• Bugatti paint process

    Bugatti estimates that other luxury brands can build four or five cars in the time it takes Bugatti to paint one car.

  • BMW X6 Vantablack
    This 2020 BMW X6 is painted in the world's blackest black

    The Vantablack paint on this BMW X6 absorbs 99 percent of the light that shines on it.

  • 2019 Dodge Charger and Challenger finished in Sublime paint
    Green giants: 2019 Dodge Challenger, Charger add Sublime paint

    The 2019 Dodge Challenger and Charger are going green in a literal sense. The brand announced Wednesday that both cars now offer the Sublime paint color, which last appeared in 2015. The Challenger could be had in Sublime four years ago, but the color was last seen on a Charger in 2007...

  • Audi puts partial matte paint into production
    Audi's new partial matte paint technique allows unique designs, personalization

    After Audi introduced a new technique to embed symbols within paint, the German automaker announced Monday it will put partial matte paint surfaces into production. Full matte paint jobs have been available for years, but this is the first time an automaker is putting partial matte painted surfaces...

  • Audi contrasting paintwork process
    Audi has figured out how to spray two paint colors at once

    The process of building cars is becoming more complicated and yet easier at the same time. More complex processes and materials are being introduced, but we also have robots to lend a helping hand throughout the manufacturing process. Audi has figured out a way to use these robots to improve its...

  • 2015 Panoz Esperante Spyder GT
    Self-healing paint coming to new Panoz cars, and perhaps your car

    Like something from Q branch out of a James Bond film, self-healing paint will soon cover new Panoz cars. The American sports car and racing company announced on Tuesday that the special coating will come standard on all its new vehicles. The coating protects against the elements and shields from...

  • Nissan mini car wash to test paint quality

    For a large portion of the U.S., and around the world, the time for snow, slush, and ice is here. And that means drivers will line car washes ready to whisk away the muck, salt, and other debris. Nissan knows this and the brand employs the cutest little car wash you've ever seen to ensure car washes are no match for paint quality. That's right, it's not just for fun. The popcorn machine-sized car wash at the Nissan Technical Center North America in Michigan tests paint and clear coat quality to ensure a durable and lasting shimmer. The machine makes it easy to test paint samples before the...

  • Edward Lyle Fisk, professional pinstriper
    Steady as he goes; Lyle Fisk is the patron saint of pinstriping

    It may seem commonplace now, but pinstriping has come a long way from its luxury roots. The practice is now in vogue in hot rod customization culture, or as professional pinstriper, Edward Lyle Fisk calls it, "embellishing." Fisk is one of only a handful of people who have dedicated their lives to...

  • 2017 Dodge Challenger colors
    Dodge releases list of heritage colors for 2017

    Dodge doesn't have much new for 2017. Even as Chrysler has a new Pacifica minivan, the Grand Caravan carries on mostly unchanged. The story is the same for the brand's other vehicles, the Charger sedan, Challenger coupe, and Journey crossover SUV. Dodge is, however, trying to inject a little...

  • Nissan Versa Note "self-cleaning" prototype
    High-Tech Self-Cleaning Paint Coming To A Car Near You Soon?

    Nissan is experimenting with a material that creates an air barrier around painted surfaces.

  • 2014 Ford Mustang configurator launched
    Can You Guess The Most Popular Mustang Color Ever?

    The Ford Mustang has worn many colors throughout the years, some more popular than others.

  • 2013 Cadillac CTS-V Coupe in Silver Frost - image: GM Corp
    Cadillac Launches Limited Edition, Special Finish CTS Models

    Borrowing a page from BMW, Cadillac is building a limited edition of its CTS-V Coupe, finished in a matte color its calling Silver Frost. Only 100 examples will be built, and Cadillac is already labeling them as “collector editions.” Like BMW’s “Frozen” matte-finish...

  • Self-healing polymers

    The moment when you buy a new car is always something to be savored. Only a handful of digits on the odometer, that 'new car smell', and of course a smooth, glassy finish to the paintwork. Sadly it rarely lasts, and all but the most fastidiously-maintained vehicles will soon pick up scratches and stone chips. You can keep touching up the blemishes and polishing to your heart's content but it's often a losing battle. What if you didn't have to bother? Self-healing polymers may be the answer. Materials containing the polymers can effectively heal themselves, and in a remarkably short space of...

  • 2010 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG
    Silver Remains Most Popular Color For New Cars, Black Close Behind

    Paint companies have a somewhat understandable fascination with color popularity, and each year they release their statistics, citing which new car color reigns supreme. This year, DuPont has named Silver its strongest seller, though black remains a close second, with just two percentage points...

  • Maserati GranTurismo in white
    DuPont names white most popular car color in U.S.

    Paint companies have a somewhat understandable fascination with color popularity, and each year they release their statistics, citing which new car color reigns supreme. This year, DuPont has named white its strongest seller, though just a few months ago PPG said silver was the hottest color. The...

  • 2009 Porsche 911 Carrera facelift
    White and black gaining ground on silver as most popular car color in U.S.

    Personal transport is often as much about personalization as it is transport, and choosing a color is part of that process. It turns out that a large portion of the public choose the same color - silver - but now other colors such as white, black and even blue, are starting to make inroads on the...

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