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Subaru Impreza, Sedan
#3904 of 11554 This generation Impreza...
Dec 04, 2001 (7:40 am)
is on a 4-year cycle. The next generation Impreza is due in 2005, most likely as a MY06 model. This is a shorter production cycle than any previous Subaru that I'm aware of. Previous Subarus have gone at least five years before a new generation model is introduced.
I take that as an admission by Subaru that the styling is not what it should be, and that they want to get a new model out as fast as they can. The criticism of its looks is world-wide, not just here in the USA.
#3905 of 11554 Ok, looks like I get to be the first to say this. . .
Dec 04, 2001 (7:45 am)
I actually l-o-v-e the styling on our silver WRX wagon, especially the rear 3/4 view, looking from the side and slightly above the vehicle. And the sedan grows on me all the time. You have to view the sedan from almost street level to really appreciate it. To look its best, tho, I think the sedan needs the rear wing to counterbalance the front hood scoop. My wife is an artist and she likes the styling too.
Dec 04, 2001 (8:05 am)
I agree the wagon looks great from that angle.
Motor Trend's award is the most valuable from a marketing stand point but the least valid from a technical stand point.
Dec 04, 2001 (10:28 am)
The wagon (any wagon) looks stupid to me.
The sedan I thought was fugly the first couple months I seen it. But those performance numbers... It starts to grow on you!
Dec 04, 2001 (11:27 am)
the more time, effort, and money you spend on style and design, the more cost it adds to the car. Could they sell a 40K WRX? The Audi A-series cars look alright (not as good as BMW or Mercedes), but cost less than those. If the Audi stylists were hired to work on the Subaru design, the WRX would probably cost another 10K. Id say its pretty good for what you pay.
Dec 04, 2001 (12:01 pm)
VW and Chrysler products are among the best looking on this planet, and they are not premium priced.
I've been a design professional for 30 years. I know good (excellent!) doesn't have to be expensive. What it takes is courage and conviction from those calling the shots.
Dec 04, 2001 (12:23 pm)
Actually, VWs are. Golfs and Jettas really push the price limits for compact cars, easily hitting the upper $20s.
But yes, inexpensive cars can be stylish and attractive. I like the sporty back on the wagons, though. The Protoge5 and Matrix are other handsome examples.
Dec 04, 2001 (1:01 pm)
I disagree too, about good styling costing much more....hell, the Bottom-of-the-food-chain Daewoos are starting to look really attractive, even though they are duds underneath all those stylish exteriors. Same applies to some of the Hyundais. Why not spend a bit more time in spiffing up the exteriors of the REX, beats me.
Dec 04, 2001 (1:12 pm)
But then people would say they look like Daewoos, Hyundais, or Chryslers. I guess you can't win.
Dec 04, 2001 (1:22 pm)
From what I recall, the latest Daewoo styling was done in Pininfarina.
Basically when something looks really good (eg. The new Mercedes S-class), you don't have to be apolegetic about the appearance, since the innards are very sturdy and top-notch. When the Daewoo/Chrysler/Hyundai looks good, they don't have the substance underneath to back it up. A Passat/Audi A4 etc does. The WRX has a lot of substance underneath, and if it is backed up by good-looks, it would sell like hot-cakes. But then again, too many REXs on the road may not be a good thing, however...