The Tropical Car


The Temperate Car
Cars may 'look the same' these days (but less so compared to a decade ago) because the main design considerations seem to be low drag (streamlined, wind-tunnelled look), size (SUVs to the fore) and contemporary design trends (eg. swept lights). The design climate is largely northern temperate (eg at Stuttgart, Nagoya, Detroit).

The Tropical Car
By contrast, in its pioneer years, the local car industry had a tropical design flair: a noticeably more powerful aircon compared to other cars and factory-installed, roll-up, front windscreen shades. Other examples of tropical friendly features, past and present, include the double roof, solar ventilator, parking umbrella, roof scoop (video above), quarter glass and extractors. [Tinting has issues and is not considered here.]

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