A Look at The Just-Unveiled 2021 Acura TLX

Sporty and precise, this vehicle is the Japanese carmaker's Type-S Concept come to life

Born in the late ’80s, when Japanese carmakers were considered infallible, Acura (Honda’s luxury vehicle division) has, like Honda itself, gone through fits and starts from a design perspective. The outgoing TLX tried to signal a balance between luxury and performance visually, but that left it stuck in the middle. In fall this year, however, we’ll see the just-unveiled, American-designed 2021 TLX (based heavily on …

How Toyota’s 2014 FT-1 Concept Became the 2020 GR Supra

We speak with Kevin Hunter, president of Toyota’s North American design studio, about making the car a reality

It’s been six years since Toyota‘s FT-1 concept car debuted in Detroit, and not many fully understand its relationship to the 2020 GR Supra (co-developed with BMW) that’s available now, nor just how novel the car was in the first place. When Kevin Hunter—president of Toyota’s North American design studio, Calty Design Research—was working on the FT-1, there was no plan to return the Supra to production and …

Previewing Volkswagen’s 2022 Golf GTI

The hatchback gets an aggressive makeover

Come 2022, the base Volkswagen Golf will, sadly, no longer be sold in the USA. While this is a design story about the 2022 Golf GTI, it’s important to understand that the Golf—which has been available in the USA since the 1970s—won’t be available in this part of the world because when Americans purchase hatchbacks they prefer aggressive hatchbacks rather than basic ones. The good …