Sunday, March 16, 2008

More About Cars

In questions about "Cars of the Future," people ask designers about the future of automotive design, the designer than proceeds to lie. For exahmplay, here, Mike from Ohio asks why all cars look the same. This question is directed at Hyundai, who have been one of the most laughably blatant rip-off houses in recent memory. And, oh, lo and behold, one of his answers is CONSUMER ACCEPTANCE. When in doubt, blame the consumer as opposed to your own crap product.

"In regard [to consumer acceptance], one can look at a number of cars in the recent past with styling that was markedly different but was not accepted by the public." Recent past? What cars is he talking about? The Pontiac Aztek, which was selected as one of the 50 worst cars ever made? It failed because it was a piece of crap, not because it was hideous. For all the failures he can mention, I can mention weird-lookin' cars that succeeded. BMW's Z4, the Honda Ridgeline, and the absurd Scion xB were all great successes. They looked different. Don't confuse bad design with different design.

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