Hot Thursday

Almost too nice a day to work…almost

Read with interest commments from Bob Lutz about the 3 microcars from Chevy; “Lutz told Autocar that a car similar to these concepts could appear on the US market in the future, but they would have to be “one size bigger to meet the very severe American crash-test requirements”. He also claimed that petrol would have to climb to “$4 a gallon” before significant numbers of American car buyers would downsize into a supermini.” …..I’m not convinced that the only reason people would buy a small cool car is low fuel consumption. If you can give the customer the impression that there’s no quality or functional comromise when they buy a small car (Mini, VW Beetle) then they buy the car because they want it as a product, not because it’ll save them a gallon of fuel a week. Or am I missing something.

I know these are the same views as before, but wanted to firm up a couple of frontal ideas in my head;

front22.jpg

front2.jpg

The top one from the bumper-line upwards is my preference, below the bumper it’s too fussy. Have to check with the crew and see what they’re thinking.

Ambient lighting – rough montage of how we can play about with exterior panels to create some interior lighting effects that are natural in the rear section of the car.

rear-function.jpg

Need to sort out our next meeting pronto. Interior needs taking beyond rough-sketch stage and we plan on firming up exterior for modelling.

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3 comments

  1. Antônio Silva · April 5, 2007

    Hi!
    Im from Brazil… Found this site at carbodydesign.com. Very nice the idea of this blog . Im learning many things here with your posts. Im 16 and become a car designer is my objective so i try to get all information i can… Continue with the good work, and good luck!

  2. Jonathan Kasumba · April 6, 2007

    Hey folks

    Excellent work guys. Representing Africa i can say you guyz have done a hell of a job; Am learning a great deal in injesting your evolving design process . Fabulous work guys and all the best.

  3. The Face · April 10, 2007

    Thanks for the comments. Like your site Jonathan; some great stuff going on there. Best of luck!

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