Chrome

Are chrome bumpers making a comeback?

I was walking around a used car lot earlier this week (one that's filled with plenty of old Detroit iron, by the way) and I started thinking about all of the shiny chrome bumpers and hood ornaments on display in front of me. I had to wonder why chrome just simply isn't a big part of automotive styling anymore. And no, a thin strip of chrome trim around the windows doesn't count. I'm talking about full, edge-to-edge chrome bumpers on...

If matte black is out, what's the next big automotive trend?

Can we all agree that this matte black (flat black, satin black, murdered out -- whatever you choose to call it) trend is over? I mean, way over -- a long time ago. But even now, I probably still see at least 10 matte black cars on my way to and from the HowStuffWorks office...