It was another busy month on The Hog Ring. We reported the latest industry news, introduced a new illustration to our Design Studio, celebrated April Fool’s Day and Earth Day, and more! Here’s a look back at April 2016!
It’s easy to understand why Alcantara is one of the most highly requested fabrics in the auto upholstery industry. It looks beautiful, feels soft, weighs little, is more stain and UV resistant than organic suede, and helps keep butts glued to car seats in tight turns. With a little care, it can stay that way too.
After a car seat is designed but before it’s ready for mass production, automakers turn to the old tradition of clay modeling to transform their illustration into a three-dimensional prototype.
The following two videos take viewers inside Ford Motor Company’s clay-modeling department at its design studio in Cologne, Germany. Watch as their artists create a stunning clay sculpture of a bucket seat and learn how it aids in the vehicle design process. It’s truly a work of art.
On this Earth Day we’re reminded of the environmental impact that vehicles have on the planet and honor those industry manufacturers and suppliers who take steps beyond what government regulators mandate to ensure a sustainable future for us all.
In a recently published shop profile, Don Kasprzyk of Kasper’s Inside Rides in Waterford, Wisconsin, perfectly summed up the importance of quality work, customer service and word-of-mouth marketing. It’s business advice that every auto trimmer should heed — especially now that car show season is upon us.
With the exception of some luxury vehicles and optional “smoker’s packages,” you’d be hard pressed to find any new car equipped with an ashtray. However, things weren’t always that way. In fact, for most of automotive history, ashtrays (and lighters) were standard fare in vehicle cabins. Some automakers and aftermarket manufacturers even went to great lengths to come up with new and innovative ways to hide them in plain view.
With its annual Interiors Conference just weeks away, WardsAuto has announced its list of the auto industry’s “10 Best Interiors.” Although last year affordable cars with spartan cabins dominated the lineup, this year the interiors selected are all decidedly upscale.