By Aaron Turpen
The design of a new automobile is often a mystery to those outside of the industry. Here, the 3-year process is broken down and revealed.
Starting with nothing more than an idea sketched on paper, the process of taking a car to a gleaming production concept on the auto show floor typically takes about three years.
At any point along that path, the design can be fundamentally changed or even thrown out. Designers quickly learn that their idea is not necessarily going to become reality most of the time.