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Designed in the DaimlerChrysler Pacifica studio, the six-passenger Dodge Kahuna features an exterior design that conveys an athletic, capable image that is readily associated with California.
“Kahuna means ‘Master’ in Hawaiian” according to exterior designer Jordan Meadows. “This car represents coastal culture, a Californian frame of mind. The grooves along the side represent waves while the real lacewood sides are reminiscent of an open stagecoach”.
The retractable top allows the outside to become part of the interior as it folds back in accordion-like fashion. The roof is a silver/grey water resistant see-through canvas. “This was a very challenging concept to build, not least because of the 20mm real wood sides and three dropping side glasses” continues Meadows. “ The folding roof is an added complication”
Inside, the “big wave” theme continues, as the Kahuna blends Pacific Blue two-tone colours. In addition, a flowing wave design can be seen in the shaping of the instrument panel as well as the switches,
the switches, door panel detailing and seat forms. The floor is covered in sisal-like natural fibre.
Prototype car that I pinstriped the cut lines (shadows and seams) to illustrate separate pieces.
Console for Dodge M80
First FJ Cruiser. This was a prototype that I pinstriped the body seams to define the bumper and flares.
FJ Cruiser Prototype out on photo shoot.
FJ Cruiser Prototype at the Detroit Auto Show
A lot of the interior pieces were actually one solid item that was just painted and pinstriped to look like different parts.
Dodge M80 engine
Dodge M80 Photo Shoot
Ford U2 Concept Hybrid.
Hydrogen powered Ford U2 Concept
Ford U2 Concept interior looks like a sleigh.