From the designers that give shape and form to exteriors to the materials that are used to build bodies, here’s where you can find information about giving shape and physicality to automotive form.
“As the ultimate track-capable Camaro, this car restores the mission of the original Z/28, and serves as a testament to the expertise of Chevrolet as the best-selling brand of performance cars.”-- GM North America president Mark Reuss.
Yes, you can still crawl up rocks. Yet the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee has interior refinements and amenities of a luxury car. And there’s an eight-speed transmission. And a diesel. And more. And this is a refresh?
This is more than putting festoons on the flagship. A lot more.
They started with a refresh and then designed and engineered to an extent that it is well beyond what anyone would ordinarily expect. With an eight-speed transmission, there is nothing ordinary about the 2013 Ram 1500.
If there is any question that Chrysler is back at developing vehicles that change the rules of the game, the 2013 Dodge Dart should deflate any doubts.
As the industry is in the midst of what can only be described as a “Materials Revolution,” the concentration is mainly on advanced high-strength steel and aluminum, with some making consideration of carbon fiber composites, although this is still an outlier.
While it is still early going, at this point in 2015 I have to say that of all of the vehicles that I have had the opportunity to drive, the Mercedes GLA250 4MATIC is quite simply the most enjoyable of all.
One might think that a concept motorcycle named the “BULLDOG” would have had as its design theme something along the lines of “Tough and tenacious.” Yet as is often the case with design programs, the development theme was rather, um, non-tough-and-tenacious.