Design

  • BMW i Vision Dynamics concept, 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show

    To stand out, or not to stand out. That is the question many electric automakers are asking as electric cars transition from being something new and different to being just another drive system for all types of cars. Among the most recognizable electric-car designs are those that stand out from the crowd: The original Nissan Leaf, the Toyota Prius Prime, the BMW i3. CHECK OUT: 2019 BMW i3 to get bigger battery with 153-mile range Now electric cars are going more mainstream, according to an October interview with BMW styling director Adrian van Hooydonk in the British publication Autocar, so...

  • 2017 Toyota Prius Prime Premium
    2019 Toyota Prius will be restyled to look more like Prime: report

    Global sales of compact hatchbacks are hardly surging, and fuel economy for all types of vehicles is steadily improving. Even given those factors, though, the fourth-generation Toyota Prius hybrid has had an especially rough road since its launch as a 2016 model. At just 108,661 deliveries across...

  • 2019 Jaguar I-Pace
    Electric I-Pace may lead Jaguar design, style into the future

    In January 2007, Jaguar dropped a bombshell, in the form of the C-XF concept sedan it unveiled at that year's Detroit auto show. The sleek, fastback shape, simple rectangular grille with recessed mesh, and swept-back cat's-eye headlights yanked Jaguar design out of its fusty retro-traditional...

  • 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV
    Chevy Bolt EV user interface: reviewer calls it best of any electric car

    The 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV is an amazing, long-range electric vehicle that won multiple awards for good reason. Driving the EV for an extended test for the first time, it’s obvious this is the future of driving. (Tesla CEO Elon Musk recently predicted that 50 percent of new cars will be...

  • 2017 Toyota Prius
    Toyota Prius design, popular in Japan, not a hit in U.S.

    The Toyota Prius' design may be a disadvantage in the U.S., analysts say.

  • Utopia sedan concept by designer Brooks Stevens, 1960  [image courtesy Milwaukee Art Museum]
    Fuel-cell concepts from 50 years ago: famed designer Brooks Stevens

    Most car buyers would be hard-pressed to name a single automobile designer working today. But it wasn't always that way: names like Raymond Loewy and Harley Earl were known well outside the design studios where they created the "cars of tomorrow." A half-century-old concept from designer Brooks...

  • Porsche Mission E concept, 2015 Frankfurt Auto Show

    Porsche designers talk about the Mission E electric car concept.

  • Toyota Setsuna concept car, 2016 Milan Design Week
    Toyota Setsuna electric car concept: wood body, 28-mph speed

    Toyota's reluctance to entertain the notion that battery-electric cars have any place in the future of zero-emission vehicles is well documented by now. So it was a surprise when the company announced that it would show an all-electric concept car, the Setsuna, in its first appearance at the Milan...

  • Tesla Model X at 2013 Detroit Auto Show
    Tesla Model X Sun Visor Design: Genius 'Delight' Or Overkill?

    Elon Musk said the Tesla Model X is more complicated than it needs to be. Is he right?

  • 2015 Toyota Prius V
    2016 Toyota Prius Was Delayed Due To Redesign For Sportier Style

    Toyota executives reportedly rejected the first finished 2016 Prius design.

  • Infiniti Q80 Inspiration concept, 2014 Paris Auto Show
    Infiniti Q80 Inspiration Hybrid Concept Unveiled At Paris Motor Show

    Infiniti has made little secret of its desire to launch a new flagship that would finally fill the void left by the departure of its largest sedan, the Q45. Today, at the 2014 Paris Motor Show, we now have our first solid look at the automaker’s progress--in the form of the stunning Q80...

  • Excerpt of rendering by Auto Express of possible design for 2017 Nissan Leaf electric car
    2018 Nissan Leaf Renderings: How Conservative Will Design Be?

    It's long been acknowledged that the current Nissan Leaf electric car is a radical and distinctive design, just as the landmark 2004 Toyota Prius hybrid was. But some portion of potential buyers, who may be amenable to the benefits of driving a battery-electric vehicle, won't consider the Leaf...

  • Top-secret Tata composite car styled by Marcello Gandini?

    Humble cars designed by supercar stylists are nothing new. The original Fiat Panda, one of Europe's best-loved cars through the 1980s, was the work of Giorgetto Giugiaro, best known for cars like the Lotus Esprit. The first-generation Volkswagen Golf was another Giugiaro product. Marcello Gandini is equally famous, having styled the Lamborghini Miura and Countach, and Lancia Stratos. Now he can add another to the list: A top-secret composite city car for Indian automaker Tata. Only...we aren't so sure. While it's great to see manufacturers like Tata exploring something new--the firm is best...

  • Cykno electric bicycle
    Is This The World's Most Beautiful Electric Bicycle?

    A complaint we hear a lot about electric vehicles is that they're simply not beautiful enough. We can't think of a good reason that few seem capable of making electric transport look good, though in fairness the same can be said for many internal combustion vehicles too. Lack of beauty is not a...

  • Mercedes-Benz Ener-G-Force Concept, 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show
    Mercedes-Benz Ener-G-Force Photo Gallery: 2012 LA Auto Show

    At the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show this week, Mercedes-Benz unveiled a striking new SUV concept said to be capable of packing a hydrogen fuel cell stack, lithium-ion battery and four in-wheel electric motors. The concept is the Mercedes-Benz Ener-G-Force, and although it doesn’t herald a new...

  • 2012 Toyota RAV4 EV, Newport Beach, California, July 2012
    How Toyota Made The 2012 RAV4 EV More Aerodynamic

    As most electric car fans will tell you, it’s much easier for automakers to build an all-electric car from scratch than it is to repurpose an existing gasoline model with an electric drivetrain. In the case of Toyota’s RAV4EV however, the Japanese automaker, with help from Californian...

  • 2011 Nissan Leaf SL
    Where Have All The Beautiful Electric Cars Gone?

    There are people around who'll tell you that "all cars look the same". They are of course talking baloney. We aren't living in the 1980s any more, where cars were differentiated largely by the badge on the front, their lines dictated by ruler and set-square. Today's automotive tapestry is a rich...

  • 2011 Hyundai Elantra
    Will Sensual Design Details Lure Buyers Inside Greener Cars?

    One of the enduring stereotypes of economy cars is that they have to be boring to look at, and dismal to live in. But 2011 has brought us great transportation options that are green, fun to drive, and have impressive and eye-catching design details. And it's not just the exterior sheetmetal that...

  • IED Abarth scorpION Concept

    What happens when you give an Italian design studio free reign to create an electric car wearing one of Italy's most celebrated badges? You get the Abarth ScorpION concept, by IED. Unusually the ScorpION wasn't present on Abarth's own stand amongst the hotted-up Fiat 500s and a single seater series race car, instead lurking across the hall on Istituto Europeo di Design's (IED) own stand. This led us straight past the car several times before noticing it, a fairly subdued gray paint scheme not attracting as much attention as the design itself deserves. The concept behind the ScorpION is that...

  • 2011 Chevrolet Volt
    The 2011 Chevy Volt: Made Alongside GM's Gas-Guzzling V8s

    Think of the 2011 Chevrolet Volt and very little seems conventional about it. With a range of 40 miles per charge and a range-extending gasoline engine used to provide extra power when the battery pack is depleted, Chevrolet is keen to push the car’s green credentials. Built at the Hamtramck...

  • 2010 Scion xB 5dr Wagon Auto (Natl) Angular Front Exterior View
    2010 Scion XB: Quick Review

    The 2010 Scion xB is a little more curvy than the previous model.  However, it still has that boxy look that you either love, or hate.  Some buyers will think it's a quirky and fashionable small car, while others will think it looks funny or just plain ugly in appearance.  Whatever your point of...

  • Smart Expressions vinyl-wrap option - plaid pattern
    If No One Notices Your Smart ForTwo, Why Not Wrap It In Plaid?

    You've got to be at least somewhat extroverted to drive a 2010 Smart ForTwo minicar, the smallest car sold in North America. People stare at it, point at you, and often ask you variations of, "What on earth makes you want to drive that?" Now, for the most extroverted of Smart owners, there's a new...

  • Tesla Roadster 2.5
    2011 Tesla Roadster 2.5: New Looks, Wheels, Seats, Less Noise

    Tesla's on a roll, it seems. Two days after its successful public stock offering, the company has released details of the latest updates to its Roadster electric sports car--known as "Roadster 2.5" after software-release numbering. The 2.5 version sports some new styling at front and rear...

  • 2011 Smart electric drive  -  first drive
    Five Things EVs Will Need To Do Before They Become Mainstream.

    Let's face it. EVs are still a very small, very niche market. Expensive, short on supply and not even universally supported throughout the USA there are a whole series of achievements EVs will need to attain before they are considered regular cars. Here's the five most important things EVs will...

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