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This fun piece charts the sea change from boxy cars in the ’80s to rounded cars in the ’90s and beyond.

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  • Designers have made vehicles with softer curves to improve safety for drivers, passengers and pedestrians to reduce impact injuries from collisions.

    However the amount of window space in proportion to vehicle size has markedly decreased with designers seeking to emphasise power with design but unfortunately reducing all round visibility. It could explain the need for parking sensors and cameras.

    Perhaps the trend for smaller windows will stop and autonomous vehicles with larger windows will return with curves as seen in science fiction.

  • What made Taurus successful wasn’t curves, it was handling. It was the first sedan that handled like a sports car.

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