Headlamps and taillamps always have been integral to a vehicle's design, but new technologies give automotive designers more freedom in the way they style a front or rear end. Here are three examples that stand out.
It's a 'squircle'
The 2006 Ford Fusion, which will be positioned between the Ford Focus and Five Hundred, has projector-beam headlamps that echo those of the Ford 427 concept shown at the 2003 Detroit auto show. Ford calls the shape a "squircle" to describe the combination of a square and a circular design.
Everything on Cadillac's new flagship, the 2006 DTS, is new. Yes, the DTS sports high-intensity xenon headlights like the import brands with which it will compete. But Cadillac also joins a growing list of automakers using LED - short for light-emitting diode - taillamps, which designers say give them a chance to make lighting designs bolder.
Running on all cylinders
Projector-beam headlamps on the 2006 Subaru B9 Tribeca make the sport wagon's front end look high-tech. The headlamps incorporate a series of cylindrical bulb housings that create a precise light pattern.