will replace the X-type, revealed details of the new XJ saloon we'll see in July 2009, and disclosed the future styling direction for new Jaguar cars.Among the highlights of the full interview – posted over the next four pages on CAR Online – are:• Details of 'three or four' new model lines his design department is working on• There will be 'smaller Jaguars' to replace the X-type• What to expect from the new XJ• Why it takes 10 years to change a company's design language• Callum's career plans after a decade at Jaguar• How they design prototype camouflage on Alias in the CAD studio• Why we shouldn't expect more concept cars from Jaguar• The new design world: a shouty, noisy, disjointed place >> Read the full interview by clicking hereThe XF's been out for over a year now. How do you feel about it now the dust's settled?People are quick to make judgments on design. The real test is whether you like it after a year … [Read more...] about CAR interviews Ian Callum: the future of Jaguar design (2009)
Seeing the future in dreams
Approximately 1.5 million people are expected to come to the 'burbs of Detroit on August 18 to enjoy the movable automotive feast that is the Woodward Dream Cruise. Although anything goes and Woodward is dominated by expected fare such as Mustangs, Corvettes, Monte Carlos with crate motors, and fiberglass-bodied '32s, the biggest thumbs-ups are reserved for the most quintessentially American and rear-kicking products, be they nasty rat rods or limited-edition, high-horsepower smoke machines. What might Woodward be like in the year 2057? The hollow sound of electric-car burnouts will baffle our ears, and given that 1950s fashion is hot now, in 2057 we can expect the lasses of the boulevard to be sporting the same muffin-toppin' jeans we're subjected to now, whose nanofabric, however, will thankfully have an active cellulite-masking function. We expect to see the avenue dominated by vehicles that espouse the same collectible, grunt-tastic values embraced now. Of course, by … [Read more...] about Future Woodward Dream Cruisers
Created by Car and Driver for ToyotaThe 1980s Michelin ads picturing car tires as infant playpens, with babies surrounded by belted radials and black rubber, always ended with an invaluable lesson: “Because so much is riding on your tires.” It’s as true today as ever, only there’s an extra weight we didn’t consider back then: The federal government.For the first time, the United States will attempt to ban passenger vehicle tires that aren’t fuel-efficient. The FAST Act, signed into law by President Obama in December 2015, is a five-year transportation bill that, among many things, directs the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to set minimum standards for tire rolling resistance by the end of 2017. It will attempt to mirror tire regulations adopted by the European Union in 2012, which mandated thresholds for rolling resistance, wet traction, and even noise. This ignites a very reasonable suspicion. Will low-grip tires with … [Read more...] about The Future of Tires: Will the Government Limit Grip?
Tom LaSorda, president and CEO of Chrysler present and future, spent his first day back on American soil filling in the blanks and debunking misinformation following the surprise announcement May 14 that the 83-year-old automaker had been sold and will soon be a standalone private company. LaSorda was still bleary-eyed and jet-lagged from the flight back from Stuttgart, Germany, where the news came out that a deal had been reached to sell Chrysler. New York equity firm Cerberus Capital Management will own 80.1 percent of Chrysler while former parent DaimlerChrysler AG will retain 19.9 percent. The new Chrysler will consist of the Chrysler Corporation—the name it had prior to its 1998 merger with Daimler-Benz—which will design, engineer, build, and sell Dodge, Jeep, and Chrysler brand vehicles. Chrysler Financial Services will be a separate entity. Both will report to Chrysler Holding, which is majority owned by Cerberus. The 20-member supervisory board … [Read more...] about Chrysler CEO Sees Rosy Future
Survivor cars are the new gold standard for car collectors. The ultimate dream for collectors is finding and purchasing a documented low mileage 427 Vette. You can do a ground up restoration, but a 1967 427 435-horse Sting Ray is original only once.After that, what you have is a different car by varying degrees because it’s like an organ transplant in humans.You might get a kidney or a full-blown heart, lung and liver transplant, but after enough operations you’re less you and more the that unfortunate “other guy” who was hit by a bus.But what happens when the survivor car is actually a humble, but completely original 1974 Dodge working-man’s van?Thanks to the untimely retirement of its original owner, this 1974 Dodge van has 28,000 documented miles. The man was a plumber who was clearly optimistic about his health issues when he bought this van back in 1974.The van is fully rigged out for the job, but it turns out the man wasn’t. The van was sent … [Read more...] about Car Collector’s Corner: The World’s Nicest Survivor 1974 Dodge Van
Carlos Ghosn, the CEO of Nissan and Renault, has proclaimed that battery-powered vehicles will account for 10 percent of global new-car sales by 2020. Mr. Ghosn, of course, is planning to introduce at least four electric cars in the next three years. Independent analysts, however, such as Tim Urquhart of IHS Global Insight, believe that battery-powered vehicles will remain at less than one percent of the new-car mix in 2020. The fact is that electric vehicles are prohibitively expensive today—the battery alone in an electric car can cost $20,000—and will remain so for some time. Moreover, electric vehicles are unproven in the real world. If carmakers are going to bet their futures on this technology, they will do so very gradually. Even under Ghosn’s optimistic view, internal-combustion (IC) engines will power 90 percent of 2020 vehicles. Koei Saga, Toyota’s boss of advanced technology (including electric cars), goes further: “In my personal view, I … [Read more...] about The Future of the Internal-Combustion Engine
Toyota unleashed Wednesday its version of Marty McFly’s dream truck based on a 2016 Toyota Tacoma for one day only. The truck added a special paint scheme and … wait, one day only? The trucks went on display Oct. 21 in Los Angeles, New York and Dallas before presumably bursting into flames.At least Toyota detailed how it built the 1985-esque truck for the one day we’ll ever get to see the truck.Here’s what it took to make the “4×4” possible:Custom 1985 Toyota Truck Exterior PaintOff-road SuspensionToyota Racing Development (TRD) WheelsBFGoodrich TiresCustom front and rear Tubular BumpersCustom Light BarKC HiLites Gravity LED G46KC HiLites Daylighter Gravity LEDCustom “D-4S” Fuel Injection BadgingCustom Tailgate with Iconic “TOYOTA” LogoCustom Vintage Headlight and Taillight DesignMud Flaps 1985 Toyota TruckAll of which sound legit, except for the D-4S Fuel Injection badging because the Toyota 22R engine in … [Read more...] about Toyota Drops New ‘Back To The Future’ Tacoma, We All Say ‘Check Out That 4×4’
We were standing trackside and talking about the new Acura NSX. My brother had just driven it to the overall win at the first-ever SCCA Targa event. It would have been nice if the NSX he’d been driving had also been a Targa; I believe they were called the NSX-T back in the day. No such luck. The new NSX does not (yet) come in Targa form. What can you do. We all have to face our own share of disappointment. Each worm to his taste, as the proverb says — some worms prefer to eat nettles.My brother was off somewhere doing something so I was talking to a couple of occasional TTAC readers. They admitted that they skip my stuff and focus on the good solid tangible sales data from Tim Cain. I did not love them for this. But I discussed the NSX with them nonetheless, and at one point somebody said something along the lines of, “It’s a great car, but how are you going to fix something that complicated 20 years from now, without factory or dealer support?” And … [Read more...] about No Fixed Abode: Generic Fixes Of The Future
To paraphrase Andy Williams (or Johnny Mathis, depending on your personal preference), it’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year.Next week, TTAC will be bringing you live coverage from the floor of the North American International Auto Show in glorious downtown Detroit, including the exciting reveal of the … umm … come on, Bark, think. I know something exciting will be revealed, right?Just kidding. We’ll see the new BMW M2 coupe, and a bunch of incredibly exciting crossovers. Regardless, it will be hard for this year’s big show to match the excitement of last year’s event: there’s no Ford GT painted in an unobtainium shade of blue and no Shelby GT350R doing smoldering donuts around it. But it’s still NAIAS, and that still means something.Or does it?A case could be made that NAIAS isn’t even the most important car show taking place in January. With the ever-changing technology present inside our cars today (and its … [Read more...] about Bark’s Bites: What’s the Future of the Car Show?
An American man will soon enjoy the task of making people love his controversial company again.That, Goodyear’s been watching I, Robot, Toyota shatters its corporate structure, sentiment grows for better braking, and the feds say the airbag recall has gone far enough … after the break! Volkswagen hires (they hope) Mr. Fix-ItIt’s a promotion, but the job description is a tall order.Volkswagen of America has selected a new U.S. sales chief, Automotive News reports, and his task will be to reverse both a sales decline and negotiate the company’s ongoing diesel emissions scandal.Ronald Stach was plucked from Volkswagen’s South Central Region, where he served as director, and has been with the company for a decade.It’s safe to say Stach will be attending some very long strategy meetings in the near future. Volkswagen sales in the U.S. fell a further 13 percent in February. Goodyear gazes into the futureYour future car tire might be a round ball that … [Read more...] about TTAC News Round-up: Volkswagen Sees a Savior, Goodyear Dreams of Spheres, and Toyota Shakes It Up