Design Rationalism: 1986 Opel Omega

Here’s the German middle market take on design rationalism. 

1988 Opel Omega: the base model with no rear armrest or headrestraints. Probably the 2.0 litre four cylinder. These are best understood as shapes inspired by industrial product design and not car design.
1988 Opel Omega: the base model with no rear armrest or head-restraints. Probably the 2.0 litre four-cylinder. These are best understood as shapes inspired by industrial product design and not car design.

The main intention with this seems to have been to spell out its aerodynamic credentials. Hence the flush glazing, door handles and partly covered rear wheel arch. Commentators here note that it was not different enough from cheaper Opels such as the Astra. This is partly an effect of the shallow pressing and lack of relief but if you Continue reading “Design Rationalism: 1986 Opel Omega”

History Repeating – XJ40 Part 17

Phase Four: 1986-1994 – The Legend Stumbles. As Jaguar’s woes multiply, Ford senses its moment and strikes.

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Jaguar’s rehabilitation was dubbed the Egan Miracle by a UK press charmed by a compelling narrative and the Lancastrian’s charisma. But by 1989, Sir John’s halo had slipped and the knives were out. Continue reading “History Repeating – XJ40 Part 17”

Renault are Doing Quite Well

“Renault group revenue increased 13.7% in the first quarter,” they announced here. They are very diligent about sending me this kind of news.

2015 Renault Captur: Renault, Denmark.
2015 Renault Captur: Renault, Denmark.

Offsetting the deteriorating market conditions in Russia and Brazil, Renault group registrations increased 0.8% during the first quarter of 2015, reaching 641,588 vehicles in a worldwide automotive market up 1.7%. Furthermore, during the first quarter of 2015, Renault group registered 641,588 units (+0.8%), posting a stable worldwide market share at 3.0%.

In Europe, where the market increased by 8.9%, Group registrations were up 9.9%, driven by Continue reading “Renault are Doing Quite Well”