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Jan 18, 2013 (8:32 am)
Generally I haven't liked that large mouth bass look - Audi, then the EVO, then VW (strange), then seemingly everyone.
The market seems to like it, though.
Never poll enthusiasts to find out what car would sell. If they asked us, you'd build a diesel-only station wagon that only came with a manual transmission. Then they would proceed to sell 2 of them, to you and me.
Jan 18, 2013 (8:33 am)
First saw an Altima, and at first I thought it was a Maxima. Good job with the family resemblance, IMHO.
Then a saw a new Sentra, first out on the roads, and it fits in too. It does look like a car from a higher price class.
Nissan has done well with its new sedans, I think.
#10088 of 10919 Re: . [berri]
Jan 18, 2013 (8:51 am)
At least MB and BMW haven't really done it yet, I guess.
Just more to prove how designers are copycat sycophants, maybe not unlike 1958 when the solution for almost everyone was simply to add gingerbread.
#10089 of 10919 Re: Altima, Sentra [ateixeira]
Jan 18, 2013 (8:52 am)
The new Accord and Altima both look more expensive than they are - and look a notch fancier than Camry, too.
Sentra had to be an improvement, old one was a fun combination of ancient and cheap.
#10090 of 10919 Re: Altima, Sentra [fintail]
Jan 18, 2013 (8:54 am)
The old Sentra was so dated. My wife had a loaner and she preferred the Kia Rio loaner she had previously. The old Kia Rio. At least the Rio was light and tossable.
#10091 of 10919 Re: Altima, Sentra [ateixeira]
Jan 18, 2013 (8:56 am)
I think in the last year or two, it must have sold only to fleets. Outclassed by pretty much all of the competition. It's funny that on a cheap or mainstream car, a little chrome can do a lot.
Oh, saw a Buick Verano, which has a profile somewhat similar to a Sentra.
#10092 of 10919 Re: Altima, Sentra [fintail]
Jan 18, 2013 (9:12 am)
The redesign likely got more than chrome, but I have to see one in person before my final verdict.
DC Auto show is 2 weeks away!
#10093 of 10919 Re: Altima, Sentra [ateixeira]
Jan 18, 2013 (9:21 am)
I sat in a few at he dealership and was quite impressed...it's a nice little driver! So nice that I would consider buying another after the lemon '03 that I had and sold right before the 3/36k was up...gremlins the dealers couldn't fix. But the new one is so much better and comfortable to boot..fits in well with the family siblings.
Saw a pic of the new Forte and it looked a lot like a small Ford Fusion as I recall...prefer the current model except the horrid dash layout...with all the hard plastics it just is not something I'd want to face year after year personally. I do like the 5 door concept though and since our great luck with my kid's Hyundai Accent, I'd have no problem going with a Kia. As I've mentioned in another forum, the only domestic brand I'd buy right now is the Buick Verano. Except for the poor vision out the rear with the headrests in place, I was extremely impressed without even taking a test drive. Comfortable seating with great ergonomics and controls right where they should be...I just felt so comfortable and at home in that car that if things were different, I'd sigh the papers today and trade my beloved Civic! It's that good!
#10094 of 10919 Re: Altima, Sentra [sandman_6472]
Jan 18, 2013 (9:34 am)
I'm more of a hatch guy. The Versa Note looks better than the Versa sedan, but the latter is so cheapened and I'm afraid to check out the Note.
Should be dirt cheap, though.
#10095 of 10919 Re: Altima, Sentra [ateixeira]
Jan 18, 2013 (11:27 am)
Philly show is tomorrow! Even expanded it again this year (after expanding it last year, up 100K SF since 2011).
Even better, scored 2 free tickets thanks to friends in high places at SOA.
first time in about 5 years too that my son is going with me. If he can manage to find a job in May when he graduates college, that will be the next sales story from my clan.
he is already online looking. I try to point out that maybe he should be job looking first, but that has not seem to sunk in yet. Chip off the old block!