Jaguar E-Type Still Captivates, Unlike Most Cars Today

1965 Jaguar E-Type

What has happened to car design in modern times?

I’ve been flipping through images of the cars from the Shanghai Motor Show over the weekend, and I have to say, I’m left mostly unimpressed. Where are the cars that drop jaws, increase heart rates and draw humans to them like moths to a flame? Where are the cars that create an obsession at first glance?

Granted, it’s Shanghai, a show known for a certain amount of epic weirdness. Among the cars no one outside of China will ever see outside of gallery pictures on a blog, a few stood out as well-designed vehicles that can be described as sleek, snarling and sexy.

But what about seductive? What about all-out awe inspiring? For that, I had to simply walk through the valet section of a hometown hotel.

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Cars Coming Soon: The Beauty of Ghibli

2014 Maserati Ghibli

Last Fall I was walking through the streets of Seattle with a friend when a parked car caught her eye. She turned her head as we passed the low-slung sports car and said, “What… is that?”

It was a Maserati GranTurismo, arguably one of the most beautiful cars on the planet. We don’t see a lot of exotics in our neck of the woods, so the Trident-branded beauty stood out to us both. There’s just something about a Maserati that demands attention. It’s an understated, elegant exotic that quietly seduces the senses. Well, until the engine turns on. The slow burble of the V8 can turn into a cacophony of roars and pops that’ll leave you wondering what in your life has gone so terribly wrong as to not have one of these in your garage.

By unveiling the new Ghibli sedan, Maserati hopes to drive more of us rectify the problem of not having a Maserati.

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Shanghai Motor Show Previews New Cars Destined for America

Buick Envision concept

It’s finally safe to say that China has climbed to the top tier of auto shows. During the previous Shanghai Motor Show, in 2009, the United States was the world’s largest auto market. Since then, China has overtaken the U.S. and is now getting the auto-show attention it deserves.

World premieres at this year’s show include Volkswagen’s new retro-styled Beetle, General Motors’ new Chevrolet Malibu, and the Buick Envision concept.

The fact that these U.S.-bound cars were revealed a world away should give some insight into how important automakers believe the Chinese market has become.

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