Car Designer Frank Stephenson Reinvents the Child Car Seat

  • Former BMW and McLaren designer Frank Stephenson has turned his hand to making what the company claims is going to be the world’s safest child car seat.
  • The BabyArk seat was created in conjunction with an Israel defense contractor and has a shock-absorbing spiral adapted from tanks.
  • The seat will be expensive—how expensive, the company’s not yet saying—and is expected to go on sale online to U.S. buyers in late 2021.

    Any list of the most influential and accomplished automotive designers would have to include Frank Stephenson. He designed BMW’s first crossover, reinterpreted the old Mini and Fiat 500 in modern form, and penned more supercars than we’d venture to count. But three years ago, Stephenson left his job as design director at McLaren to set up his own consultancy. And now he’s teamed up with an Israeli defense contractor—not to redesign the battle-proven Merkava tank, but to rethink the

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    UK car sales in April at lowest level since 1946

    The coronavirus pandemic devastated new car registrations in the UK last month. Only 4,321 new cars were registered in the month of April, according to data from the Society for Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) on Tuesday — the slowest month for sales since the year after the Second World War ended.

    The nationwide lockdown meant dealerships were shuttered all month and sales suffered a 97% drop from April last year, when some 160,000 new cars were sold. Demand was already diminished in March, as the pandemic gripped the UK and people faced massive job insecurity.

    Of the cars sold in April, most went to companies for fleet cars, and many of those would have been ordered before the lockdown started.

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    “With the UK’s showrooms closed for the whole of April, the market’s worst performance in living memory is

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    How to Buy a Car (for Less!) During COVID-19

    Because every crisis presents opportunity, here’s one we’ve kicked around: Is this a good time to snag a deal on a car? The laws of supply and demand (as well as plunging interest rates) say yes, absolutely, and carmakers are currently offering a slew of promotions. But the COVID-19 pandemic imposes its own set of caveats.

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    It’s a little different now. As with so many things, the disruption to car sales caused by COVID-19 differs by state; some states had specifically called for the closure of showrooms. Dealers pushed back, both by lobbying to have car sales declared an “essential business” and by finding workarounds. Then there’s the question of what you are supposed to be doing. Is leaving your house to shop for a new car an essential trip? That’s going to depend.

    Some car vendors are more prepared than others for

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    James Hetfield Shows Off His Car Collection

    Metallica’s lead singer is quite the car nut.

    Rock star James Hetfield is a big time gear head. He has an impressive collection of customized classic cars in a massive, decked-out garagethat will make anyone drool. Thanks to Petersen Automotive Museum we get a view of his cars, garage crammed with automobilia, and even the man doing some tinkering on camera.

    James Hetfield Shows Off His Car Collection

    According to Hetfield, customizing cars and making music have a lot of similarities. Both allow a person to express themselves creatively. That individual expression is then put out where others can appreciate it.

    You’ll also see in this video Hetfield has a lot of awards from car shows, including a dizzying number of honors from Goodguys. That alone should prove the musician isn’t just a casual car owner.

    As is the case for many car nuts, Hetfield said

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