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Car makers have long talked about the "face" of a car - headlights for eyes, grille for a mouth and the bumper as jaws - and auto designers say the difference between a hit and a flop may come down to a vehicle's visage. Car makers used to strive for an inviting face, but lately they're pushing an edgier look: Car faces that look meaner, angrier and, at times, even downright evil.

http://www.azcentral.com/offbeat/articles/0310wsj-carfaces10-ON.html

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Oh, a mean looking mini van. Now that would be a hit!
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quote:
Originally posted by Nicki:
Oh, a mean looking mini van. Now that would be a hit!

Ahhh no it wouldn't

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It's funny that this issue has been brought to light. I have always had some sort of issue with seeing cars that have been in front-end accidents - especially if the headlights are broken. For some reason, I equate that image with a shattered skull of some kind. It's always disturbed me, but at least I'm not alone in the whole... seeing faces in cars thing.

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Somewhat of a hijack, but my 1997 Camry looks confident but not agressive.
End hijack.

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My Toyota T100 looks a bit dumb... a blank stare.

My CRV looks lazy, I have yet to figure out why.

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Chuck Jordan, former head of Chevy design, once commented on a proposed front end for the C5 Corvette. It had the fresh air grills on the front slightly tipped up at the ends. His comment was something like "That looks like it's smiling at me. When a Corvette comes up behind you, it shouldn't say 'Hi!', it should say 'get outta my way!"

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This is exactly why I hate the restyled BMWs. They went way beyond "aggressive" to the point where the car just looks really pissed off.

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I always get this urge to hug and kiss VW Bugs because they look so happy, like they're smiling.

My old maroon thunderbird had been described as having the same facial expression as me when I'm watching someone do something really stupid.( not my car, but same body )

ETA I ment "kiss"! Not "kill"! [lol]

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I think my Saturn looks confused or maybe it's just bored. Could be annoyed, I haven't cleaned it in awhile.
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My car says "I'm ugly and I know it. Please kill me now." [Frown]

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quote:
Originally posted by Nocturnal Goddess: The Bittersweet:
I always get this urge to hug and kiss VW Bugs because they look so happy, like they're smiling.

Bugs are cute. Besides a New Beetle 'Herbie' lookalike, we've got a Beetle in town that has a giant wind-up key on the trunk lid in place of the VW symbol (some here might be old enough to remember the days before batteries powered everything). The key actually turns when she drives. On any other car, it'd look stupid, but somehow on the Bug, it works.

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I think my 'buggy'('05PTCruiser) looks happy.
Maybe it's just because I smile when I look at it?

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quote:
Originally posted by Delta-V:
quote:
Originally posted by Nocturnal Goddess: The Bittersweet:
I always get this urge to hug and kiss VW Bugs because they look so happy, like they're smiling.

Bugs are cute. Besides a New Beetle 'Herbie' lookalike, we've got a Beetle in town that has a giant wind-up key on the trunk lid in place of the VW symbol (some here might be old enough to remember the days before batteries powered everything). The key actually turns when she drives. On any other car, it'd look stupid, but somehow on the Bug, it works.

Delta-'German Engineering is in da House'-V

Oh that sounds just adorable! I used to have a clockwork old-style beetle when I was younger... feel free to PM some pics!

ETA I think there may be something to the "meaner" car faces. My boyfriend has told me, repeatedly, that, no matter how much I may love them, and even though he *loves* the old-style beetle, he refuses get a new style beetle, due to the fact that they're "cutesy chick cars".

Edited to make sence

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Whenever I see a Chrysler 300C, I always think it's grille was going to eat me.

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That's a stoical looking car!

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One of the reasons Bob wanted to buy my Acura TLwas its aggressive expression.

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quote:
Originally posted by Delta-V:
His comment was something like "That looks like it's smiling at me. When a Corvette comes up behind you, it shouldn't say 'Hi!', it should say 'get outta my way!"

When the Neons came out, one of the ad campaigns featured the slogan: "Hi!" My friend commented, like in your story, a car shouldn't say "hi", it should say "what are you looking at?"

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quote:
Originally posted by YeeMum:
I think my 'buggy'('05PTCruiser) looks happy.
Maybe it's just because I smile when I look at it?

I spotted one and gave it a look today and (no offense) it truely has a goofy, "I'm too happy" look to it. lol

I do admit that all of the cars I tend to like or admire tend to have at least a stoic look, if not a menacing stare.

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I call the Subaru Tribeca the "Hannibal Lecter" car because its face looks like it's wearing Hannibal's mask.

There's no doubt in my mind that the face-like appearance of cars started out as accidental, but, because our caveman danger sense psychologically predisposes us to discerning the human form in everything from clouds to shadows to trees, it's only expected that people would start noticing faces in cars. Eventually, car manufacturers were bound to obsess on this subtlety and integrate it into their subliminal marketing.

The next big thing will be to make the engines roar more agressively, or even sound like specific animals. And also, the horn sound could be made more agressive or even made to operate on the same waveform as a fire truck siren to make it subliminally sound more safe. However, I've always wondered why the Ferarri Testarosa's horn sounds so wimpy.

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quote:
Originally posted by chillas:
When the Neons came out, one of the ad campaigns featured the slogan: "Hi!" My friend commented, like in your story, a car shouldn't say "hi", it should say "what are you looking at?"

A friend of mine says her Neon looks like the talking Claymation car from the Chevron ads

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quote:
Originally posted by Grand Illusion:
However, I've always wondered why the Ferarri Testarosa's horn sounds so wimpy.

Since the Testarossa was a Celica in disguise, it sounded like a Celica.

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quote:
Originally posted by TwoGuyswithaHat:
Whenever I see a Chrysler 300C, I always think it's grille was going to eat me.

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Those cars always remind me of Dick Cheney. Since I've always believed that the target audience for these cars would be Neo-Cons, I guess that's a good thing.
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quote:
Originally posted by Grand Illusion:
The next big thing will be to make the engines roar more agressively, or even sound like specific animals.

Next? Car makers have been tuning exhaust sounds since at least the 1960's. Plenty of cars are tuned to roar at wide-open throttle. Many are tuned to purr at idle. Of course, it's hard to get a 4-banger to sound like anything but a bumble-bee.

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I've alwas thought my Saturn SL2 looks like an angry anime cat. But I'm weird like that.

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Re: the sound of horns, I always giggle when my SO honks the horn in his truck. It's a midsized Ford Ranger XLT decked out with all this stuff to make it look rugged but the horn is just wimpy. Kind of like hearing Mike Tyson talk, the sound just doesn't match the body.

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quote:
Originally posted by clemtinker:
I think my Saturn looks confused or maybe it's just bored. Could be annoyed, I haven't cleaned it in awhile.

My Saturn has the old body style. It doesn't really have much of a facial expression at all, so I guess bored works pretty well. That body style also has a pointy nose.

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The two cars that I've seen that I judge being sick have to be the 2004 BMW 5 Series car with a curved eye lid to make it mad, and 1998 or 1999 Hyundai Elantra with the tail lights looking like a woman's eyes staring back at you everytime it lights up.

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Ugggh - Subaru Tribeca. Somebody posted an image of that .. thing. its too just too sad to be ugly.

Now for an ugly face that somehow looks kinda fun in an squashed frog sort of way check out the Fiat Multipla:

http://www.motoring.co.za/index.php?fSectionId=853&fArticleId=308073

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quote:
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quote:
Originally posted by TwoGuyswithaHat:
Whenever I see a Chrysler 300C, I always think it's grille was going to eat me.

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Those cars always remind me of Dick Cheney. Since I've always believed that the target audience for these cars would be Neo-Cons, I guess that's a good thing.
...Just sayin' [Big Grin]

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quote:
Originally posted by Biggles:
Ugggh - Subaru Tribeca. Somebody posted an image of that .. thing. its too just too sad to be ugly.

Now for an ugly face that somehow looks kinda fun in an squashed frog sort of way check out the Fiat Multipla:

http://www.motoring.co.za/index.php?fSectionId=853&fArticleId=308073

That thing reminds me of a duck.

I can just imagine the hood opening up and hearing "Quack!"

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quote:
Originally posted by 24Kit Kat[/e]:
One of the reasons Bob wanted to buy my Acura TLwas its aggressive expression.

Aggressive? My DH2B drives a TL... I've always thought it had a "Come hither" stare, if you know what I mean.

Count me among the 05PTCruiser drivers. I think it has a confidently cheerful-verging-on-giddy face, like a teenager with a crush.

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quote:
Originally posted by Delta-V:
Chuck Jordan, former head of Chevy design, once commented on a proposed front end for the C5 Corvette. It had the fresh air grills on the front slightly tipped up at the ends. His comment was something like "That looks like it's smiling at me. When a Corvette comes up behind you, it shouldn't say 'Hi!', it should say 'get outta my way!"

[lol] I like that.


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