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Tuesday, 22 November 2011

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Ahhh, Bangle. Methinks that history will be kind to what he achieved at BMW. Current BMW designs are sinking back into the wallpaper - conservative and bland. The flame surface concept didn't always work - it couldn't hold the surface tension in the 7 series and looked like a caricature in the smaller cars - but when it did work it was sublime. I'll have a Bangle-era 5 series in my driveway one day, as soon as they depreciate into my price range.

Oh, and also, the Subayota looks ok but is let down by the nose. It looks sleepy.

yet another thing,
The lateral view, the "drawing of the car" which shows how surfaces blend and is usually one of the signatures of a car, has quite a resemblance with a winged... Maserati.

Yep, the current Maserati Gran Turismo.

Mike, you said....

"The Subaru is the one in which form follows function, not the other way around. The Citroen is yet another exercise in empty style first, style last, style only. Daring to be different? No. Just being different willfully, for the sake of being different."

Hmm, if the "function" is to raise testosterone levels (it has such massively flared arches, wings and sills it looks like it came out of a custom car shop)and go to track days (because it does not really need any of that on the road) then I suppose you could say the Toybaru form follows function. But as a mode of transport it is almost entirely useless. It's a toy.

On the other hand the Citroen is a showcase for new ideas and tech, including the drive train and sheet metal forming techniques. It blends glass and metal seamlessly and hides all the shutlines using very clever blending into the body form. It has also has an amazing size to internal volume ratio but a very low CD for a vehicle of its size. Car designers are going nuts over it.

Yes, some of the other tech is just fun and funky, but there is a lot here of interest and as it is designed to be a concept, then it should be arresting and challenging. In that sense its form follows its function exactly. But there is nothing wilful about it. You just have to look beyond your initial reaction to the styling.

Steve,
Okay then--you take the Citroën Tub to get you where you're going, I'll take the BRZ, with a stick shift and a convertible top. We're both happy.

(But I will say one thing: I'll get there first. [g])

Mike

I've done some dumb things to get a picture but never anything like that.

Mike

"Okay then--you take the Citroën Tub to get you where you're going, I'll take the BRZ, with a stick shift and a convertible top. We're both happy.

(But I will say one thing: I'll get there first. [g])"

Yeah, but I'll get there with eight friends listening to chilled out music and use less gas :)

It's the new '60s man, where is your sense of romance ;)

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