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Here’s What the Cayenne Coupe Would Look Like If It Wasn’t Such a Big SUV

One of the problems (and there are many) with reshaping a modern SUV into a “coupe” variant, like with the new 2020 Porsche Cayenne Coupe, is that the minimized roofline only makes the body look that much more awkwardly tall and bloated. But with the magical powers of photoshop, we can fix that. Read more… […]

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Bugatti Says Its New Car Will Have a Body ‘Which is Not Today on the Market’ But What Could That Be?

Bugatti, a maker of rapidly-moving motor carriages targeted at people who could also afford to buy, say, a locomotive if they so chose, revealed, via an interview with their president, Stephan Winkelmann, that an upcoming next Bugatti would have a body style that’s “is not today on the market.” What the hell could he…Read more… […]

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Bugatti Says Its New Car Will Have a Body ‘Which is Not Today on the Market’ But What Could That Be?

Bugatti, a maker of rapidly-moving motor carriages targeted at people who could also afford to buy, say, a locomotive if they so chose, revealed, via an interview with their president, Stephan Winkelmann, that an upcoming next Bugatti would have a body style that’s “is not today on the market.” What the hell could he…Read more… […]

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I’m Baffled By an Old Automotive Engineering Mystery and I Need Some Help

I hope you’re ready to dive into some really timely content, getting to the bottom of an automotive design decision that hasn’t really been seen since, oh, 1930. But it’s one I’ve always been drawn to, and yet one I’m not sure I understand. It’s a design conceit usually called the coal scuttle bonnet, and […]

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Lexus Finally Did It

For years, Lexus’s corporate face has enraged and upset critics everywhere. Spindle-grille, the automaker called it. Predator-face, others sneered. It’s even been accused of hurting some Lexus sales. And on Lexus’s current crop of cars, the criticism is rather valid. It is a damn huge grille. But on today’s newly…Read more… Continue Reading at https://jalopnik.com

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Tata Requested Flush Door Handles From Jaguar Land Rover and It Took Four Years To Accomplish

During the media presentation for the 2020 Range Rover Evoque last week, Range Rover’s Chief Design Officer Gerry McGovern revealed that the car’s fancy door handles were the result of a very specific request from Jaguar Land Rover owner Tata Motors.Read more… Continue Reading at https://jalopnik.com

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There, I Fixed the Tesla Model Y for You

Tesla revealed its hopefully future biggest-selling car to the world last night, the Model Y. It’s notable in that it’s not really so notable— for Tesla, it’s a pretty straightforward design, in that there’s no crazy falcon/hawk/dragon doors or anything radical like that. The basic design, though, has a pretty…Read more… Continue Reading at https://jalopnik.com

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This Rarely-Seen 1960s Volkswagen Concept Was One of the Best Cars at Amelia Island

I just got back from the very fancy Amelia Island Concours, which was crammed full of fancy people and fancy cars. This year, though, there was a decidedly less fancy component: For the first time, a separate class of coachbuilt Volkswagens was featured. While pretty much everything in that class was remarkable (and…Read more… Continue […]

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This Rarely-Seen 1960s Volkswagen Concept Was One of the Best Cars at Amelia Island

I just got back from the very fancy Amelia Island Concours, which was crammed full of fancy people and fancy cars. This year, though, there was a decidedly less fancy component: For the first time, a separate class of coachbuilt Volkswagens was featured. While pretty much everything in that class was remarkable (and…Read more… Continue […]

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Here’s Some Proof That You’re Wrong for All You Fools That Think Colored Tires Aren’t a Great Idea 

I’ve been pushing for colored tires since at least 2016. In these modern times of ham radios and soups that eat like meals and candy bars with cookie crunches, it seems insane we’re still stuck under the brutal, dark tyranny of black-only tires. If there’s anyone who disagrees with me, I submit the above photo […]

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Here’s Where You’re Expected to Put the Front Plate on a 2020 Toyota Supra 

Last month, we were suddenly frozen in fear of the prospect of a front-mounted U.S. license plate on the 2020 Toyota Supra, as the open-orifices of the car’s design didn’t leave a lot of room for mounting a thin, ugly rectangle of government-issues metal. Sadly, it’s almost exactly as bad as we feared.Read more… Continue […]

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Electric Truck Startup Rivian’s Patents Look a Lot Like My Idea for Modular Cars

First, let me be clear that I’m not, in any legal sense, accusing anyone of anything. All I’m saying is that there’s been two recent patent filings from the electric truck-making startup Rivian that happen to be a hell of a lot like ideas from articles I’ve written in the past. They’re ideas that, I […]

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The New Hispano-Suiza Looks Insane but There Could Be Car Drama Around It

For most people, Hispano-Suiza hasn’t really been a relevant brand since we last went shopping for a new car just before the Great Depression. The Spanish company is a legendary marque, though, creating some of the most opulent and elegant cars of the era. Now, though, Hispano-Suiza is rising from the grave with an…Read more… […]

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Here’s Why Most Modern Cars Have That Weird Flat Edge In the Bodywork Around the Wheel

There’s an extremely common design trend that may have slipped by right under your nose, slowly taking over seemingly ever new car on the road, one by one. It’s only maybe a couple inches wide at most, and at all four corners of the car. It’s purpose a mystery, until now.Read more… Continue Reading at […]

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Great Job, Dummy, Your Car Looks Like a Pre-Owned Tampon

I’ll be honest, my finger must have slipped off the pulse of the automotive nation, because I was unaware that making your car look like it’s just driven through a slaughterhouse is A Thing, at least until I started seeing blood-spattered cars showing up various places online. I saw a post about them again earlier…Read […]

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