3. Impact of Improved Crash Standards
Over the past four decades, there has been a significant investment by the auto industry into improving crash standards in all vehicles. This research was triggered by federal regulation implemented in order to make it safer to drive on the busy highways and roadways. A big side effect of these improved standards is the impact it has had on the front-end design of cars. In order to meet current regulations, cars must be designed to be able to withstand a certain level of force. The styling is also limited further by not being able to incorporate any protrusions that will lead to more harm if the car hits a pedestrian. The combined effect is to limit the design possibilities of modern cars making them appear to have less charm and character than classic automobiles.