Posts from ‘Design’

Feb
11
Local Color: Unusual Paint Hues at the 2020 Chicago Auto Show

Check out our gallery of eye-catching colors seen at the 2020 Chicago Auto Show

CAS 2020Every year when the Chicago Auto Show rolls into town, we make it a point to roam the entire show floor on the lookout for interesting factory paint colors. And, we’ve made it an annual tradition to work up a quick gallery of the eye-catching hues we find. If you’re tired of fifteen shades of gray, check out the pics below.

Jan
27
Porsche C88 Concept

Porsche C88 Concept

Forgotten Concepts This is an installment in a series of posts looking back on show cars that we feel deserved a little more attention than they got. If you have a suggestion for a Forgotten Concept topic, please shoot us a line or leave a comment below.

Jan
24
Consumer Guide Car Stuff Podcast, Cruise Origin

Consumer Guide Car Stuff Podcast

Whether you drive a car, need a car, or just occasionally bum a ride with friends, you’ve come to the right place. Join the editors of Consumer Guide Automotive as they break down everything that’s going on in the auto world. New-car reviews, shopping tips, driving green, electric cars, classic cars, and plenty of great guests. This is the Consumer Guide Car Stuff Podcast.

Jan
08
Chrysler Java

Chrysler Java Concept

Forgotten Concepts This is an installment in a series of posts looking back on show cars that we feel deserved a little more attention than they got. If you have a suggestion for a Forgotten Concept topic, please shoot us a line or leave a comment below.

Nov
22
Tesla Cybertruck, Cybertruck Design

Does Tesla’s Cybertruck (bottom) echo the designs of the Delorean DMC-12 (top left) and/or the largely forgotten ARK II truck?

We’ve seen this truck someplace before…

Riding the coattails of the media buzz following the 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show press days, electric-car manufacturer Tesla hosted an invitation-only reveal event last night for its forthcoming electric pickup: the Cybertruck.

Oct
08
Cool Color: Nissan Midnight Pine

2020 Nissan Pathfinder in Midnight Pine Metallic

I’m kind of a sucker for car colors that demonstrate some level of translucence. I also really like dark greens. So you can see how Nissan’s new Midnight Pine Metallic would appeal to me.

Sep
29
2020 Lexus ES 350 in Sunlit Green

2020 Lexus ES 350 in Sunlit Green

I don’t usually pay too much attention to the color of vehicles in the Consumer Guide evaluation fleet, though Senior Editor Damon Bell does. However, we both took notice of the paint on a Lexus ES 350 that recently spent some time at the office.

Sep
17
Silver Wraith Vignale, Joseph J. Maschuch

1954 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith by Vignale (L), and some of Collectible Automobile Publisher Frank Peiler’s “what-if” designs.

By Frank Peiler

I recently came across a couple photos of a 1954 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith with a one-off body built by the Italian coachbuilder Vignale. This car was special ordered by a New Jersey man named Joseph J. Maschuch, and it was finished in the spring of 1955.

Sep
11
1962 Buick Riviera Designs

1963 Buick Riviera (L), and some of Collectible Automobile Publisher Frank Peiler’s “what-if” designs.

By Frank Peiler

Buick’s 1963 Riviera is widely considered to be one of the most beautiful cars ever produced by any auto manufacturer. This svelte personal-luxury hardtop coupe artfully blended American and British style, and it changed the Buick brand’s somewhat stodgy image almost overnight. General Motors styling chief William L. Mitchell freely admitted to borrowing some of the ’63 Riviera’s key design elements. Its razor-edge roof styling, for instance, was inspired by certain 1950s English custom bodywork.

Aug
27
Mercedes-Benz 300SL Designs, Mercedes-Benz 300SL Designs

1952 Mercedes-Benz W194 race car (L), and some of Collectible Automobile Publisher Frank Peiler’s “what-if” designs.

By Frank Peiler

It was early 1952 when Mercedes-Benz was in the midst of developing the 300SL sports car.  The skeletal frame, drivetrain and suspension were beautifully engineered masterpieces. However, the original form-follows-function body looked like a half-used bar of soap with a cap stuck on top. Let’s say that in this post-WWII era of rebuilding, there wasn’t much of a design department at Mercedes-Benz that the company could turn to.