Reserved

The fifth generation Fiesta of 2002 was model of restraint.

2002 Ford Fiesta five door. Image: elutstyr.no

Editor’s note: First published on 13th December 2016, this piece is being re-run today to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the 5th generation Fiesta’s introduction.

It was designed to please the public, men and women alike, with those big headlamp eyes, and that smiling radiator mouth.” Those were the words of designer, Chris Bird. The project started in 1998 and is one of the unalloyed Bird Fords. The project bore the code B256 and featured a new floor pan for three variants: the five-door, the three door and the Fusion. At this point Chris Bird had replaced Claude Lobo[1] as design director and wanted to put his mark on Ford.

Ford themselves seemed to be keen to Continue reading “Reserved”

Quite Likely These Are The Only 709 Words You’ll Read About The Passat’s Groovy Interior Ambience.

The astonishing illuminations we see on instrument panels provoke rumination on showroom appeal and the Press’ dereliction of duty.

This is a great photo. Those flashes of light on the doors are not reflections. Image: http://www.autoevolution.com/news/2015-volkswagen-passat-hd-wallpapers-90805.html
This is a great photo. Those flashes of light on the doors are not reflections. Image: autoevolution.com

A night time taxi ride last week offered me a chance to experience the festival of lighting, graphics and colours that graces the latest version of Volkswagen’s (VW’s) new Passat, their C-D class saloon. The acoustics of the sound system also left a striking impression. It’s not that I am a big fan of Diana Krall. It is that her brand of lush Martini orchestralism allows the Passat’s music system to Continue reading “Quite Likely These Are The Only 709 Words You’ll Read About The Passat’s Groovy Interior Ambience.”