Tag: design

16 Posts

Why the Trend in Lookalike SUVs?
Aug 28, 2018

Why the Trend in Lookalike SUVs?

Dear Car Talk

Car styling is largely dictated by two factors.

design safety fuel economy

2019 Honda Clarity with asymmetrical wheel wells
Aug 14, 2018

Weird-Looking Japanese Cars

Jim Motavalli

Huge grilles, asymmetrical wheel openings, creases everywhere, random ducts--it's all part of cutting-edge styling from Japan.

auto industry design

are today's engines really more powerful than the big engines of yesteryear
Jun 28, 2016

Newer Engines Are Packing More Ponies

Dear Car Talk

Gary asks a great question: are today's engines producing more power per liter, or have horsepower ratings changed? Ray explains how even the most mundane modern cars produce impressive power.

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What is a rising belt line
Oct 22, 2015

Today: Rising Belt Lines Explained

Dear Car Talk

Dear Car Talk: What is a "rising belt line"? 


Car under cover
Jul 21, 2015

Wear a Tinfoil Hat? These Inconspicuous Cars Keep It on the Downlow

Craig Fitzgerald

So, you're a Doomsday prepper and you scan the skies for black helicopters like Henry Hill in Goodfellas. You need a car that's going to help you blend in with the crowd.


Sep 01, 2000

What should I study to pursue a career in the automotive industry?

Dear Car Talk

I'm very interested in automobiles I get all the magazines read them from cover to cover and of course read your column and listen to your radio show every week I'm only a junior in high school and I want...

mail bag design

Aug 01, 2000

How fast to you have to be going for a spoiler to be of any use?

Dear Car Talk

Are spoilers anything but a way for guys to identify a car as sporty I ask because my friend a guy is convinced that they give a driver more control by forcing the back end of the car down onto...

design science

Jun 01, 1999

Why aren't headlights designed to shut off when you turn off the ignition?

Dear Car Talk

Can you tell me why car makers don't connect the headlight switch to the ignition switch Every morning or after a heavy rain you drive into any parking lot and see a dozen cars parked with the headlights on resulting...

headlights ignition design

Apr 01, 1999

Why the switch from timing chains to timing belts?

Dear Car Talk

I'm old enough to remember when cars had steel timing chains instead of rubber timing belts Finding a broken timing chain was as rare as finding a chicken with teeth My question is Why did manufacturers switch over to timing...

timing belts timing chains design

Nov 01, 1998

Why don't car manufacturers all put the gas filler on the same side of their cars?

Dear Car Talk

Why do some manufacturers build their cars with the gas-tank filler tube on the driver's side and some put it on the passenger side My theory was that my Subaru had the gas- tank filler on the right side because...

gas tanks gasoline design