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Thought of the Day: Automotive Fashion and the i3 (Michael, May 5, 2014)

Michael Thwaite does a guest Thought of the Day for Bank Holiday Monday on automotive trends and the BMW i3’s capacity to challenge them.

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  • Surya

    Good points. I think that if the i3 proves a hit, extreme efficiency measures might get more attention from manufacturers. I’m all for it!

    • Michael Thwaite

      What I really want to see is the buyer seeking out high-efficiency designs because they’re cooler than an SUV.

  • Nice topic Michael, you make a valid point on auto design and fashion. Most notable have been large radius wheels on concept cars for the past couple decades hinting to ‘future designs’. People have noticed and seem to prefer the big wheels on the i3, Model S and even 2013/14 Leaf SL. nnEVs actually have an advantage over ICE-Vs when using a narrow tread u2026 added weight and low center of gravity ensure firm downforce to maintain a high coefficient of friction to help all four tires keep grip on the road. Another EV advantage is ability to place a motor in front and rear to increase traction without major loss of interior volume. eg: Model XnnThe hatchbacks and urban utility vehicles are popular designs as tend to maximum interior space for size. This reduces materials and costs u2026 both creating environmental and financial positives. The trend started with hybrids appears to be staying in style.nnSome design trends in style may not be for long. eg: Will floating roof lines and bubble headlights last beyond the next mid-cycle design update?

    • A nice image from BMW showing a mix of i3 and the concept:n

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