For Sale in Switzerland – Japanese Rarities

Japanese cars from the eighties and even before have more or less disappeared from our streets. 

A 1979 Datsun Sunny for sale
A 1979 Datsun Sunny for sale

Nobody seems to care for giving them collectors’ item status, except for some exotic sports cars maybe. All the bigger was my excitement when I discovered two Japanese everyday cars on dealers’ lots recently. The first example is a 1979 Datsun Sunny estate in a very nice pale metallic green, typical for this time.  Continue reading “For Sale in Switzerland – Japanese Rarities”

Theme : Colour – Signature Colours

Most cars are some kind of grey today, a fact we have mourned often here at DTW… 

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Signature colours – white to black

But every now and then, a manufacturer decides to market a model in what I call a ‘signature colour’ – one that is closely linked to a car model. Now this definition is somewhat fuzzy, and subjective, too. But as a hint, think of a colour the car was presented in on press photos, a colour that was only available for a single model, or a model / trim variant that was only available in a single colour. Rather than an in-depth essay, I’d like to present a small colourful gallery with some comments. Continue reading “Theme : Colour – Signature Colours”

Out of the Comfort Zone – 2012 Citroën DS5 Hybrid4 Road Test

Seeking a scintilla of substance beneath the style, Driven to Write’s Swiss correspondent is not impressed.

The shape is OK – but too many details distract from it
The shape is OK – but too many details distract from it

As every year in springtime, my C6 recently got serviced and had its tyres changed for summer conditions. My dealer, while not exactly around the corner, is capable and friendly, and has grown up in a family of Citroën lovers, so shares my preferences in cars. As a bonus, I often get interesting courtesy cars while my car is being looked after. This time, I was surprised with a DS5. It has long been on my list of cars I wanted to drive, so I happily accepted and looked forward to a new experience. Continue reading “Out of the Comfort Zone – 2012 Citroën DS5 Hybrid4 Road Test”

The Official 2017 ICPPA Colour Palette

Fresh from the annual ICPPA (International Car Paint Producers’ Association) Conference, DTW already brings you a preview on next year’s vibrant new shades.

Variety and originality in modern paint colours.
Variety and originality in modern paint colours.

We are also pleased to report that on occasion of the conference, Henry Ford was elected posthumous honorary member of the association.

Theme: Romance! – My First Car

Most people may think that a tiny Citroën from the mid-eighties (which means that it’s entirely a PSA product) is nothing to be very romantic about. But as well as it doesn’t take a supermodel for a man to remember with fondness the time spent together, a supercar isn’t needed to create worthwhile memories of roads and places one shared with a vehicle.

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With someone’s first car, it will always be a special relationship anyway. This dark blue AX was my first car in more than one sense. My mother got it in 1988, when I was barely fifteen years old. A new car coming to our home used to be celebrated as a sort of special event. It was thoroughly inspected, and with my first camera I had at the time I took a lot of pictures. A family tradition meant also that my two brothers and me squeezed into the narrow back seats the first evening and the whole family drove to a nearby motorway restaurant to have a dessert. Continue reading “Theme: Romance! – My First Car”

Theme: Shutlines – Nose Jobs

Some manufacturers today use a large plastic moulding as a front mask that includes bumper as well as radiator grille. A solution I appreciate for its simplicity and which can be pleasing to look at – but beware the pitfalls!

2016 Jaguar XF (Jaguar)
2016 Jaguar XF (Jaguar)

Not long ago, we discussed an odd triangle, trapped between shutlines, panel folds and functional elements. The object in question was the 2014 Lexus IS’s rear door. I was reminded of this discussion when I saw a short article in my local newspaper about the new Jaguar XF. There it was again – between headlight, bonnet shutline and radiator bulge. Continue reading “Theme: Shutlines – Nose Jobs”

Theme: Shutlines – The Fake Frameless Window Shutline

Isn’t it interesting how a design feature sometimes pops up in unexpected places, or in cars that are totally unrelated? I lately crossed the way of a 2006 Lexus IS, and especially its rear door shutline (basically, that’s what I looked at on all cars this month). It has an interesting treatment with its horizontal top part joining the curve of the rear window.

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2006 Lexus IS (wikipedia.org)

Haven’t I seen that before? Continue reading “Theme: Shutlines – The Fake Frameless Window Shutline”