AutoLine Design Handbook

For the Autoblog team, reviewing new cars each week comes with one particular first-world problem challenge - where the heck is the gas tank? Ask any of our editors, and they're likely to have pulled up to a pump, only to find that the tank was on the other side, leading to a trail of curses and grumbling. Why aren't gas tanks all on the same side?

Jim Hall from 2953 Analytics has an answer, in the latest AutoLine Design Handbook. Like many things with the cars we drive today, the position of a fuel tank is something that's evolved from the very birth of automobiles, with regional fluctuations having a heavy influence on the overall layout. Take a look below for the short video on just why the fuel tank is where it is.