9 automotive design trends that need to die and soon

first_img 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better More about 2019 Audi A6 Premium 45 TFSI quattro 22 Car Industry Audi More From Roadshow 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger valuecenter_img Cars of the 1950s had their chrome. Vehicles from the ’80s were boxy. In the ’90s, everything got a little melty, like a candy bar left out in the sun. Whatever the decade, specific design trends proliferate across the entire auto industry.But they aren’t all good. Sure, today’s cars are really pushing the styling envelope, but that’s also leading to a number of questionable choices. Here are the modern automotive design trends that need to die, and soon.Light-up badgesI spend every day being assaulted by #brands. The last thing I need is a street full of cars, shouting their names at me in the night. Expressive design should work by itself. We don’t need to get hit over the head repeatedly by the badge. Plus, it invites higher repair costs when its driver inevitably gets distracted on Tinder and smashes into the pickup truck ahead of ’em.– Andrew KrokEnlarge ImageAh, the Mercedes illuminated star. It created a monster. Mercedes-Benz Massive grilles that are mostly closed offIt’s subjectively bad enough that automotive designers are locked in a weird arms race for the biggest grille, but then you get close and realize that, often, more than half of that grille is blocked off because there’s really no practical reason for a grocery-getter to have such a massive maw.– Antuan Goodwin2019 Toyota AvalonEnlarge ImageA vast majority of the Toyota Avalon’s huge grille is nonfunctional. Antuan Goodwin/Roadshow Fake ventsWhile performance affectations are almost kind of understandable on humble everyday cars, they’re particularly infuriating on high-performance automobiles. This trend amounts to bra or trouser stuffing, and it’s wholly unnecessary when a car still has “the goods.”– Chris PaukertLong-Term 2018 Kia Stinger GTEnlarge ImageThe Kia Stinger is a formidable performance car — but we hate its fake vents. Steven Ewing/Roadshow Jewel headlightsWhy are designers inspired by arachnids? When I look at a car I don’t want to be looking at a spider. Multiple light cubes in the housing are just design for design’s sake.– Emme HallAcura MDX PMC EditionEnlarge ImageMy, Acura MDX, what overly fancy headlights you have. Steven Pham/Roadshow Fake exhaust tipsThere are some slick-looking exhaust tips on cars these days, but the problem is that a lot of them aren’t real. In many cases it’s just a fancy outlet molded into the rear bumper with a regular round pipe behind it like on the Mercedes-AMG CLA45. And sometimes there’s not even a cutout at all, such as on the 2019 Audi A6. It’s just disappointing to see and it looks cheap.– Jon Wong2019-audi-a6-69Enlarge ImageThe outlets on this Audi A6? All fake. Jon Wong/Roadshow Asymmetrical wheelsIt’s great to have wild wheel designs, but when the wheels end up facing opposite directions on opposite sides of a car, it irks me no end.– Jake Holmes2018 Volkswagen Golf REnlarge ImageWe love the Volkswagen Golf R, but hate its asymmetrical wheels. Volkswagen Floating roofsThis is a stupid bit of design language because it interrupts the eye moving over a car. It’s unforgivable on any car, whether it’s a Nissan Murano or the otherwise gorgeous Aston Martin DB11.– Kyle Hyatt2019 Nissan MuranoEnlarge ImageNissan is doing the floating roof thing more than any other automaker. Emme Hall/Roadshow Coupe-oversAs far as I’m concerned, the word “coupe” is exclusively reserved for vehicles with two-doors — though I’ll make exceptions for the small suicide doors on the Mazda RX-8 and late ’90s and early 2000s Saturn SC. “Four-door coupe?” No. It’s called a sedan. But “coupe crossover?” Like, no. That’s not a thing.But beyond the inherent ugliness and pointlessness of these vehicles, I hate that automakers actually charge more for them than their equivalent, traditionally shaped brethren. You pay more to get less. And your car looks stupid.– Steven Ewing2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC CoupeEnlarge ImageIf it has four doors, it’s not a coupe. Mercedes-Benz Excessively low-profile tiresListen, I too love the look of a tire that’s barely thicker than a rubber band and has been stretched over the edge of a wheel large enough to qualify as an automotive caricature. I agree that it adds a lot of visual presence. But, spend a few minutes crossing a bumpy road on a wheel-and-tire package like that, and then do it again with something offering a higher rubber-to-metal ratio, and you’ll see that not every SUV on the road needs to be rolling on 22s wrapped with low-profile tires. Leave that to the supercars and go with something a little more practical on your next ride.– Tim StevensVolvo V90 R-DesignEnlarge ImageVolvo V90 R-Design: Great look, harsh ride. Volvo Originally published May 26, 2018. Preview • Tags Aston Martin Audi Kia Mazda Mercedes-Benz Nissan Toyota Volkswagen Volvo Acura Comments Share your voicelast_img read more

Court denies bail to 5 accused in Rupa murder case

first_imgZakia Sultana Rupa. Prothom Alo File PhotoA Tangail court on Wednesday rejected the bail pleas of five accused in a case filed over the killing of college girl Zakia Sultana Rupa after gang rape in a running bus in Madhupur upazila of the district.|Senior judicial magistrate Golam Kibria passed the order when Advocate Fayezur Rahman filed the bail petitions.The five accused are bus driver Habibur, its supervisor Safar Ali, and helpers Shamim, Akram and Jahangir.Rupa, 27, a law student, was murdered after gang rape in the running bus while she was returning to Mymensingh from Bogra on 25 August.Police recovered the bloodstained body from Panchmail area of the upazila on that night.Following post-mortem, she was buried at central graveyard of the town as unclaimed body. Later, victim’s relatives identified her seeing her photograph.On 28 August, police arrested the five accused from Mymensingh over the murder of Rupa.On 31 August, police exhumed the victim’s body and handed it over to her family for burial in a proper manner.Rupa, who completed her Masters from Bogra Azizul Haque College, was studying law at Dhaka Ideal Law College. She used to work at Unilever Bangladesh Limited at its Sherpur branch.last_img read more

Man killed in Narail gunfight with cops

first_imgAn alleged criminal accused in 13 different cases was killed in a ‘gun battle’ involving police in Kararbil area in Narail municipality early Wednesday, reports UNB.The deceased was identified as Romman Hossain Romeo, 28, son of late Mizanur Rahman, resident of Madhurgati village in Sadar upazila.Being tipped off that a group of criminals were staying at the place, police conducted a drive to arrest them around 3:00am, said officer-in-charge of Narail Sadar police station.Sensing the presence of the law enforcers, according to the police, the culprits opened fire on the policemen, prompting them to retaliate.Romeo was found wounded at the scene after the gunfight. He was rushed to Narail Sadar Hospital, where doctors declared him dead, informed the OC, as well as that three policemen also got injured during the gunfight.A shotgun, two rounds of bullets and a magazine were recovered from the scene, the lw enforcement added.The law enforcement’s version of the event was, however, not verified independently as no version of the incident was available immediately either from any witnesses or from any members of the victims’ family.last_img read more