Our writer says when it comes to cars, love is not blind
By Bruce McCulloch
“Not only does my new vehicle boast a great amount of horsepower and great interior, but it’s it provides great entertainment as a driver’s vehicle. The exterior on the other hand, well, let’s just say it’s… Oh, did I mention how much of a bargain it was?!”
How much of that design do you actually like? Such a question had recently dawned upon me when a fellow automotive enthusiast was deciding on purchasing a new vehicle. At the risk of possibly offending him – I choose to leave out his name and of course, the car which he eventually purchased.
When I showed my interest in the particular vehicle that he had purchased, he responded with a few remarks about the vehicle’s styling which he disliked. In fact, despite his recent purchase of the vehicle, he seemed overly disappointed with the vehicle’s exterior design. Personally, this shocked me very much. Not only did he describe a styling cue of the vehicle as one that was a blatant copy of another, he also made note of how he thought its exterior design was ‘efficient’, rather than good. With such an attitude, you’re probably wondering why he would purchase something he didn’t have much appreciation for. The answer to that question was practicality – as an overall vehicle it suited his needs just about perfectly. Oh and before you ask, yes, he’s a huge automotive enthusiast.
While I can understand the necessity for practicality, I cannot understand why one would purchase something that they do not like to look at , now, and then every day they own it in the future. Mind you, he’s most certainly not the only one to buy a car, or for that matter, even like a car with a design they were just ‘ok’ with.
Admittedly, I’m an overly picky enthusiast when it comes to car design and let me tell you, there’s no way in hell that I’d purchase any car (at any price) if I didn’t like the exterior styling of the car. Of course, this is all going to depend on the individual in question and what priorities they lay out when purchasing a new vehicle. Certain individuals will purchase on the merit of reliability, while others on the merit of either power or interior comfort. Perhaps for some (certainly myself), most everything must be considered – but in any event: I don’t care how much practicality; how much power or how much of a bargain an automobile is, if I’m not satisfied with the exterior metal. Honestly, I mustn’t only like the front of the car, but also the rear and with that, the side profile. That being said, I think it’s fair to say that with an attitude such as mine, I have a far shorter list of automobiles I would actually buy than most enthusiasts.
Arguably, there is no such thing as a ‘perfect design’, especially as one is most usually forced to focus upon a certain aspect of the vehicle’s exterior design which they like, or dislike. For instance, the BMW 8-Series is a car which I have great affection for, but I must admit to having greater appreciation for the front end than the rear end. Although that’s not to say that I entirely dislike the rear end though – not at all, I’m just merely pointing out a styling cue throughout the design. That being said, I can still safely say that I like the entire design of the car, unlike an E60 BMW 5-Series (for instance).
Those are some of my thoughts and annoyances regarding car design. So then, how about you? Are you willing to purchase a vehicle with a design which you only consider to be “ok” for the sake of such things as comfort, practicality, badge, power, price, etc?
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