From time to time we write on new car styling trends, when we
detected one. This time the detection relates to wheels. As alloy
wheels became something usual on production models, people who
purchased aftermarket rims wanted them to be bigger and wider
than standard size. In these times, the round add-on parts were
mainly silver. Later, as tyres' side walls couldn't hardly become
even flatter, focus has been put on the finish.
Polished, chromium-coated or shiny dark surfaces replaced the usual
silver paint in many cases. Now it seems there's a new tide: The old shapes.
In those times as wheels had to be as large as possible, style changed
too. Spokes extended to the outer edge of the rim suggested a big wheel,
looking almost one inch larger than it actually was. And the five spoke
design became predominant. Some of the recent creations of the wheel
makers now go back to the old days' fashion. Means: More massive outer
rims and multi- or cross- spoke layouts could be hip and hot very soon.