I've been having issues with some of Pininfarina's recent designs lately, of note is the beloved Ferrari California. Aside from it being front engine (which I assume is necessary for a convertible), the swage, belt and shoulder lines all gather messily in the rear. I count three different slopes by the rear shoulder line, one too many in this photo. If they could have made the trunk line concave they wouldn't have had the issue of having two convex curves meeting each other where the convertible roof meets the trunk.
Another issue is that the design reminds me too much of the Hyundai Tiburon. Though no exact line is borrowed from the Pininfarina designed Tiburon, the fascia, crease near the bottom of the rocker panel and quarter panel made me think of the Tiburon instinctively when I first saw the California.
Then there's the Rolls-Royce Hyperion. Cool name, terrible looking car. It's incredibly unbalanced, details on the front are too large compared to the details in the back. The back and windshield are too tapered and raked compared to the boxy front. What's with the horizontal opening at the bottom of the faschia? That looks like a detail that should have been located in the back... anyway, I'd like to see if anyone is willing to stand up for this design.
Behind the design of the BMW 7 Series is a BMW press release disguised as a blog post. But it's not all bad! The photos and commentary provide a behind the scenes look at their design process and though the wordiness of the commentary frequently moves into the design mumbo jumbo arena it's worth a quick read. Just know where to skim and where to pay attention.
Saw commercials a few weeks ago and was able to DVR Saving General Motors on CNBC. Definitely check it out if you haven't. It'll be on again on the 31st of August. Aside from offering insight on the company, they go in depth with the team working on the new Camaro and the Chevy Volt. The NY Times recently published an article and slide show on the brighter days of GM. Check out the Futurliner, looks like a locomotive on wheels, I love it. Reminds me of the Audi Rosemeyer concept... well they don't look similar, but both concepts makes me think of locomotives.
Nissan / Infiniti
The Economic Times offers up a spotlight on and short interview with Shiro Nakamura, Senior Vice President and CCO (Chief Creative Officer) Design & Brand Management at Nissan Motor Co. Ltd. He's the guy behind the new GT-R, in case you guys are wondering why you should bother with the article. Turns out he got his start at Isuzu and was the designer behind the Vehicross. Just a note... Murano convertible? Not a good idea...