Toyota FJ Cruiser - Exterior Design, Jin Won Kim; Interior Design, William Chergosky

Jinwon Kim graduated from Art Center College of Design in summer 2001, and has been designing for Toyota’s Calty Design Research Inc.  Jin is the key designer for the 07′ FJ Cruiser and the 07′ FT-HS Concept car

FJ Cruiser designer Jin Won Kim has said that the new truck "[plays] off of the heritage and spirit of the FJ40," and therein lies the rub: Cupholders would have never been included with the FJ40, where drivers with two functioning thighs made their own. Nor would electric windows and locks appear, even on the option sheet. To the diehard, the parsimonious FJ40 was a pinnacle of minimalist superiority that was simple and durable enough to survive the trails of Mount Fuji and the African bush with equal aplomb.

The purists see the FJ Cruiser's front CV joints as an affront to decency, and its soft-cloth headliner as a sign of moral dereliction. But the door has closed on the era of the old FJ40, and there's no going back. Short of 4x4 shopping in a former Soviet republic, buyers will never again see the days when a carburetor feeds the engine and the bumpers are separated by only twelve feet.

Toyota FT-HS concept
The FT-HS 'Hybrid Sports' concept is a bold design direction, unashamedly advanced and challenging yet based on sound principles that many casual observers may have overlooked. In the flesh, the pearl white paint finish shows more fullness in the surfaces and larger radii than in photos, softening the spikeyness of initial impressions.

“We came up with the idea of 'subtractive mass' to express the bold and lightweight aims of the concept” explains Jin Won Kim, senior creative designer for the exterior. “For instance, the center of the roof is scooped out, as are areas below the headlamps and rear lamps, to reduce the massive feeling of the body. It's a progression of both our Vibrant Clarity and J-Factor philosophies”.

According to Honda, its Sports 4 Concept brings "the thrill of total control to all." In other words, Honda claims that the Sports 4 conveys the sensations and pleasures of driving a sports sedan to each of its four occupants. To accomplish this goal, Honda has equipped the Sports 4 with four individual bucket seats, a glass roof that features four independent shades, and its Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) system, whose power allocation is displayed via a dash monitor that is visible from every seat.

Inside, the Sports 4 utilizes metal, wood, and leather trim stylishly arranged in Honda's next-generation cockpit design, which is ideal for "at-a-glance recognition and intuitive control." Look for a similarly styled cockpit, as well as hints of the Sports 4's sharp, dynamic exterior lines, in the next-generation Accord family.

HONDA Cyvic Euro

Honda has released pics of its new eighth-generation Civic that will be begin selling in Europe in the early part of 2006. The design is described as being a "wedge-shaped forward cabin" that we think probably wouldn't fly here in North America though is most likely suitable for European tastes. There's a lot of hidden utility built into Europe's version of the Civic, with the hatch sporting rear seats that can be tipped up to form a second storage area or dive down to create a flat floor.

Rally Fighter, Designed by Sangho Kim, with the Local Motors Community

Sangho Kim is a 2010 graduate of Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. He has been a member of Local Motors since 2008, and has since won the Miami Road Racer Competition. In addition to earning $20,000 in prize money in a short 4-month period, Sangho earned the greatest prize: to see his vehicle, the Rally Fighter, brought to life. His name will forever live on the side of every Rally Fighter.

Sangho penned the Rally Fighter design in 2008, and posted it to the Local Motors community for review and critique. Community feedback was immediately positive, and many demanded the car be built. Together with the community and Local Motors design team Sangho Kim designed his first production vehicle, the Rally Fighter.

The cost of the Rally Fighter is estimated to be around $50,000 USD, with Local Motors claiming that it has already secured 22 orders for the vehicle. The truth is that we’re happy to see the powerful and efficient BMW engines featured in all sort of prototypes or production cars.

Rally Fighter

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