The lowered nose of Gustav (a Jetta Mk II), a member of the
FAST-ZI-NATION team, sniffed curiously at the tarmac to detect the
latest styling trends of the Autobahn land and the trace led out of the
'Autoland' Saxony to the VW Blasen [ VW blowing ] that took place at a
disused Russian military airbase in Luckau, Brandenburg, where it was
acclaimed by its prinked brothers and sisters at Germany's biggest
VW-meeting that is also the biggest enthusiasts car meeting here.
Thousands of tuning cars the main Volkswagens but also Audis were an
appropriated scenery for us to detect intensifying tides before they
become mainstream. It provides a foretaste on how the trim of vehicles
with the AMG, M, R, S or RS tags will look in the future because notably
VW but also Audi, BMW and Mercedes style their sporty editions according
to the tuning scene's taste, and of course notably to the preferences of
the German fans.
Most important feature was, is and will remain a set of fine alloy wheels.
As in the years before, polished or chromed wheels enjoy a great
popularity. But not in shape of the dynamic five spoke design like those
inspired by Porsche rims that was all the rage at the end of the 1990's.
In the last years the more modest shapes catch on more and more. Even
original Audi, Mercedes and Volkswagen wheels are very popular at the VW
and Audi freaks. However, the rims shouldn't be available for the car
they were attached to unless the car is a classic. At all events, it
should be polished and outfitted with super flat tires.
Despite this one new trend, the expensive modular wheels are still en
vogue but the classic BBS and WRD cross spoke alloys that have
predominated for many years seem to become all too boring now. These
day's designs are by far not so classic and are made by Artec, Dynatec
or RH. And, the deep dish lovers don't become extinct too. Dimensions
such as 8x15, 9x16 and 10x17 were frequently chosen nevertheless although
the trend clearly goes to high positive off set rates, in other words
wheels without deep dish!
While the wheel vogue is an evolutionary process, the preferences
concerning the body paint has changed surprisingly. Black and mainly
silver of all shades were the ultimate trend colours of the last three
seasons whereas this year's latest creations were mostly painted in dark
blue, dark green, and claret metallic. By the way, over one third of the
vehicles sold in Germany are silver but enough is enough, now it's time
to stop the epidemical spread of it. But one thing stayed just as
before! White is still the most unpopular colour, in the tuning scene as
well as at the official German auto sales.