analysis-australias-free-trade-deals-are-the-final-nail-in-the-coffin-of-its-auto-industry/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/04/analysis-australias-free-trade-deals-are-the-final-nail-in-the-coffin-of-its-auto-industry/#comments Tue, 08 Apr 2014 15:35:19 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=790321 In the span of 24 hours, Australia inked two free trade agreements with both Japan and South Korea. Even though Holden, Ford and Toyota had already committed to ending auto manufacturing in Australia, it’s hard not to see the agreements as the last nail in the coffin of Australia’s once strong auto industry. Although North […]

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In the span of 24 hours, Australia inked two free trade agreements with both Japan and South Korea. Even though Holden, Ford and Toyota had already committed to ending auto manufacturing in Australia, it’s hard not to see the agreements as the last nail in the coffin of Australia’s once strong auto industry. Although North […]

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Vellum Venom: MINI Cooper Hardtop (2012) http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/12/vellum-venom-mini-cooper-hardtop-2012/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/12/vellum-venom-mini-cooper-hardtop-2012/#comments Tue, 31 Dec 2013 12:00:03 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=689618 The end of the year, the end of an era for a famous British Marque.  Let’s get crackin’ before the ink on the vellum dries for the (all new) 2014 model. Everyone knows this face, it’s Brand Recognition 101.  Or maybe 202, as the original MINI (the 100% British one) was redesigned even less regularly/extensively […]

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The end of the year, the end of an era for a famous British Marque.  Let’s get crackin’ before the ink on the vellum dries for the (all new) 2014 model. Everyone knows this face, it’s Brand Recognition 101.  Or maybe 202, as the original MINI (the 100% British one) was redesigned even less regularly/extensively […]

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Vellum Venom: 2013 Dodge Charger SRT http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/12/vellum-venom-2013-dodge-charger-srt/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/12/vellum-venom-2013-dodge-charger-srt/#comments Mon, 02 Dec 2013 13:26:11 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=662346 @willstpierre tweets: @SajeevMehta Art history teacher talked about using vellum today. Nobody else knew what it was #bringbackvellumvenom     While Ford and GM pissed away decades of heritage for horribly demure (yet disturbingly plump) full size sedans built on a namby pamby FWD globalized chassis, Chrysler took the hard points of the Mercedes-Benz W211 […]

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@willstpierre tweets: @SajeevMehta Art history teacher talked about using vellum today. Nobody else knew what it was #bringbackvellumvenom     While Ford and GM pissed away decades of heritage for horribly demure (yet disturbingly plump) full size sedans built on a namby pamby FWD globalized chassis, Chrysler took the hard points of the Mercedes-Benz W211 […]

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Vellum Venom: 1970 Dodge Charger RT-SE http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/09/vellum-venom-1970-dodge-charger-rt-se/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/09/vellum-venom-1970-dodge-charger-rt-se/#comments Tue, 17 Sep 2013 13:21:13 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=518889 My departure from the cloistered world of automotive design was anything but pleasant: leaving the College for Creative Studies scarred changed me, possibly ensuring the inability to conform to PR-friendly autoblogging. Luckily I am not alone. While Big Boss Man rests in Chrysler’s doghouse, a remotely nice comment about their door handles perked the ears […]

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My departure from the cloistered world of automotive design was anything but pleasant: leaving the College for Creative Studies scarred changed me, possibly ensuring the inability to conform to PR-friendly autoblogging. Luckily I am not alone. While Big Boss Man rests in Chrysler’s doghouse, a remotely nice comment about their door handles perked the ears […]

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Vellum Venom: 1966 Datsun Sports 1600 (Fairlady) http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/09/vellum-venom-1966-datsun-sports-1600-fairlady/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/09/vellum-venom-1966-datsun-sports-1600-fairlady/#comments Tue, 03 Sep 2013 13:00:32 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=506577 Can you remember when sports cars were a staple of design studios?  When these wee-beasties were vellum fodder like today’s CUVs?  Me neither.  But Europe once made these in spades, and–much like today’s utility vehicle craze–Japan regularly followed suit.  Let’s examine that rich history with a deep cut into Nissan’s “Fairlady” series.      Let’s […]

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Can you remember when sports cars were a staple of design studios?  When these wee-beasties were vellum fodder like today’s CUVs?  Me neither.  But Europe once made these in spades, and–much like today’s utility vehicle craze–Japan regularly followed suit.  Let’s examine that rich history with a deep cut into Nissan’s “Fairlady” series.      Let’s […]

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Vellum Venom Vignette: Center Stage, High Mounted! http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/08/vellum-venom-vignette-center-stage-high-mounted/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/08/vellum-venom-vignette-center-stage-high-mounted/#comments Tue, 06 Aug 2013 12:32:06 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=498209 TTAC commentator Darth Lefty writes: Sajeev, I was looking at a new Fusion in the company parking lot and noticed how its center brake light (CHMSL) is basically a very thin flap jutting out of the top of the window. Subtle… The center brake light is always like this. We are right now in a […]

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TTAC commentator Darth Lefty writes: Sajeev, I was looking at a new Fusion in the company parking lot and noticed how its center brake light (CHMSL) is basically a very thin flap jutting out of the top of the window. Subtle… The center brake light is always like this. We are right now in a […]

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Vellum Venom: 2012 Honda Crosstour http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/07/vellum-venom-2012-honda-crosstour/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/07/vellum-venom-2012-honda-crosstour/#comments Tue, 30 Jul 2013 12:42:32 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=497250 Here are a few books I consider required reading for Transportation Design students: The Reckoning, Rude Awakening, All Corvettes are Red and Car: A Drama of the American Workplace.  These show what it takes to make a car…to make a designer’s work come to fruition. Sadly, during my (short) time at the College for Creative […]

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Here are a few books I consider required reading for Transportation Design students: The Reckoning, Rude Awakening, All Corvettes are Red and Car: A Drama of the American Workplace.  These show what it takes to make a car…to make a designer’s work come to fruition. Sadly, during my (short) time at the College for Creative […]

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Canada Sales Recap: June 2013 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/07/canada-sales-recap-june-2013/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/07/canada-sales-recap-june-2013/#comments Fri, 12 Jul 2013 18:42:44 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=494945 Canada’s auto industry grew 1.3% in June 2013, an increase of a couple thousand vehicles. No brand sold more often than Ford. No manufacturer sold more vehicles than Ford Motor Company. No June in history saw Canadians buy more vehicles than they did last month. Ford MoCo, the Chrysler Group, and General Motors combined to […]

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Canada’s auto industry grew 1.3% in June 2013, an increase of a couple thousand vehicles. No brand sold more often than Ford. No manufacturer sold more vehicles than Ford Motor Company. No June in history saw Canadians buy more vehicles than they did last month. Ford MoCo, the Chrysler Group, and General Motors combined to […]

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Vellum Venom: 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/07/vellum-venom-2013-ford-fusion-hybrid/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/07/vellum-venom-2013-ford-fusion-hybrid/#comments Tue, 02 Jul 2013 12:00:25 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=492386 Aside from the fame, fortune and talent, my design school stylings were criticized much like the early works of one Mister Lenny Kravitz.  I felt, as idiotic as it seems now, both of us were pigeonholed for our unabashed use of “influence” in our art. Kravitz overcame. I left the College for Creative Studies to […]

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Aside from the fame, fortune and talent, my design school stylings were criticized much like the early works of one Mister Lenny Kravitz.  I felt, as idiotic as it seems now, both of us were pigeonholed for our unabashed use of “influence” in our art. Kravitz overcame. I left the College for Creative Studies to […]

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Vellum Venom: 2012 Nissan Cube http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/04/vellum-venom-2012-nissan-cube/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/04/vellum-venom-2012-nissan-cube/#comments Mon, 08 Apr 2013 10:00:52 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=483869 Haters bust out the Haterade: I mastered your drama back at the College of Creative Studies. My luxury car proposals sported stand up grilles…and why not? The (beautiful-ish) 1990 Lexus LS400 proved an upright grille happily exists on a sleek, masterfully engineered machine. But very talented, well-praised drama queens in the design studio can’t be […]

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Haters bust out the Haterade: I mastered your drama back at the College of Creative Studies. My luxury car proposals sported stand up grilles…and why not? The (beautiful-ish) 1990 Lexus LS400 proved an upright grille happily exists on a sleek, masterfully engineered machine. But very talented, well-praised drama queens in the design studio can’t be […]

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Vellum Venom: 2012 Nissan Juke http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/03/vellum-venom-2012-nissan-juke/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/03/vellum-venom-2012-nissan-juke/#comments Mon, 11 Mar 2013 07:12:00 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=480698 I was in a bad place about a year ago: fighting problems that resurfaced 10+ years of (secret) regret that my life at the College for Creative Studies shoulda ended differently.  But then a few silver linings showed up, motivating me to write the first installment of this series.  While I still am in (occasionally) […]

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I was in a bad place about a year ago: fighting problems that resurfaced 10+ years of (secret) regret that my life at the College for Creative Studies shoulda ended differently.  But then a few silver linings showed up, motivating me to write the first installment of this series.  While I still am in (occasionally) […]

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Vellum Venom: 2003 Volkswagen Jetta (MK IV) http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/01/vellum-venom-2003-volkswagen-jetta-mk-iv/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/01/vellum-venom-2003-volkswagen-jetta-mk-iv/#comments Mon, 21 Jan 2013 13:54:50 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=473742 Did you see an instant classic at last week’s Detroit Auto Show?  Maybe that new Stingray. And hearing that the first C7 Vette was on the auction block to support the College for Creative Studies made me a little proud of my former school, too.  But, aside from the always nerve-racking bus ride between CCS […]

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Did you see an instant classic at last week’s Detroit Auto Show?  Maybe that new Stingray. And hearing that the first C7 Vette was on the auction block to support the College for Creative Studies made me a little proud of my former school, too.  But, aside from the always nerve-racking bus ride between CCS […]

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Vellum Venom: Ferrari 275 GTB http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/12/vellum-venom-ferrari-275-gtb/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/12/vellum-venom-ferrari-275-gtb/#comments Tue, 25 Dec 2012 09:00:58 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=471643 I apologize for torturing you, dear reader, with over-analysis of absolutely mundane machinery for far too long. I blame it on my style–or lack thereof–as a student at the College of Creative Studies.  So on Christmas Day, how about I let you in on another secret? No matter which bias (American, German, Japanese) got you […]

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I apologize for torturing you, dear reader, with over-analysis of absolutely mundane machinery for far too long. I blame it on my style–or lack thereof–as a student at the College of Creative Studies.  So on Christmas Day, how about I let you in on another secret? No matter which bias (American, German, Japanese) got you […]

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Vellum Venom: 2012 Lincoln MKX http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/12/vellum-venom-2012-lincoln-mkx/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/12/vellum-venom-2012-lincoln-mkx/#comments Mon, 10 Dec 2012 15:27:39 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=469628 One thing that really burned me about design school: when a student applied their talent outside of their comfort zone, subsequently ruining a famous bodystyle, make or model.  Hey, I’m guilty of it too. VERY guilty. But a foolish, ignorant student at the College for Creative Studies is one thing, getting paid by the manufacturer […]

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One thing that really burned me about design school: when a student applied their talent outside of their comfort zone, subsequently ruining a famous bodystyle, make or model.  Hey, I’m guilty of it too. VERY guilty. But a foolish, ignorant student at the College for Creative Studies is one thing, getting paid by the manufacturer […]

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Vellum Venom: 2012 Honda Civic (Hybrid) http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/11/vellum-venom-2012-honda-civic-hybrid/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/11/vellum-venom-2012-honda-civic-hybrid/#comments Fri, 30 Nov 2012 19:19:12 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=468589 Sometimes promises are kept in the car design biz: the 2013 Civic sounds like a big step up from this 2012 model. Which was a big step down from the ’70s concept car chic of the 8th generation Civic. Aside from Wayne Cherry’s professional nightmare, how often does a manufacturer make such significant changes after […]

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Sometimes promises are kept in the car design biz: the 2013 Civic sounds like a big step up from this 2012 model. Which was a big step down from the ’70s concept car chic of the 8th generation Civic. Aside from Wayne Cherry’s professional nightmare, how often does a manufacturer make such significant changes after […]

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Vellum Venom: 1986 Audi 4000 CS Quattro http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/11/vellum-venom-1986-audi-4000-cs-quattro/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/11/vellum-venom-1986-audi-4000-cs-quattro/#comments Thu, 22 Nov 2012 05:05:17 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=467568 Some designs are perfect in their initial run, others need a mid-cycle rethink to make ’em sing. The 4000 is the latter: cost effectively ushering a new era of modern and luxurious Industrial Design for Audi.  I loved the styling, but a classmate at CCS showed me the light: he was an SCCA racer with […]

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Some designs are perfect in their initial run, others need a mid-cycle rethink to make ’em sing. The 4000 is the latter: cost effectively ushering a new era of modern and luxurious Industrial Design for Audi.  I loved the styling, but a classmate at CCS showed me the light: he was an SCCA racer with […]

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Vellum Venom: 1984 Audi 4000 LE http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/11/vellum-venom-1984-audi-4000-le/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/11/vellum-venom-1984-audi-4000-le/#comments Mon, 12 Nov 2012 12:07:00 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=466519   One of my Automotive Design teachers at CCS made us take a personality test to determine our strengths(?) as a designer.  It was beyond stupid, or so I thought. To wit, a (paraphrased) question: do you collect old things?  The answer was supposedly neutral: no matter what you answered on this query, your overall […]

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  One of my Automotive Design teachers at CCS made us take a personality test to determine our strengths(?) as a designer.  It was beyond stupid, or so I thought. To wit, a (paraphrased) question: do you collect old things?  The answer was supposedly neutral: no matter what you answered on this query, your overall […]

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Vellum Venom: 2013 Scion FR-S http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/09/vellum-venom-2013-scion-fr-s/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/09/vellum-venom-2013-scion-fr-s/#comments Tue, 25 Sep 2012 13:00:51 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=461441 Damn near everyone in the Industrial Design department at CCS said my engineering/gearhead/history buff background was killing my potential Car Design career. In hindsight they had a point, but most were complete jerks about it.  With three art history courses at three different colleges in mind, automotive brands/models/trim levels do indeed nod to something more […]

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Damn near everyone in the Industrial Design department at CCS said my engineering/gearhead/history buff background was killing my potential Car Design career. In hindsight they had a point, but most were complete jerks about it.  With three art history courses at three different colleges in mind, automotive brands/models/trim levels do indeed nod to something more […]

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Vellum Venom: 2013 Infiniti JX http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/09/vellum-venom-2013-infiniti-jx/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/09/vellum-venom-2013-infiniti-jx/#comments Mon, 03 Sep 2012 13:19:04 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=457915 Sometimes we work too hard for success.  We listen to others, constructive criticism or not, doing our best to make a change for the better.  But are we really accomplishing that?  I’ve always wondered if the ends justify the means. Not for me at CCS in Detroit: after trying to change myself to fit a […]

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Sometimes we work too hard for success.  We listen to others, constructive criticism or not, doing our best to make a change for the better.  But are we really accomplishing that?  I’ve always wondered if the ends justify the means. Not for me at CCS in Detroit: after trying to change myself to fit a […]

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