Sunday, March 24, 2013

Why do all new cars look the same?

Short answer: Government regulations and requirements.  Longer answer: Check out these two articles.  The first, from Voices for Reason blog, details car manufactures efforts at meeting the increasing CAFE standard demands expected of them over the next decade or so.  Here's a slice:
The effect of rising CAFE requirements forces automakers to disregard—or subordinate—many of the other considerations that automakers would normally weigh when designing a vehicle, if that is what it takes to double fuel economy.
The second article, from an automotive trade site, id's several variables accounting for design similarity, but note that the first two are government factors.  From this article:
“You can have different tail lights and head lights, but you don’t have the level of flexibility that somebody might really like to have on a pure design standpoint, and you certainly have less of it than you had in the past,” said David Cole, chairman of the Center for Automotive Research in Ann Arbor, Mich.