Sunday, September 7, 2008

Week11_2 - car design by the time.....

Car is one of the most popular transportation vehicle which changes daily life extremely quickly. however, car design also has a long history since the car industry was born.

VW Bettle,photo:stray muse from on 7/9/2008

Volkswagen Bethe was the first popular car during Pre-World War II period. This car was designed with rounded shapes to make a visual smooth. This car was manufactured up to 2005 with the last one in Mexico. The design of this car is suitable for Europe : small size can move between small streets, cheap, low fuel consuming (this is very important during Pre-WWII because fuel price at that time was high).

Oldsmobile Super88,photo:stray muse from on 7/9/2008

Avto VAZ 2103,photo:stray muse from on 7/9/2008

During decade from 1960s to 1980s, car design changed to two types in two group of countries: capitalism and socialism. design of car in western countries like West Germany and US was based on fashion and important event at that time : the first time people go to the space and go to the moon, so cars of US was based on image of spaceships although those deigns were not suitable for moving, they were too big to move on streets. In contrast, cars in socialism countries like East Germany, USSR, Czechoslovakia were designed by only two reasons: cheap and durable, so these cars were not attractive consumers.

sports car,photo:stray muse from on 7/9/2008

From 1990s, the cars were designed mostly based on fashion, speed and low consuming fuel. Therefore, cars during this period were designed beased on results of many different research on air effect, safety.

Yellow New Beetle,photo:stray muse from on 7/9/2008

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