Previewing the Ugliest Cars of 2012
I confess I took my cue for this piece from Dan Neil’s Wall Street Journal post on the BMW 1M (above). The post is typically overwritten and even florid in Neil’s praise for the car, but, finally, near the end he gets to the point I was waiting for:
The 1M Coupe is a total buttaface, one of the ugliest, most disturbingly wrong car designs in modern history. The addition of all the massive wheel arches, lip spoilers, aero mods and the so-called Air Curtain front spoiler helps not at all. This car is the last revenge of former BMW styling head Chris Bangle. Jeez, put a flag over its head and drive for glory.
Whether Chris Bangle or Adrian van Hooydonk, the new guy, is responsible for the 1 Series’ styling is sort of a who-cares point. The car’s stark ugliness and ungainly stance struck me the first time I saw photos of it.
We offer below a few of the more misshapen models you’ll find in showrooms next year. That is, until their makers decide to pull them.
Why do people want and buy ugly cars? There’s a pretty good explanation (five reasons) here. The biggest reason, I think, is many choose function over form, and many simply have no aesthetic sense. Design is something they just don’t get or care about.
One can only assume that the designers of the cars below either were trying too hard or were having a series of bad days.
This pink Bentley Continental GT is being auctioned off in San Diego to benefit breast cancer research. The car is a blob to begin with, even without the pink paint. By the way, aren’t we all getting a little sick of this pink thing? NFL players with pink shoes, etc.? Yes, we know it’s a good cause.
Honda’s Accord Crosstour shows up on almost every ugly-car blog post and deserves its notoriety. Out of sheer stubbornness, Honda keeps offering it—for those who can’t decide whether they want a crossover, SUV or car and don’t care what it looks like.
Last year, the Honda CR-Z was named Japanese Car of the Year, an exercise in pure chauvinism. So the company went one better with this concept, which may ditch the hybrid for “a small-displacement, turbocharged mill.” It looks even more foolish.
Audi is going all out to win the SUV Ugliness Sweepstakes with the new Q7. All it needs is a howitzer mounted on the roof.
Lincoln, too, is hanging on with its mostly unchanged MKT. We always show the famous shark’s-tooth grinning grille; this time you get to see the big hump in back.
Another concept car appeared in 2008, and the Mazda Furai is still mentioned glowingly on the company’s website, so all you fans of weirdness may continue to hope for production. More dreadful Mazda concepts are featured here.
Well, the obvious question: Which of these, in your opinion, is the ugliest, most misconceived, misshapen creation?