The automobile you see above is a concept vehicle by Toyota called the Camette. From what I’ve read the Camette was created to provide “an excellent opportunity for parents and their children to experience the driving joy, car enthusiasm, customization and a fun family experience.” Ok, that sounds like a really stupid reason to make a car, at least in my opinion.
The way I see a car like the Camette is a renaissance for small vehicles. Some of you may remember how I would rant against large cars, especially in a any urban environments. To often do I see assholes cruising around in giant SUVs here in Los Angeles, as if these three person families need a vehicle like that. Seeing something like the Camette is such a joy, like seeing what the future of small vehicles could be.
I think the body details are what really sells me on this car. I love the configuration of the vehicle, that you have a driver in the front and two seats in the back. I can’t help but I think of how perfect a car like this would be for Kyle and I and our two dogs. We could all cruise around the city in this, and I’m sure there’s room in the trunk as well if we need to put a beach bag in the back or run and get groceries. Sure, this wouldn’t work for families of 8, but there still aren’t a lot of good options for sub-compact cars beyond the Yaris, the Fit, the Fiat and the Mini.
Each year a lot of the major car companies put out small concept cars, but few actually follow through with them. Hopefully sooner, rather than later, a company like Toyota will actually start to make a car like this one a reality.
Considering that we are posting about gold all this week on The Fox Is Black, it seems kind of understandable that we’d come across a couple of bizarre things as we scavenged the web for the precious metal. Yet I’m not sure anything could have quite prepared me for this golden bicycle made by the Scandinavian design company AURUMANIA.
Hand built, plated with 24 carat gold and hand-adorned with more then 600 Swarovski crystals; the ‘AURUMANIA Gold Bike Crystal Edition’ costs €80,000 (roughly US $103,700). Understandably it is said to be the most expensive bike in the world, and with only ten in existence it’s a real collectors items. Originally released in 2008, AURUMANIA are still taking orders from their website, so if you have a few spare grand lying around you know what you can do with it.
Volkswagen has gotten quite chummy with the Star Wars brand in the last year, as you may remember the mini-Darth Vader using the Force in their last commercial. This time around they’ve cast the movie with an adorable assembly of dogs, who together bark and howl the Imperial March. It’s a super clever idea, I’ve already watched this several times in a row and it’s better with each sequential viewing. It’s also fun trying to figure out who all the dogs are supposed to be, can you distinguish who is who?
To offset the mega-truck I posted earlier, I have this small and innovative concept car released from Audi. They’re calling it an ‘Urban Concept’, a two seater that’s kind of like a go-cart on steroids. It’s also fully electric, which is interesting because Audi is setting their sites directly on BMW and their i Series, which is also an electric vehicle series.
What I love about this concept is that it is so small. I really wish that vehicles like this would become the norm in cities, rather than the Hummers and mega-trucks I see all the time here in Los Angeles. Cities are meant to be dense, New York and San Francisco are good examples of this, European cities are even better examples. Having small fleets of these electric vehicles lining the streets would be so much more efficient, and more practical. I’m a big supporter of ideas like these, and thankfully Audi is going to be moving forward with making a small run of the Urban Concept, so I’m hopeful that the idea of smaller vehicles is starting to become a reality.
Today I’m going to be focusing on automobiles, a couple in particular that have caught my eye in the past few weeks. The first is a beast of a vehicle, the 1968 Ford Bronco, which was first released as an off-road vehicle meant to compete with Jeep. This classic vehicle has been given a new life through the able hands of ICON, a design company here in Los Angeles. They met with the Ford in Detroit to learn the heritage of the Bronco, getting archival information, CAD files, and even technical assistance. I can’t say I get any of the technical details, but I love how it turned out. The matte grey color looks bad ass, and the detailing in the grill, door handles and side mirrors are a perfect update.
It’s interesting to me that I like this car so much. If Ford had done this themselves and mass produced the car I’d probably hate it (see Rumble Bee). The fact that a small group of designers took the time to do it right makes all the difference. If Ford were smart they’d hire ICON to start consulting and get their trucks looking like these.
To read about all the gritty details of their project, click here.