The Invisible Car – AUTO DESIGN WEEK IN REVIEW – 3/5/12

Lots of news this past week, as all kinds of new vehicles made their debut, from a  Monkfish to an invisible car.  On this side of the Atlantic the problems with the alternative fuel auto industry continue as another manufacturer is having cash issues.  And we have a top designer let us know we are in the middle of the golden age of auto design.

Mercedes Unveils Invisible Car

I am nopt going to spoil this one for anyone – check out the video here.

This Week’s Troubled Auto Maker

It seems that the US DOE loans are a continuing problem.  Last year it was Teslalast week’s it was Fisker and now it is Bright Automotive’s turn.  What is most worrisome in the article is that the government will approve no more loans until after the election.  Once again the auto industry gets the short end of the stick!

First Acura NSX production drawings

Thanks to the patent process being a government process and therefore open to the public, we get to see the first production drawings of the upcoming NSX.  Thanks to Motor Trend for publishing.

We are in The Golden Age of Auto Design

At least, we are in according to Derek Jenkins, Mazda’s North American Design Boss.  Not only do I disagree with the front end of the recent Mazda 3 (I am in good company too as even the people on this Mazda blog don’t like it), I am going to have to disagree with Mr. Jenkins on this point too.  Apparently he has never seen the cars of the 30s.

Bulgaria Joins the world of Globalized Auto Manufacturers

Yes, even Bulgaria is part of the globalization trend in the auto industry as the first car rolled off the line of the new Great Wall plant in Sofia.

And here are this week’s cars (and SUVs) from Geneva

And a bit of news from some other past and future auto shows

About Frank Schwartz

Frank Schwartz is the founder of CarFriend.me and Advanced Automotive Consulting Services, partner in The Middlecott Sketchbattle Experiment and serial entrepeneur. A long time automotive enthusiast, Frank started reading car magazines at the age of 8 and has spent 30+ years working inside the automotive industry. In his spare time Frank races with the Sports Car Club of America, spends time working on his numerous project cars and supports many local charities.
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