The Truth About Cars » blue The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 18:25:17 +0000 en-US hourly 1 The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. The Truth About Cars no The Truth About Cars (The Truth About Cars) 2006-2009 The Truth About Cars The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. The Truth About Cars » blue Piston Slap: The Last Insane Interior Color? Mon, 27 Aug 2012 11:53:35 +0000

TTAC commentator econobiker writes:

Related to my comment here, the Japanese makers were early on this common car interior colors. But when did the US makers kill the goof-ball color combos? Like the white Cornithinan leather seats in a brown interior Cordoba posting the other day.


Sajeev answers:

Porno Red velour.  Deep Blue carpets.  Green dashboards.  I miss them all, son!

The Big Three rolled deep in funky colors well into the 1980s, but things changed in the 1990s.  The Chrysler LH cars, for better or worse, ushered a new era of Euro-centric interior colors for American machines: boring grey, black and tan interiors were the norm for these machines.  In fact, I only remember some goofy speckled seat fabric as the only splashes of color in 1990s Chrysler products.

GM was a different story: I remember a fair number of orangy-browns in Caddies, dark reds/blues in “bubble” Caprices and Fleetwoods…even the Corvette and certain Chevy trucks were seriously red inside…until their late 90s redesigns.

Ford was even better…or worse. 1990s Lincolns came in some seriously bizarre colors: powder blue, cream (i.e. 100% white), dark blue and even dark green (very rare, for a reason) were on the option list. The 1996 Taurus written about here was probably the last Detroit redesign to sport an odd color palette, including that bizarre dark green color.

Which leads to my answer: the 1997 Taurus’ Willow Green interior was the last insane interior option for a Detroit carmaker.** Crown Vics and Lincoln Town Cars also lost them in 1998, but they were lame ducks this year.  The Taurus was still a hot number, hence why I’m singling it out.

Best and Brightest, off to you.

**But wait, the 2002 Ford Thunderbird came in some seriously insane colors, and you can still get some interesting accent colors on Corvettes, but I chose the Taurus to focus on the color palettes of mainstream machines.  

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Welcome To The Electrolux Segment Mon, 21 Feb 2011 12:58:38 +0000

How many people do you think called their neighborhood Rolls Royce dealer and asked: “Do you have a plug-in Phantom?” Never mind. BMW-owned Rolls Royce shows one anyway at the Geneva Autoshow. Don’t worry, they don’t really mean it, it’s a prototype only.

According to Automobilwoche [sub], the nearly 20 foot long Phantom require a hard look to reveal its electric inner life. From the outside, there is only a Lucite Emily that glows in electric blue. Instead of a gas filler, there is an illuminated socket for the charger plug. That’s it.

Rolls Royce CEO Torsten Müller-Ötvös (now that’s a nice British name) didn’t want to tell Automobilwoche what’s under the hood (possibly nothing at all yet). He assured the German industry rag that the plug-in phantom will have “sufficient range” and will be “comfortable to drive.” That’s reassuring.

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Hyundai Turns Blue Fri, 12 Mar 2010 13:34:06 +0000

Volkswagen’s range of BlueMotion cars are their flagship “Look at us! We’re bluegreen!” vehicles. They employ techniques like a remapped engine, longer gear ratios and better aerodynamics to wring the last bit of mpg out of an ICU. The Blue Oval of Ford has the EcoBoost systems which are engines with a turbocharger or direct injection. That’s said to give power and torque on par with larger engine sizes, resulting in better fuel consumption and lower emissions. Daimler has its Bluetec, a slightly disgusting technology that requires overpriced urea to be added to your Benz – urea, as the name indicates, originally was a by-product of urine. (Now why didn’t the hyperkilometering AutoBild think of THAT?) Anyway, Hyundai wants in on the act.

Car Pages reports that Hyundai has four new vehicles in, what they call, the “Blue Drive” range. The vehicles adopting this will be the Hyundai i10 blue, the i20 blue, the i30 blue and the ix35 (you guessed it) blue. In addition to Volkswagen’s better aerodynamics, gear optimization, and rolling resistance tires schtick, Hyundai will also employ technologies like Stop and Go systems and a more efficient alternator to maximize the amount of energy generated during braking. They even resurrected the old spec racer’s trick of disconnecting the alternator when not needed. Gains you 2 to 5 hp right there. The engine will use a low friction oil to reduce wear and tear. What’s also unusual is that Hyundai won’t just be using diesel engines for their blue range: a small 1.0l petrol engine will also be available, increasing the chance that these blue cars will go to the land of red, white and …

The end result of all of this work by Hyundai engineers is to meet the EU mandate of lower CO2 emissions. The i10 (about the size of a Toyota Aygo or Ford KA) will emit 99gm/km, which will make it exempt from car tax in the UK. Curiously, the i20 blue (the size of a Ford Fiesta or Honda Jazz) will emit less than the i10 blue at 98gm/km. The i30 blue (the size of a Toyota Corolla or Ford Focus) will emit 98gm/km for the hatchback and 99gm/km for the estate version. The most impressive of them all will be the ix35 (which is a C-segment SUV model) which will produce 135gm/km, better than some C-segment hatchbacks.

Hyundai’s blue cars are slated for production at the end of 2010/beginning of 2011. Now, for the most pressing question: What’s with the worldwide infatuation with blue? GreenMotion, GreenTec and Green Drive probably would have been too obvious, I guess.

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