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#26819 of 32000 Re: GM takes 6 of Top Ten [ateixeira]
Sep 11, 2012 (11:54 am)
I would guess that the percentage of real "car enthusiasts" is probably in the tenth of a percentile... For the rest, a car is nothing more than a utensile to get them back and forth from point A to B, reliably, comfortably and with plenty of "gadgets" to make the time pass by painlessly.
And companies like Toyota have made it their business model which is one of the big reasons they have made it as far as they have.
Much to the disappointment and citicism of the rest of us "enthusiasts"
#26820 of 32000 Re: GM takes 6 of Top Ten [anythngbutgm]
Sep 11, 2012 (11:59 am)
If they held a focus group with all of us, all they'd ever build are diesel station wagons with manuals!
#26821 of 32000 Re: GM takes 6 of Top Ten [andre1969]
Sep 11, 2012 (12:19 pm)
I think the best thing to do with these types of lists is just read over the comments and opinions, take a trip down memory lane, and not think too much into them.
List like this are soooooo subjective...
Back in the 1930's, Chrysler developed the Airflow design, which wasn't very well received at the time (probably made someone's list of 10 worse cars of all time back then), but take a look today at how much technology from that design is incorporated into today's cars, much like many SAV designs can be traced back to the Aztek.
I can't remember which, but its either Hyundai or Kia that recalls the Airflow in one of its commercials. That's rather unusual, using a different manufacturer's product to sell yours....
#26822 of 32000 Re: Forlorn Auto Mile [andre1969]
Sep 11, 2012 (1:19 pm)
Re.: the '14 Impala:
I love the simple frontal styling. For anyone old enough to remember, I'm reminded of the clean front end styling of the '79 Impala--the grille and top of the headlights are at the same height, which I like.
I think the rear end is a little uninspired...I wish the taillights had three distinct red bulbs light up in each!
#26824 of 32000 Re: Forlorn Auto Mile [uplanderguy]
Sep 11, 2012 (1:37 pm)
No one remembers the 70s. Too traumatic.
#26825 of 32000 considered a Chevy Malibu?
by steve_ HOST
Sep 11, 2012 (2:03 pm)
A reporter seeks to interview anyone who recently considered or bought a new Chevy Malibu. Please email PRedmunds.com before Friday, September 14, 2012 if you are willing to share your thoughts on the car.
#26826 of 32000 Re: Forlorn Auto Mile [uplanderguy]
Sep 11, 2012 (2:13 pm)
Yeah, like you I think thi slooks like the best Impala design in decades. Would that they has at least humored us with the tail lights. They aren't plug ugly like the last Malibu but they could be really Impala-like if they tried.
#26827 of 32000 Re: GM takes 6 of Top Ten [ateixeira]
Sep 11, 2012 (4:00 pm)
I sincerely believe that based on that list's criteria, the current Acura model with the Joker bright-metal grin in front could be on a future list, as well as the Nissan Cube. I think the Cube makes the Aztek look downright sexy.
#26828 of 32000 Re: GM takes 6 of Top Ten [andre1969]
Sep 11, 2012 (5:21 pm)
The Aztek ushered in a new era of automotive style. Suddenly, cars didn't have to have cohesive styling. They could just throw any shapes and angles and odd proportions together and go with what stuck.
New era? No. GM was the one that brought grotesque to the forefront. And, it was not the first time.