: What will be the next "fad" in car design?



orconn
07-26-12, 02:47 PM
We have had the hardtop convertible, the fin, wire wheel covers and more recently high beltlines, narrow windows, gamboy accessory screens and other "luxury" accoutrements of dubious worth! What will be the next fad to sweep the car design world?:hmm:

Submariner409
07-26-12, 03:31 PM
Wheelwell neon lights, fender skirts, and ghetto blaster "sound systems". Spinner hubcaps. Maybe hood/front fender flame jobs. 21 hp kerosene fueled engines with rubber band backup for the greenies. 13" wheels. Rumble seats. Black (not chrome) fart-can mufflers.

dkozloski
07-26-12, 03:43 PM
Maybe they'll recycle the old seat cover deal and high speed mudflaps with the big red jewel.

Jesda
07-26-12, 04:51 PM
Gigantic touch screens and shortened rear decks like Audi A7

The-Dullahan
07-26-12, 05:34 PM
The good fads never die. Who needs new ones?

http://cdn.speedhunters.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/04/rat1_1Y6b_1.jpg

orconn
07-26-12, 05:36 PM
I thought the shortened rear decks were already about half through the fad cycle. We definitely need "big screen" touch screens .... especially if they are capable of playing 3-D pictures for all the passengers to view! Maybe even lace woven antimacassars on the dash and rear window ledge and seat backs "a la" our new found markets in the Far East!

Submariner409
07-26-12, 05:36 PM
Maybe they'll recycle the old seat cover deal and high speed mudflaps with the big red jewel.

Nah !!! ........ Purple cat's eyes in the center of the brake light lens..............

orconn
07-26-12, 05:51 PM
^^^ Now you are talkin'! And Opera Lights and padded vinyl tops have been gone too long too!

bigm57ict
07-26-12, 06:15 PM
I'm still waiting for the "Longer, Lower, Wider" trend to come back...

RippyPartsDept
07-26-12, 06:20 PM
everything old is new again

talismandave
07-26-12, 07:02 PM
I'm still waiting for the "Longer, Lower, Wider" trend to come back...
...the '49 Hudson is the car for you..ou...ooo!

Actually, with the changes made to C.A.F.E. standards and the leaps made in engine management and transmission technology I personally think that is possible.

orconn
07-26-12, 07:09 PM
The 1949 Hudsons and the subsequent years' Hornets, Wasps and Comodores were indeed some fine automobiles .... under appreciated in their day and not fully appreciated today.


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A high quality mid-priced car that proved the superioirty of its' chassis design on the race tracks of America. Unfortunately for my friend's dad who was a Hudson dealer, not enough folks bought them!

Submariner409
07-26-12, 07:25 PM
Port-O-Walls

talismandave
07-26-12, 08:26 PM
The 1949 Hudsons and the subsequent years' Hornets, Wasps and Comodores were indeed some fine automobiles .... under appreciated in their day and not fully appreciated today.


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It wasn't until thirty years later that the auto industry embraced the "overturned bathtub styling.

Port-O-Walls. :lol: ....give the young guys a few minutes to look that up!:google:

cadillac kevin
07-26-12, 08:29 PM
The 1949 Hudsons and the subsequent years' Hornets, Wasps and Comodores were indeed some fine automobiles .... under appreciated in their day and not fully appreciated today.

<img src="http://www.cadillacforums.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=95297"/> <img src="http://www.cadillacforums.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=95298"/>

A high quality mid-priced car that proved the superioirty of its' chassis design on the race tracks of America. Unfortunately for my friend's dad who was a Hudson dealer, not enough folks bought them!

IIRC, hudson stomped everybody else in nascar running V8s in 49 and 50 with straight 6s.

The-Dullahan
07-26-12, 10:04 PM
Port-O-Walls are not gone. I have sadly seen them recently.

I suggest we bring back curb feelers. I've a friend with them and no one ever knows what they are. People have asked why her car's antenna is down at the bottom though. Kids these days.

http://i241.photobucket.com/albums/ff29/The-Dullahan/IMG_4963.jpg?t=1325318117

Jesda
07-26-12, 10:06 PM
The Tesla Model S sedan has a 17" touch screen.

http://newspaper.li/static/93a514c459ca13bab971a12a2e6c97c9.jpg

It's rather silly.

Kad4Life
07-26-12, 10:18 PM
Yep !
More stupid electronic useless crap to distract the driver from the task at hand ...
Driving the friggin' car safely .

Ahh, screw it ...
Just leave it all to the freakin' onboard computer and text away to your heart's content .

Right ??


Kad
"The thrill is gone away baby ..."
BB King

Ranger
07-26-12, 10:38 PM
I suggest we bring back curb feelers. I've a friend with them and no one ever knows what they are. People have asked why her car's antenna is down at the bottom though. Kids these days.

:histeric:

orconn
07-27-12, 12:13 AM
Yeah, if we got curb feelers back, we could get wide white walls going again!

The-Dullahan
07-27-12, 06:51 AM
Snowballs and smoothies.

brandondeleo
07-27-12, 07:06 AM
The Tesla Model S sedan has a 17" touch screen.

http://newspaper.li/static/93a514c459ca13bab971a12a2e6c97c9.jpg

It's rather silly.
That's bad ass. :lol:

RippyPartsDept
07-27-12, 11:00 AM
i think the way Cadillac has done the XTS center stack is more luxurious and stylish - it's still a touch interface but not just a screen

granted the full screen allows for many more configurations but the XTS still has the screen up top

Ludacrisvp
07-27-12, 11:20 AM
http://cdn.speedhunters.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/04/rat1_1Y6b_1.jpg
This = :vomit: in my opinion.
Ratrods = I'm too cheap / lazy / unintelligent enough to finish the car properly so I will smash together a bunch of shit that is rusty and doesn't fit well together nor have any decent flow or body lines.

I~LUV~Caddys8792
07-27-12, 11:37 AM
Based on what I'm seeing on the brand new cars I'm selling:

-High beltlines & smaller amounts of glass than ever before
-Lots of curves in the body lines, lots of flares and swooping fenders
-Touchless entry & ignition
-Power folding mirrors
-Gasoline Direct Injection
-Firm, flat seats

And many more..

cadillac kevin
07-27-12, 12:05 PM
Based on what I'm seeing on the brand new cars I'm selling:

-High beltlines & smaller amounts of glass than ever before
-Lots of curves in the body lines, lots of flares and swooping fenders
-Touchless entry & ignition
-Power folding mirrors
-Gasoline Direct Injection
-Firm, flat seats

And many more..

I never got the hard seat thing. My grandmas 04 equinox was the first vehicle I rode in with hard seats. I despise them (and I have to drive her around in it since it hurts her to get in/ out of my van (too tall) or lesabre (too low)). I've been trying to convince her to let me install blazer seats in it (before the equinox she had a 98 blazer and loved it but traded it in because she wanted something newer)
Also, whats with hard plastics in crossovers? Is that what people expect in them now to make them seem "trucky"? I've driven in many trucks (70s-90s) and they all had comfortable seats and most had soft plastic on the tops of the doors.

orconn
07-27-12, 12:25 PM
Based on what I'm seeing on the brand new cars I'm selling:

-High beltlines & smaller amounts of glass than ever before
-Lots of curves in the body lines, lots of flares and swooping fenders
-Touchless entry & ignition
-Power folding mirrors
-Gasoline Direct Injection
-Firm, flat seats

And many more..

Thanks for the info Thad, only confirms what I am seeing in the auto rags and on the street ... none of which gives me any incentive to visit anew car dealer any time soon! the Good news for you, Thad, is that the Kia Optima well equipped comes with all that extraneous stuff ... and at a price working Americans can afford! Should be a good year for you!

brandondeleo
07-27-12, 01:10 PM
This = :vomit: in my opinion.
Ratrods = I'm too cheap / lazy / unintelligent enough to finish the car properly so I will smash together a bunch of shit that is rusty and doesn't fit well together nor have any decent flow or body lines.
:yup:

Submariner409
07-27-12, 03:35 PM
Ideas from another time and galaxy.................







Find some of Ed (Big Daddy) Roth's custom car work..............

RippyPartsDept
07-27-12, 03:50 PM
reminds me of this t-shirt i got recently

http://www.teefury.com/products_images/1321307293_TOP__11911h36m47.jpg

here's the design close up

http://www.teefury.com/products_large_images/1321307294_BOTTOM__11911h33m25.jpg

talismandave
07-27-12, 05:56 PM
Ideas from another time and galaxy.................







Find some of Ed (Big Daddy) Roth's custom car work..............

Somewhere around here I have about 25 or 30 of those stickers that came in packs like baseball card of those. Sort of forgot about them. Probably worth some money now.:histeric:

Aron9000
07-28-12, 11:39 PM
Sawblades, or salad shooters, or whatever you want to call this style of wheel. Real big in the 80's/early 90's, but of course now they'll all be 20-24" diameter with rubber band tires.

http://newautocarz.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/Lamborghini-Aventador-J-wheel.jpg

BTW, here's the concept they put that wheel on:

http://graphics8.nytimes.com/images/2012/03/07/automobiles/wheels-lambo/wheels-lambo-blog480.jpg

As for stuff I'd like to see in the future, I'd really like to see Toyota put out a smaller and much cheaper version of the Tacoma with real off road credibility. I'd also like them to do a sort of retro Land Cruiser vehicle, have it be two solid axles, four door, MAYBE a convertible, four door Jeep Wrangler sized, no nonsense sort of off road vehicle. IMO Jeep just owns that hardcore off-road market, I think its time Toyota starts challenging them again like they did in the 60's/70's/80's. Plus this vehicle could be marketed in 3rd world countries, Toyota is HUGE in India, southeast Asia, Australia, Africa, Middle East, South America, places where the roads are so bad a good 4x4 is the only way to get around.

Jesda
07-29-12, 01:14 AM
Blade wheels are fitting on a Lamborghini.

I want to see more of this kind of turbine wheel:
http://saabworld.net/attachments/f100/2007d1287784595-2011-saab-9-5-pricing-specifications-usa-13_2011_saab_9-5.jpg

CadillacLuke24
07-29-12, 03:16 PM
Naturally Jesda would post a pic of a SAAB

bigm57ict
07-30-12, 03:16 PM
Changes to the driver interface.

I see a full hi-res color LCD display for speedometer, etc
Want to see a traditional round gauges? change the display settings.
Prefer a retro, segmented LED look? How about numbers in Arial or TNR?
There are so many possiblities here. Change the background color, have the background change to red when there is a problem, download different backgrounds and color schemes. Change the display to mimic the gauges of your favorite '50's cruiser. Flashy "Welcome" graphics when you first start the car...

talismandave
07-30-12, 03:21 PM
That might even override my dislike of digital dashes!:cool:
...but not my distrust.:nono:

RippyPartsDept
07-30-12, 04:45 PM
I want to see more of this kind of turbine wheel

like this?

http://img525.imageshack.us/img525/5613/turbinextswheel.jpg

CadillacLuke24
07-30-12, 05:19 PM
like this?

http://img525.imageshack.us/img525/5613/turbinextswheel.jpg

You has the ATS at your dealership?? Or was that a promo car?

RippyPartsDept
07-30-12, 05:40 PM
XTS ... newest one on the block ... just rolled off the carrier this morning

CadillacLuke24
07-30-12, 09:01 PM
SWEET!

:postpics:

Jesda
07-31-12, 02:14 AM
like this?

[IG]http://img525.imageshack.us/img525/5613/turbinextswheel.jpg[/IMG]

That's darn close.

DouglasJRizzo
08-05-12, 10:33 AM
Fad that I've noticed lately on some rides are the electro-winky paddle shifters for drivers who just "can't" master a proper stick shift. They're the "digi-dash" of the 21st Century.

orconn
08-05-12, 03:20 PM
Fad that I've noticed lately on some rides are the electro-winky paddle shifters for drivers who just "can't" master a proper stick shift. They're the "digi-dash" of the 21st Century.

Hell, it seems that putting a key in a door lock, or even pressing a button on a key fob to unlocked a door, not to mention turning a key to start a car, seems too taxing. Why would we want to stress them out with learning how to shift a stick shift when they want to impress their friends with the quickness of their car, when touching a "paddle" on the steering wheel will shift for them!

orconn
05-22-14, 09:46 PM
Anyone got any new ideas?

CTSV_Rob
05-23-14, 06:41 PM
Not new, but I always liked this look.

http://www.therealmach5.com/images/2009MacysParade2.jpg

And the Saw blades, not new... :)
http://www.therealmach5.com/images/mach5/RealMach5Car_9Lg.jpg

orconn
05-27-14, 02:04 PM
I am thinking that the next fad ib car design will windows so high and narrow that you will need and have a front facing camera to see where you are going. Also the headroom in the back seat will be so low that passengers back there will have to lie prone, or lie on there backs and watch the ceiling mounted entertainment screens.

Cars may also be made to accordion so that the limited urban parking can de doubled ay no expense to the tax payer or real estate developer. Pre accordion cars will only be allowed on the roads on weekends and on special exhibition days.