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Old 11-07-2012, 02:50 PM   #141 (permalink)
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Ladies and others, please may I present the very best polished turd possible - the Mk5 1991 European Ford Escort.



Never before has a new car managed to disappoint so many people at once as this one did. At the end of the 1980s Ford had the best selling car - the old Escort (which as I have been told here was NOT the same as the US one but it looked the same).

But by then the old car faced tougher competition. Peugeot had the 306



which was damn good. Rover had the (Honda based) 200 series



which was damn good. Vauxhall / Open (aka GM) had the Astra which was, er, cheap



Ford delayed a replacement for a year and then launched this :



Woohoo!

Er

No.

Meet a very young Mr Jeremy Clarkson on a road test of a car with only 4 cylinders...


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Old 11-07-2012, 09:43 PM   #142 (permalink)
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After much thought, I can think of no car in recent years that is as revolting to look at as the Chrysler 300 pimpmobiles

They regressed from a sleek streamlined design (.30 ish ) to a next generation model that ranged from a Cd .33 all the way up to .35 stock.
It was almost expected for owners to then pimp them out with huge heavy 22" wheels which no doubt drove the Cd count to that of a parachute.

Hideous !

Pre pimp Chrysler 300 :

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This new big wheeled box design has now caught on like wildfire, even influencing designs such as the retro look Camaro, which looks like an aborted fetus of the original design.
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Old 11-07-2012, 10:09 PM   #143 (permalink)
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After much thought, I can think of no car in recent years that is as revolting to look at as the Chrysler 300 pimpmobiles

They regressed from a sleek streamlined design (.30 ish ) to a next generation model that ranged from a Cd .33 all the way up to .35 stock.
It was almost expected for owners to then pimp them out with huge heavy 22" wheels which no doubt drove the Cd count to that of a parachute.

Hideous !

Pre pimp Chrysler 300 :



Pimped 300 :

This new big wheeled box design has now caught on like wildfire, even influencing designs such as the retro look Camaro, which looks like an aborted fetus of the original design.
My sentiments exactly. But I dislike everything else about them, too. I believe they made both for a year or two, the 300M (original) and 300C now just the 300.

Waste of pieces and parts.
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Old 11-07-2012, 10:29 PM   #144 (permalink)
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That's the Subaru Tribeca (see Subaru Tribeca - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia), which I agree is the ugliest looking (modern) Subaru there is... I was really disappointed when that one came out since I'm a Subaru fan...

Seems like a lot of people are calling some of the cars ugly because their functionality (or lack thereof)... That's one thing that doesn't compute for me... seems like a car can be good looking without having any functional benefits while a car with excellent functional benefits can be quite ugly looking...
Funny thing I noticed about Subarus:

They exist outside the normal car design universe! They release a model and people go: "Ew". Ten years later they look acceptable, almost like they have design that doesn't age. Look at a 1998 Forester - it still has the rugged accents and cutesy styling and foremost the underlying capability that people liked about them. It's weird. They age well.

Now, if I look at a set of chrome 20" wheels on a Chrysler 300... not so nice in 2 years.
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The porportions of bodyworks and weird angles have always made early Subaru's strange to me, even above my own spelling at times!!!
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I do like some Studebaker's, but this one tells me... Oh look! Grandma's coming!
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Ladies and others, please may I present the very best polished turd possible - the Mk5 1991 European Ford Escort.



(...)

Vauxhall / Open (aka GM) had the Astra which was, er, cheap

I actually don't consider the Mk5 Escort (or "froggy" Escort as it's known back here) bad-looking.

I like the Astra, but my favorite version is the Caravan.
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Old 11-08-2012, 02:21 PM   #148 (permalink)
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The Mk5 "Scrote" kind of has that "ahhh, well, we just couldn't be bothered to try" aspect about it. The Astra was OK but cleverly (at the time) it reused the older car's suspension bits which in turn dated from the early 1980s - but with newer engines such as the Isuzu Diesels and the first gen small Ecotecs.

GM Europe flogged boatloads of Astras / Kadettes - Ford not so much.

The good end to this story is that it spurred Ford of Europe to do the Focus which was really quite good, and different looking.
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This car has been out nearly 15 years and i'm still not used to the looks.

If you're going to make a car look a submarine, at least put some angles in there that reduce the drag.

Most times when an ugly car comes out, they state that it looks that way for 'good aerodynamics', but this car couldn't use that excuse at all.

From what i recall, the Cd actually went up a bit from the previous design.
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Now, that's "uckin' fugly"!

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