Is retro a dirty word?

Inside Line brings us news of a designer's panel that took place in Detroit on Wednesday, featuring notables like Chrysler Group vice president of Jeep, truck and component design Ralph Gilles. Mr. 300 and others lamented about the horrors of going retro, while  Ford North American Car director of design Pat Schiavone remarked upon the idea that "heritage," not necessarily retro, is of importance to American car manufacturers.

Designers also gave something of a vocabulary lesson during the panel. Apparently in designer slang, a vehicle that is awful despite a beautiful presentation is "craptastic."

[Source: Inside Line]

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