10 fine designs
Great design is in the details. Here we note 10 fabulous fine points found on production vehicles that were unveiled or went on sale in 2012.
The large lower trapezoidal grille on Toyota's redesigned sedan is topped with a slender chrome upper intake that connects new square projector headlamps.
Lincoln spreads its wings
The spread-wing design of the MKZ grille announces Lincoln's future design direction and gives a nod to the brand's history. The 1940 Zephyr Continental featured a split grille inspired by the inverted image of a ship's bow parting the waves.
Ford-Aston Martin Fusion
The grille of Ford's redesigned sedan is outlined in chrome, with prominent ribs that look almost Aston-esque.
The wheel deal
Autoweek says the Fisker Karma "looks like a seductive alien attack spider from outer space." The wheelbase seems to go on forever. And those 22-inch wheels!
Spanning a valley between the front fenders and the A-pillar base, the aero bridge on the F12 Berlinetta channels air from troughs pressed in the hood, angling the air downward to merge with the flow along the Ferrari's flanks.
The Dart's cross-hairs grille, three sidelights and the sculptured sheet metal flanks leading to the wraparound 152-LED racetrack taillights come straight from the Dodge Charger.
Sharp rear end
The integrated rear spoiler of the 2013 Porsche Boxster runs straight across the deck and through the taillight lenses.
Gran Coupe coup
BMW's take on the four-door coupe genre has a relatively small greenhouse canted inward around the edges and dropped on top of a wide, powerful base.
Combined with a rear-sloping roofline, the unique crescent D-pillar and big wheels give the JX35 an attractive overall look for a big three-row crossover.
The new Viper is more blinged-out, with 21 LEDS in each headlight and 51 in each taillight. The front track is wider, the grille is more exaggerated, and there are sculptured side exhausts.