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CB77
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Oh Joy! An Accompaniment to the Exciting Beak    (Score: 1, Normal) 09-06-2013 10:46
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Car styling the past few years has gone down a very unfortunate path...that of an ugly, leering "face" on many cars. Apparently the more leering and over-the-top, the better. I suppose this just goes along with the general coarsening of our society (with everything having to be "extreme"...thus the fixation on "X").

You might know that this would be one design area in which Honda would excel.

GoFaster
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Re: Oh Joy! An Accompaniment to the Exciting Beak    (Score: 1, Normal) 09-06-2013 11:09
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Seems like front LED light configurations is what companies are using to define their look, and Honda/Acura has this with the jewel LEDs, so I am not sure why they also want these shiedls across the grill.
BTW an LED ........ H .......... or .......... A ........... would be pretty cool.
CB77
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Re: Oh Joy! An Accompaniment to the Exciting Beak    (Score: 1, Normal) 09-06-2013 15:16
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Looks like I am voicing the minority opinion on this topic. Apparently ugly, leering car "faces" ARE the way to go. Party on, Honda.

Nick GravesX
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Re: Oh Joy! An Accompaniment to the Exciting Beak    (Score: 1, Normal) 09-06-2013 19:22
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The euphemism is 'emotional styling'.

Emotionally retarded, usually.

I liked the inscrutable, Japanese smile of the super-clean 1990s Hondas. But less isn't apparently more, any more.

I dislike the over-styling trend, which makes a '59 Caddy look almost tasteful. I like VW's current clean look.

But the Emos want mental-looking cars.
CB77
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Re: Oh Joy! An Accompaniment to the Exciting Beak    (Score: 1, Normal) 09-06-2013 20:05
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Yes Nick. I always liked early Accord styling, which was so clean, simple and refreshing. I agree this school of styling for Honda (and Acura) reached its zenith in the '90s.

TonyEX
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Re: Oh Joy! An Accompaniment to the Exciting Beak    (Score: 1, Normal) 09-06-2013 21:05
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Nick GravesX wrote:
The euphemism is 'emotional styling'.

Emotionally retarded, usually.

I liked the inscrutable, Japanese smile of the super-clean 1990s Hondas. But less isn't apparently more, any more.

I dislike the over-styling trend, which makes a '59 Caddy look almost tasteful. I like VW's current clean look.

But the Emos want mental-looking cars.




I wonder what you think of that HUGE Audi grill?

It reminds me of the Panzer Goes to Poland sort of look.

I once made that comment at the LA Auto Show while "admiring" the dash of a BMW while seated in the driver's seat. The woman in the front passenger seat took offence... she owned a Bimmer.

BUT, given that I have a way with words she was left with the tattered remains of her vanity to reply. I just shrugged, mentioned something about the Blitzkrieg, got up and left.. followed by my irate wife who thought I should be more polite.

Bah humbug! Life's too short.


bigblue
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Re: Oh Joy! An Accompaniment to the Exciting Beak    (Score: 1, Normal) 09-06-2013 22:37
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^ Well ... not exactly tactful.
jshaw
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Re: Oh Joy! An Accompaniment to the Exciting Beak    (Score: 1, Normal) 09-07-2013 02:46
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CB77 wrote:

Looks like I am voicing the minority opinion on this topic. Apparently ugly, leering car "faces" ARE the way to go. Party on, Honda.



Didn't you read that Honda safety report from several years back? Incorporating elements of a face in car frontal designs help get the attention of pedestrians slightly quicker, improving pedestrian safety.
CB77
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Re: Oh Joy! An Accompaniment to the Exciting Beak    (Score: 1, Normal) 09-07-2013 09:06
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jshaw wrote:
CB77 wrote:

Looks like I am voicing the minority opinion on this topic. Apparently ugly, leering car "faces" ARE the way to go. Party on, Honda.



Didn't you read that Honda safety report from several years back? Incorporating elements of a face in car frontal designs help get the attention of pedestrians slightly quicker, improving pedestrian safety.



Yes, I saw that. And I would classify it as the typical psychobabble that we are hearing more and more from Honda recently. The old man would not have put up with this silly bullshit. Honda employees would have been terrified to even suggest such stupidity to him, because they knew what his reaction would have been.

Nick GravesX
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Re: Oh Joy! An Accompaniment to the Exciting Beak    (Score: 1, Normal) 09-07-2013 09:48
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TonyEX wrote:
Nick GravesX wrote:
The euphemism is 'emotional styling'.

Emotionally retarded, usually.

I liked the inscrutable, Japanese smile of the super-clean 1990s Hondas. But less isn't apparently more, any more.

I dislike the over-styling trend, which makes a '59 Caddy look almost tasteful. I like VW's current clean look.

But the Emos want mental-looking cars.




I wonder what you think of that HUGE Audi grill?

It reminds me of the Panzer Goes to Poland sort of look.

I once made that comment at the LA Auto Show while "admiring" the dash of a BMW while seated in the driver's seat. The woman in the front passenger seat took offence... she owned a Bimmer.

BUT, given that I have a way with words she was left with the tattered remains of her vanity to reply. I just shrugged, mentioned something about the Blitzkrieg, got up and left.. followed by my irate wife who thought I should be more polite.

Bah humbug! Life's too short.





I used to admire Audi's clean, NSU-like elegance.

Then they became positively ridiculous in their terribly self-concious styling - the A1 looks like Eric Cartman throwing a tantrum. Such aggression on such a dumpy little car does not work. The very latest models with the hexagonal grille are a bit more toned-down, but for a generation I just used to laugh out loud at them. Especially when the typical tailgating bellends that bought them were understeering off a roundabout (having been too aggressively pursuing behind my old Prelude 4WS) it looked even more incongruous.

There was an A6 with an 1930s Auto-Union retro grille, which was wonderfully sinister. Sort of like members of our Royal Family dressing up like their 1930s cousins...IKWYM.

Really, they all look just as insane as does an 4G TL laughing at the faces in the clouds. BUT the great unwashed don't see it that way.





 
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