@WBizarre This confirms what I thought was going on with the paintings they used to do of cars for ads, in addition to making people smaller to make the car look bigger (a trick seemingly also used for ocean liners).
this seems so stupid and counterintuitive, I drive a plastic-cladded car so I can bump into things and not worry about scrapes and scratches. Gloss black plastic arguably scratches even worse than regular body-color paint.
@WBizarre We'll know EVs really have arrived when manufactures feel confident enough to regularly just give them normal names. There are a few, but the industry isn't quite ready to consider them "just another car" yet.
Glad to see we are on the same page regarding the 6R4! So many people slate it because they say it is "ugly" (the Quattro S1 E2 was no oil painting, but nobody seems to care). Consider yourself the recipient of a "like" (my system and browser are so ancient that certain blog functionalities are missing).
How the XJ220 ended up with the 6R4 engine... well, maybe fitting a V12 and four-wheel drive, as originally planned (and promised) would be a very tall order anyway, but given the fact that Walkinshaw was in charge of turning the project into a real car... who knows.
The fact that at the same time he was developing the XJR15 (without bothering to tell Jaguar) is quite telling.
First, a virtual *like" (see above for an explanation)! Particularly because I have always admired the first sketches and mockups for the 959. They looked fabulous (if a little too much 911-looking)
Regarding the Carrera GT, I was thinking of the differences between the show ("concept") car and the actual production version, same as you did with the Gruppe B Studie. Maybe they are so subtle they wouldn't show? I hadn't thought of that, but the production design team said later that not a single line is actually the same (but then that's what always happens in the transition between a design study and the real thing)
Cheers and thanks to you two.
(Just had a rather warped idea: a KdF>935/78, aka Moby Dick?. Arguably the ultimate Beetle.)
@WBizarre I don't understand the newfound obsession with forcing square shapes onto curved forms. Like sure, it would make sense to have a rectangular grille opening on a '80s Volvo, but these are just odd:
@WBizarre yeah, I agree that it's nowhere near perfect and I'm probably being too charitable because of how awful the facelifted outgoing Rogue looked by the end. The way the DLO drops off behind the A-pillar is a bit odd, and the fact that the swage line coming off the front fenders disappears on the doors and then the swage line on the 'hips' is just a few mm lower is, uh, something:
I will say I am a strong proponent of brightwork since it gives much needed contrast, and I think it's an interesting graphic that they've chosen to tie the D-pillar 'fin' into the DLO by using the upper chrome piece; it gives a clean break for the two-tone versions though on solid color cars it leaves much to be desired and draws the eye to the unsightly trunk shutline:
and yeah, overall I'm very much not a fan of the black plastic on the bottom of the doors, I know it's to reduce visual mass but it just creates an odd graphic that makes the car feel broken in the middle. I think I prefer it with the chrome applique since the way it thins and thickens hides the oddness of the shape more. I don't understand why it can't just be a more consistent layer of black plastic, though. Cars looked better with a simple strip of cladding rather than the odd graphics that are being used these days.
On the 2nd gen X-Trail it was barely noticeable and certainly pulls its weight to reduce visual mass lower down.
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I do agree the New Edge got a lot more of the Rambo's attitude
@phenotyp Yea, there's something funny going on with those creases below the tail light especially. I do like the front grille treatment - rather gracefully reducing the size for EV while keeping the signature. 7ecfba8c-c407-429b-b8e2-5c33580ead48-image.png
@HFV This one and the next one are my two least favorite. The W220 came at the time of cost-cutting and moves downmarket, and the W221 looked oddly aggressive, chasing some kind of sporty image that was completely out of character for the S-Class.
@KITT222 Exactly though - who comments on car sites? Car nerds, a.k.a. people in the know, at least a little. There are plenty of shoppers who won't know or think about this kind of thing.
Cost is another factor that might not immediately come to mind to a casual shopper. There was a story, I forget where, about a woman who thought she made a sensible, economical choice by buying a Mazda 6. Except that trim level happened to come with a slick set of 19's, and when it came time to replace tires she was surprised to see how expensive those were.
@flatisflat They did an official concept for the last generation:
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but to me it's a bit goofy with those rear seats in place. Still not bad, but the Miata is a true "roadster" and the Aston is slender enough to pull off the roadster look.