Remember when new cars were a source of pride? I sure do. I remember the days when a neighbor would drive home in a shiny new ride and all the neighborhood guys would gravitate toward the new rig and compliment the owner on his purchase.
Things are a little different today. Yeah, new cars still generate interest, but now you’re more likely to hear things like, “Well, once you get past that front end, it’s actually a pretty decent lookin’ car.”
For some reason, more and more cars are hitting showrooms that I would classify as “unfortunately designed.” At first it was just Acura and the occasional Subaru, but now the trend toward ugliness has infiltrated nearly all car segments.
Keep reading for a peek into the sordid world of new-car design, then let me know if you agree.
Ford has hired ex-Cadillac designer Max Wolff as Lincoln’s new design director, which should add some angular goodness to the Lincoln line.
For now, though, take one look at the Lincoln MKT and you’ll go into convulsions, staring in disbelief at the out-of-proportion buck-tooth front grille and PT Cruiser-esque rear end. Driving the car, especially with the EcoBoost twin-turbocharged direct-injection V6, is an absolute thrill, so hopefully Mr. Wolff can bring the exterior up to par.
The MKT would, incidentally, make a decent hearse (though I wouldn’t be caught dead in one for my last earthly ride).
On the hatchback side, the Mazdaspeed3 is another car that I’d happily drive to and from the supermarket everyday, but would have trouble staring at in my driveway. I spoke with a Mazda salesman recently who said people come in to ask about used models since they don’t want the current body style. Let’s hope that new Shinari concept spawns greatness!
There are many more examples, but my eyes hurt from looking at them all.
Do you think there are more ugly new cars now than there used to be? Which do you think is ugliest?