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PostPosted: Wed Nov 25, 2009 9:14 am 
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Two more entries into the Cookie Cutter School of Ugly Car Styling:

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Whatever the new car style is, there are some things that can not be done that was done in the past. CHROME METAL BUMPERS! Nuf said.

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robakun wrote:
Whatever the new car style is, there are some things that can not be done that was done in the past. CHROME METAL BUMPERS! Nuf said.


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That's for New Mini.

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A different front bumper trim for New Mini.

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New Beetle.

Someone was selling a garnish with bows, but I can't seem to find it now.

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New Beetle Prototype.

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PT Cruiser.

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Another PT Cruiser.

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Chevy HHR.

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Challenger.

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Mustang.

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Dodge Ram.

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Ford Super Duty.


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shane_lxi wrote:
Anybody else notice this one?
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yep.... my girlfriend is eyeballing the new Koup... I keep asking here hwy she doesn't just buy the (thought to be) better car that looks the same.

she doesn't think it looks like a copy... :?


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Here's the 2005 Lexus GS:
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And the 2009 Jag XF:
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may as well add the maxima in there too. don't get me wrong if they had a coupe I'd drive it for the headlights. :lol:
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...oh wait a sec...maybe it's the other way around...

I just like the notion that Japanese manufacturers used to be accused of being copycats when today it's clearly the other way around.

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I love and drive only two cars and i'm very content
One is old and lightly designed no frilles roll up windows, light weight no power brakes and no power steering, cable throttle and clutch, but lots of power and road feel...
The other is a total change from the norm of the modern street car, heavly designed to be light. It's light weight, no power steering, It dose have power breakes, cable throttle and clutch, lots of power and read feel, it also has power windows, totaly build to be driven
And I love them both.... :twisted:

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I love and drive only two cars and i'm very content
One is old and lightly designed no frilles roll up windows, light weight no power brakes and no power steering, cable throttle and clutch, but lots of power and road feel...
The other is a total change from the norm of the modern street car, heavly designed to be light. It's light weight, no power steering, It dose have power breakes, cable throttle and clutch, lots of power and read feel, it also has power windows, totaly build to be driven
And I love them both.... :twisted:

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:shock: You are one of the few.


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While I want to see more sports cars from manufacturers, particularly lightweight 4-cylinder coupes, I think there are still quite a few modern cars I would consider buying: Elise, 370Z, Genesis coupe (if it was available here), EVO and STI, etc.

Styling wise, I think that some designs are timeless and there were/are pretty designs in any decade.

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Here's one that I noticed. I know one is a sketch, but it still shows the styling similarites/identicalness


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Genesis Coupe
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i remember reading somewhere that the gov't is pushing to ban the design of low slung hoods because there isn't enough space between the hood and the engine in case of a pedestrian class. wikipedia says there should be at least 10cm of hood to engine clearance for a pedestrians head to not hit the top of the engine.

i'm all for pedestrian safety but high noses on cars are uuuuuugly...

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High noses on cars are an unfortunate reality for pedestrian safety.
I think its true that there is a unique shape for a car that is the safest and most aerodynamic, and all cars built to a price point are going to end up looking like that (ie the same) eventually.

I'll stick to driving my 70's and 80's cars thanks.


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Its funny how new cars keep getting more and more puffed up for "safety" yet the windows are getting smaller, and the blind-spots are getting larger. I guess you need lots of airbags when you can't see where the hell you are going!

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You have to wonder what the current crop of designers are drawing inspiration from.
Once upon a time, they drew inspiration from aviation. Tail fins inspired by airplane tails and tail lights inspired by jet engine exhausts. Wedge shapes that looked like UFOs.
Now, everything looks like a big latex balloon, filled with clay (or worse), and punched a couple times to make a shape.
The only car left that was inspired by aviation is the Reventon, inspired by the Stealth fighter, a plane that could not remain in flight without the use of a large computer system to change pilot control input into something that will keep the plane falling sideways, rather than actually flying.

Regarding raising the nose of the car, Europe made a big stink about "bull bars" or brush guards killing pedestrians a few years ago, and banned tall noses and vertical grilles. They made a big deal about the need to strike the pedestrian at the knee and roll the victim up a sloped hood and into the windshield safety glass. Either this high bumper story is a rumor, or the geniuses writing legislation have done a 180 degree turn from their last safety crusade.
Maybe those Europeans are going to dictate the exterior dimensions for all motor vehicles, like the new Nascar car of tomorrow. All manufacturers can put their own stickers onto the same body shape to distinguish them from the other manufacturer's cars. The Polizia can carry templates in their cars to check for design infractions when they pull over motorists.


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how are car designers makers supposed to make great looking automobiles with all the regulations? its pretty hard. I mean you have all these great concept designs as a middle of the road starting point, but after, you'd have to change things to possible upcoming safety regulations and ease of manufacturing. not to mention some manufacture use focus groups to get an impression and change things accordingly. you end up with something just average looking to appeal to gov regulation and to the most buyers as possible.


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 Post subject: Re: Why I drive An Old Car...An Old Japanese Car...Pics
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paulneartarga wrote:
slownrusty wrote:
Because new cars even ones pushing $40,000 ALL look the same..as exciting to look at as a bar of soap:


Not all of them.....
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Love it or hate it......there is no confusing an EVO with anything else....wings,flairs,vents.......



I've confused one with a R35 GTR before in traffic looking at it...


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uh, why is everyone here amazed that Kia and hyundai are copying so many designs? they are smart. they look at what sells, then make decent copies and make them just good enough for a whole lotta them to sell.


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I havent owned a car newer than 1991.. I dont think I ever will. :lol:


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Yeah, old cars were so much more original.

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^wow its weird looking at them back to back. You can really see the similarities. I think I read somewhere that the 240z was derived from the jag e-type and shelby coupe. I mean this stuff has been going on for years. I dont think its anything new.

Im not quite sure how some of you expect the side profile of a 4 door sedan to be that different. That doesnt make any sense to me at all. If you look at the profile of any 2-door car, 4 door car, truck...whatever...they will all look similar. Its a side profile!!


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Ha. If only they made the RA28 with the TE27 front. Sorry about the poor Photoshop.
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The TA22 is also pretty clearly based on the dodge challenger too
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Wish Nissan did a better job on the 370z
http://japanesenostalgiccar.com/blog/20 ... on-martin/

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