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Hot Off The Press: Car Designers Thinking Big…and Tall

June 20th, 2013

big guy in small car

 

Stepping in and out of a car is a challenge for most tall people. Although many like to make fun of the idea of a tall guy cramped into a car, the reality is less humorous. Back pain, muscle cramping and blood clots are all physical ailments tall people contend with while driving in a car. However, a recent article promoted new concepts by a designer to reflect what we believe is a growing consensus within the car industry. People are getting bigger so cars need to accommodate larger size.

Through our research we have discovered that trucks, SUV’s and minivans are best suited for the Big and Tall. Sedans rarely have the leg or headroom to accommodate tall people, but some car designers are changing. Chevy, Dodge, Ford, Chrysler and Cadillac (mainly American Car manufacturers) all have vehicles that have attributes to accommodate Big and Tall. So the next time you are looking to buy or rent a car, look for these brands as they should improve your ride.

 

Happy Driving,

Jenni

 


 

Interior 2014 Chevrolet Impala

 

2014 Chevrolet Impala Interior | One Size Fits All

Written by Jeff Voth, Toronto Sun

The 2014 Chevrolet Impala interior is designed to meet the needs of big and tall customers- think professional basketball players, as well as the average-sized buyer. Chevrolet employed the use of advanced technology, such as a spaciousness calculator, to maximize interior space. The results are impressive, with numerous changes made inside and out. “Using various advanced technologies, we were able to make dimensional and design modifications in a virtual environment before locking down on a final architecture,” said Crystal Windham, director, Chevrolet passenger car interior design. “These steps are necessary to develop a solid foundation to build on to achieve the best spaciousness, comfort and overall design that will impress our customers.”

As stated by the company, updates to the 2014 Chevrolet Impala include the following:

- Adding nearly 51 mm of driver legroom by increasing the range of fore/aft adjustment for the front seats;

- A telescoping steering wheel that allows drivers of varying sizes to reach it comfortably;

- Redesigning the center console with a low instrument panel to increase knee spread, which adds comfort on long drives and enhances the sense of roominess while keeping controls within easy reach;

- Expanding rear-seat legroom more than 51 mm, enabled by the 30 mm increased wheelbase and thinner profile front seats;

- Nearly 538 litres of trunk space – ample room for four golf bags and more space than many full-size sedans.

 “These new tools, the latest in automotive design, allowed us to make improvements more quickly and efficiently than on previous Impala models – improvements we’re sure Impala customers will appreciate,” said George Madjeric, General Motors engineering group manager for Vehicle Architecture.

Additional improvements include the fold-down rear headrests and a smaller rear center-mounted LED brake light. Chevrolet also states a rear backup camera is available. Styled for the 21st Century, one size should fit all in the new 2014 Chevrolet Impala.

Source: http://torontosun.autonet.ca/auto-news/automotive-industry-news/2013/04/10/designed-right-one-size-fits-all/

Link to original article: http://www.newroads.ca/blog/2014-chevrolet-impala-interior-one-size-fits-all/

 

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