I'm really curious about this question when it comes to designers. Which cars designers drive or want to have?
Bike and public transport. I'm a designer not a day trader :)
Let me guess, a fixie with with super short straight bars and no brakes.
The median salary of a designer should be enough to have at least a moderately priced car... So either you're not getting paid enough or you live in a really expensive city.
Or maybe owning a car doesn't need to be a necessity for everyone? Better for the environment too.
Totally. I choose not to own one. Car shares are there if I desired to drive but I have yet to need or want to. Also never got my full license.
Love it! I will never buy I car no matter how wealthy I am.
I've never owned a car and hope to avoid it as long as I can.
I tried that in Seattle... rainy and horrible public transportation. In the end I bought a car. I guess it just depends where you live and where you have to travel for work.
In my mind I'm driving this:
When I'm actually driving this:
Used to have a Mustang GT, but I've been driving a 2013 Audi S5 for a little over two years now!
Fantastic switch, one of my dream cars.
Very nice dude! Too bad the starting price for an S5 in The Netherlands is $100.000 :(
Wow, why so much more expensive? The Netherlands are right next to Germany. Is it something to do with the exchange rate?
Yeah it's insane. It's because you pay a lot of tax on cars in The Netherlands. And the tax will be higher when the car is not environment friendly. The Dutch government wants that people buy green and electric cars, and those cars are relatively cheaper because you'll pay less tax for the car. That's why you'll see in The Netherlands a lot of small and hybrid cars. For the price of a S5 here, approximately 35% is tax.
I used to have a '69 VW Bug for a long time. Man I miss my car...
I'm really curious about this too.
I drive a modified Audi S4
2013 Porsche Panamera Turbo, Matte Black and Vossen wheels
What's taking care of that matte black paint like? Do you have to be super careful with it?
Not necessarily, it usually is checked for maintenance every 6 months.
what would happen if I came to your house and keyed the matte black paint?
LOL, first, get pass the security.
ok game on
on your website it says that you are an intern at GEO, how can you afford a Porsche as an intern?? No offence, just being curious..
2008 Jeep Wrangler X 6spd
3" Fabtech suspension Lift on 35s
New bumpers, winch, and top going on this winter.
I've never loved a car more.
Weather permitting I also ride a 1973 BMW R75/5 that my dad handed down to me.
I strangely can't find a current picture of it though.
No driving license :/
Never found time to actually get it. It's not very useful in Europe anyway.
2007 BMW 328i Touring
Nice, I had this in a white sedan (but the e46). Loved it. Ended up rolling it on a San Diego freeway. RIP.
2007 VW Rabbit. 170k miles. A few bumps and bruises of my own doing, otherwise been a champ. My favorite part I will miss dearly when I need to buy a new car: there is so very little chrome or shiny piano black plastic surfaces through the interior.
2001 BMW 540i (V8). Thank god, oil prices are dropping.
Fellow e39er! Whoop!
Wanted an A4 since high school, but spent the past 7 years in NYC riding a bike. Moved a little upstate and started looking for something new, wound up with a 2015 A3. Feels like more sporty handling, and the minimal interior and dash makes me like it even more: http://www.blogcdn.com/www.autoblog.com/media/2012/05/lead7-2013-audi-a3-fd.jpg
Those new A3's are really great.
my car is a little instafamous:
VIP style! Love it!
Had a 1990 VW Corrado, that is rotting now that I live in NYC. ;(
If I ever get a car again, I'd probably go for a VW Rabbit (1975-1983) and make sure I have a garage to keep it somewhere in the suburbs.
I drive a 30 year old Golf Mk2 I got from my grandmother a few years ago. Really lovely car as there is almost nothing to care about. People usually pimp them a lot but mine is completely original and I'm not going to change that.
Daily a Mk6 Golf R. It's pretty much stock beside a tune, tires/wheels, and a shorter shifter:
But, I spend my weekends building out my old car from college. An '01 GTI:
and a supercharged 2013 Subaru BRZ Limited making 400+ horsepower as the daily. Other toys are garaged.
I DRIVE A DODGE STRATUS.
2014 BMW 228i Arctic White w/ Red Leather Interior
Only regret is not going xDrive since I live in Ohio.
A Pinnacle Dololmite bycicle and a pair of old and comfortable Converse shoes! Hipster levels are 150%, yeaaaaah.
... ok, back in my home country I'm still keeping my lovely go-fast-red Suzuki Swift.
If I had the money I'd definitely go for a Tesla today. However, if completely driven by design, definitely, definitely, the new Jaguar F-Type.
The Jaguar F-Type Coupe is my next dream car. Hopefully someday.
Agreed, love the styling of the Jaguar F-Type.
2014 Nissan LEAF.
'69 Mustang with a 351 and a 99 F250 with a 3" lift on 33's. The mustang hasn't been on the road for about 8 years. I rebuilt the engine and transmission about 9 years ago.
I've owned various mustang Gt's over the past few years.
I work from home now, so my "daily" driver is the f250.
Alfa Romeo Brera, the one and only :) Designed by Giugiaro, manufactured by Pininfarina
'12 Chevy Sonic hatchback. It's surprisingly comfortable for a small car and I can park it just about anywhere. This picture is from back when it was new and when I actually washed the damn thing more than twice a year...
2012 BMW 328xi coupe
Just traded in my '08 Audi A3 for a '15 Honda Fit EX. Could not be happier. I've never loved a car as much as I love this car.
Currently drive a 2010 Nissan Sentra but will be upgrading to a 2015 Mustang in 1–2 weeks!
1999 Mazda B2500. Green. Manual. Got it for the cost of the title 5 years ago. Car seat on passenger side.
Used to have a heavily modified 2002 Mustang GT (was automatic when I bought it, put in a race clutch, manual trans, full exhaust, new coil over suspension, new brembo gt brakes, etc) but it required so much maintenance that I was getting annoyed with various noises and leaks that I sold it and bought a 2009 6 speed Mini JCW edition which I loved. Sold that in 2013 as I didn't use it much but now I'm missing having a car and escaping SF on the weekends..
Pretty close to buying an M4 with carbon ceramics and getting the Dinan stage 1 upgrade but the GT-R is tempting (can't stand the interior of it though).
What a beast!
The GT-R is great if you're obsessed with going from 0 to 60 as fast as possible. Otherwise, the BMW will be a lot more fun to drive.
Heavily modified 335 cabrio. Mileage is getting up there so considering moving to something else before the hydraulic roof or turbos explode ;)
Fellow gearhead here, what all have you done it?
It's crazy how easily you can get 400+ hp out of the n54. JB4 tune, ER intercooler, intake, chargepipe, pe exhaust mod, diverter values, better oil cooler, catch can, alpina transmission tune, m3 wheel + paddles, misc. coding, carbon all the things.
Have been drooling over the M4 but it's 100k in Canada without carbon ceramics so pretty steep. Considering a used SL65 due to the level of depreciation and sheer ridiculousness (with aftermarket warranty of course).
About to split with my 05 Forester, it was a lot of fun to take out into the mountains, but a car is just excess for me.
I used to ride this death trap back in Arizona, I miss it everyday. Motorcycles are such a beautiful way to get around.
Nowadays I only ride a bike, the frame is now a black Bareknuckle, but I love 2 wheels more than anything.
That cafe bike looks pretty raw. Kawasaki? Honda?
1981 Suzuki GS450, yeah man it was awesome it was so much fun to tinker on!
I also have an '05 Forester, XT, can't believe you'd ever part with such a fine piece of sheet metal.
See mine didn't have a turbo in it maybe that was my problem!
Where'd you get the Suzuki? GS450? Looks a lot like one I sold to my buddy in Arizona last winter!
1981 GS450! I bought it from a dude in Tucson, AZ. It was originally black with emblems and such more stock looking but still cafe looking.
That would be a trip if this was your bike...
Crazy! mine was an 81 too, stripped with emblems, rear frame chopped, same tires.. I think that's it. They must've painted it black, this is what it looked like when I sold it http://instagram.com/p/iR-hYAjzEU/
That's super nuts! I bought mine like 2 years ago so the timing doesn't match up. What a small world that would have blew my mind...
2012 GTI 6-Speed
Same here! Same color even. :)
Same! Except white.
2010 VW GTi
We're a 1 car family, so I only drive on the weekends, but we've got a '13 VW GTi
The rest of the time, I ride a Felt z85
Currently drive a '12 VW GTI with upgraded suspension, wheels/tires, and a tune.
Debating on whether to keep it until the Model 3 comes out. If I had to get something else right now, it would likely be an Audi Allroad or a BMW 5-series.
Hard to justify living in San Francisco and working at home, though...
Volkswagen Passat Komfort. Designer by day, Soccer Mom by Day, night, weekend, holiday, 2am 'my stomach hurts' wake up call.....you get the drift.
1986 BMW 325i (e30)
1984 BMW 318i (e30)
PICS REQUIRED FOR DROOLING OVER.
Fun to drive and learn on. I've done all/most of my own maintenance. Very rewarding and gets me away from my computer.
That's a Masi CX on top. doge in the drivers seat.
None at all. No need for a car in Paris. I walk, ride my bike or use public transport (mainly the metro).
My next car will be a Tesla model 3 (the affordable one) whenever that comes out in 2016?
That's one of the cars I'm definitely going to keep my eye on in the future. Hopefully it stays as affordable as they initially claimed.
Or I get a huge raise :)
Awesome to see all my fellow Audi drivers on here :) I love my 2013 Q5, it's a joy to drive everyday and a great design inspiration. I love Audi design :)
2008 VW GTI
Fairdale Bikes Weekender
2015 Dodge Dart (driving is pretty much the only option even in downtown Kansas City). It's a beautiful car, interior is very well thought out and overall very pretty. But I will say that the typeface used for the instruments is god awful. I mean terrible. Like... really really bad.
2014 Mercedes CLS
I drive a Mazda 3 2007 HB with ongoing mods. Really planning on getting a Lancer EVO GSR 2011+
This handsome blue devil.
Volvo V40 Sport Plus Edition
2005 Polo Trendlin. Sometimes public transport.
I don't have a license. I'm waiting for the google car. Meanwhile public transport and bike (brompton)
A 99 Renault Clio & depending on the weather; my road bike.
02 BMW 530i The most lovely car I've ever set eyes on. I love it to death, even if I have to sacrifice a few MPG.
1997 Nissan Pathfinder
Nissan X-Trail, but now its pretty cold here in Siberia ;) and I have a friend living next door. Both him and me don't use cars too often, and his BMW X6 is in the garage not far from home, so I usually use his car instead of mine, even have my own key. My one is parked on the street parking, and I don't mind heating it up all the time, so I just can't use it now sometimes when I want to, because its around -20 (celsius) and it doesn't start well ;) But actually its not more than 2 times a week. Once we've agreed with him to make 10.000 steps a day, and when you don't make them, you pay money. So usually when I need to go somewhere not too far (up to 3-5 km), I go on foot.
OK, kidding. 2012 Volkswagen Beetle.
My weekend car is Optimus Prime.
Lyft + My Legs
'02 VW Passat (stock paint, stock rims, stock exhaust)
Skateboard, car2go, Uber, and Lyft. Live downtown, work downtown, play downtown.
I'm working in Amsterdam, so I don't really need a car. A bike is enough :)
'05 Subaru Forester XT. Can take me anywhere I need to go, and absolutely hauls ass up to the mountains in the snow ;)
2013 Golf TDI. Wish I didn't need a car but I do like it a lot.
2011 Ford Fiesta hatchback in bright magenta. Even though I'm normally a black car gal, I love this particular color and have only once seen another like it. The Fiesta handles quite well in the snow, fits in tiny parking spots, and gets excellent gas mileage (by American standards). All I need!
I used to drive a VW Gol 2000 (manual) for over 5 years but I recently switched to a VW Jetta 2015 (automatic). My dad's had multiple VW Beetles since I can remember, so I guess that influenced me and the way I like VW — product, design and the brand itself.
I mostly drive a 2014 biped that reaches speeds of up to 3mph, but otherwise I rely on public transport.
2010 Volkswagen GTI, manual. Great little car, though I'm seriously considering trading it for a 2015 Kia Sportage, especially given how fun that car was during my trip to Iceland.
Nissan Juke 1.5 2013
2012 VW GTI w/ standard transmission. Loving all the GTIs on this thread.
1999 Toyota Camry. She purrs like a kitten and the ladies love it.
I currently drive a 1997 Toyota Tacoma. One of my dream cars has always been an Audi S4. I test drove a Tesla a few weeks ago and I can say that's definitely my new dream car.
I bicycle commute, but I co-own a Volkswagen Passat Wagon for weekends out of the city.
Wagons are so great.
I hope to never own a car again. I do not miss them.
PURE Fixie Glow in the dark edition! Miami-Dade public transportation :( Car2go - groceries Zipcar - dates Lyft - drunk weekends Uber - when there is not more Lyfts
2007 Jeep Commander with custom burgundy leather interior. V8 Hemi engine.
Mostly bike and public transit. A major bonus of living in Chicago.
But I also have a '97 Jeep Wrangler. It may be 18 years old, but it looks and runs perfectly and I wouldn't trade it for anything. It's fun to drive and good for short trips out of town for some camping head-space.
2008 Triumph Speed Triple - http://imgur.com/a/rHQ64
2011 Mini Cooper Hardtop Sport
Manual, Sport and premium packages, Blue/White combo
2013 Hyundai Elantra GT in red. It looks fairly nice, is easy on gas, and is fairly fun to drive. Plus the rear seats fold flat so I can fit ginormous things from IKEA into it.
I'm aiming to get an Audi A4 next year, that's been my dream car for a while. Some people dream of having a Ferrari or a Lambo, but I just want something really comfortable and somewhat upscale. I just love the way the A4 looks. It's the perfect size too.
I'll probably give my Elantra to my girlfriend, she needs her own car to get around here in Phoenix.
Used to have a Audi TT MK1 - Pure Product Designers car IMO - When it came out it was a pure concept car on the road. Not so much anymore though.
Now a newish Mini Cooper S - fun to drive but need an easy to park car so it fits the bill for the time being.
When I lived in Pittsburgh: Public transit, bike, walking
Now that I live in Indianapolis: 2008 Honda Fit (and love it)
While I love the Fit I would prefer to be using public transport/biking but Indianapolis is not the city for that.
2013 Volkswagen Passat SE
2004 Scion xA (manual). Easily transports either 4 other humans or 1 other human and 2 dogs. I miss riding my bike everywhere. Had to move away from the office to give the dogs more room.
This car and the one before it: Infiniti FX (aka... QX70).
I walk to the train station and take the commuter-rail to work every day though...
bicycle, but probably going to buy sometime of VW once the new year rolls around
'02 Honda Accord
Buick Verano 2013. I like it, nice drive. Next car hopefully would be Mercedes E class.
I drive a lifted 1500 Dodge ram/manual transmission. But I really want a Jeep Wrangler Rubicon for my next vehicle
Currently rocking a 2005 Nissan X-Trail.(4 cylinder, manual transmission) It can handle my surfboards, mountain bikes, paddleboards and hockey gear. It's gotten me flat across Canada from Vancouver Island to Nova Scotia and keeps me safe all winter long :)
Owned an old 1995 Toyota Camry up until I bought a 2013 Toyota Corolla. It makes my commute less gas-guzzling and it's pretty fancy.
My dream car, that would not be used for my commute, is a 1968 Chevy Camaro.
That was actually my first car back in 2010, loved it but the gas mileage was horrid. CLA45 AMG is a great car, for the price range I'd even also take a look at the new Audi S4/S3. Fantastic cars.
Agreed! The 17mpg is killer.
I'll definitely check out the S4/S3. Haven't considered Audi yet. My Persian roots forcefully draw me towards Mercedes and BMW's, ha!