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Why has this thread died?

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Why has this thread died?

Forgot about this thread, guess it's time for revival. LA Auto Show is coming up as well.

2013 BMW 3-Series

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http://carscoop.blog...ation-of-3.html

2013 Volkswagen CC Facelift

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http://carscoop.blog...t-unveiled.html

2013 Audi A4 - Allroad Wagon Coming Back to America

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http://carscoop.blog...ersions-of.html

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I have a 2009 CC V6, and that refresh is a miss. I like the LED tailamps and wheels, but the front end is taking one of the best parts of the CC and taking all the character out of it. I figured that front end was coming when the Passat was introduced with it, but *sigh* it makes me sad. But happy I have mine!

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I have a 2009 CC V6, and that refresh is a miss. I like the LED tailamps and wheels, but the front end is taking one of the best parts of the CC and taking all the character out of it. I figured that front end was coming when the Passat was introduced with it, but *sigh* it makes me sad. But happy I have mine!

I agree -- I love the current CC but the refreshed front end is a miss......similar to my feelings for the new A5/S5 (and to a lesser degree, the A4/S4) refresh....don't like it at all.....has Audi/VW fired their good designers and hired some "new" ones ?

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I agree -- I love the current CC but the refreshed front end is a miss......similar to my feelings for the new A5/S5 (and to a lesser degree, the A4/S4) refresh....don't like it at all.....has Audi/VW fired their good designers and hired some "new" ones ?

My feeling is that sometimes the manufacturers achieve near perfection with a particular design. Because they need to refresh it after a few years, they "refine" it to the point that they actually undo some of the great things about the original. Back in the day, when Honda had great designs, they were guilty of this as well. Updated wheels and lights usually looked tacked on and not nearly as nice as what they started with.

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It seems like carmakers feel more of a need to create "brand identities" these days. In my opinion, Honda/Acura and Volkswagen have suffered as a result, because they've chosen identities that are ugly or bland compared to the vehicle designs they replaced.

I personally don't see why I'd want a car that follows the same design cues as every other car in that automaker's lineup...some distinctiveness is a good thing IMO.

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I personally don't see why I'd want a car that follows the same design cues as every other car in that automaker's lineup...some distinctiveness is a good thing IMO.

Well, design cues across a brand don't have to be exactly identical. Cadillac has their vertical tail lights, but a XTS is not going to look the same as the CTS in the rear, there's a little bit of variation in there.

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2013 Lincoln MKZ. I think they're going to regret that grill.

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As much as car designers like to bang on about 'Design DNA', it is always surprising how much current auto design across many makes gravitates to the same set of elements: rising beltline echoed by bodyside and rocker panel creases, short deck / long hood proportions, headlights climbing up the fender, and semi-fastback roofline. Just compare the ATS, Fusion/Mondeo, Dart and VW CC above.

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Wow - it's really different !!   /s

 

I was reading about it on another site -- there are apparently a lot of changes under the skin....still a fun go-kart for grown ups !!

 

This one is fine, but Mini seems to have had a hard time coming up with other models that aren't atrocious looking.

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So the SLS will be going away - I think it's a ridiculous car but I have a soft spot for those wings!

 

http://jalopnik.com/its-the-end-of-the-road-for-the-mercedes-sls-amg-1463157436

 

I have only seen one of these in person - the driver was actually driving the wrong way down a one-way road - I had to pull over so he could pass -- it was a stunning car in person (bad driver though!!)....it is hard to tell from pictures what a presence the car has...

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I actually don't think it's that bad...I just saw the prices though -- typical Porsche !!  $73K starting for the Turbo.....$53K starting for the S

 

Could that be Houston in the pic ??

 

Good god y'all!  $73k?!  I move in different automotive circles, obviously.

 

The F-Type is nice.  Pre-reviews have been very positive for that one.

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That Porsche is hardly a thing of grace and beauty. 

 

Did you notice this:

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I saw a film crew wrapping up a photo shoot downtown for a small SUV back on October 26th. It might've been this vehicle, though I thought I spied a BMW kidney grille outline under the wraps. I may have been wrong.

 

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definitely photoshopped/rendered.

 

note directly under the car the pavement is blurred so it looks like the car is moving, then at the cobbled crosswalk, the blur inexplicably (or inexorably) stops. it must be amateur hour over at Porsche, if they made such an obvious cutoff line for their blurred road.

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definitely photoshopped/rendered.

 

note directly under the car the pavement is blurred so it looks like the car is moving, then at the cobbled crosswalk, the blur inexplicably (or inexorably) stops. it must be amateur hour over at Porsche, if they made such an obvious cutoff line for their blurred road.

 

no people anywhere either....

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Wow, that Mustang looks much more impressive from the angles in these pics than the one that was in the Chron's autos section a couple of days ago. And they finally added IRS, bringing it up to parity suspension-wise with the current-generation Camaro. 

 

I think those pics are the concept car -- not the actual production version....

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