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Automobile aerodynamics makes an automobile look sexier and cut down on drag. This translates to greater fuel efficiency. Yet Chrysler appears to have just gotten the message. Why? You may want to purchase new cars with these abilities soon.

Use less fuel with wind

Nobody knows why automotive designers have not been interested in aerodynamics in the past, but it is clear that more manufactures, not just Chrysler, are looking at these important attributes, according to Chrysler style chief Ralph Gilles at the yearly Mackinac Policy Conference in Michigan. Some brand new style elements are being put on automobiles to help that were normally only seen on Sports cars. This contains even mid-size sedans such as the Toyota Avalon and Audi A7.

“The wind is starting to sculpt these vehicles,” Gilles exclaimed, breathlessly.

Thinking out of the box

Boxier styles like the Chrysler 300 are not exactly made to provide the down force and low drag needed to tame the wind. Some would argue that they're hideous to behold when compared with more aerodynamic rides, but industry insiders like Gilles would have us believe that even in 2012, automakers are just discovering that sleek is better. Even in a minivan or SUV, customers want a sexy line that allows for decreased drag and fuel savings.

The market is clearly out of touch with what customers want. The bailout and market collapse might not have been so bad if car makers were more in touch with the sexy style that sells on cars. Chrysler is just now looking towards changing styles for the next generation 200 and 300 models, and that is a bad sign.

“We’ll have no choice but to be some of the most wind-swept vehicles that you’ve ever seen,” Gilles exclaimed in a flourish of breathtaking hindsight.

Spending time in the wind tunnel

It has taken way too long for Chrysler to realize how essential it really is to have good car model styles. Chrysler spends between 200 and 300 hours in the wind tunnel testing aerodynamics now, which is something they most likely should have been doing all along because of how essential it was. Chrysler should have figured out that was significant a long time ago. Previously, the company would only do 100 hours or less on the automobiles to test aerodynamics.

“It’s amazing the details, especially if you look at the back of a car,” Gilles said. “There are a lot of little flicks and bends that simulate aquatic animals almost.”

Speaking of aquatic animals, the renowned television dolphin “Flipper” committed suicide by ceasing to breathe. This is something dolphins can do, according to the documentary movie “The Cove.” If the state of automotive design is such that engineers are only now discovering that the rear end of an automobile can shimmy like an aquatic animal, perhaps breathing has ceased, and ideas are now deceased on arrival.

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