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    Are the new cars coming to market ugly .... or is it just me?

    It seems like every time I venture out on the road, these days, I see yet another ugly new car. Whether "Crossovers" or just regular sedans I have not seen anything that I would say was ,even, good looking .... much less beautiful or even handsome.

    Thank God, the auto manufacturers seem to understand this and only paint them in the least offending colors imaginable.

    I know "fashion" is fickle and beauty is not always an attribute of a current fashion trend or fad, but I am amazed but the current trends which can be described as mediocre at best and downright ugly at worst.
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    Re: Are the new cars coming to market ugly .... or is it just me?

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    It's not just you i can assure you. People bitched about the greens from the 70s...
    I consider myself pretty good at vehicle recognition buy most of the crap on the road now I gave up trying to figure out what is what and who copied from whom.
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    Re: Are the new cars coming to market ugly .... or is it just me?

    I think we're in the malaise era of styling.
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    Re: Are the new cars coming to market ugly .... or is it just me?

    The majority of them are worse than ugly....they're boring.
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    Re: Are the new cars coming to market ugly .... or is it just me?

    Mostly, I agree. Manufactures seem to try to make models "distinctive" rather than attractive...BMW still hasn't recovered from the Bangle years. Granted, I think it's hard to make an SUV attractive though Range Rover seems to do those the best. A good number of Fords are at least nice to look at, though I'm still not completely convinced their long term quality is better yet. Toyota is coming around to the "styling excitement" table but they need different front ends. Nissan is hit or miss with the only really good looking car being the Altima.

    I think the bigger question might be why they're making cars that are so busy visually. Someone must be thinking younger buyers have the attention spans of gold fish (which is about 9 seconds, incidentally) and maybe it's true for some, but that ain't me. I think it has to do with dropping IQ levels and needing to appeal to "bling" buyers.
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    Re: Are the new cars coming to market ugly .... or is it just me?

    I was depressed by the color board at the Cadillac dealer the other day. Most of them looked like colors for military equipment, with metallic and clear coat....
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    Re: Are the new cars coming to market ugly .... or is it just me?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jesda View Post
    I think we're in the malaise era of styling.
    I agree.

    Look at Mercedes. IMO their new cars look worse than the ones they replace, the S-Class and CLS being major offenders. The new E-class sedan, bleh, its so ronded, bubbly, looks like some sort of 90's chrysler product, or a throwback to the 2000 S-Class.

    And as much as I love to death the idea of the Subaru BR-Z, its styling just does nothing for me. Its not that its bad, or even good. Its just neither here nor there, it doesn't provoke any sort of emotional response from me. This is a car I really wanted to like, based on the reviews and driving dynamics, and I might own one some day when they become cheap enough. But it doesn't speak to me enough to part with some serious dough for a new or slightly used one.

    And a side note on Subaru, you want to talk about a car company that has an ugly and frumpy looking lineup otherwise. Of course Subaru kind of has a proud history of selling ugly cars, but the people who buy them could care less.
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    Re: Are the new cars coming to market ugly .... or is it just me?

    Like how? Were there half a dozen shades of black and maybe a white, red and silver? Kinda like the Germans have been doing for the last 15 or so years?

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    Re: Are the new cars coming to market ugly .... or is it just me?

    Yup, Gray blueblack, greenblack, grayblack ,black, ........I sound like Bubba Gump.....
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    Re: Are the new cars coming to market ugly .... or is it just me?

    Could the colors offered o today's new cars be a result of their styling failures? Maybe the "Art and Color" guys are ashamed of how the cars look and just don't want to draw any attention to them!

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    Re: Are the new cars coming to market ugly .... or is it just me?

    Quote Originally Posted by orconn View Post
    Could the colors offered o today's new cars be a result of their styling failures? Maybe the "Art and Color" guys are ashamed of how the cars look and just don't want to draw any attention to them!
    I also think its a generational thing. Baby boomers(the guys currently running the car companies) have a lot more conservative tastes than their parents. And most of my generation could give two shits less about what they drive and cannot afford a new car anyways.

    IMO the Greatest Generation had a much greater sense of style. The cars of the late 40's, 50's, 60's, early 70's reflect that, back when they ran the car companies and bought new cars.
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    Re: Are the new cars coming to market ugly .... or is it just me?

    LOL...Gotcha. I can see with European folks wanting a more subtle color, especially if it's on a more expensive model...cuz they're not really about flash. But this being here and with it being Cadillac, yeah, I don't really get that. Unless it comes from the "wanting to emulate the target BMW model" model...which seems like EVERYONE is doing anymore.

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    I also think its a generational thing. Baby boomers(the guys currently running the car companies) have a lot more conservative tastes than their parents.
    That, I don't know. They were buying Beetles, vans, Things and Corvairs...my dad had a Beetle, a Thing and 2 or 3 Corvairs. But he's since switched to Honda after 10 years of American brands in the 80s and early 90s and 10 years of Nissan...presumably because it's "reliable and easy to drive." Also look at who is buying Elements...it's not Gen Y folks--the people they thought would buy it. My mother bought an '05 Camry as her last car and it was primarily because the dealer was local and the controls were simple (even more so than my dad's Accord EX-L).

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    And most of my generation could give two shits less about what they drive and cannot afford a new car anyways.
    +1 Around where I live, this is definitely true. Bay City hasn't been hit as hard as Detroit or Flint or even Saginaw but the plant here is far less busy than it's been. With the cost of the average new car being more than what I make in a year working at a non-profit, and from what I see, a majority of similar age peeps in similar situations, a new car beyond a mid-level Civic or Cruze is simply out of reach.

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    IMO the Greatest Generation had a much greater sense of style. The cars of the late 40's, 50's, 60's, early 70's reflect that, back when they ran the car companies and bought new cars.
    I agree with this to an extent. But every generation ages and the folks running the corporations are always looking to lure in the younger buyers. Bill Mitchell was designing cars for a generation younger than himself but had a pretty good sense of the times. I think the greatest generation was successful because they were looking at not only what would sell but what was beautiful as well and had far greater resources to put into styling. Look at the houses they built vs. boomers. Greatest generation was focused on quality. Boomers are not.
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    Re: Are the new cars coming to market ugly .... or is it just me?

    Even though there appears to be a stagnate design period going on lately I will take the newer designs over any of the older designs from my lifetime.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CTSCHICK View Post
    Even though there appears to be a stagnate design period going on lately I will take the newer designs over any of the older designs from my lifetime.
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