Monday, December 13, 2004

Let the sunshine in (just not through the windows) -- More on the increasing fortification of our mobile environments. Automotive News reports that ACS is going to show an open-roof SUV at the upcoming Detroit Auto Show. (Link requires registration.) The roof consists of a series of fabric panels that can apparently be moved forward and back in a variety of open-air configurations.

We've previously noted our discomfort with the high-beltline, narrow-wind design trend exhibited by lots of new models, most notably the Chrysler 300C and Hummer S2. Are we close to a model where your exposure to light and air is completely through the windshield and roof, enabling you to completly insulate yourself from the messy (and oh so dangerous) world around you?