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#6 of 35 Re: Look Alike? [fintail]
Aug 16, 2008 (1:16 pm)
Yeah, I'm pretty sure that Pony was a concept. I noticed the Wikipedia article states that the original was styled by Italdesign Giugiaro, and lists the first-gen as running from 1975-1981. Here's the url: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyundai_Pony . It doesn't say much about that concept though, and the way it's worded, I wonder if the entire '75 lineup was styled by Italdesign Guigiaro, or just that '74 coupe?
Here's a pic of the thing from the front. I think it's actually pretty cool looking from this angle. I guess, if they had mass-produced it from the get-go, it could have been what ultimately became the Tiburon.
#7 of 35 Re: note on a little editing [Mr_Shiftright]
Aug 16, 2008 (2:08 pm)
On that note, if you squish an AMC Pacer...
you get a Porsche 928
#8 of 35 Re: Look Alike? [andre1969]
Aug 16, 2008 (5:34 pm)
I want to say the whole line was Italian styled, I am sure I read that somewhere.
Regarding the Pacer/928, I have heard that before too...always thought that was funny. I've always thought the 928 was cool, but the Pacer, maybe not so much other than as a curiosity.
Aug 16, 2008 (8:06 pm)
Can anyone else think of some cars that look alike?
Aug 16, 2008 (8:10 pm)
What about the 300c and the Dodge Charger? (The newer ones, of course)
The only difference is the rear end.
#12 of 35 Re: Well.. [fordtough60]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Aug 17, 2008 (7:06 am)
The BMW 3 Series and every other 4-door sedan made today?
#13 of 35 Re: Well.. [Mr_Shiftright]
Aug 17, 2008 (9:04 am)
Sometimes it seems a list of those who haven't copied the Hofmeister kink would be smaller than those who have.
#14 of 35 Re: Any others? [fordtough60]
Aug 17, 2008 (2:21 pm)
Can anyone else think of some cars that look alike? -Jake
They both had remarkably ugly bumpers.
At the same time, Ford also liked to point out that the Granada base price was about the same as a VW Rabbit. It was a successful car line in spite of the marketing comparisons to VW and Mercedes.
#15 of 35 "There Isn't Anything New Under The Sun"
Aug 17, 2008 (3:41 pm)
With rare exception (tail fins in the '50s, for example), almost every automotive styling cue or exercise has a precedent. Even tail fins, which I just mentioned as an exception, were inspired by something, it just didn't happen to be automotive. From what I've read, tail fins were inspired by jet fighters.
I think the challenge for automotive designers is to create a balanced blend of tasteful, elegant. and well integrated functional lines. I'm sure someone can express it better than this, but these are the adjectives that come to mind at this moment. In other words, maybe designers should invest less creative talent trying to discover something new, and more time adapting ideas that proved popular in the past to today's realities. I'm not referring to retro styling here, which has limited application and shelf life, but rather blending old forms in new ways. After all, cars have been around for over a century now, and carriages before that, so the chances of creating something without precedent is pretty remote, in my opinion.