Why Are Bumpers Chrome?

This historical bumper means business

Cars today rarely have what I would call real bumpers. Chrome bumpers of the past have been replaced with painted plastic body panels that happen to be located where bumpers once lived. They're more of an extension of the cars "lines" than an added design feature. I'm not sure how this global shift in automotive design happened, but the change certainly made it more difficult to repair a car that inadvertently contacted something substantial. Sure today's bumpers are molded of a space-age pliable material, but they rarely survive even the slightest impact without some fairly significant damage. Body shops must love this advancement in technology. Today if you want a truly functional benefit you need to buy a ticket to drive the bumpers cars at your local amusement park.  For passenger cars like you or I drive on a daily basis, the term "bumper" is a misnomer at best. Beyond impact protection, bumpers can also add an element of style, or aesthetic attitude, to a vehicle that otherwise might look like a well worn bar of soap. Who can say the chrome plated bumpers weren't an important part of the Aston Martin DB5 that James Bond drove in Goldfinger? If you strip away the bumpers, the DB5 just doesn't look as agressive or attractive. To me, chrome just seems right for a bumper.

Don't confuse the  button that deploys the over-rider rams with the ejection seat

"Q" chose red for a reason

thinkpad edge e220s

Authentic chrome trim frames and protects the ThinkPad Edge premium offerings

For the newly launched ThinkPad Edge E220s and E420s, we chose to add authentic chrome trim to frame and protect the premium design.  The chrome is a slightly smoked version that plays well with the "moss black" rubberized finish and infinity screen treatment. Moss black is a fancy name for the slightly green cast that this black enjoys. I like the way the chrome accent looks and how it will keep the design looking fresh over time. It works kind of like a bumper. Worn paint on the edges and corners of a ThinkPad is not one of my favorite things. Do you think "Q" would approve? David Hill