Have you noticed how there is finally a design shift in new vehicles? The Taurus/Sable jellybean look has finally been put to bed.
There’s the “Fluidic Sculpture” of Hyundai with sharp creases and flowing lines, arguably making as much ado as Mercedes-Benz these days.
That Mercedes looks like it’s taking a leap forward. Especially on a GLK, note how the side accent lines race downwards, giving the impression of movement while standing still.
Mazda tries to be true to its “Kodo” look, inspired by the power and beauty that one sees in the instantaneous movement of animals.
But what happened to voluptuous? Curves with shape and form? Where’s the JLo of cars? In what vehicle would Marilyn Monroe be seen?
I have two thoughts.
First, let’s look at the sublime Maserati GranTurismo. The exaggerated haunches, the lustful fender accent lines, the slightly concave contour of its flanks all suggest that curvy, Coke bottle shape. Surely this is a rolling piece of sculpture befitting our two celebrities.
Now, a nominee that some of you will think is somewhat controversial albeit far more affordable: The Nissan Maxima.
A testament to clean, integrated design, Maxima moves into its fifth year on sale, as fresh as the day it debuted. There are no wasted character lines, each one integrating into the flow of the hood, fenders, doors and lights. Lines start and finish properly, not for the sake of breaking up a side panel. The raised rear trunk section is undoubtedly inspired by the 2001 BMW 7 Series, either much maligned or praised for its ‘Bangle Bustle’ (for the work of its designer, Chris Bangle). That car went on to be the best selling BMW 7 Series of its kind.
These are my two choices. To my eye, both are modern, classic designs; voluptuous, sensual and complete. Do weigh in with your own nominees.