Sunday, August 10, 2008

New vs. Old German Car Design

Here are two cars side by side, the new BMW X6 SUV and an old VW GTI. This photo doesn't do justice to the size difference between the two cars. The BMW is big, fat, bulbous and tall. Along with sister cars like the Nissan Murano, it's one of the uglient cars on the road to my eyes. But it sold out in the first year before it even hit the market and in this wealthy town, I saw three in the last 24 hours. The VW is essentially the same size as the original Rabbit from 1975, small, angular, efficient. How much longer before the car on the left is simply an embarrasment instead of a statement?
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